ASI is a fun and welcoming place for families to explore traditions, immigration, handcraft and art. Be sure to visit the Youth & Family page for information about special programs and resources tailored for children, youth, and families.
Strollers are welcome at the ASI, although space is often tight in the historic Turnblad Mansion. The use of strollers may also be restricted in special exhibition galleries or because of high visitor volume.
Over-sized strollers, including jogging strollers and side-by-side strollers, must be left outside the Turnblad Mansion. For your convenience, umbrella strollers are available to check out at the ASI front desk with an ID.
Family / all-gender restrooms and changing stations are located at the Lower Level of the Turnblad Mansion, on the 1st floor of NCC near the cafe, and the 2nd floor of NCC near Larson Hall.
FIKA, ASI's award-winning café, offers family-friendly meals. Dine outside and kids can explore the ASI Outdoor Playcart, one of the reasons FIKA was named "Best Place to Eat With Your Kids in Minneapolis." Food and drink are not permitted in the historic Turnblad Mansion or the Osher Gallery.
Family Gallery and Guides
The ASI Family Gallery encourages our youngest visitors to play, touch, read and learn! Family gallery locations and topics change with major ASI exhibits. Please note: The Family Gallery is currently under construction - re-opening May 17 with the exciting new Wee Thee Vikings exhibition!
Write to Tomte
Not every house has a Tomte, but the Turnblad Mansion does! Write Tomte a note or ask him a question. His mailbox is located in the Turnblad Mansion's third floor turret.
Find something new and surprising while exploring the outdoor spaces at ASI. Our outdoor playcart gives ASI's youngest visitors the tools to expand a sense of wonder and enrich visits. Explore the “high-up places” using binoculars, or the beauty of the flowers using a magnifying glass; dance with scarves, ribbons or hula hoops; or play a game of kubb on the lawn. Outdoor Playcart Season runs April-September (weather permitting)!
You are welcome to nurse your child wherever you’re most comfortable. There is a Quiet Room on the lower level of the mansion for those looking for privacy or a comfortable place to rest.