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Youth Handcraft Programs

Make and play!

Make something beautiful and useful in youth only workshops! 

Taking inspiration from the Swedish tradition of slöjd, or handcraft, ASI’s Youth Handcraft classes guide children and teens through making beautiful and useful objects while working with new materials. Check out our monthly Starting with Slöjd programs for young makers in grades K-3 and our Youth Handcraft workshops for grades 4-12.

More youth programs at ASI

Events

  • midsommar magic preschool

    Preschool Program – Midsommar Music and Magic

    • Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    Calling all små grodor (small frogs) … come hop, dance, sing and celebrate Midsommar the Swedish way! ASI's Preschool Program Explore Swedish (and Swedish-American) traditions with your little one. Topics will be explored through creative storytelling, music, art and more. Together, we’ll answer the questions of “What do Swedish families do throughout the year?” and “Why do they do it?” This program is specifically designed for children ages 3-5 and their important adults. Adult accompaniment is required (limit 2 adults per child).
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / Adults free
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • watch my garden grow

    Kids at the Castle: Watch My Garden Grow

    • Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! June is here, which means our gardens are in full bloom – colorful carnations, vibrant vegetables and buzzing bees help us discover the joy of gardening with dirty hands and warm soil.  Also on Saturday June 22, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • watch my garden grow

    Kids at the Castle: Watch My Garden Grow

    • Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! June is here, which means our gardens are in full bloom – colorful carnations, vibrant vegetables and buzzing bees help us discover the joy of gardening with dirty hands and warm soil.  Also on Friday June 21, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:15am to 10:00am
    Calling all Mamma Meet-ups, Latte Papas, Grandparents and Nannies! ASI's carrier tours for baby and caregiver will immerse you and your young one in ASI’s newest exhibition, The Vikings Begin. Tours are about 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months. Other Babies at the Castle dates:
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • viking voyagers day camp

    Viking Voyagers Preschool Camp

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 8:45am to 11:15am
    This camp meets on Wednesdays July 10, July 17, July 24 & July 31 Morning session from 8:45-11:15 a.m. Afternoon session from 1-3:30 p.m. Summer is a time for play and exploration – and the perfect time to become a Viking at the American Swedish Institute! In this camp, your child can join other preschoolers while socializing in a nurturing environment. For ages 3 to 5.
    Cost: Cost: $100 per ASI member child / $125 per non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • summer slojd

    Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft Series: Bind A Summer Memory Book 

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    In Bind A Summer Memory Book, you'll make your very own pocket sized book, ready for filling with stories, notes or summer memories!
    Cost: $10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • viking voyagers day camp

    Viking Voyagers Preschool Camp, Afternoon Session

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
    This camp meets on Wednesdays July 10, July 17, July 24 & July 31 Morning session from 8:45-11:15 a.m. Afternoon session from 1-3:30 p.m. Summer is a time for play and exploration – and the perfect time to become a Viking at the American Swedish Institute! In this camp, your child can join other preschoolers while socializing in a nurturing environment. For ages 3 to 5.
    Cost: Cost: $100 per ASI member child / $125 per non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • viking day camp

    Viking Day Camps

    • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Viking Day Camp Sail away to the world of the Vikings. Build Viking ships, learn the geography of the Nordic region and discover the mystery of runestones – all while having fun!  Viking Day Camp also offered on July 25 and August 8.
    Cost: $50 ASI member child / $60 non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

Language & Culture

  • midsommar celebration

    Midsommar Celebration 2019

    • Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    ASI's annual Midsommar Celebration is inspired by similar celebrations held across Sweden and Europe that mark the arrival of summer. Whether you’re a festival regular, or just curious what the holiday is all about, there’s something for everyone at this all-day, campus-wide gathering. Midsommar Highlights
    Cost: Included in museum admission. No registration required.
    or For additional general information, you can call 612-871-4907.

Handcraft

  • swedish immersion camp

    Sommar På Slottet: Swedish Immersion Camp

    • Monday, June 24, 2019 - 9:00am
    This 4-day camp meets Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day Explore the world of LasseMajas Detektivbyrå (a popular Swedish children’s book series) in this day camp. Kids (ages 7-13) will have fun expanding their Swedish skills through literature, games, craft and movement, with the books by Martin Widmark as our guide. Swedish language instruction is embedded in activities throughout our day. Instructors stress language skills and customize to all levels of Swedish language familiarity.
    Cost: $225 per ASI member child / $250 per non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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