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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. Our monthly Starting with Slöjd programs for young makers in grades K-3 and our Youth Handcraft workshops for grades 4-12 take a break during the summer months to make way for the Summer Slöjd series – register for one or all five workshops!

More youth programs at ASI


  • Kids at Castle

    Kids at the Castle

    • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. Join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, music and movement in the Turnblad Mansion. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. Also on Friday, September 20, from 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
  • Vikings Begin family day

    Viking Family Day

    • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Stick around after Saturday’s Kids at the Castle to celebrate the last month of The Vikings Begin with a day for all ages!
    Cost: Included in museum admission.
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, September 27, 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. More Babies at the Castle dates:
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby. $10 for an additional adult (limit 2 adults per baby).
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • vocal essence

    VocalEssence Family Series: Tales & Tunes Sing-A-Long

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am
    Let’s create together! In this musical storytime event, your little ones can roll up their sleeves and make a craft, sing along to nursery rhymes with VocalEssence singers, and hear an acclaimed author read some of their most-loved books. Listen to brand new songs written by teen moms through our Lullaby Project and create a song with us that you can share with your loved ones. All ages are welcome, and it is best experienced by children up to age six.
    Cost: $15 adults / free for children 17 and under. Tickets include ASI admission.
  • slojd klubb

    Slöjd Klubb

    • Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Slöjd Klubb meets Wednesdays – October 2 through October 23 – from 6:30-8 p.m.
    Cost: $100 ASI members / $115 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • cinnamon buns

    Kanelbullens Dag Preschool Program

    • Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    Did you know that every year in October, Swedes observe kanelbullens dag (Cinnamon Bun Day)? Celebrate this beloved pastry at ASI as we utilize all five of our senses during this special adult/child program.
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / Adults free
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • wee thee vikings with people

    Early Music Family Concert with Ensemble Laude Novella

    • Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Ever wonder what kind of music the Vikings might have enjoyed? Sail down to the Wee Thee Vikings exhibit in the Family Gallery where Per and Ute of Ensemble Laude Novella will perform early music. This is a family friendly concert for all ages where creative seating is encouraged. 
    Cost: Included in museum admission.
  • fall mobiles

    Starting with Slöjd: Fall Mobiles

    • Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    In October, make a fall themed mobile out of grapevine leaves, beads and found objects! About Starting with Slöjd Join us for this monthly program for early elementary children who are ready to start crafting! Whether we’re playing with wool, wire, clay or more, we’ll explore new tools, materials and skills that prepare kids for a lifelong love of handcraft, or slöjd. These drop-off programs are suitable for students in grades K-3. Pre-registration required. Starting with Slöjd dates:
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • things that go bump in the night

    Kids at the Castle: Things That Go Bump in the Night

    • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    This action-packed kids and family creative playtime is inspired by the season and encourages adventurous young minds with a flashlight seek-and-find through the Turnblad Mansion. Also on Saturday, October 19, from 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required

Language & Culture

  • teens by selma

    Teen Träff – Kanelbullens Dag

    • Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Introducing Teen Träff – an activity group for teens interested in Swedish culture. During each meeting, students will participate in a different Swedish cultural activity such as baking cinnamon buns, watching Swedish films, doing slöjd (handcraft), attending cool ASI events and more. Come to one träff or all five. Vi ses! Teen Träff dates and themes:
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 non-members per meeting
    or For information, call 612-871-4907