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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

Events

  • paper printing

    Starting with Slöjd: Printed Paper Luminaries

    • Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    In November, print a paper luminary in honor of the Swedish holiday All Soul’s Day! 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
  • kids at castle

    Kids at the Castle: Thankful Hearts

    • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    This month’s morning playdate at the Castle is inspired by Thanksgiving, where we’ll explore themes related to gratitude. Also on Saturday, November 16, from 9-10 a.m. 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.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
  • kids at castle

    Kids at the Castle: Thankful Hearts

    • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    This month’s morning playdate at the Castle is inspired by Thanksgiving, where we’ll explore themes related to gratitude. Also on Friday, November 15, from 9-10 a.m. 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.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:15am to 10:00am
    This event is part of our Holiday Pre-Sale offering. Registration will open to ASI members on Monday, September 9, and to the general public on Monday, September 23. 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 holiday exhibition, Time Tested, Tradition Approved. 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
  • gingerbread house

    Gingerbread House Workshop

    • Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    This event is part of our Holiday Pre-Sale offering. Registration will open to ASI members on Monday, September 9, and to the general public on Monday, September 23. Kick off the holiday season by building your very own pepparkakshus, or gingerbread house. In this classic ASI holiday program, families or friends work together to decorate a pre-built gingerbread house. A little creativity and a whole array of candy and other decorative treats will make for a magical afternoon!
    Cost: $30 ASI members / $35 non-members; maximum 5 participants per household.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Making Traditions banner

    Making Traditions: Music & Family Craft

    • Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 12:00pm
    Experience the joy of gathering together at ASI throughout the holiday season! Beyond the beautifully decorated rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, on select weekend days there will be free,* drop-in events featuring music, dance, handcraft and more. Some include Julglädje (“holiday joy”) performances or take place during the Julmarknad Christmas Market festival – see below for the schedule. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions! *There are additional fees for Julglädje performances
    Cost: Included in museum admission.
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    Julglädje (Christmas Joy) Concert

    • Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm
    This event is part of our Holiday Pre-Sale offering. Registration will open to ASI members on Monday, September 9, and to the general public on Monday, September 23.
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $12 non-members / $5 kids 6-17 / free for kids 5 and under
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • julgladje

    Julglädje (Christmas Joy) Concert

    • Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
    This event is part of our Holiday Pre-Sale offering. Registration will open to ASI members on Monday, September 9, and to the general public on Monday, September 23.
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $12 non-members / $5 kids 6-17 / free for kids 5 and under
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Making Traditions banner

    Making Traditions: Music & Family Craft

    • Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Experience the joy of gathering together at ASI throughout the holiday season! Beyond the beautifully decorated rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, on select weekend days there will be free,* drop-in events featuring music, dance, handcraft and more. Some include Julglädje (“holiday joy”) performances or take place during the Julmarknad Christmas Market festival – see below for the schedule. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions! *There are additional fees for Julglädje performances
    Cost: Included in museum admission.
  • preschool program countdown to christmas

    Countdown to Christmas Preschool Program

    • Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    This event is part of our Holiday Pre-Sale offering. Registration will open to ASI members on Monday, September 9, and to the general public on Monday, September 23. Explore the Swedish Advent season though through stories, crafts and activities. Take home your own decorations (to keep the dark at bay) and a pepparkakor (ginger snaps) recipe to make at home!
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / free for adults
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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