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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

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    Making Traditions: Music & Family Craft

    • Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am
    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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    Making Traditions: Music & Family Craft

    • Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 11:00am
    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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    Lucia’s Legend Preschool Program

    • Friday, December 13, 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. Celebrate “Swedish Christmas” at the American Swedish Institute this holiday season! Join us for Lucia’s Legend and explore the legend of Sankta Lucia through stories, crafts and activities. We’ll find out what Swedish families do on Lucia Day and why they do it. Take home your own Lucia crown or Starboy hat, recipes and ideas for creating your own Lucia celebration.
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / free for adults
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Lucia Celebration Concert – Morning

    • Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am
    Tickets on sale Monday, November 4 – online, by phone or at the ASI admission desk. Celebrate light during the long winter in this special Swedish concert featuring the youthful voices of the 2019 ASI Lucia Choir, who performs traditional music in this magical one-hour concert set in Larson Hall. There is also an afternoon concert at 1 p.m.
    Cost: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members
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    Lucia Celebration Concert – Afternoon

    • Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Tickets on sale Monday, November 4 – online, by phone or at the ASI admission desk. Celebrate light during the long winter in this special Swedish concert featuring the youthful voices of the 2019 ASI Lucia Choir, who performs traditional music in this magical one-hour concert set in Larson Hall. There is also a morning concert at 10 a.m.
    Cost: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members
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    Making Traditions: Music & Family Craft

    • Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 1:00am
    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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    Starting with Slöjd: Holiday Paper Quilling

    • Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    In December, practice paper quilling to make holiday gifts and cards! 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
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    Kids at the Castle: Tiny Tomtes and Extraordinary Elves

    • Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Learn about and look for Tomte and his helpful friends in this holiday-inspired morning playdate at the Castle. Also on Saturday, December 21, from 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
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    Kids at the Castle: Tiny Tomtes and Extraordinary Elves

    • Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Learn about and look for Tomte and his helpful friends in this holiday-inspired morning playdate at the Castle. Also on Friday, December 20, from 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required

Language & Culture

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    Teen Träff – Winter Fest/Solstice Party

    • Friday, December 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Introducing Teen Träff – an activity group for teens interested in Swedish culture. During each meeting from 2-4 p.m., 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

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