AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE | Experience a Nordic-inspired summer

Searching for unique summer activities? Explore within Minnesota’s only castle! The American Swedish Institute museum and cultural center hosts incredible summer events curated to inspire, educate, and share the fun through our Youth & Family program.

The American Swedish Institute museum and cultural center announces a summer schedule of programs for every age and interest in language, cooking, and crafts; fun happenings in the historic Turnblad mansion, including a series of unique events perfect for every age. We have something for everyone!

•Midsommar Celebration! Sat, June 17 10am-5pm
Dating back to ancient times, Midsommar is a tradition that welcomes back warm weather and marks the longest day of the year. It’s celebrated by making fresh-flower head wreaths, singing songs, listening to live music, and dancing around the midsommarstång (maypole)—all hallmarks of this family-friendly festival at ASI.

Summer Camps (9–13 year olds)

???? Plant Camp: Exploring Place Through Plants on July 25 — Learn all about plants through art, storytelling, and outdoor exploration in this hands-on camp. (11 spots available)
???? Folk Music Camp on Aug 7–11 — Immerse yourself in Scandinavian Folk Music! Try fiddle or recorder workshops, learn how to make and play dulcimers, and try folk dancing. (18 spots available).

Teen Craft Camp
Thu, Aug 3
9 am–3 pm

Let your crafty teen gain confidence while trying Nordic-inspired crafts with Anna Sharratt–from carving to stitching, printing to making cordage. Anna was the recipient of the Folk Artist Fellowship to study youth slöjd (craft) instruction in Sweden last fall and she’s bringing her knowledge back to inspire kids to learn through crafting.

Celebrate Your Birthday at the Castle

Now accepting requests for June, July, and September. Please note, ASI is not booking any August parties.

Create a fun and memorable themed party for your special birthday kid. They’ll love it, their friends will love it, and you’ll love it, too, because ASI will do the set up and clean up and organize all the activities!

Book your birthday party now!