Children’s Programs

Hejsan: 2016-2017 “Famous Swedes”

Third Friday of each month, 11 a.m., September through June

– Free with admission
– Story and craft based on the monthly theme

Join us at 11 a.m. at the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration for a story and craft hour on the third Friday of each month, September through June. All ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver for this free (with admission) program. While there is no additional cost to attend, reservations are appreciated and can be made via email to

2017 Schedule

Jan. 20: Carl Sandburg – Poet

Feb. 17: Charles Lindbergh – Aviator

Mar. 17: King Carl XVI Gustaf – Current King of Sweden

April 21: John Ericcson – Engineer

May 19: Buzz Aldrin – Astronaut

June 16: Carl Larsson – Artist

Pancakes with Pippi

PippiJoin Pippi Longstocking, a popular Swedish character, for Swedish pancakes, crafts, singing and dancing. This is a unique opportunity to meet Pippi and learn how to make pancakes Pippi-style! All ages are welcome. Reservations for Saturday, March 11 at 9 a.m. can be made by emailing Stacey Nyman at or here online. Last day to register is Tuesday, March 7.

Pioneer Camp

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 6.12.54 PMMonday, July 31 – Friday, Aug. 4
Monday, Aug. 14 – Friday, Aug. 18

Travel the world without leaving Chicago! Come and explore the food, dance, folk arts, and cultural identities of a different country each day in our “Pioneer the World” day camp. Campers end the week with their very own World’s Fair to show off their work to the public. Pioneer Camp is always packed with fun and adventure for children ages 6 to 10. Please click here to register online or download the registration form here.

Breakfast with Tomten


This is our most popular family event of the year! Join us on for a Swedish pancake breakfast with traditional crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree, and a special visit from Tomten.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11 a.m. It is recommended that you arrive as close to 9 a.m. as possible in order to ensure that your party will be seated together. Please note that this event follows a schedule; it is not a drop in breakfast. The morning begins with crafts for family enjoyment with breakfast being served at approximately 9:30 a.m. Other activities, including visits with Tomten, will follow breakfast. Late arrivals are not guaranteed breakfast and parties may be seated separately.

Thanks to all who joined us in 2016! Please check back in the fall of 2017 for details. If you want to be contacted when it is time to register for this year, please contact Stacey Nyman at