Children’s Programs


Monthly Programs


Hejsan! Story & Craft Hour

Third Friday of the Month, 11 a.m. Sept. – June
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. The theme for the school year 2017-2018 will be music. Come explore the rich music culture of Sweden. 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


Moon Mondays with the Buzz Aldrin Education Cart

The Buzz Aldrin Education Cart is available for exploration the first Monday of every month at 3 p.m. Moon Mondays allow guests at the Swedish American Museum and the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration to enrich the experience of the Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit. This tech-equipped mobile exhibit is used on a regular basis as part of our educational programming, as well as during select school tours. This complement to our Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Swedish Council of America.

Spring/Summer Programs


Pancakes with Pippi

Join 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.

To register please click here.


Pioneer the World Summer Camp

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.

Thanks to all who joined us in 2017! Please check back later for 2018 enrollment information.

Fall/Winter Programs

Breakfast with Tomten

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Join us for our most popular family event of the year! Bring the family to the Museum to enjoy a Swedish pancake breakfast with traditional crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree, and a special visit from Tomten (Swedish Santa). The morning begins at 9 a.m. with crafts for family enjoyment, and breakfast to follow at 9:30 a.m. Other activities, including visits with Tomten, will follow breakfast.

This event has limited capacity and therefore tends to sell out every year by the end of November, so please make sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible. We will send out email confirmations for each reservation, as well as a request for seating requests.

Please note that the event is now sold out. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email