Children’s Programs

Pioneer the World Summer 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. The last session for this summer has started. If you are still interested in joining please email


Saturday, Oct. 14, 10.30 a.m. – noon
All ages are welcome to this family event that aims at reminding children to enjoy and appreciate nature and outdoor life, through the eyes of the Swedish character Mulle. Participants will make an eco-friendly craft and enjoy an urban nature walk. Cost $5 per child, children aged 1 and under are free. Reservations are required and can be made here or at the Museum.

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

moon-monday-cartThe Buzz Aldrin Education Cart is available for exploration the first Monday of every month at 2 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.


Upcoming program:

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.

Please check back in the fall of 2017 for details. If you want to be contacted when it is time to register, please contact Stacey Nyman at  

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.

Thanks to all who joined us in 2017! Please check back in the spring of 2018 for details. If you want to be contacted when registration is open, please contact Stacey Nyman at