Children’s Programs


Monthly Programs


Hejsan! Story & Craft Hour

Third Friday of the month in Sept. – June, 11 a.m.
Join us at the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration for a story and craft hour. 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

First Monday of the month, 3 p.m.
The Buzz Aldrin Education Cart is available for exploration. 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.


Every other Sunday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Please check the calendar for dates.
Taking place on alternative Sundays in tandem with Svenska Skolan, Bullerbyn is a time for singing cherished children’s songs, reading humorous tales and having lots of fun in Swedish. Children aged 6 months to 5 years are welcome to attend with parents. Only Swedish is spoken in Bullerbyn, so Swedish should be spoken regularly at home too! We meet in the gallery space or the Children’s Museum. Kids are welcome to stay and play in the Brunk Children’s Museum after the program. Classes are free for members, non-members are asked to make a $5 per child/class donation; payment can be made at the Museum. Reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing

Upcoming Events


Travel the World Summer Camp

Voyage I: July 23 – 27
Voyage II: August 13-17
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.To register for 2018 summer camp please click here.



Yearly Events


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.

If you would like to receive an email once registrations for Breakfast with Tomten opens in 2018, please email

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.

Thanks to all who joined us in 2018! Please check back later for 2019 programming.