Programs & Events

Hejsan: 2015-2016
Holidays and Traditions

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

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

Sept. 2015: Crayfish -Why the Crayfish lives in the Mud by Johnette Downing

Oct. 2015: Halloween – Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Nov. 2015: Northern Lights- Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol

Dec. 2015: Christmas- The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren

Pancakes with Pippi

TBA, March 2016

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. Please take a look at our calendar for more information about the time and cost for this popular program.

Pioneer 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. Cost for 2015 session: $200 members, $250 non-members; extended care is available until 4 p.m. for an additional $75 per week.

Session I: Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Session II: Monday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To complete your registration please fill out the registration form and supplement in addition to making your payment online.

Viking Breakfast

Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.

Calling all Vikings! Come dressed in your best Viking attire and be prepared to do battle with some delicious Swedish pancakes. We will be serving pancakes at a pop-up café in our gallery from 9 11 a.m. During that time there will also be a Viking meet and greet along with crafts in the gallery. From 11 3 p.m. the crafts continue in the classroom located on the third floor next to the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. Reservations to this relaxed and fun family event are appreciated and can be made via email (

Breakfast with Tomten

Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m.

Tomten hear Christmas wishes

Our most popular family event of the year has been extended to two dates again this year! Join us on either Saturday or Sunday for a Swedish pancake breakfast with traditional crafts, dancing around the tree, and a special visit from Tomten (Santa).
Cost: $12 members, $17 non-members, $5 children ages one to two; infants under one are free. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made online now. Register early as this event tends to sell out!



General Museum:

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children's Museum:

  • Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Museum Store:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • 5211 N. Clark St.
  • Chicago, IL 60640


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