Programs & Events

Hejsan–Children’s Story and Craft Hour

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


Hejsan is changing this fall. Join us at 11 a.m. at the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration on the third floor of the Swedish American Museum 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.

Fall 2014 Hejsan Schedule
Sept. 19: “It’s Milking Time” by Phyllis Alsduf and creating clothespin cows
Oct. 17: “The Very Busy Spider”  by Eric Carle and creating pipe cleaner spiders
Nov. 21: “Every Autumn Comes the Bear” by Jim Aronsky and creating paper plate bears
Dec. 19: “The Wild Christmas Reindeer” by Jan Brett and creating hand print reindeers

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. Look at our calendar for more information about the time and cost for this popular program. The next date for this event is:

Check back in for the 2015 date!

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 2014 session: $200 members, $250 non-members; extended care is available until 4 p.m. for an additional $75 per week.

Session I: Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Session II: Monday, August 4 through Friday, August 8, 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.

Registration is now closed for 2014. Check back to see the dates for 2015.

Viking Breakfast

Join Frey the Viking for Swedish Pancakes, crafts, and games. All ages are welcome! Please check our calendar for the latest date for Viking Breakfast.

Check back in for the 2015 date!

Breakfast with Tomten Tomten hear Christmas wishes

Breakfast with Tomten is a Swedish pancake breakfast with traditional crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree and a special visit from Tomten (Santa). It sells out each year and makes for a great family tradition. More information regarding the cost of the event is available on our online calendar. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be made online now. Dates for this year are:

Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Family Night

Family Night is a free event between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with crafts for children in the gallery space while parents can enjoy the current temporary exhibit. The Children’s Museum is also open during this time. This is currently a quarterly event.

The next Family Night will be on Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Special Events

Please check back for upcoming special events.



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.

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  • 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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