Programs & Events

Hejsan — Children’s After-school Program

Every First and Third Thursday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., September – June


The after-school program is designed for children ages 5 to 10. Younger children are welcome under the supervision of an adult. Cost: $1 per child. Reservations are recommended and can be made via email. Please note that we have changed the time for Hejsan to better accommodate the changes in the CPS school day.

Spring 2014 Hejsan Schedule: Theme – Children’s Literature
Jan. 2: “The Tomten” by Astrid Lindgren (Snowy Painting)
Jan. 16: “Who Will Comfort Toffle?”  By Tove Jansson (Friendship Cards)
Feb. 6: “Pippi Goes to the Circus” by Astrid Lindgren (Clown Puppets)
Feb. 20: “The Hat” by Jan Brett (Hedgehog Craft)
March 6: “Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Little Dog” by Maj Lindman (Fluffy Dog Pom Pom)
March 20: “Snip, Snapp, Snurr and the Big Surprise” by Maj Lindman (Treasure Box)
April 3: “Children of the Forest” by Elsa Beskow (Mushroom Hat)
April 17: “Pelle’s New Suit” by Elsa Beskow (Illustrating with Fabric)
May 1: “The Fox Hunt” by Sven Nordqvist (Origami Foxes)
May 15: “Reaching for the Moon” by Buzz Aldrin (Moon Painting)
June 5: “Hiccup the Seasick Viking” by Cressida Cowell (Viking Medallion)
June 19: “The Man Who Knew Better” Scandinavian Folk Tale (Making Butter)

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:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

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. Registration is now open.

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 below.

Pioneer Camp 2014

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.

Please check back for this event in 2014.

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 closer to the date of the event. 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, March 14, 4 – 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.

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  • 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.


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  • Chicago, IL 60640


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