Programs & Events

Hejsan: 2015-2016 Theme is “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

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. 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

The 2015-16 Schedule

Sept. 18: Crayfish – “Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud” by Johnette Downing
Oct. 16: Halloween – “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson
Nov. 20: Northern Lights – “Once Upon a Northern Night” by Jean E. Pendziwol
Dec. 18: Christmas – “The Tomten” by Astrid Lindgren
Jan.  15: New Year – “Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution” by Pat Miller
Feb. 19: Valentine’s Day – “The Snowy Valentine” by David Petersen
Mar. 18: Easter – “The Easter Egg” by Jan Brett
Apr. 15: Valborg – “Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms” by Julia Rawlinson
May 20: Labor Day (in Sweden) – “When I Grow Up” by Mercer Mayer
June 17: Midsommar – “A Swedish Midsummer Tale” by Ewa Rydåker

Pancakes with Pippi

Saturday, March 12, 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.

The participation fee (per session) for 2016 is $200 members, $250 non-members; extended care is available until 4 p.m. for an additional $75 per week.

2016 Session I: Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2016 Session II: Monday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 12, 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

Check back for this event in late 2016!

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 2015

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

Tomten hear Christmas wishes

It’s our most popular family event of the 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. 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.


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  • Chicago, IL 60640


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