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. This event is free with admission.

Spring 2015
Jan. 16: “One Wolf Howls” by Scotti Cohn ( paper bag wolf craft)
Feb. 20: “Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Wind Blows” by Marianne Berkes (creating animal masks)
March 20: “Birds” by Kevin Henkes (handprint nests craft)
April 17: “Rabbits and Raindrops” by Jim Aronsky (creating clothespin rabbits)
May 15: “Theodore and the Talking Mushroom” by Leo Lionni (making mushroom houses)
June 19: “The Crunching, Munching Caterpillar” by Sheridan Cain (colorful butterfly craft)

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 7, 2015

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

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:

In 2015 the event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13, 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 time will be a Family Day on June 12, 10 a.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.

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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