Family Afternoon at the Swedish Institute – Pull, Twist, Blow

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Family Afternoon
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Saturday, July 27, 1-5 p.m.
Admission:$7/adults; $6/age 62+; $4/age 6-18 and full-time students with ID; Free /under six and ASI members.

Generally, if I see the word “glass” in the title of an exhibit, I think, “maybe in a few years.”  But this weekend, The American Swedish Institute is encouraging families to visit and explore the world of blown glass.  An afternoon with permission to play with glass! Families are invited to play, explore and create at ASI while learning the science and art of glass.

You and your family can explore the exhibit Pull, Twist, Blow while searching for ASI battle bots.   Help your kids make believe they are working in a glass factory.  You can even have a chance to connect with Swedish artist Fredrik Nielsen and learn more glass blowing as you watch his demonstrations.   Then you can try producing your own unique glass slöjd item.


Pull, Twist, Blow is an exhibit full of beautiful things I can’t imagine letting my kids get near.  But the ASI has invited families.  I hope they know what they are doing.  If you can imagine it, someone has probably made it out of glass: a forest, battle bots, dentures; not to mention all the beautiful things you can find in the homes of childless people

If you love to travel without leaving the Twin Cities, this is one of those must-see exhibits.  The world famous Glass Factory of Sweden is located in Glasriket (literally translated as The Kingdom of Glass — a small part of south-eastern Sweden between the towns of Växjö and Kalmar in the province of Småland.

Pull, Twist, Blow features eleven Swedish artists and eight Minnesota artists .

If you want to study for this date, I found this documentary on YouTube both beautiful and informative.  You will need to read some translations out loud to your children though.


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Joy Peters

Joy Peters – co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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