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It's fun for kids at the National Nordic Museum this summer!

We have plenty of fun day-long and week-long summer camp fun planned for school-aged children at the Museum. This year, we're excited to partner with our friends at Seattle Children's Theatre for some story-centric camps, too. Scroll down to read more about each camp, and then click on the link to register. Spaces are limited, so sign up today! 

Story Drama Session 1
Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26 from 10–11am daily

National Nordic Museum and Seattle Children’s Theatre are teaming up to offer Story Drama with a Nordic twist! Beloved children’s books by Nordic authors serve as launching pads for our dramatic adventures, as we work together to create new characters, climactic situations and exciting opportunities for creative and heroic problem solving.
Open to children ages 3.5–4.5

Cost: $85.50 for Members; $90.00 general admission. Prices go up after April 30.
Register here 

 

Story Drama Session 2 
Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26, 11:30am–12:30am daily

National Nordic Museum and Seattle Children’s Theatre are teaming up to offer Story Drama with a Nordic twist! Beloved children’s books by Nordic authors serve as launching pads for our dramatic adventures, as we work together to create new characters, climactic situations and exciting opportunities for creative and heroic problem solving.
Open to children ages 3.5–4.5

Cost: $85.50 for Members; $90.00 general admission. Prices go up after April 30.
Register here

 

Drama Quest Viking Seafarers
Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3, 9am–4pm daily

On this week-long adventure, students build characters and create a detailed, dramatic environment through collaborative storytelling. Students will explore the week’s theme through a different specialty such as art, movement, puppetry, or storytelling. Come sail the seven seas! Grab an oar and join the Vikings as they raid and trade their way over sea and land. Discover the story of these intrepid seafarers as you explore the lives of the Vikings. Are you brave enough to join the adventure?
Open to children going into grades 1-3

Cost: $332.50 for Members; $350.00 general admission. Prices go up after April 30.
Register here

 

Norse Gods Day Camp
Tuesday, July 28, 10am–4pm

Extraordinary tales of magic, war, love, and betrayal–these are the stories of the Norse gods! Spend a fun day at National Nordic Museum exploring Norse mythology with stories and crafts celebrating the gods of the Vikings. 
For ages 8-12

Cost: $40 for Members; $50 general admission
Register here

 

Nordic Animals Day Camp

Nordic Animals Day Camp
Tuesday, August 4, 10am–4pm

Are you an animal lover? Come spend the day at National Nordic Museum and create fun crafts related to Nordic animals–real animals, animals from stories, and animals from Norse mythology!
For ages 8-12.

Cost: $40 for Members; $50 general admission
Register here

 

Our summer celebration has gone virtual! This year, we focus the fun and learning on the great outdoors with the theme of "Nordic by Nature." 

The National Nordic Museum’s new summer cultural showcase, Nordic Sól, returns in 2020 for an entire month of virtual activities.

Museum Store T-Shirt Design Contest
Submit Designs Friday, June 12–Thursday, July 16
Voting Thursday, July 23–Sunday, July 26

Want to see your artwork on an official National Nordic Museum T-shirt? Our Museum and Museum Store have a special contest for you! Three winners will receive prizes and have their artwork printed on t-shirts for sale in the Museum Store.

The Rules: 
Designs should fit no larger than a nine-inch by nine-inch space; designs must be limited to no more than two colors (designs will be printed on a heather gray tri-blend shirt); designs must be inspired by Nordic themes; limit one entry per person; entries must be received by 11:59 pm July 16, 2020.

Selection and Prizes: 
Nine (9) finalists will be selected by a National Nordic Museum art committee; public vote on the top 9 finalists will take place virtually on July 23–26, 2020 to determine top 3 designs; three (3) winning designs will be announced by July 31, 2020; three (3) winners will each receive a gift pack from the National Nordic Museum and Museum Store worth $150 including a Family Membership to the Museum (good for one year), and six (6) T-shirts featuring their winning design; winning designs will be sold online and in the Museum Store for one (1) month; the top selling design will remain on sale for the duration of 2020

Directions & Entry Form

Sign up for our eNewsletter so you can vote for the winning design July 23–26

 

Virtual Run Like a Viking 
July 25–August 31

Run Like A Viking is going VIRTUAL!

Let the Museum inspire you to keep moving and remain active, while having fun with your friends and family! This year, Run Like A Viking will kick off our Nordic Sól summer celebration. Participants can choose between a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon distance challenge. You choose the day of your race (July 25–August 31). National and international participation is encouraged!

Log your miles as you run outside, walk on a treadmill, bike, kayak, skateboard—whatever way you move can be how you race. Bonus points if you do it while dressed like a Viking!

All entrants will receive a custom Run Like a Viking T-shirt, downloadable racing bib, and two (2) general admission tickets to the National Nordic Museum.

Sign up here

Cost: $35

 

 

Virtual Artisan Marketplace
Friday, July 24–Monday, August 31

In this curated, virtual artisan marketplace, our Museum Store will host local and Nordic artists on our digital platform for five weeks. You can shop from and interact with these incredible artists from the comfort of your home, with every dollar spent going directly to the artist. Our Museum Store will have specials and deals as well! 

Browse the marketplace here: nnmstore.org/virtual-market
Reserve a Private Shopping Experience where you can shop in-store in a sterile, masked environment here.

Cost: Free

 

 

 

Virtual Crafts & Cocktails
Friday, July 24 | 6–7pm

Recharge from your day with an evening of creativity and fun! The Museum's resident mixologist will guide you through the recipe of an earthy cocktail, and artist Anna Brones will teach you how to make a nature-inspired craft with supplies you have around the house. Registration required; event will take place on Zoom. 

Cost: $5

Register

 

 

Virtual Crash Course: Nordic Artists Communing with Nature
Saturday, August 1 | 2–3pm

In the 1800s, Nordic artists depicted the landscapes of their home regions with increasing frequency. Taught by art historian Leslie Anderson, the Museum's Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs, this crash course will trace the development of Nordic landscape painting through the close examination of four works of art. No prior knowledge of art history required! Registration required; event will take place on Zoom.

Cost: $5

Register

 

 

Virtual Book Talk: Deep River w/ Karl Marlantes
Thursday, August 13 | 6pm

The award-wining and critically acclaimed author Karl Marlantes will talk about his new novel, Deep River. Marlantes applies the epic narrative sweep of his best-selling novel, Matterhorn, to a family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle in a logging community in southern Washington. Registration required; event will take place on Zoom. Copies of Deep River are available in our Museum Store

Cost: Free

Register

 

 

Virtual Lecture: 
Ghost of the Northern Forest: A Visual Natural History of the Great Gray Owl w/ Paul Bannick

Sunday, August 16 | 2pm

Award-winning author and photographer, Paul Bannick will take you on visual journey through a year in the life of the Great Gray owl, one of several Nordic-American owls featured in the recent Nordic Kultur article “A Who’s Hoo of Nordic American Owls." Registration required; event will take place on Zoom. [Image is cropped for webpage. Original image courtesy Paul Bannick.]

Cost: $5

Register

 

Virtual Kids' Crafts
Weekly throughout Nordic Sól

Join us in making a Nordic Sól-themed craft each week with recycled materials in this family-friendly activity. Each Friday we’ll release a fun new craft on our blog, and link them here. Dates will be clickable when the blog posts are live to take you right to the activity!

July 24—Craft
July 31—Craft
August 7—Nordic Stories
August 14—Craft
August 21—Craft

Cost: Free

 

 

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