LapsiLand

Explore with your Kids at LapsiLand!

With all that FinnFest USA 2013 has to offer, it would be a shame to leave out the kids! The Student Development Complex at Michigan Tech will be home to LapsiLand, a space dedicated to families, offering crafts, music, dance, kid-friendly language workshops, and even just a spot for families to step back from all the action. Check back for specific details as we finalize them.
 
Quiet Zone: Chill out! Recharge in the Quiet Zone during a fun-filled FinnFest day. Plenty of comfy seating, Finnish children's books and relaxing activities, plus a designated Nursing Station for moms and young children. The Quiet Zone is located near a restroom and locker room and is perfect for families with young children looking for a break in all the action.

Interactive Tables for Kids: Local and regional experts teach and share their skill with kids of all ages. Learn to make authentic crafts with your young ones!
 

Special Events at LapsiLand

 

Thursday, June 20

12:00 pm- 12:45 pm: Salolampi  Mini-Camp
Instructors from the Salolampi Finnish Language Village in Bemidji, Minnesota
will lead these fun workshops that will have the whole family learning Finnish through
music, games and participation.

1:00 pm- 1:45 pm: Dancing Moominvalley
 Tove Jansson's beloved Moomins are at FinnFest- and their whimsical performances will entrance young and old!
 
2:00 pm- 2:45 pm: Salolampi Mini-Camp
Instructors from the Salolampi Finnish Language Village in Bemidji, Minnesota will lead these fun workshops that will have the whole family learning Finnish through music, games and participation.
 
3:00-3:45 pm: Juffá: Sámi Storytelling
Storyteller “Juffá” (Ante Mikkel Gaup) will regale you with tales about his life as a reindeer herder on the tundra, and his meetings with the “Uldat” who live underground.
 

Friday, June 21

12:30-1:15 pm:Dancing Moominvalley      
The Moomin characters of world famous children’s author Tove Jansson come to life at FinnFest. Their unique performances and colorful costumes bring smiles to the faces of children of all ages.
 
1:30-2:15 pm: Salolampi Mini-Camp
Instructors from the Salolampi Finnish Language Village in Bemidji, Minnesota will lead these fun workshops that will have the whole family learning Finnish through music, games and participation.
                                                                                                                  © Dancing Moominvalley
2:30-3:15 pm: Juffá: Sámi Storytelling and Yoik for Children of all Ages   
Performed by Ante Mikkel Gaup of the Sami Jienat choir and inspired by ancient reindeer herding tradition, Juffá tells about his life as a reindeer herder on the tundra, and his meetings with the “Uldat”—the beings that live underground.    
                                                                 
3:30-4:15 pm: Salolampi Mini-Camp
Instructors from the Salolampi Finnish Language Village in Bemidji, Minnesota will lead these fun workshops that will have the whole family learning Finnish at FinnFest!
 

Saturday, June 22

11:00 am- 11:45 am: Salolampi Mini-Camp
Instructors from the Salolampi Finnish Language Village in Bemidji, Minnesota will lead these fun workshops that will have the whole family learning Finnish at FinnFest through music, games and participation.
 
1:00 pm- 2:30 pm: Family Dance Fun with Niina Kallioinen and the Vinksin Vonksin Folk Dancers!
For kids ages 4–94! (Little people must attend with a responsible buddy or a parent.) Come learn some Finnish song games and dances—not for performance, just for fun! Dance in circles and lines, spin and skip—give it a try! Instruction in English.
 
2:00-2:45: Dancing Moominvalley
The Moomin characters of world famous children’s author Tove Jansson come to life at FinnFest. Their unique performances and colorful costumes bring smiles to the faces of children of all ages.
 
Salolampi Mini-Camp is generously sponsored by a grant from the Finlandia Foundation National Chapter.
The performers of Sami Jienat choir are generously sponsored by a grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation.

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