Rock the Cradle: March 2, 2014

Rock the Cradle 2014 happens March 2 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Rock the Cradle 2014 happens March 2 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. (MPR Graphic / Tracy Kompelien, Jamie Webb)

The Current and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota present Rock the Cradle, a free day of fun for kids and their grown-ups held at two of the state's premier arts and culture institutions: the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children's Theatre Company.

Thank you for making our annual kids' event a resounding success. Over 12,000 people from all over came together to enjoy music, art, books, theater and the community for a fun, entertaining and engaging day.

Find photos from the SnapYourself Photo booth here and the Playatta photos and videos here.

Details

Sunday, March 2, 2014
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children's Theatre Company/
Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2400 3rd Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

A note about shuttle service
As in previous years, we contracted with a parking shuttle service to transport Rock the Cradle attendees from the 28th street Wells Fargo Mortgage parking ramp to the MIA/CTC.

Unfortunately, a miscommunication between the vendor and Rock the Cradle staff resulted in no shuttle service for the morning crowds at who parked at the Wells Fargo site. We regret the miscommunication and apologize for the inconvenience.

Rock the Cradle staff worked swiftly to secure shuttle service from the vendor as quickly as possible. Service was restored at 1 p.m.

With the subzero temperatures and winter parking restrictions in effect, we understand that it caused significant frustration and inconvenience to some of our attendees. The safety of our visitors is our number one priority and we have put a process in place for next year to ensure it does not happen again.

Strollers and Such: In order to make this event as pleasant as possible for all of our guests, we request leaving strollers behind unless necessary. Some activity areas will have designated stroller parking. (See Guidelines for making your RTC visit as enjoyable as possible.) Note: Strollers cannot go into the Pillsbury Auditorium.

Questions? Contact Minnesota Public Radio at (651) 290-1212 or rockthecradle@mpr.org.

Activities

Note: All times are subject to change.

STORY TIME WITH THE CURRENT DJS

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Wing — Pillsbury Auditorium, 2nd floor

Story Time returns with Current DJs reading some of their favorite kids books, complete with overhead projections for everyone to see.

Schedule

11 - 11:30 a.m. — Andrea Swensson
12 - 12:30 p.m. — Barb Abney
1 - 1:30 p.m. — David Campbell
2 - 2:30 p.m. — Jacquie Fuller
3 - 3:30 p.m. — Steve Seel
4 - 4:30 p.m. — Jill Riley

Note: Strollers cannot go into the Pillsbury Auditorium. Please leave strollers in the designated area before entering.

KIDS' DISCO AND PLAYATTA

All day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children's Theatre Wing — Cargill Theater, 1st floor

Sponsored by Pizza Luce

Be the star of your very own mini Dance-Rock-Party-Video and take home a photo print to share with your friends and family! Jam out with your parents for instant memory magic. Participants will also get a link to their video. It's a photo-video booth from the future.

Note: Due to the crowd size, we ask that you leave all strollers in the designated Stroller Zone so that the dance floor is open for everyone to enjoy.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Wing — Reception Hall, 3rd floor

Sponsored by Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers and UCare Choices

Listen to our favorite kid's bands singing songs that adults and kids can both enjoy together. Featuring Okee Dokee Brothers, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Gustafer Yellowgold and the MacPhail Center for Music Band. Be ready to move, groove and have fun with your little one!

Schedule

11:15 - 11:45 a.m. — Gustafer Yellowgold
12 - 12:30 p.m. — Koo Koo Kanga Roo
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. — Okee Dokee Brothers
1:30 - 2:15 — MacPhail House Band
2:30 - 3 p.m. — Gustafer Yellowgold
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. — Koo Koo Kanga Roo
4 - 4:30 p.m. — Okee Dokee Brothers

ROVING MUSICIAN: THE ERICKSONS

All day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where's that music coming from? Listen for the sweet sounds of The Ericksons as they roam the galleries and event spaces throughout the day.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS AND CLINICS OF MINNESOTA PRESENT STAR STUDIO LIVE!

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Wing — Wells Fargo Community Room, 1st floor

Star Studio produces a special Kid's Clubhouse — live from Rock the Cradle! "The Dude" from Star Studio, which is Children's very own TV channel and studio, will be hosting a number of live show segments. These segments, which will include interactive games and educational entertainment, will also be broadcast to Children's hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul so kids in their patient rooms can also join in the fun. Special guest appearances throughout the day!

SING, PLAY, LEARN WITH MACPHAIL CENTER FOR MUSIC

11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Wing — Friends Community Room, 1st floor

Join MacPhail Center for Music's early childhood music specialists as we explore the magic of music and play. Through hands-on musical play activities, families will experience music's impact on learning and reading readiness skills. Together we will sing, play instruments, rhyme, read, move and create!

PLAY FROM SCRATCH

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Wing — Villa Rosa Room, 3rd floor

Your recycling is full of raw materials to fuel kids' creativity. Roll up your sleeves and start inventing with YOXO® ("yock-so"), a hit construction toy from Minnesota-based green toy company Play from Scratch®. YOXO transforms toilet paper tubes into dragonflies, cereal boxes into robots and helps remind kids (and adults) that everyone is creative.

NORTHERN STAR COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

All day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children's Theatre Wing — Target Lobby, 2nd floor

Visit the Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America for knot tying, rope bridge and more.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS AND CLINICS OF MINNESOTA FAMILY ROOM

All day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Wing Family Area — 1st floor

Need a quiet space? Step into the Family Room to enjoy some downtime. Please help keep this a quiet space for those who need a break.

SNAP YOURSELF!

All day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Step on up and snap your photo! You might even get your picture with Twinkle from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota!

SNACK BAR

All day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children's Theatre Wing — Cargill Theatre, 1st floor and Target Lobby, 2nd Floor

Provided by Wedge Community Co-op

SAMURAI HELMETS

All day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Studios 111-113

Presented by M.I.A. Family Day

Suit up like a samurai and fashion a fantastic paper helmet.

Presented By


Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota

Rock the Cradle 2014 Sponsors:

UCare Choices

Wedge Community Co-op

Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers

MacPhail Center for Music

Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America

Pizza Luce

Play From Scratch

WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM:

Children's Theater Co.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Lake Superior Zoo

Walker Art Center

EMI

Guidelines

The Current works closely with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children's Theatre Company to ensure an enjoyable experience for all of our guests. To help us reach this goal, please note the following items when preparing for your visit.

Refrain from carrying backpacks, large bags and umbrellas. There is limited (but free) coat and bag check available at the museum; please plan accordingly. For safety reasons the museum reserves the right to inspect all items carried into or out of the museum. Small bags and purses are welcome.

Keep a safe distance from artwork. To protect the art, stay at least one foot away and do not touch the art.

Supervise children at all times. Please, no "baby backpacks". Front-facing baby carriers are allowed. Strollers are also allowed, though during busy times and in certain activity areas inside the MIA and CTC, they may be restricted.

Keep food and drink out of galleries. Food and drink may be purchased at the museum cafes and taken into designated areas in the lobby. Food and drink may be enjoyed in the Kid's Disco and in the Snack Bar in the Cargill Theatre and Target Lobby at the Children's Theatre Company.

Emergency procedures: Should a child become separated from their parent or guardian, please notify the closest MIA, CTC or Current employee and go directly to the security desk in the MIA's outer lobby. Security procedures will be put into place and all employees will be alerted.

The event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate those attending the evening performance at the Children's Theatre. Please check parking and shuttle directions for more information.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this event possible, and special thanks to our hosts, Childrens Theatre Company and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Enjoy the day.

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    Rock the Cradle dance party (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • The Ericksons were our
    The Ericksons were our "roving musicians" at Rock the Cradle 2014. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Checking in at Rock the Cradle.
    Checking in at Rock the Cradle. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Minneapolis Skyline through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
    Minneapolis Skyline through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Kids Disco -- these kids were movin'!
    Kids Disco -- these kids were movin'! (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • The MIA/Children's Theater atrium, center of activity for Rock the Cradle.
    The MIA/Children's Theater atrium, center of activity for Rock the Cradle. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, site of Rock the Cradle.
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, site of Rock the Cradle. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Looking at art in the MIA
    Looking at art in the MIA (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Oh the Places you'll Go
    Oh the Places you'll Go (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Performing at Rock the Cradle
    Performing at Rock the Cradle (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Rock the Cradle Family Room
    Rock the Cradle Family Room (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Dave Campbell reads to the kids at Rock the Cradle
    Dave Campbell reads to the kids at Rock the Cradle (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Making Samurai helmets.
    Making Samurai helmets. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Dancing at the Kids Disco at Rock the Cradle.
    Dancing at the Kids Disco at Rock the Cradle. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Kids disco at Rock the Cradle.
    Kids disco at Rock the Cradle. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Rock the Cradle rope tricks
    Rock the Cradle rope tricks (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold
    Gustafer Yellowgold (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Performing at Rock the Cradle
    Performing at Rock the Cradle (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Live Music ahead at Rock the Cradle.
    Live Music ahead at Rock the Cradle. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • The Ericksons perform in the MIA art gallery during Rock the Cradle
    The Ericksons perform in the MIA art gallery during Rock the Cradle (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
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