Rock the Cradle®: April 12, 2015

Rock the Cradle 2015
Rock the Cradle 2015 (MPR / Sladjana Dirakovic)

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 by The Current's Nate Ryan of scenes around the museum below and from the Snap Yourself! photo booth here.

Register for Rock the Cradle

Let us know you'll be attending Rock the Cradle 2015 to receive additional information closer to the event and to enter for a chance to win a $150 gift card to the Wedge Community Co-op!

Let us know you'll be attending Rock the Cradle 2015

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Details

Sunday, April 12, 2015
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts/Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Please note I-94 has re-opened in both directions.

Activites

Rock the Cradle 2015 Program Guide
All times are subject to change.

DJ STORY TIME

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Pillsbury Auditorium, 2nd floor
Sponsored by ReMax
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

Schedule

11 to 11:30 a.m. – Andrea Swensson
12 to 12:30 p.m. – Jade
1 to 1:30 p.m. – David Campbell
2 to 2:30 p.m. – Jacquie Fuller
3 to 3:30 p.m. – Bill DeVille
4 to 4:30 p.m. – Jill Riley

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

KIDS' DISCO

Children's Theatre Company – Cargill Theater, first floor
Sponsored by Pizza Luce
All day

Join hosts from The Current for the biggest dance party in town! While you're there, capture your day and Snap Yourself! with Twinkle from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Schedule

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Jade
11:30 to 1 p.m. – Mark Wheat
1pm to 2 p.m. – Jim McGuinn
2pm to 3 p.m. – Jill Riley
3pm to 4 p.m. – Jacquie Fuller
4 to 5 p.m. – David Campbell

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

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Reception Hall, third floor
Sponsored by New Horizon Academy and UCare
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Listen to our favorite kid's bands singing songs that adults and kids can both enjoy together. Featuring Bunny Clogs, the Bazillions, Duke Otherwise and the MacPhail Center for Music House Band. Be ready to move, groove and have fun with your little one!

Schedule

11:15 to 11:45 a.m. – Duke Otherwise
12 to 12:30 p.m. – Bunny Clogs
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – The Bazillions
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. – MacPhail Center for Music House Band
2:30 to 3 p.m. – Duke Otherwise
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. – Bunny Clogs
4 to 4:30 p.m. – The Bazillions

POP-UP PERFORMANCES

Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children's Theatre Company – Various spaces
All day

Where's that sound coming from? Listen closely as you wander through the art galleries and event space and you might stumble upon a surprise set from Koo Koo Kanga Roo or glockenspiel duo New Kids on the Glock.

Also, get ready to see the museum in a different way, as performers Levi Weinhagen (Comedy Suitcase) and Carl Atiya Swanson (Savage Umbrella) create an interactive, fun experience for kids and adults alike. Part tour, part show, part improv. Come along and bring your wide eyes.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS AND CLINICS OF MINNESOTA

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Wells Fargo Community Room, first floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Have fun with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota! Get your very own safety coloring book and have fun learning about injury prevention. Get your photo taken with Children's mascot, Twinkle. Also enter a drawing to win fun prizes. The first 2000 guests will get a tote bag.

SING, PLAY, LEARN WITH MACPHAIL CENTER FOR MUSIC

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Friends Community Room, first floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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!

YOXO

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Villa Rosa Room, third floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come and visit YOXO, the sustainable, recyclable, made in the USA, invent-everything-you-can-imagine toy company! The YOXO room will have an awesome maze for kids to find their way through! And, kids can invent a toy, a creature, an instrument, or whatever they can think of, at the YOXO play station, and then have their photo taken with their invention! And don't forget to grab a coloring page featuring Orig, the original YOXO hero. We can't wait to see you all in the YOXO room!

HOUSE OF DANCE TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA'S CENTER FOR HIP HOP ARTS

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Atrium, first floor
12 to 4 p.m.

House of Dance Twin Cities staff and students will be performing three live hip hop dance segments that will include a free volunteer-based class for youth and families to join in on the fun!

DJ Hampster Dance will accompany each House of Dance segment and spin your favorite tunes throughout the day.

THEATRE ARTS TRAINING AT CHILDREN'S THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS STEP INTO NEVERLAND, A CREATIVE DRAMATICS WORKSHOP

Children's Theatre Company – Target Lobby, second floor
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Take the second star to the right to become pirates, mermaids, fairies and lost boys. Lead by Children's Theatre Company's professional Teaching Artists, come explore Neverland with your actor's tools: your body, voice and imagination.

NORTHERN STAR COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Children's Theatre Company – Target Lobby, second floor
All day

Northern Star Council will have tents, fun animal mascots, along with car races and giant board games so stop by for a great time.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS AND CLINICS OF MINNESOTA FAMILY ROOM

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Family Room, first floor
All day

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.

CRAFTY CROWNS

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Studios 111-113, first floor
Sponsored by MIA Family Day
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Be inspired by incredible crowns worn by the Hapsburg family and royalty around the world, then get creative and make a fabulous crown of your own.

WEDGE COMMUNITY CO-OP SNACK BAR

Children's Theatre Company – Cargill Theatre, first floor and Target Lobby, second floor
All day

Complementary Snacks provided by Wedge Community Co-op. The Wedge Community Co-op, a full service grocery store has been connecting people to local growers, suppliers, farmers and those who produce with health, sustainability, ethics and community in mind.

SPYHOUSE COFFEE

Children's Theatre Company – Cargill Theatre, first floor
All day

KEYS 4/4 KIDS

Children's Theatre Company – Target Lobby, second floor
All day

Join the crew from Keys 4/4 Kids in celebrating Rock the Cradle! Guided by community artists, every little Jackson Pollock or Frida Kahlo in attendance can help transform a piano from its original state into a work of art. Then, this summer, tour the Pianos on Parade in Saint Paul to see your artist's work come to life!

MINNESOTA UNITED FC


Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Target Courtyard, first floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit Minnesota United FC in the Children's Theater in the Target Lobby on the second floor to design your very own take home soccer scarf. Keep an eye out for our mascot PK the Loon!

ART CARTS

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Various galleries, second and third floors
12 to 4 p.m.

Explore and handle special art objects from around the world.

Schedule

12 to 2 p.m. – Africa
12 to 4 p.m. – Americas
12 to 4 p.m. – China
2 to 4 p.m. – Japan
2 to 4 p.m. – Photography

COOPER & KID

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Atrium, third floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Make a hologram of superhero you! Check out Cooper & Kid, a local company all about the modern father and makers of the instant-Dad-is-awesome box! In the atrium create and decorate your own superhero costume! Then put on a cape and display your superhero actions while Dad or Mom takes a video of you on their smartphone. Turn your video into a hologram with Cooper & Kid's own special hologram box as see yourself flying over Minneapolis! Be sure you grab your exclusive Rock the Cradle discount code to get a leg up on Father's Day. We're so excited to see a room full of superhero families!

Presented By




Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Rock the Cradle 2015 Sponsors




THANK YOU TO OUR HOSTS

Children's Theatre Company and Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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.

Shuttles run from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here is a map of the shuttle service pickup and drop-off sites and MIA parking locations.

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. Note that strollers cannot go into the Pillsbury Auditorium.

Refrain from carrying backpacks, large bags and umbrellas. There is a limited (and 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.

Babies may be worn, but only on the front; no back carriers. Strollers are also allowed, though during busy times and in certain activity areas inside the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children's Theatre Company, 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 Kids' Disco and in the Snack Bar in the Cargill Theatre and Target Lobby at the Children's Theatre Company.

Be aware of emergency procedures. Should a child become separated from their parent or guardian, please notify the closest Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Children's Theatre Company or The 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.

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

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