Kid-friendly Rock the Cradle 2018

Sponsored by 89.3 The Current

Rock the Cradle
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Minneapolis Institute of Art / Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
888 642 2787

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The Current’s annual free, no ticket required Rock the Cradle event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture returns Sunday, February 11 to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. Take in story time with author, Nancy Carlson, enjoy a Pop Up Classical performance from Chione, in addition to annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco and Pop Up Story Time with The Current’s DJs plus live music from Bato Bato!, Brian Just, DJ Keezy, Andy Cook and friends. Rock the Cradle is perfect for kids up to age 8.

Presented by The Current and Children's Minnesota.

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Additional Details and FAQ

The Current works closely with the Minneapolis Institute of Art 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.

Parking: Street and ramp parking are available around Children's Theatre Company and Minneapolis Institute of Art sites. Event parking is available in the ramp next door to CTC and nearby surface lots for a fee of $10/day. Additional free parking is available at the nearby Wells Fargo lot with shuttle service that will run 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 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 Art 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 Art, 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 Art. Enjoy the day!

Children's Theatre Company Activities

Kids' Disco

Location: Cargill Stage

10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sponsored by Pizza Lucé, Park Dental/The Dental Specialists, St. Paul Saints

Let loose in the Kids' Disco with live DJing from The Current hosts. Join Twinkle, the Children's Minnesota mascot, on the dancefloor, or lounge in comfy chairs and play with fun toys. Plus free Peace Coffee, Pazazz Apples and GoGo squeeZ yogurtZ!

DJ Schedule

10:30 a.m. - noon – Lindsay Kimball
Noon - 1:30 p.m. – Toki Wright
1:30 - 3 p.m. – Jade
3 - 5 p.m. – Mark Wheat

Schedule

Park Dental/The Dental Specialists

Location: Cargill Stage

10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Decorate a Tooth Fairy box for lost teeth and learn best practices in dental hygiene.

St. Paul Saints

Location: Cargill Stage

10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Check out the St. Paul Saints exhibit, where children can participate and learn basic motor skills with some inflatable baseball activities. Remember: Fun Is Good!

Children's Minnesota Prize Wheel

Location: Cargill Rotunda

10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Give the giant wheel a spin and collect a fantastic prize from Children's Minnesota.

Mia Activities

First Floor

Children's Minnesota Amazing Kid Zone

Location: Wells Fargo Community Room

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Children's Minnesota Amazing Kid Zone - Play, read and share your amazing creativity with Children's Minnesota. Join the winter-themed story time with fun art projects and music activities.

Sing, Play, Learn, with MacPhail Center for Music

Location: Friends Community Room

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Mia's Family Day

Location: Studios

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Paint a picture-perfect portrait with artists and educators from Mia's free Family Day program. On the second Sunday of every month, the museum is filled with hands-on art activities, live music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, family tours and more — all inspired by Mia's incredible collection.

Children's Minnesota Family Room

Location: Family Area

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

BATO BATO! Breck School's Marimba Band

Location: Main Lobby

11 a.m. - 1 p.m

BATO BATO! consists of almost 30 high school students, 9 marimbas and a plethora of percussion. Although their style is deeply rooted in Latin rhythms and the Shona music of Zimbabwe, they also love to play marimbafied renditions of their favorite pop, alternative, rock, rap and soul songs.

Second Floor

Story Time with Nancy Carlson

Location: Pillsbury Auditorium

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Nancy is the author and illustrator of over 60 picture books including bestseller I LIKE ME and LOOK OUT KINDERGARTEN HERE I COME. Nancy graduated from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in printmaking. When she is not drawing or writing, you can find her up in northern Minnesota hiking. Check out her website at www.nancycarlson.com

Theatre Arts Training

Location: Pillsbury Auditorium

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join teaching artists from Children's Theatre Co. to activate your body, voice and mind. Become characters and act out stories on an adventure into your imagination.

Minnesota College Savings Plan

Location: Fountain Court

11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Spin the wheel to win a prize.

Minnesota Waldorf School

Location: Fountain Court

11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Let's get crafty and construct a paper and ribbon whirligig!

Art Carts

Location: Galleries 259 and 377

12 – 4 p.m.

Explore and handle specially selected art objects from around the world:

America's Art Cart, gallery 259
China Art Cart, gallery 218
Modern Art Cart, gallery 377

Third Floor

Live Music

Location: Reception Hall

11:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by UCare & Parent Aware & Think Small

Dance and sing along to music that kids and their grownups will both enjoy!

Live music Schedule
11:15-11:45 – Brian Just
11:45-12:45 – DJ Keezy
12:45-1:15 – Brian Just
1:15-2:15 – DJ Keezy
2:15-2:45 – Andy Cook & Friends
2:45-3:45 – DJ Keezy
3:45-4:30 - Andy Cook & Friends

UCare

Location: Reception Hall

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Team up with UCare and other Rock the Cradle attendees and get hands-on with a fun clothespin caterpillar art project.

Parent Aware

Location: Reception Hall

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Get a free set of Parent Aware Crayons and take part in two coloring activities! In the first, children will get a blank canvas to color in their interpretation of a shining star. In the second, Rock the Cradle kids will get animal bookmarks to color in and take home for their favorite books.

Think Small

Location: Reception Hall

11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Parents, stop by to learn about Think Small ParentPowered Texts a free program with quick, fun activity ideas to make sure your little one is on their way to being kindergarten ready. Rock the Cradle kids will get a temporary tattoo and bookmark to take home.

Pop Up Classical

Location: Baroque Gallery

2 - 5 p.m.

Connecting classical artists with the communities they come from, Pop Up Classical stages live performances in unexpected places. We're excited to share Chione [kiōn], a Twin Cities-based woodwind quintet comprised of innovative and cross-disciplinary women.

Pop Up Story Time

Location: The Silver Court

1 - 3:30 p.m.

The Current DJs will read their favorite kids' stories alongside new books about music from our Rock and Roll Book Club.

Schedule
1-1:30 p.m. – Jill Riley
2-2:30 p.m. – Jay Gabler
3-3:30 p.m. – Jay Gabler

Presented By

Rock the Cradle is presented by Children's Minnesota. sponsor logo

Event Sponsors

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MacPhail Center for Music

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Peace Coffee


Pizza Lucé

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UCare

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Parent Aware

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St. Paul Saints

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Park Dental/The Dental Specialists

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Think Small

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Minnesota Waldorf School

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Pazazz Apples

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Minnesota College Savings Plan

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Creative Kidstuff

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GoGo SqueeZ yogurtZ

With Additional Support From:

Children's Theatre Company

Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Rock the Cradle Pop Up Ski Party at Afton Alps

Join Children's MN and The Current on Saturday, February 24 for a day filled with music, fun and adventure on the slopes.

Additional musical activity is made possible in part by the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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