Kid-friendly Rock the Cradle 2020

Rock the Cradle Sunday, March 8, 2020 V2

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55401


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, March 8 to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Enjoy annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco Dance Party with Twinkle the mascot, Pop Up Story Time with The Current’s DJs, live music from The Jolly Pops, and more. Find sponsor activities spread throughout the museum, including singalongs and stories in the Amazing Kid Zone from Children’s Minnesota, an art activity for Mia’s Family Day, Classical Kids Storytime, performances by Siama's Congo Roots (presented by Classical MPR), and lots more. Fuel up with free snacks from GoGo squeeZ and get a caffeine boost from Peace Coffee. 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 to ensure an enjoyable experience for all guests. To help us reach this goal, please note the following items when preparing for your visit.

The event start time is 11 a.m. families that arrive early may wait in the Minneapolis Institute of Art lobby until the galleries open at 11 a.m.

Parking: On-street and ramp parking are available surrounding the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Paid event parking is available in the ramp next to Mia and at nearby surface lots ($12/day). Free off-site parking and shuttle are available in the Wells Fargo parking ramp at 28th St. East and 4th Ave. South.

Shuttle Route: Approximate driving time: 15 minutes. The shuttle service will run 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Strollers and such: To make this event as pleasant as possible for all guests, please leave strollers behind unless they are necessary. Strollers are allowed, though use may be restricted during busy times and in certain activity areas. Note: strollers cannot go into Pillsbury Auditorium. Due to limited capacity, the museum is unable to check strollers in the coat check.

Babies may be worn, but only on the front.

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

Supervise children at all times.

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

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 Snack Bar the third floor Reception Hall.

Be aware of emergency procedures. Should a child become separated from their parent or guardian, please notify the closest Mia or The Current employee/volunteer and go directly to the security desk in the museum’s 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 host Minneapolis Institute of Art. Enjoy the day!

Mia First Floor

Children's Minnesota Amazing Kid Zone Location: Wells Fargo Community Room G120 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Children's Minnesota Amazing Kid Zone - Sing, read, play, and share your amazing creativity with Children's Minnesota. Be sure to stop at the Children's Minnesota prize wheel on second floor under the marble stairs, to spin for a prize.

Mia's Family Day Artful Compositions Location: Studios 111 - 113 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Create your very own artful compositions using poms poms, buttons, and more on a music sheet 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 break? Step into the Family Room and enjoy some down time.

Sing, Play, Learn, with MacPhail Center for Music Location: Friends Community Room G178 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!

YWCA Minneapolis Location: Star Tribune Foundation Atrium G180 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate what your mind and body can do. Engage with early learning teachers and specialists for story time, music and mindfulness activities.

Call to Mind Location: Star Tribune Foundation Atrium G180 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Call to Mind is APM | MPR’s mental health initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Call to Mind is curating books for DJ story time and bringing CalmConnect to Rock the Cradle. CalmConnect is a sensorimotor multimedia program designed to transform the mind and body, and is used in more than 10,000 school districts, therapy centers, hospitals, and homes.

Mia Second Floor

DJ Kool Akiem Location: Sit Investment Associates Gallery G200 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

DJ Kool Akiem is a renowned DJ, music producer and pioneer of the Twin Cities Hip-Hop community. He has shared stages with artists like Atmosphere, Public Enemy, The Roots and many more. Kiddos can collaborate with DJ Kool Akiem to explore the art and science of DJing – scratching, mixing, beat-making with digital and analog sources.

Button Making with MPR Membership Location: Corridor G263B 11 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

Join MPR’s membership team and try your hand at button making. Color your own button and the team will help you assemble it! You can wear it, display it on your jacket, or on your backpack. This activity is fun for kids and their grown ups – make your masterpiece with the membership team and learn about how you can support the public radio that you love.

Pillsbury Auditorium Activities

Location: Pillsbury Auditorium 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Take a seat in the Pillsbury Auditorium and get musical!

11:30 a.m. Intro to ukulele strumalong & singalong with Katy Vernon
12 p.m. Siama’s Congo Roots
12:30 p.m Intro to ukulele strumalong & singalong with Katy Vernon
1:00 p.m. Classical Kids Storytime
1:30 p.m. Intro to ukulele strumalong & singalong with Katy Vernon
2:00 p.m. Siama’s Congo Roots
2:30 p.m. Classical Kids Storytime
3:00 p.m. Siama’s Congo Roots
3:30 p.m. Classical Kids Storytime

Intro to ukulele strumalong & singalong with Katy Vernon Location: Pillsbury Auditorium 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

The sweetest little instrument enjoying the biggest comeback is the humble ukulele. During this beginner session you will learn basic chord shapes and easy strumming to a collection of favorite tunes. Whether you emerge a ukulele devotee or simply have fun singing along we are excited to get ukey with you. Ukuleles provided by Groth Music

Classical Kids Storytime Location: Pillsbury Auditorium 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

A soundtrack as big as their imaginations! See classic stories set to classical music, told live by Classical MPR's Scott Blankenship. Stream or download past episodes at

Siama’s Congo Roots Location: Pillsbury Auditorium 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

Dance along to catchy songs with Classical MPR and performances by Siama’s Congo Roots! Siama’s music is filled with joyful harmonies and infectious rhythms inspired by traditional music from his home in rural Congo. Everyone is welcome, and everyone will enjoy!

All Energy Solar Location: The Regis Fountain Court G235 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn about the wonders of solar energy! Take an adventure alongside a solar pioneer via our activity books, with fun such as coloring pages, solar word searches, an energy maze and more.

Bell Museum Location: 24th Street Entrance 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

All birds have feathers and those feathers come in a variety of colors and patterns to help birds fly, hide from predators or attract a mate. Birds live in a variety of different habitats, eat a wide range of foods and have special adaptations to meet their needs. Become a natural historian as you use your skills of observation to match feathers to birds and birds to habitats in a fun interactive game with the Bell Museum. Follow the tracks and create your own bird track stamp card to take home.

Children's Minnesota Prize Wheel Location: Corridor G263B 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Art Carts Location: Galleries 259, 365, 377 12 p.m – 4 p.m.

Explore and handle specially selected art objects from around the world:
America’s Art Cart, gallery 259 Photography Art Cart, gallery 365 Modern Art Cart, gallery 377

Mia Third Floor

Kids' Disco and Live Music

Location: Reception Hall 381 11 a.m. – 4:30 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 and two performances from The Jolly Pops. Join Twinkle and Sparkle, the Children's Minnesota mascots, on the dancefloor. Plus free Peace Coffee and GoGo squeeZ!

DJ and Live Music Schedule

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Jade
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m – The Jolly Pops
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Mark Wheat
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – The Jolly Pops
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Andrea Swensson
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Jay Gabler

Pizza Luce Location: Reception Hall 381 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hang out with the Pizza Luce team and have some temporary tattoo fun.

St. Paul Saints Baseball Club Location: Reception Hall 381 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Park Dental/The Dental Specialists Location: Donna and Cargill MacMillan Atrium G380 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Stop by for a free toothbrush and learn all about good brushing habits then head over to our photo booth to show off your big smile!

Sala Architects Location: Gallery 378 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Build with blocks or fold paper houses with SALA Architects, and see how building with your hands what you see in your mind is for every age!

Pop Up Performances from 123 Balloonz Location: Various 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

As parents, uncles, aunts, and teachers, this group of Twin Cities-based performers, decided to put their creative talent to the benefit of the little ones. 123 Balloonz teaches and reinforces skills through song, dance, life lessons, and builds neural pathways that allow kids to assert independence in their choices.

School of Fish Location: Medtronic Photography Court G363 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

What do your wiggles sound like? School of Fish is an interactive sound installation where you can learn how sound acts when you move around and make music with your whole body. Location: Miles and Shirley Fiterman Gallery G330 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with performances at 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m

Catholic schools are all about creation! Create a Calder stabile paper structure! You can also participate in a religious art scavenger hunt for a chance to win a fabulous prize! And because music is instrumental to Catholic education, hear a hand chime ensemble from St. Joseph Catholic School in Rosemount!

Pop Up Story Time Location: Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn Gallery G350 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Current DJs will read their favorite kids' stories alongside a curated list of books from Call to Mind, Minnesota Public Radios, mental health and well being initiative.

12 p.m. – 12: 30 p.m. – Jade
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Jay Gabler
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Andrea Swensson
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Mark Wheat

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MacPhail Center for Music

Pizza Lucé

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St. Paul Saints

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Park Dental

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The Dental Specialists

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YWCA Minneapolis

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All Energy Solar

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Peace Coffee

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GoGo SqueeZ

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Bell Museum

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Sala Architects

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