The Current’s annual free Rock the Cradle event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture returns Sunday, March 12, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company.
In addition to annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco, and YourClassical Storytime, there will be a DJ set from a Current DJ, K-Pop Performances and Choreography Lessons with Cypher Side Dance School, pop-up performances from the team at Brains On!, and live music from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, TaikoArts Midwest’s Taiko Group ‘Enso Daiko’, The She’s Burgers, and more. Join us for all of this, and more on March 12! Rock the Cradle is perfect for kids up to age 8.
Listen to the Rock the Cradle music stream to hear music for kids of all ages.
Schedule of Events
Performance Stage - MIA Reception Hall (3rd Floor)
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. — Koo Koo Kanga Roo
1:30 p.m. — She’s Burgers
3:30 p.m. — TaikoArts Midwest’s Taiko Group ‘Enso Daiko’
Kids Disco - CTC’s Cargill Theatre
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — The Current DJ Ayisha Jaffer
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — K-Pop Performance and Choreography Lesson with Cypher Side Dance School
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — The Current DJ Ayisha Jaffer
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. — K-Pop Performance and Choreography Lesson with Cypher Side Dance School
3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — The Current DJ Bill DeVille
Performance Schedule - MIA Rotunda (2nd Floor)
11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:00 p.m. — Heliopsis
Performance Schedule - Pillsbury Auditorium
11:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m. — Irish Dance Performance by Celtic Junction Arts Center
2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. — Brains On! Pop-Ups with Molly Bloom
Between BrainsOn! performances, there will be screenings YourClassical Storytime videos as a nice place for families and kids to relax and take a break if needed.
MIA Family Programs Activities
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Join MIA and Curiosity Studio for a music-themed art-making activity in Studios 111 - 113
MacPhail Center for Music: Sing, Play, and Learn – Mia Wells Fargo Room (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Bell Museum of Natural History: Space Exploration, Mia 2nd Floor Rotunda (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
SALA Architects: Build a Paper House, Mia 3rd floor, Gallery 378 (11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Little Moments Count: Fun Giveaways and Information about Early Childhood Education, CTC MacMillan Family Lobby (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
GoGo squeeZ: Table with Samples, Kids’ Disco / CTC Cargill Theater (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Park Dental: Free Toothbrush, Learn About Good Brushing Habits, and Photo Ops to Showcase Your Big Smile! — Kids’ Disco / CTC Cargill Theater (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Minnesota Waldorf School: Raffia Crown Making, Mia 3rd floor outside Reception Hall (11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts: Make a Fairy or Crocodile, Mia 3rd floor outside Reception Hall (11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Pizza Lucé: Coloring Sheets, Kids’ Disco / CTC Cargill Theater (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Celtic Junction Arts Center: Coloring Activity, Mia 2nd floor outside Pillsbury Auditorium (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Children’s Theatre Company: Make Your Own Corduroy Bear, CTC MacMillan Family Lobby (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Agriculture Café in Minneapolis Institute of Art (10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.)
GoGo squeeZ samples in CTC Cargill Theater (10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.)
Stroller Parking: Kids’ Disco (CTC Cargill Stage), Mia Pillsbury Auditorium (Near Regis Fountain), Mia Reception Hall (MacMillan Atrium).
Event parking is $15 in ramp. The MIA parking ramp adjacent to CTC is currently under renovation, and has limited availability. Street parking can be found around MIA and CTC.
Bag Check: Bags allowed into the galleries will be tagged, large bags will be required to be checked at the 3rd Avenue entrance or the entrance at the Target Wing.
Minneapolis Institute of Art: More information here
Children’s Theatre Company: All activities at Children’s Theatre Company are ADA Accessible.
An ADA accessible seating area is located in the Reception Hall for performances taking place there.
This event is free and open to the public, but we encourage you to fill in the RSVP form below to let us know you’ll be there.
Rock the Cradle is presented by Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Children's Theatre Company, MacPhail Center for Music, SALA Architects, GoGo squeeZ, Bell Museum of Natural History, Celtic Junction Arts Center, Park Dental, Minnesota Parent, Minnesota Waldorf School, Little Moments Count, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Pizza Lucé.