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Rock the Cradle®: March 6, 2016

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March 03, 2016

Rock the Cradle 2016
Rock the Cradle returns March 6, 2016
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Since we're all counting down the days until warmer temperatures arrive, The Current wanted to give you another reason to help you through the bitter cold: Rock the Cradle returns Sunday, March 6!

Presented by The Current and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we're excited to offer another free event for kids and their grown-ups at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children's Theatre Company, featuring musical performances, hands-on activities, engaging experiences with station hosts and plenty of surprises along the way. Rock the Cradle has something for the whole family!

Plan your day with the guide below while you listen to our new Rock the Cradle music stream for kids of all ages and their grown-ups with kid-friendly tunes alongside parenting tips from Dr. Chawla of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, plus story time read by The Current DJs every night at 7 p.m. CT.

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Rock the Cradle 2016
Sunday, March 6
Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S
Minneapolis, Minn. 55404
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT
Recommended for kids ages two to eight (and their grown-ups)

Find additional details and a helpful FAQ below.

Rock the Cradle 2016 Program Guide

Let's Get Silly

All times are subject to change.


Children's Theatre Company – Cargill Stage, first floor
Sponsored by Pizza Luce
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cut a rug with The Current DJs at the biggest, craziest, wildest dance party in town! Nobody gets down like we do.


10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – DJ Sean McPherson
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – DJ Jade
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – House of Dance and DJ Jill Riley
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – DJ Jake Rudh
2:30 to 3:30p.m. – DJ Andrea Swensson
3:30 to 5 p.m. – DJ Mark Wheat

Note: Please leave strollers in the designated stroller area, to ensure the Kids' Disco dance floor is open for all to enjoy!


Children's Theatre Company – first Floor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop by The Current merchandise and membership table by the Kids' Disco to become a member and get special Rock the Cradle and The Current merch. All purchases support The Current and make events like Rock the Cradle possible.


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

Our favorite kids' bands singing songs that adults and kids can enjoy together. Featuring Choo Choo Bob's Presents Engineer Paul and Friends, Lucy Michelle and BATO BATO! Get ready to move, groove and have fun with your little one!


11:15 to 11:45 a.m. – Choo Choo Bob's Presents Engineer Paul and Friends
12 to 12:30 p.m. – Lucy Michelle
12:45 to 1:45 p.m. – BATO BATO! Breck School's Marimba Band
2 to 3 p.m. – House of Dance Breakdance Session
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. – Choo Choo Bob's Presents Engineer Paul and Friends
4 to 4:30 p.m. – Lucy Michelle


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Reception Hall, third Floor

Say cheese!


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Cargill Gallery, lobby
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Goblins, wizards, trolls, elves, animals, and pathways amid craggy trees: such are the subjects that captivated Richard Holzschuh, a gifted illustrator in the tradition of Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielson. Stop by the Cargill Gallery off the lobby to enjoy jolly, wondrous, slightly menacing and meticulously executed drawings, watercolors, pastels and prints full of absorbing detail.


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Pillsbury Auditorium, second floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Story Time returns with DJs from The Current along with special guests reading some of their favorite kids' books, complete with colorful pages projected overhead.


11 to 11:30 a.m. – Jill Riley
12 to 12:30 p.m. – Engineer Paul and Engineer Emily from Choo Choo Bob
1 to 1:30 p.m. – Jade
2 to 2:30 p.m. – deM Atlas
3 to 3:30 p.m. – Jake Rudh
4 to 4:30 p.m. – Brian Oake

Note: Strollers are not allowed in the Pillsbury Auditorium. Please leave them in the designated stroller area.


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Fountain Court, second floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mighty Media Press has a super fun and experiential "active-teeny" to introduce kids to democracy and making a difference called Monster Needs Your Vote. Take your picture with the candidate, Monster, and cast your vote for what Monster should fight for next to get an "I VOTED" button!

Mighty Media Press, a local children's publishing company, delivers captivating books and media that ignite a child's curiosity, imagination, social consciousness and sense of adventure. Inspiring Future Adults Since 2013. Mighty Minds. Mighty Kids. Mighty Future. Be Mighty!


Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children's Theatre Company – various spaces
12 to 3 p.m.

Listen closely as you wander the art galleries and event space and you might stumble upon a musical explosions from the McNasty Brass Band, a group that combines the spirit of New Orleans with elements of Prince, old school funk, and a splash of R&B.


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

By age four, a child's brain is more than twice as active as an adult's. Visit the Children's Minnesota Amazing Kid Zone and give your kids the chance to play, discover and explore. Activities include reading, coloring, hula hooping, hop scotching and more. Also look for the prize wheel and snap a photo with Twinkle, Children's mascot. Come and learn why Children's Minnesota is for the most amazing people on earth.


Minneapolis Institute of Art – 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!


Minneapolis Institute of Art – studios, first 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! Kids can use hundreds of YOXO links to 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. We can't wait to see you all in the YOXO room!


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

Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America will have tents, fun animal mascots, plus car races and giant board games, so stop by for a great time.


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Family Area, first floor
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Reception Hall, third floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Do you like butterflies? UCare has the goods. Stop by and get creative.


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Reception Hall, third floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ever thought about getting your kids into guitar, or maybe getting back into it yourself? Come to the jamstik stage to learn a few chords and see why everyone is so excited about the jamstik+ digital SmartGuitar. Local company Zivix, makers of the jamstik, is also highlighting a new musical product that will have you and your kids rocking out like never before. It's on-stage fun for all-ages, and a fantastic photo opportunity!


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Target Galleries, second floor
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Free for Rock the Cradle attendees, State of the Art offers a snapshot of contemporary art that examines the ways in which people innovate with materials old and new to engage deeply with issues relevant to our times.


Minneapolis Institute of Art – Reception Hall and Children's Theatre, Cargill Stage
12 to 3 p.m.

House of Dance Twin Cities staff and students will be performing two live hip hop dance classes for youth and families to join in on the fun. Check out the Kids' Disco and Live Music set times for more info.


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.

Thank You, Sponsors


Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

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. - 7:00 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!