Photos: Relive the fun of Rock the Cradle 2020

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Children's Minnesota mascots dance at Rock the Cradle 2020.
Children's Minnesota mascots dance at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)

On a beautiful spring day, kids and their adults filled the Minneapolis Institute of Art yesterday for Rock the Cradle, our annual party for the Twin Cities' youngest music lovers. Once again, we were pleased to partner with our presenting sponsor Children's Minnesota.

DJs spun dance-able tunes in the Kids' Disco, pausing for performances by the Jolly Pops. Around the corner, the same hosts sat down for Pop-Up Storytime with books including some titles hand-picked by our colleagues at Call to Mind. In the Pillsbury Auditorium, Siama's Congo Roots took turns onstage with Classical Kids Storytime and a ukulele "strumalong" with Katy Vernon and Jim McGuinn.

Add beat making with DJ Kool Akiem, pop-up performances by 123 Balloonz, and you're still just scratching the surface of the fun activities families enjoyed. Check out the photo gallery below for a glimpse of how the day unfolded. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and don't forget: the dancing never has to stop. Our Rock the Cradle Radio stream is available on The Current app, via our website, and on your smart speaker.

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  • Opportunities for face time at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Opportunities for face time at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Jade DJs at the Kids' Disco during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Jade DJs at the Kids' Disco during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing at the Kids' Disco during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing at the Kids' Disco during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Activities at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Activities at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing with DJ Jade at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing with DJ Jade at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Learning baseball skills at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Learning baseball skills at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Learning baseball skills at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Learning baseball skills at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Building with Sala Architects at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Building with Sala Architects at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Building paper houses with Sala Architects at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Building paper houses with Sala Architects at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Enjoying Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Enjoying Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Fun with sound at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Fun with sound at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Katy Vernon and Jim McGuinn teach ukulele at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Katy Vernon and Jim McGuinn teach ukulele at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Jim McGuinn teaches ukulele at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Jim McGuinn teaches ukulele at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Learning ukulele at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Learning ukulele at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Coloring at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Coloring at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • A video interview at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    A video interview at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Spinning for Children's Minnesota swag at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Spinning for Children's Minnesota swag at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • A FindCatholicSchools.org banner at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    A FindCatholicSchools.org banner at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Making crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Making crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Making crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Making crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Jay Gabler reads at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Jay Gabler reads at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Jay Gabler reads at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Jay Gabler reads at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • A chime ensemble performs at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    A chime ensemble performs at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Jade reads at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Jade reads at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Jade reads at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Jade reads at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Mark Wheat at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Mark Wheat at Pop-Up Storytime during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing in the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing in the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Meeting a Children's Minnesota star at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Meeting a Children's Minnesota star at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Siama's Congo Roots perform at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Siama's Congo Roots perform at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Siama's Congo Roots perform at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Siama's Congo Roots perform at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Siama's Congo Roots perform at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Siama's Congo Roots perform at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Getting wild with the Jolly Pops at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Getting wild with the Jolly Pops at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing in the kids' disco at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing in the kids' disco at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing in the kids' disco at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing in the kids' disco at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Learning about mental health at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Learning about mental health at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Fun with a parachute at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Fun with a parachute at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • 123 Balloonz perform at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    123 Balloonz perform at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • 123 Balloonz perform at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    123 Balloonz perform at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Learning with music at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Learning with music at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Crafts at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Children's Minnesota Family Room at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Children's Minnesota Family Room at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Beat making with DJ Kook Akiem at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Beat making with DJ Kook Akiem at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Making buttons at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Making buttons at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Experiencing art at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Experiencing art at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • A peaceful moment at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    A peaceful moment at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing with DJ Mark Wheat at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing with DJ Mark Wheat at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • The Jolly Pops perform at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    The Jolly Pops perform at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • The Jolly Pops perform at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    The Jolly Pops perform at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • The Jolly Pops perform at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    The Jolly Pops perform at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Kids interact with the Jolly Pops at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Kids interact with the Jolly Pops at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Andrea Swensson reads during Pop-Up Storytime at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Andrea Swensson reads during Pop-Up Storytime at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Fun with sound at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Fun with sound at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art lobby during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Minneapolis Institute of Art lobby during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Making buttons at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Making buttons at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Jay Gabler poses in the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Jay Gabler poses in the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Button-making supplies at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Button-making supplies at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Scott Blankenship at Classical Kids Storytime, Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Scott Blankenship at Classical Kids Storytime, Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Scott Blankenship at Classical Kids Storytime, Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Scott Blankenship at Classical Kids Storytime, Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing in the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing in the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing in the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing in the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Andrea Swensson looks over the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Andrea Swensson looks over the Kids' Disco at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Andrea Swensson and her daughter at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Andrea Swensson and her daughter at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Dancing at the Kids' Disco during Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Dancing at the Kids' Disco during Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Activities at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Activities at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)
  • Mark Wheat reads during Pop-Up Storytime at Rock the Cradle 2020.
    Mark Wheat reads during Pop-Up Storytime at Rock the Cradle 2020. (Helen Teague/MPR)

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