Rock the Cradle

At Children’s, we know how important the arts are to kids. What kid doesn’t love to finger paint, sing and make believe? We also believe that experiences like these are essential to the best possible healing journey of a child and family.

At our hospitals and clinics, we have specialists that will visit a child in their room to paint or play music at the bedside. Both our hospitals are full of commissioned art, and we’re adding more all the time. In 2011, we released MN MUSIC 4 MN KIDS, our first-ever music CD, chock full of family-friendly songs from Minnesota musicians.

All of this has a purpose. Research shows that integrating the arts into healthcare supports the physical, mental and emotional recovery of patients. This is something we take to heart. We believe that better journeys mean better outcomes.

In 2012, Children’s is bringing our arts philosophy to the Twin Cities community by sponsoring 89.3 The Current’s Rock the Cradle event on Feb. 26. This free day of music, dancing, art and family fun will be held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children’s Theatre Company.

Plus, we’ve invited COMPAS, one of our many arts partners, to lead a community art project to help kids and their parents explore the symbolism of the circle. Using colors, shapes and designs, parents and kids are invited to create unique Circle Scape tiles that will be combined to create a large community art piece that will be hung at Children’s – St. Paul. Attendees can also participate in a fun make-and-take Circle Scape activity and bring their art home with them.

We’ll also be selling MN MUSIC 4 MN KIDS for a discounted price. And there’s sure to be sightings of Children’s own Twinkle mascot and The Dude from our in-hospital Kids Clubhouse television program.

So, mark your calendar for Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rock the Cradle is sure to be a great event for the whole family. For more information, and to see all the activities lined up for the day, visit The Current’s event page.

Here’s to the health of all children.

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