Rock the Cradle

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Rock the Cradle — a free day of family fun

As winter slowly makes an exit, get your family out of the house and enjoy a free day of music, dancing, art and fun at Rock the Cradle, sponsored by The Current and Children’s Minnesota. It’s a free event for kids and their grown-ups.

What: Rock the Cradle 2016
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis
Admission: Free
More info: Recommended for kids ages 2-8 (and their grown-ups)

There is something for the whole family — enjoy musical performances, hands-on activities, and engaging experiences with hosts.

Visit the Children’s Amazing Kid Zone
By age 4, a child’s brain is more than twice as active as an adult’s. Give your kids the chance to play, discover and explore. New this year, activities include reading, coloring, hula hoop, hopscotch and more. For more Children’s fun:

  • Look for the giant star! Snap a photo and dance with Twinkle, Children’s mascot.
  • Stop at the prize wheel and give it a spin.
  • Be one of 1,500 guests to Rock the Cradle and get a free Children’s tote bag to carry the fun stuff you’ll collect along the way.

And for the patients and families at Children’s Minnesota who won’t be attending Rock the Cradle, musician Lucy Michelle visited Star Studio, Children’s own in-house TV station. She was a guest on the Star Studio Music Series. Patients and families can watch the show from their rooms at the Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals.

Singer-songwriter Lucy Michelle will perform at Star Studio.
Singer-songwriter Lucy Michelle performs for the Star Studio Music Series. She’ll also perform at Rock the Cradle.

New this year
Whether you’ve been to Rock the Cradle every year or you’re experiencing it for the first time, there are a lot of new activities and music to enjoy.

  • Monster needs your vote: Mighty Media Press is introducing kids to democracy and making a difference. Take your picture with the candidate, Monster, and cast your vote for what Monster should fight for next to get an “I VOTED” button.
  • Roving musicians: The McNasty Brass Band will be playing music for you throughout the event. Based in the Twin Cities this band combines the spirit of New Orleans with elements of Prince, old-school funk, and a splash of R&B.
  • New live performers:
    • Choo Choo Bob’s presents Engineer Paul and Friends
    • BATO BATO! Breck School’s Marimba Band
  • JamStik: 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 smart guitar.

The event will also include annual favorites such as the hip-hop dance lessons, kids’ disco, story time with The Current’s DJs, live music and more. 

Rock the Cradle streaming radio

You don’t have to wait until the event to dance and sing along with The Current. Minnesota Public Radio and The Current’s Rock the Cradle streaming radio is sponsored by Children’s Minnesota and offers the best music for children and adults to enjoy as a family. Rock it at home, during meals, in your vehicle, on the playground, on the way to school, everywhere on a smartphone or computer. Plus, it has tips for parents provided by Dr. Gigi Chawla, senior medical director of primary care, and story time every night at 7 p.m., where hosts and friends of The Current read kids’ stories before bedtime.

For a complete list of Rock the Cradle activities and musicians, go to