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Rock the Cradle — a free day of family fun with The Current and Children’s Minnesota

Rock the Cradle Image 1As 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 2017
When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, April 9
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis
Admission: Free
Recommended for kids ages 2-8 (and their grown-ups).

Join Children’s Minnesota for fun throughout the day

  • Children’s Minnesota Amazing Kid Zone – Play, read and share your amazing creativity with Children’s. Enjoy spring-themed story times with fun art projects and music activities.
  • Join Twinkle, the Children’s Minnesota mascot, on the dance floor in the Kid’s Disco or lounge in comfy chairs and play with fun toys.
  • Give the giant wheel a spin and collect a fantastic prize.
  • Need a quiet space? Step into the Family Room for downtime.

Whether you’ve been to Rock the Cradle every year or you’re attending for the first time, there is a lot to experience, including:

  • House of Dance Twin Cities – Learn hip-hop dance moves all day.
  • Story time with The Current’s DJs.
  • Live performers – McNASTY BRASS BAND and BATO BATO! Breck School’s Marimba Band.
  • Theatre arts training with Children’s Theatre Company.
  • Paint a picture-perfect portrait with artists and educators from Mia’s free Family Day program.
  • Beats with Beak- Join Doomtree producer Lazerbeak to learn all about beats and how to make them.
  • And more! For a complete list of Rock the Cradle activities and musicians, go to rockthecradle.org.

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, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, and story time every night at 7 p.m., where hosts and friends of The Current read kids’ stories before bedtime.


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Images courtesy of Nate Ryan

Rachel Patterson