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

Are these cold winter days making your kids a little antsy? 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 2018
When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11
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)

There is something for the whole family — musical performances, hands-on activities, engaging experiences with station hosts and plenty of surprises along the way.

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 winter-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:

  • MacPhail Center for Music – explore the magic of music and play
  • Story time with author and illustrator Nancy Carlson
  • Live performers –BATO BATO! Breck School’s Marimba Band; Brian Just, DJ Keezy, Andy Cook & Friends
  • Theatre arts training with Children’s Theatre Company
  • Paint a picture-perfect portrait with artists and educators from Mia’s free Family Day program
  • And more! For a complete list of Rock the Cradle activities and musicians, go to


Rock the Cradle Pop Up Ski Party at Afton Alps

Can’t make it to Rock the Cradle on February 11? Join Children’s Minnesota and The Current on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a day filled with music, fun and adventure on the slopes.

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.

Rachel Patterson