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Rock the Cradle at Minneapolis Institute of Art

July 10 @ 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

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After a two-year break, The Current’s annual, free Rock the Cradle event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture returns Sunday, July 10, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. This year, they are setting up an outdoor stage and other outdoor activities in Target Park Courtyard behind the museum.
Rock the Cradle is perfect for kids up to age 8. In addition to annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco and YourClassical Story Time, there will be live music from Siama’s Congo Roots, McNasty Brass Band, and School of Rock Jr House Band and Allstars, DJ sets from Lazerbeak and some of your favorite The Current DJs, plus pop-up performances from the team at Brains On!
Listen to the Rock the Cradle music stream to hear music for kids of all ages.

Schedule of Events:

Outdoor Stage:

  • 12pm ~ St. Paul School of Rock Youth Road Crew
  • 1pm ~ Siama’s Congo Roots
  • 2:30pm ~ McNasty Brass Band
  • 4pm ~ School of Rock All Star Tour Band
  • More events TBA

Pillsbury Auditorium:

  • 11am–4:30pm ~ A collection of YourClassical Story Time videos and music videos from last year’s virtual Rock the Cradle throughout the day.
  • 12-12:30pm & 2-2:30pm ~ Mystery Sounds and Games with Molly Bloom from Brains On!

CTC’s Cargill Theatre:

  • Kids’ Disco
  • Open from 11:00 am – 4:00pm with sets from Lazerbeak and DJ Chamun

Music-Making with MPR Membership:
Make your own maraca with the MPR Membership team! Use it to play along with live music throughout the day in the Target courtyard. You can also learn more about how Members power everything you hear on Minnesota Public Radio.

Location: Target Park / Courtyard 11 am – 4:30pm

Mia Family Programs Activities:

Activity 1: Cardboard Castanets – Studio 111-113, 11-4:30pm. Feel the rhythm and create a percussive instrument with Mia’s Art Team!

Activity 2: Musical collage – Wells Fargo, 11-4:30pm. Create a music-inspired collage in the Cubist style of Braque and Picasso.

Take home activity tote distribution – Mia Main Lobby 11-5pm

Outdoor Games: Grass Courtyard, Target Park 11-4:30pm

Children’s Theater Company Activities:

Activity 1: Corduroy craft! Everyone’s favorite snuggly bear returns to the CTC stage in 2023 to look for his missing button, so help us celebrate CTC’s upcoming season by making your own Corduroy bear! Don’t forget his BUTTON! Located in CTC Target Lobby

Activity 2: Also in the Target Lobby, CTC Theatre Arts Training Teaching Artists will host Music in Motion mini-classes! Skip, leap, jump, and experience the joy of locomotion as you build skills in rhythm, tempo, and dynamics. Stretch your imagination through movement and dance exercises to strengthen fine and gross motor skills.

Class Times:

11:00 – 11:30am

12:00 – 12:30pm



Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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(612) 870-3000

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