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Rock the Cradle

Sunday, July 10
Show | 11am

After a 2-year hiatus, 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.  Because it is summertime, we are setting up an outdoor stage and other outdoor activities in Target Park Courtyard behind the museum in addition to .

In addition to annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco, YourClassical Story Time, there will be live music from Siama’s Congo Roots, McNasty Brass Band, and St Paul School of Rock Youth Road Crew and Eden Prairie School of Rock All Star Tour Band, DJ sets from Lazerbeak and DJ Chamun and pop-up performances from the team at Brains On! Rock the Cradle is perfect for kids up to age 8.

Find out more and plan the day at thecurrent.org and listen to the Rock the Cradle music stream for kids of all ages.

Outdoor Stage Schedule – Target Park

11:00am   Kalpulli Huitzillin: Aztec Dance opening ceremony 

12:00pm   St Paul School of Rock Youth Road Crew

1:00pm     Siama’s Congo Roots

2:30pm     McNasty Brass Band

4:00pm     Eden Prairie School of Rock All Star Tour Band


Kids Disco Schedule Children’s Theater Company Cargill Theater:

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

Pillsbury Auditorium

11 am – 4:30 pm – A collection of YourClassical Story Time videos and music videos from last year’s virtual Rock the Cradle throughout the day. 

Mystery Sounds and Games with Molly Bloom from Brains On! 12-12:30pm and 2-2:30pm

Mia Family Programs Activities:

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

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

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

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

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 



Rock the Cradle is presented by Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Children’s Theatre Company, MacPhail Center for Music, SALA Architects, GoGo squeeZ, Bell Museum, Walker West Music Academy