Rock The Cradle Returns July 10

Jul 1, 2022

The family friendly music and art event will take place at the
Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company   

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 30, 2022 – After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Rock the Cradle, The Current’s annual, free event for kids and adults, is back July 10 with a summery lineup of indoor and outdoor performances and activities. Catch the fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and Children's Theatre Company with an outdoor stage and activities in Target Park Courtyard behind the museum. 

Programming is open to the public and designed for kids up to 8, with favorites such as the Kids' Disco and YourClassical Story Time as well as an array of live music, DJ sets with favorite hosts from The Current and pop-up performances from the team at Brains On!  

The event schedule includes: 

Rock the Cradle Outdoor Stage Schedule – Target Park  

11 a.m. - Kalpulli Huitzillin: Aztec Dance opening ceremony  

Noon – St. Paul School of Rock Youth Road Crew  

1 p.m. - Siama’s Congo Roots  

2:30 p.m. McNasty Brass Band  

4 p.m. - Eden Prairie School of Rock All Star Tour Band  


Music-Making with MPR Membership – Target Park Courtyard – Wells Fargo Patio  

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. 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  


Mia Galleries and museum spaces open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Mia Family Programs Activities:  

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

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

Take home activity tote distribution – Mia Main Lobby 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  


Classical Kids Storytime and Brains On! Pop Ups with Molly Bloom - Pillsbury Auditorium  

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

Brains On! Pop-Ups with Molly Bloom noon-12:30 p.m. and 2-2:30 p.m.  


Children’s Theater Company Activities - Target Lobby:  

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! 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

Activity 2: 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. Music in Motion Class Times: 11 – 11:30 a.m., noon – 12:30 p.m., 1– 1:30 p.m.  


Kids Disco Schedule Children’s Theater Company - Cargill Theater:  

11– noon DJ Lazerbeak  

1– 2 p.m. The Current DJ and program director Lindsay Kimball   

3 – 4 p.m. DJ Chamun  


Stroller parking, ADA accessible stage viewing and bag check are all available. Find out more and plan your day at Want more programming for kids? The Rock the Cradle music stream is available any time for kids of all ages.  



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