Family Day: Rock the Cradle

Join us for our free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart. On the second Sunday of every month, the museum is filled with hands-on art activities, live music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, family tours and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection.

A free day of family fun for kids and their grown-ups, presented by 89.3 The Current. Featuring musical performances, hands-on activities, engaging experiences with station hosts, and plenty of surprises along the way. Rock the Cradle has something for the whole family.

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Schedule of Events
Outdoor Stage, Target Park
11 a.m. Kalpulli Huitzillin: Aztec Dance opening ceremony
12 p.m. 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. School of Rock All Star Tour Band

Pillsbury Auditorium
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – 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 to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Cargill Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company
Kids’ Disco
Open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with sets from Lazerbeak and DJ Chamun

Target Park Courtyard
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.

Outdoor Games: 11-4:30 pm

Mia Studios, first floor
Mia Family Programs Activities
Cardboard Castanets – Studio 111-113, 11 a.m.-4:30 pm. Feel the rhythm and create a percussive instrument with Mia’s Art Team!

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

Children’s Theatre Company Activities
Corduroy craft! Everyone’s favorite snuggly bear returns to the Children’s Theatre Company (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.

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 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.