At MacPhail’s Kidsfest events, children and parents experience the joy of discovering music. Children can visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, where they will have the opportunity to try out a variety of musical instruments, or they can make their own instrument to take home.
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Rock the Cradle
The Current, 89.3 Minnesota Public Radio, presents Rock the Cradle, a free day of family fun, held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children's Theatre Company. The annual kid’s event brings together families and social groups from all over the Twin Cities to enjoy music, art, books, puppetry, theater and the community for a fun, entertaining and engaging day. MacPhail partners with the event in providing the popular Instrument Petting Zoo. Come try out one or all of the many instruments MacPhail will have on hand!
View the Rock the Cradle calendar
Live at the Library
Through MacPhail’s partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) we provide musical storytimes and live music performances at libraries throughout the Twin Cities.
“Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail” musical storytimes are interactive, hands-on music classes that utilize music as a vehicle to enhance literacy. These classes engage young children (ages birth- 5 years) and their families through singing, moving, creating, and playing with one another with music. Adult participants learn how engaging in musical activities can enhance their child’s development and make connections to pre-literacy skill development all through musical play. Classes take place at various libraries throughout and beyond the Twin Cities metro area.
“Live at the Library” music performances engage children and adults of all ages to experience live music at their local library. Performances vary from jazz, classical, contemporary to folk. Performances feature learning opportunities to both educate and entertain all age audiences.
View Live at the Library calendar