Monday Morning Music from Rock the Cradle

The Current’s Rock the Cradle has become a family tradition for us, and, it seems, for every other family in the metro area.  Literally, thousands of families crowded into the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children’s Theater Company yesterday for a day of family friendly music.  It was a lot of fun, as usual, despite the crowds.

The Bunny Clogs perform to a crowd at Rock the Cradle.

We missed our favorite local kids’ band, Koo Koo Kangaroo, but we did catch a performance of the Bunny Clogs, which was new to us.  This family band described themselves as “Shel Silverstein-meets-Prince surreal dance fun.”  How could I resist such a description?   Here’s a video from a few years ago when their record More! More! More! was released (as a bonus, the song in this video is about the Midtown Greenway!) :

Another highlight from the event was the Storytime with the Current DJ’s.  We happened to catch Steve Seel from the Morning Show reading Punk Farm, which is a favorite of ours.  He was appropriately enthusiastic with the reading, which a punk version of “Old MacDonald had a Farm.”  You can download the song or watch videos here.  It’s a lot of fun for preschoolers who dream of staying up late and parents who get all the music references.  He also read Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Monkey with a Tool Belt.  Great choices!

Steve Seel reading Punk Farm.

My favorite part was the Kid’s Disco.  I love to watch the kids dance their hearts out.  As a music lover, I like to see them getting into the songs, but, as a mom, I love to watch my very active kiddo have a chance to get all her sillies out surrounded by all sorts of kids who are doing the same thing. You know, if the Current threw regular family dance parties, we would be there.  In fact, Ladybug actually said on the dance floor “Mama, this is almost like a dance party!”  Um… almost?  :)

We’ll be going to Rock the Cradle again next year, I’m sure.  Though, I think we will secretly be hoping that everyone else decides to skip it due to the crowd.  Meanwhile, we’ll be listening (and dancing) to Wonderground Radio, which is a great mix of family friendly music.

P.S. If you are interested in introducing your preschooler to music, stay tuned to this blog.  Later this week, I’ll have a guest post about just that from a music teacher/musician!

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Monday Morning Music: Kid Edition

Since yesterday, my Facebook feed has been full of moms of school-age kids talking about how glad they’ll be on Tuesday or Wednesday when their kids go back to school.  So this one is for the moms or dads who are counting down the days ’til quiet time.  Here is some great kid-friendly music that you won’t hate to keep you dancing (and hopefully tire the kids out a bit!):

  • The Bazillions – Kid-friendly rock and roll written by two Minneapolis teachers.  My kiddo loves this stuff.
  • Koo Koo Kangaroo – Break this stuff out when it’s time to really turn the party up a notch.
  • They Might Be Giants – Classic.  Can’t really get any better than this.  I highly recommend this song for all the science geeks out there:

Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Getting Past 10 (Picture Book Preschool)

Picture books that go from one to ten are everywhere, but we’ve been in search of eleven through twenty.  Here are a few of our favorites:

  • 1 is One by Tasha Tudor is a classic picture book perfect for introducing numbers and rhyme or to talk about spring.
  • So Many Bunnies by Rick Walton counts through the alphabet as the bunnies find a place to sleep.
  • Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Book Ever is easily Ladybug’s favorite, but she is biased to anything Busytown related. :)

But what better way to learn to count than through music?  The kid-friendly Minneapolis band, The Bazillions, has a new music video that tells the story of two friends with some counting along the way.

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Art, music, and community at LynLake

We had a blast at the LynLake Street Fest this year!  Here are a few cool things we found:

  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo was awesome.  We’d never seen them perform before because, quite frankly, I tend to steer clear of “kid’s music.”  It’s usually way too annoying for me to tolerate for long.  It’s selfish, I know.  Koo Koo Kanga Roo, however, is not annoying.  They are fun.  If you like Yo Gabba Gabba, chances are you will like Koo Koo Kanga Roo.  We are fans of both.
  • I’d been by Intermedia Arts many, many times, but I hadn’t been inside until this weekend.  The current exhibit, The Art of Tibetan Survival, celebrates peace and imagination.  Ladybug got to add her vision of peace to a Tibetan prayer flag project.  I asked her what peace looked like, and she decided to draw a boat and a book.    :)
  • My kiddo is too young for the summer mural art classes from Aldrich Arts, but she enjoyed the all ages activity they had at the festival.  She planted a flower in a paper cup she decorated.  Seeds courtesy of Mother Earth Gardens.  We may have to pay a visit to Mother Earth Gardens to buy some more seeds since Ladybug’s flower cup didn’t make it home intact. :(

More perspectives on the festival: