Rock the Cradle 2017

Music is something that connections generations.  Sure, we might not all prefer the same kind of music.  Music is still something we can all enjoy in some form or another.  Rock the Cradle 2017 is all about music and kids, it takes place this coming Sunday, April 9th.  It’s a free event that’s recommended for kids ages two to eight (and their grown-ups).  Rock the Cradle takes place at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. We attended Rock the Cradle when our girls were younger and I’m not sure who enjoys the event more, the kids or the adults.  This is not one of those events where parents stand around bored, it’s where both generations enjoy all things music together.  Take a look at the fun filled schedule and plan your day.

Presented by The Current and Children’s Minnesota, we’re excited to offer another free event for kids and their grown-ups at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company, 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!

Midwinter Folk Music Concert At ASI

Tomorrow is the Midwinter Folk Music Concert at the American Swedish Institute.  It’s free and open to the public, no registration required.   You can listen to the music, or if you choose you are welcome to dance along with the performance.  Sounds like a perfect event for a cool winter day.  It begins at 2pm.  You can read more information about the concert here.

Midwinter Folk Music Concert

ASI’s Spelmanslag fiddling group is joined by Swedish guest artists Jon Holmén and Jonas Holmén from Dalarnas Spelmansförbund for a special Midwinter Folk Music Concert. The ASI Spelmanslag, led by Mary Hegge with about 30 active members, performs at festivals, concerts, and dances throughout the region.  It was founded in 1985 by Paul Dahlin who was inspired by the traditional music his grandfather Ivares Edwin Johnson brought from Rättvik, Sweden.  The group remains an integral part of ASI, keeping the music faithful to its roots and sharing it with the community. Guests are welcome to dance along with the performance.

Music Under Glass at the Como Conservatory

It might not be spring but it sure feels like it this weekend.  Tomorrow afternoon you can be surrounded by flowers, plants and live music.  Music Under Glass at the Como Conservatory takes place tomorrow from 4:30-6:30.  Music under glass is a free concert series.  The band tomorrow is called The Bad Companions. If you can’t make it tomorrow, check out the schedule here on their website.

February 19 – The Bad Companions
The Bad Companions are a long-standing (and popular!) Minneapolis-based roots-rock quartet. Featuring two guitars, stand-up bass, drums, great vocals, a strong original catalog, and a set-list as long as your arm drawn from the swingin’ heyday of American rock-a-billy, r & b, country and blues.

Project Opera Performs The Nightingale

It’s not often that we hear of kids singing an opera.  Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers.  Each year the group performs an opera that’s for kids, a great way to introduce kids to what an opera is.  This year they’re performing The Nightingale.  Performances are February 10th and 11th, at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis.  There’s four show times to choose from and you can purchase tickets on their website.

The Nightingale, based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is the story of a Chinese emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the mechanical bird breaks, the real nightingale sings to the emperor on his deathbed, saving his life while teaching him the values of truth and humility. A parable of our time, this opera celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death.

Imant Raminsh is a Latvia-born, Canadian composer known for beautiful choral and other vocal works. This opera is unique in that it includes performers ranging from ages 8-18, including a student orchestra.

Project Opera is an important component of Minnesota Opera’s award-winning education department. The program features two ensembles – Ragazzi and Giovani. In addition to their own concert schedule, participants perform in the Ordway lobby prior to Minnesota Opera Sunday matinee performances and other locations around the Twin Cities. Led by Music Director Matthew Abernathy, students learn healthy vocal technique, perform repertoire in the major operatic languages, and study the fundamentals of acting. Over its impressive twelve year history, Project Opera has performed two world premiere commissions, The Giver, by Susan Kander and based on the novel by Lois Lowry, and Memory Boy with music by Reinaldo Moya and libretto by Mark Campbell.

Free Fun at the St. Paul Winter Carnival

There’s a ton of free fun at the 2017 St. Paul Winter Carnival, not only this weekend but into next week as well.   The great thing is, so far the weather is cooperating.  It’s not -30 below, so minimal layers will be needed to enjoy the fun.  My top picks focus on the family friendly events but there’s also things for those 21 and up.  You can find the full schedule here.

Parades: We usually go to at least one if not two of the parades.  It’s been a fun family tradition to bundle up and watch the winter fun pass by.  With three different parades, there’s sure to be one that fits your schedule.  It’s a toss up to say if we like the Grand Day Parade or the Torchlight better, both have their own fun.

Ice Carving Displays:  The Ice Carving Displays take place in Rice Park.  The talent that is shown each year is simply astounding. We try to see them at night when they are all lit up and take on a magic all their own.

Music:  There is a ton of music that takes places during the winter carnival.  Last year we didn’t check the schedule, but enjoyed some great music while we wandered Rice Park looking at the Ice Carvings.  You can find the Rice Park music entertainment schedule here.

Frozen Family Fun Night:  Next Tuesday January 31st is the Frozen Family Night.  From 5-8pm it’s all about the kids, with tons of fun to be had.

This is just a small glimpse of the fun to be had at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  Check out the full calendar for all the fun to be had. Then find the things that work for your schedule.




Symphony Free Family Concert Tomorrow


If you or your kids love music, reserve your tickets for tomorrow’s concert at the Ordway.  A perfect indoor event on a cold winter day.  The Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra’s Symphony and Philharmonia East Orchestra will join together for an hour long free concert.  It takes place from 2-3, tomorrow January 7th at the Ordway in St. Paul.  You can call or go online to reserve the free tickets, 651.291.1144 or

GTCYS joins forces with the SPCO to present a FREE family concert in the Ordway Music Theater! Why do composers write what they do? Join the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra’s Symphony and Philharmonia East orchestras and actor Dylan Fresco as they journey together to explore musical inspirations and interpretations of several orchestral masterpieces. Listen as we explore the Russian folktale of “The Firebird” that led to Igor Stravinsky’s masterful Suite of the same name, and a new piece by contemporary composer Michael Abels that draws inspiration from all around the world!

Free tickets are available through The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s ticket office at 651.291.1144 or

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train


It’s time to dig out the winter gear, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to town.  It will stop at the Union Depot in St. Paul tomorrow December 9th, for a musical performance.  There are other Minnesota stops this weekend as well.  Check the schedule here. A fun event for the whole family.  Be prepared for the cold weather, as this event is outside.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop at historic Union Depot on Friday evening, December 9, for a musical performance. Attendees are encouraged to bring healthy food donations to benefit Merrick Community Services Food Shelf. Canadian Pacific is committed to raising awareness about the need to fill community food shelves with heart-healthy foods.

This free event will start at 7:15 p.m. when the brightly lit train rolls in the station and Canadian Pacific representatives and Rafael Ortega, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, welcome visitors followed by a performance by Colin James and Kelly Prescott.

PLEASE NOTE: General Admission is FREE for this event and does NOT require a ticket. The General Admission viewing area is behind the VIP viewing area.

All viewing areas are Standing Room Only. Concert is outside so please dress for cold weather.


A Norwegian Christmas with tenor Jardar Johansen


It’s the time of year when there are some really great music events to attend.  Many of them are free, or very inexpensive, which we of course love since we’re all about being thrifty.  A Norwegian Christmas with tenor Jardar Johansen takes place tomorrow (Sunday, November 27th) from 5-7pm.  Tickets are on sale at the door for $10 a person.


Join us at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (Mindekirken) on Sunday, November 27th at 5pm and ring in the holiday season in the most Norwegian way possible! Together with a pianist and bassist, Jardar Johansen, who hails from Tromsø in the far north of Norway, we’ll sing Norwegian Christmas classics and share stories about the holiday season as celebrated in Norway.

Presented by Mindekirken and Norway House.
Tickets on sale at the door. $10 per person.

Party in the Prairie 2016


Photo from Party in the Prairie FB page

It’s never too early to start planning for the weekend.  The Party in the Prairie 2016 is coming up on September 24th. It takes place at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  You can get discount tickets if you purchase in advance.  We attended two years ago and really enjoyed it.  Music, Food Trucks, Activities for all ages and a great outdoor venue.


Party in the Prairie *

Celebrate fall in a beautiful setting! Enjoy live music from Charlie Parr, The Murder of Crows (featuring NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert winner Gaelynn Lea and Alan Sparhawk of Low), The May North, and Brian Laidlaw. Scale a 25-foot climbing wall, meet live animals, and collect insects. Join Hennepin County Libraries for Storytime in a Fort, go on a self-guided Story Stroll, and borrow a nature book. Explore the prairie on a digital scavenger hunt or guided hike. Purchase native plants from Landscape Alternatives and make wind chimes with conceptual artist, Jan Elftmann. Sample honey made at Richardson with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad, kayak with L.L. Bean, and play lawn games with The North Face. Craft beer from LTD Brewing and food trucks onsite. Bring a blanket to sit on. Visit for schedule and updates.

Party in The Prairie at the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington on Sep 19th

Bloomington Heritage Days



The 7th annual Bloomington Heritage Days takes place this coming weekend, September 16-17th. There will be music, games, food and fun for the whole family.  The parade takes place on Saturday at 10:30. You can find the schedule, parking information as well as shuttle specifics on the website.


The 2016 Bloomington Heritage Days festival returns to the grounds of Nativity of Mary church, 9900 Lyndale Ave S, just a few blocks south of the original location. Thank you to Nativity for supporting Bloomington Heritage Days!

Finding parking near by can be a challenge. Free Bicycle Valet service is available and free off-site Park ‘N Ride shuttle service is available starting at 9:30am from Normandale Community College.