Events: Rock the Cradle, Macy's Flower Show

Vita.mn | Updated 3/27/2013

Orson Fabb, 3, rocks a drum kit at last yea's "Rock the Cradle."
Richard Tsong-Taatarii

OPENING

Macy’s Flower Show Combat cabin fever with a shot of spring at Macy’s Flower Show, an over-the-top smorgasbord of sculptural floral arrangements, garden vignettes and exotic shrubbery that has been a signature event for the store since its Dayton’s days. This year’s “Painted Garden” theme transports the eighth-floor auditorium of Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis with the colors, aromas and textures of India and Central Asia. Filled with brilliant jewel tones and spice-market colors, the show’s centerpiece is a 10-foot-tall elephant covered in a floral blanket of organic button flowers, straw flowers, yarrow and lavender, along with a royal “howdah” (carriage) adorned with colorful plants and flowers. It’s a rare chance to see types of flora you wouldn’t normally encounter in your Midwest back yard — not to mention a welcome reprieve from the winter blues. (During store hours Sun. through April 7. Free. Macy’s, 700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-375-2200 or www.macys.com.) J.P.

SUNDAY

Rock the Cradle The annual Rock the Cradle party gives 89.3 the Current-listening parents and their hipster kids an excuse to take in live music without having to call a sitter. The Current’s free event takes over the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the adjoining Children’s Theatre Company with a day of live performances and interactive activities for kids, spanning theater, art, books and music. Current DJs will read from their favorite children’s books throughout the day, plus there will be a build-your-own-toy station, a hands-on musical-instrument workshop hosted by MacPhail Center for Music, live performances from Guitar Party and Chris Koza, and even a nap room for when the little ones get all partied out. (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Children’s Theatre Company & Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. www.thecurrent.org.) Jahna Peloquin