Let’s face it: being a parent requires you to hang out in a lot of places that aren’t necessarily “cool.” Many of these feature ball pits, animatronic animals, or—worst of all—clowns. So if you get the opportunity to take your kid someplace that actually is cool, relish that experience.
In that vein, one thing you should check out is the Kids Concert Series happening monthly through August at Icehouse. Located in the Eat Street neighborhood of Minneapolis, Icehouse already boasts a great scene for food, specialty cocktails, and live music. But now—for the third year running—one Saturday each month, the place turns its already awesome weekend brunch into a great place for “music geek” families get to take over and groove along to a variety of kid-friendly bands.
My seven-year-old, Cyclone Kid, and I are always ready for an adventure, and because he has autism, I try to make sure that we always have a good exit strategy in case something turns out not to be his scene. With that in mind, we checked out the Kids Concert Series first show of the season on March 14 and had a great time. Everything that I already enjoyed about Icehouse they still had, but with a cool kid focused component added on.
The event is hosted by Barb Abney, one of the Twin Cities’ favorite radio hosts and now a new talent at Go 96.3. At the March event, band Bunny Clogs played, and I was surprised to learn about this kid’s project featuring Honeydogs’ front man, Adam Levy, along with his daughters Ava and Ester. They had a great mix of tunes that easily got the kids and some of the parents to sing and dance along. The best part is that the music is awesome fun for the kids and mom or dad won’t mind having the songs stuck in their heads. (Kid-song earworms are brutal. Like, even worse than Celine Dion.) Plus, Adam went the entire performance with a stuffed octopus hat on. That’s incredibly cool.
The food is great. It includes their regular brunch specialties, such as my personal favorite, Smoked Salmon Benedict, but they also add in a special kid’s menu with an Icehouse spin on macaroni and cheese, french toast, and eggs. Cyclone Kid approved—and he’s a picky kid.
The only drawback is that the music is pretty loud for a room full of kids; Cyclone Kid and I elected to hang out on the balcony and get a bird’s-eye view of the performance and the kids on the dance floor. If your kid has any sensory issues that are affected by loud noises, you definitely need to take the music volume into consideration.
The next show is Saturday, April 18th, and is sure to be a blast. The headliner is Guitar Party, and as as you’d guess from the name, the group has a lot of guitar players. The April show also promises guest spots from Dosh, Astronautalis, and Kristoff Krane, so grabbing tickets in advance won’t hurt. Ticket information and other details are available on the Icehouse website.
So get out of the ball pit. Grab the kids. Head over Icehouse, and let’s groove, baby!