anyone who knows us, knows that we are pretty big charlie brown and peanuts fans (especially at christmas time). while we were at point reyes, our campground was only an hour from the charles schulz museum in santa rosa, so of course i scheduled a day to take the drive out for a visit. this is yet another place that derek and i visited 13 years ago on our epic pre-kids san francisco trip. it’s pretty heavy (obviously) on charles schulz, the artist, so i wasn’t sure how long we would be, but there’s plenty about our favorite cartoon pup and his gang, so even if we just hit all that, i knew the kids would like it.
ok. moving on. when we went in 2005, either we weren’t allowed to take pics inside or it was pointless to take non flash pics with our archaic cameras. this time, we were allowed to take all the pics we wanted, but without a flash, which isn’t a problem with the iphones. (i think the same rule applied at sf moma, because we don’t have any pics from that visit either). ok..
when we paid to get in, the kids were given a little booklet to work on, with the promises of future riches, upon it’s completion. one task was to do the dance moves by following the steps on the floor in this gallery.
there were lots of photo op spots and fun things for kids to do while i wandered around and tried to read all the actual information about schulz. our favorite, that i don’t remember from our previous trip, was where we could reenact our own comic strip. it took a bit of work to get everyone ready and not goofy.
the upstairs part of the museum was a little less interesting for tiny people, so we made short work of it. the kids did think this re-created model of charles schulz’s office was pretty cool. and they were tasked with finding some items for their workbook, so it kept them busy, while i explored. win-win.
when we were done, we went back to the desk, to have our work checked. the prize for all that work? a handful of temporary tattoos, which as i type this are currently black blobs stuck to their skin. hooray!
but, there was more to see… next to the museum is snoopy’s home ice, an arena owned by schulz, where he played a lot of hockey and hosted figure skating events. we wandered past it, along a path of fun peanuts themed stuff.
finally, just past the rink is a peanuts gift shop. (the museum had a gift shop too, but it was more museum-y and not as peanuts-y). upstairs in the gift shop is a gallery of peanuts art and such. the ramp up to the top is lined with carpet mural of different scenes. we approve.
and a lego model of the charles schulz museum. both lego models were extra cool because they were made before lego pieces came in 9 billion shapes, so there was some actual creativity needed to get these to look so accurate.
we made our purchases, a mug for me which will likely make cameos in future blog posts, a snoopy for hazel, and both older kids declined purchases given a recent edict that with each toy in, one toy of equal or greater volume must go out. 🙂
we went to chick fil a. hit some thrift shops. and whole foods. and then went back to our home in the forest.
it was an excellent day.