My mom made me do it. I’m not really the type of girl to drive 2 hours just to go to the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Really, I’m much cooler than that.
My mom, a fan of Peanuts cartoons, had been wanting to visit this mecca of all things Snoopy for years. So one summer day, I finally agreed to go with her. My mom, my six-year old son, my sister, and I all packed into the car and headed to Santa Rosa, California.
It ended up being cool enough, even for a hipster like myself. The museum has a few permanent exhibits highlighting the original cartoon drawings of Charles M. Schulz. Most of the exhibits are not really kid-friendly, so I had to guide my son and read the cartoon strips with him. We both got a few laughs and I enjoyed pointing out the process that Schulz when through to get to the final product. If you’ve ever had to talk a little perfectionist off the ledge because his art project didn’t turn out as he envisioned it, then you will appreciate this as well.
There is an art activity room, that had different drawing projects set up for anyone to try, some cartoon drawing books to guide you, and a Peanuts video to watch. We spent over half an hour in this room, mostly because my son is a bit of an artist, so he really wanted to try some Charlie Brown drawings.
The gardens made for a fun stroll. This is where you will find many Peanut-theme statues, and even a holographic Snoopy. Out in front of the museum there is a Snoopy-shaped maze. The Redwood Empire Ice Arena is right across the street from the museum, and inside you will find the Snoopy Chalet (a.k.a. the restaurant).
My mom got her Snoopy fix, but my son was a bit dissappointed when he figured out that was all there was to the museum. I think he was expecting some sort of Snoopy amusement park. Oh well, at least the grandma was happy.
Charlie Brown and I are participating in Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday, go there and check out all the fabulous pictures.