Does the name, “Charlie Brown” make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? If you grew up following the adventures of the beloved Peanuts comic strip, then you’ll love taking a walk down memory lane at the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. Housing the world’s largest collection of original Peanuts comic strips, the museum offers visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Schulz’s world of cartooning through changing exhibitions which highlight the stories and inspirations that influenced his work.
Guests will find a range of family-friendly activities from hands-on crafts to drawing demonstrations by professional cartoonists. You’ll laugh as you relive the antics of Charlie Brown and his pals Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and more as you peruse this gallery of comic treasures. You can even watch your favorite Peanuts characters come to life on screen in the museum theatre.
The Charles M Schulz Museum (2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa) is a thirty-five minute drive north of Novato on the 101 Freeway. Visit www.schulzmuseum.org for days and hours of operation, or call (707) 579-4452 for more information.
If you’re in the mood for more activity, head over to nearby Snoopy’s Home Ice rink at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena. For over forty years, this world-class facility has been a popular destination for recreational ice skating, as well as a training rink for local athletes, hockey teams, and figure skaters. Modeled after a Swiss chalet, Snoopy’s Home Ice transports families to an Alpine village in the heart of Santa Rosa. It’s also home to the Warm Puppy Cafe and Snoopy’s Gallery & Gift Shop where you’ll find great souvenirs to commemorate your visit.
Group and private skating lessons are available with advanced reservation. The rink can also be booked for private parties, and various package deals offer lots of options for celebrating a special occasion.
Snoopy’s Home Ice is located at 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Visit www.snoopyshomeice.com or call (707) 546-7147 for days and hours of operation.