Kim and I have been wanting to visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa for quite some time, so with the girls new interest in his work I started organizing a visit. As luck would have it, our visit to the museum was just in time for the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Celebration.
All throughout the day the museum played "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" in their theatre. Snoopy was on hand to meet kids (big and little!) and volunteers served up the same Thanksgiving lunch that Snoopy prepares in the movie: toast, popcorn, jellybeans, pretzels and ice cream. Both Ava and Lola were pretty happy with their lunch!
The museum is full of original drawings and comic strips. Ava really enjoyed reading the comic strips while Lola liked looking at the big pictures on the wall. Mathilde was just happy to follow around!
Out in the courtyard area the girls were treated to mini ice creams (part of the Thanksgiving lunch)
and played with yet more of the Peanuts sculptures. On a side note, doesn't Lola look angry when she eats ice cream?! I swear she was enjoying it.
Upstairs in the museum the girls worked on some paper crafts in the studio. They both made origami doghouses for Snoopy and colored lots of Thanksgiving themed pictures. We then looked through a part of the museum that houses items that belonged to Charles M Schulz. That wall below was a feature wall that Charles painted for his children's nursery. Isn't it amazing?
And of course, there were lots of Peanuts statues in and around the museum to take photos with. There were yet more across the road at Snoopy's Home Ice skating rink, the Warm Puppy Cafe and Snoopy's Gallery & Gift Shop. We didn't get a chance to go ice skating (there were hockey games being played) but the girls loved exploring the gift shop which also houses a small collection of memorabilia upstairs.
If you're a Peanuts fan I definitely recommend visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum. It's within easy distance from San Francisco and the city of Santa Rosa really is such a lovely place to spend a day. We'll definitely be back - we still have more Peanuts statues to track down!
For more information on the Charles M. Schulz Museum visit their website here.