Kids play
New Childrens Museum opens in Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, California, is getting to be quite the visitor  1destination. It's in Sonoma County -- which isn't a bad start considering you have wineries and some of the most beautiful landscape in all of the Golden State -- but it also has attractions all its own.

Those attractions now include The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County which is adjacent to the Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Redwood Ice Arena in Santa Rosa. This is an interactive museum where kids can learn all about living creatures and play in spaces that are specially designed for kids to have fun. There's a miniature Russian River for example where kids can play to their hearts' content.

The kids will want to check out the Farmer's Market exhibit where children can learn about agriculture. Got a kid who likes art? Then your child is sure to enjoy the art studio where they can experiment with paint, fabrics, chalk and clay.

The museum is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7.

Nearby, the Charles M. Schultz Museum and Research Center preserves, displays and interprets the art of this legendary cartoonist. Charles Schulz gained fame as the creator of the Peanuts syndicated comic strip that ran in thousands of newspapers worldwide from 1950 until shortly before he died in 1999. He had lived in Santa Rosa the last 30 years of his life.

Walls at the museum are covered with the work of Charles Schultz — his comic strips blown up bigger than life. There also are photograph collections from his life, and a library full of books about Schultz.
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