Discovery Center Museum
711 N. Main St., Rockford
Admission: $7 museum admission, plus $3 for the exhibit
Back before the days of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel,
holidays meant kids curled up on the couch watching the Peanuts
specials. Who doesn't remember poor Charlie Brown's pathetic
Now a new traveling exhibit will bring the Peanuts to life in a
way both parents and children will enjoy. The interactive
"Peanuts... Naturally" exhibition is currently at the Discovery
Center Museum in Rockford and looks at Charles Schulz's 50 years of
creating the Peanuts gang.
The exhibit especially focuses on Schulz's passion for the
environment and how he incorporated that interest into his comic
strips of the Peanuts gang, says Ann Marie Walker, marketing
manager for the museum.
This is only the second stop on the road for the new traveling
exhibit, which originated at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and
Research Center in California. The Discovery Center Museum likes it
for its appeal across the generations.
"The grandparents would certainly know Peanuts and get a kick
out of remembering, but kids today also know Peanuts," Walker
In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum is hosting classes,
special events and workshops. There will also be some performances
of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" by the local Children's
Theater Project. The exhibit will remain at the museum through Jan.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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