‘Peanuts… Naturally’ opens at Discovery Center Oct. 1

Staff Report

Peanuts… Naturally, opening Saturday, Oct. 1, at Discovery Center Museum, takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations.

Visitors get a Peanuts-eye view of the universe, “web of nature,” trees, birds, the elements (snow, wind, rain and clouds), gardening, and Charlie Brown’s Environmental Protection Agency escapade.

More scientifically-oriented interactive stations allow kids of all ages, from pre-school to adults, to learn more about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world.

Admission to Peanuts…Naturally is $1 for members and $3 for the public, plus $7 for general museum admission.

Schulz, who created the Peanuts comic strip for nearly 50 years, was immensely curious, an avid reader, and took a keen interest in the latest research findings in a variety of fields. It is not a surprise many of these findings and facts found their way into Schulz’s comic strip interpreted through his characters’ unique, and sometimes wacky, understanding of their world.

Peanuts… Naturally is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Discovery Center is inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Call (815) 963-6769 or visit www.discoverycentermuseum.org for details.

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2011, issue

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