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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Boredom Busters

Dec 27, 2005 12:00AM

Looking for something to do for a few hours?

We found some interesting places to visit. You can stay close to home or take a drive, spend some time outdoors or inside a cool building.

Old Town Sacramento

Experience the Sacramento of the Gold Rush. Enjoy museums, entertainment, restaurants, lots of interesting shops, and plenty of great places to stay at this National Registered Landmark and 28-acre State Historic Park, on the river, in downtown Sacramento. www.oldsacramento.com

California State Railroad Museum , Sacramento Old Sacramento 916-445-6645

Every weekend April through September, ride behind a steam locomotive on the Museum's Sacramento Southern Railroad. Widely regarded as one of North America's finest and most visited railroad museums, there is something here for everyone! www.csrmf.org $5-$10, children under 5 are free.

Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa 2301 Hardies Lane 579-4452

Charles M. Schulz Museum

View the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world. Learn about the art of cartooning and Schulz’s role in its development. View a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio. Watch animated Peanuts specials and documentaries in the beautiful 100-seat auditorium. www.schulzmuseum.org. Summer hours: Monday - Friday 11 a.m - 5 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Redwood Empire Ice Arena

Redwood Empire Ice Arena, Santa Rosa 1667 West Steele Lane 546-7147

The Arena offers a full range of skating activities with both public and private ice time. It is also home to the 'Warm Puppy," a first class coffee shop serving arena patrons and local businesses. Ice skating birthday parties and group lessons also available. $5.50-$9.50 to skate. Skate rental $3.50. Check calendar for Public Skating times. www.snoopyshomeice.com

Sonoma Traintown Railroad

Sonoma TrainTown Railroad, Sonoma 20264 Broadway, Highway 12 938-3912

You will see a 47-foot clock tower and station modeled after Oakland's 16th Street Depot and three full sized cabooses, dating from the 1930s and 1940s. A refreshment stand is located in the station offering 'Track Snacks." Train Town is located on 10 acres with four miles of track. Ride the train and their six amusement rides! www.traintown.com. Free parking and general admission. Summer hours: Open every day 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jelly Belly

Tour Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield One Jelly Belly Lane 800-JB-BEANS

Step into the factory and smell the aroma of chocolate, apricot, cinnamon or pineapple and more. During the 40-minute walking tour, Jelly Belly guides will show you a real working factory where over 150 different sweet treats are cooked up. Learn the secrets to how they create the legendary Jelly Belly bean, and discover why it takes more than a week to make a single bean. See taffy, chocolates, and wild gummy critters in the making, too. www.jellybelly.com. Free. Open every day 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.