|We were recently provided a guest pass to enjoy our local Chuck E. Cheese.|
We were recently provided a guest pass to enjoy our local Chuck E. Cheese. What that included for us was a large pizza, 4 soft drinks, and 30 tokens. That in itself is enough to make for a fun day, but we also opted to upgrade (for a very minimal price...keep reading).
Chuck E. Cheese is a great place to meet up with a group, host an event, or just let the kids run wild. Why would you choose Chuck E. Cheese for a day out? I can think of a lot of reasons, here are (10), right off the top of my head.
Chuck E. Cheese has Eats!
Chuck E. has so many things to offer if you're in the mood for a gathering. They have a salad bar full of goodies to start with, or even for the main course if you're looking to eat light.
Everything looked very fresh at the one we visited (and as an aside, and completely unrelated to salad, you can see the Dippin' Dots machine in the background too, that's a popular feature with my daughter). ;)
And of course they have pizza made-to-order. I haven't had pizza there in a good long time, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it had a lot of flavor upgrade from the last time I tried it (quite a few years ago). Our little group finished it right off, and we loved the cute Chuck E Cheese plates that came with it too. :)
Chuck E. Cheese has Coffee and Cake!
Chuck E. Cheese also has single-serve coffee!! I may or may not have squeeed and taken a picture when I saw the k-cups. And if you are having a special occasion visit, but didn't bring the cake? Chuck E. has you covered for that too, with a variety of simple but effective cakes ready to go!! Coffee and cake? Oh yes, please. :)
Chuck E. Cheese has Upgrades!
Chuck E. Cheese also offers a lot of options to upgrade your day pass if you so choose. For just a couple of bucks you could add cotton candy...this one was banana flavored, yum...
A take-home cup for your beverage (they had a girl version too),
Add a little time in the ticket blaster and your child is going to be over-the-moon happy. The ticket blaster opens, your child steps inside, straps on goggles, and an employee turns on the wind. You can't scoop any tickets off of the floor, but whatever you catch, you keep. They spice it up a little too, by putting 'big ticket' certificates in there worth multiple tokens. You can buy this any time for just a few dollars and it's a ton of fun for the kids.
Chuck E. Cheese has Games!
And of course, Chuck E. Cheese has games. The tokens come in a cute branded cup, pint-sized for little hands, and they work on any ride or game on the floor, and the floor is huge!
I have a particular fondness for the Pinocchio / Geppetto carving at the top of the horse. It's the nostalgia factor that gets me, I think!
My son likes the big horse. You can atcually sit inside of it, put in a token and it rocks back and forth. This horse is huge!
There are games galore,
and there are seats everywhere you go too. These come quite in handy when you want to rest but your child still wants to go, go, go!
The game selection is pretty diverse with selections for any age group (including adult!),
and they have some unique rides like the one above that you have to pedal to make rise that are really cool. This one and the ride that takes your picture with the mouse while you sit in a car next to him are my favorites.
Chuck E. Cheese has a Toddler Zone!
There's also a small toddler area that is sectioned away from the bigger kids so your babies don't get run over (the bigger kids get very excited at Chuck E Cheese, and running may or may not sometimes be involved). ;) It has a nice selection of things to do or play on, and is not overwhelming at all with choices.
There are also seats inside of this area, so you can let the little ones loose, and still keep a close eye on them. :)
Chuck E. Cheese has a Climb and Slide area for Big Kids.
There's also a big climb and slide area for the grade-school-aged kids. This is great for helping them interact socially and get some exercise in. You can climb through, 'drive' a stationary car at the top, and you can slide down the slide.
Chuck E. Cheese has Prizes!
At the end of the visit, Chuck E. Cheese has prizes! You exchange your tickets earned from your game play for the prizes you can 'afford.' This part of the trip takes a lot of consideration because the kids want to be sure to get juuuuuuuuuust what they want (i.e. have them decide on their prizes before you call an attendant ;) ).
The prizes run the gamut from small to large, or you can pay cash if you see something you like and you want to take it home. :)
I couldn't come home with some of the things my son picks out and have him be happy, but if he earns tickets and picks them out himself at Chuck E Cheese, well that's a whole new ballgame. Those little spider rings and 5-cent candies become the highlight of his day!
Chuck E. Cheese has...well, they have Chuck E. Cheese!
Chuck E. Cheese also has a mouse, and not just any mouse, but Chuck E. Cheese himself. He comes around regularly and greets the kids. It's fun to see the kids' faces when he comes out. I really appreciate that they announce he is coming just before he does so you can get your cameras ready. ;)
Chuck E. Cheese has Security!
Last but not least, Chuck E. Cheese has a Kid Check. While nothing is foolproof, they do keep someone at the front door full-time who stamps a number on you, and the same number on your child. You're not able to exit if your numbers don't match. That's a great feature if a child is trying to get out on his or her own, for whatever reason, and it's a nice safeguard and safety check too.
No Child of Mine Has Ever Left Chuck E. Cheese Anything but Happy!
The last and final reason I recommend Chuck E. Cheese for a day out? It makes the kids happy. I've listed it last, but honestly, that's the number one reason for me. :) We've loved Chuck E. Cheese for all four of our kids. I'm sure we'll keep on loving it now for the grandbaby too. :)
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