My subject matter for today can be quiet controversial. Additionally, I seem to be in the minority with my way of thinking. So here it is, I actually like going to Chuck E Cheese. There, I said it. Don’t close your browser just yet, hear me out.
My girls love going to Chuck E Cheese. They will do just about anything I ask them to for two weeks if the reward is a trip to see the mouse. They love riding the little horses, cars and motorcycles. Every kids loves pizza, so that’s a no brainer. They enjoy competing and are so proud of themselves when they get a few tickets.
They also enjoy watching the little show, although they did discover today that the characters on stage must be “examples”. Examples? I had to ask:
Mom: “What are examples?”
Morgan: “They look just like the real characters but they are not real. They just are examples.”
Mom: “Why do you think that?”
Morgan: “Because I am smart. I saw the real Chuck-E-Cheese walking around hugging the kids and that one was still one up on the stage.”
Can’t argue with that. I love that they still believe the characters in costumes are real.
I will conclude my argument with a few ground rules that you have to follow in order to have an enjoyable experience:
- Never, ever, under any circumstance go on a weekend, after 3pm, a holiday or any time that school is out.
- Use coupons and tell the kids ahead of time how many tokens they will each get. Don’t bring any other money inside the restaurant, seriously.
- Sanitizer is essential. Carry it with you and use it as often as possible.
- Work your way through the arcade and only allow them to do things in that area. This is essential if you have multiple kids.
There you have it! Think I have it all figured out now, don’t you? Well did you notice the title of this blog? As we walked out I was proud of an enjoyable trip, I assured myself that it wasn’t a terrible place to go. Emily started crying “Mommy, it’s HOT!!!”. I looked down at my shoeless baby and we ran right back in. So much for having it all figured out.
So, do you love or hate Chuck E Cheese? Do you, like me, feel the need to help your kids out on games from time to time to ensure they get the maximum number of tickets?