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Chuck E. Cheese – it ISN’T just for kids

February 5, 2009

On Tuesday, Denny’s was giving away free Grand Slams to every person in America. When I heard this on the commercial on TV, I thought it was funny – I mean seriously, every person in America?

They weren’t kidding. Every person in America was at Denny’s on Tuesday. More importantly, every person in America was at OUR Denny’s on Tuesday.

So, we opted not to wait the 1.5 hours for a table with three children 2 and under. Even for a free lunch. It wasn’t worth it.

Instead, I pulled out my coupon file to see what I had. I had coupons for Culvers, Burger King, and O’Charleys… and Chuck E. Cheese. Which is right next door to Denny’s. Hmmmmm. Coincidence?

So we decided to brave it. The parking lot was almost empty, so it seemed like a good time to go in. Our coupon was for a large pizza, 4 drinks, and 30 tokens. We ordered our half cheese/half sausage pizza, got our tokens, and sat down.

I wanted to sit in the room where the animated characters sing and dance, but Kennison would not hear of it. She freaked out. Apparently singing animals are not her thing. Oh well. Maybe next time.

Instead, we sat at a table in the arcade. Chuck E. Cheese is different than I remember. Granted, it’s been many, MANY years since I’ve frequented one, but still… I remember a ball pit. There was no ball pit. There were, however, a lot of dinky rides and a very small version of tunnels – like a McDonald’s play place. The great thing? Each activity was only 1 token. It’s awesome that everything is the same. Ski ball, basketball, video games, motion rides, were all equally priced.

However, it’s very difficult to use up 30 tokens on one almost 3-year-old. I’m pretty sure Kennison wouldn’t have cared if the rides didn’t move. Tori and I played a few games of ski ball, and Kennison rode in a motorized car with Stuart Little. When our time at CEC was over, we had 33 tickets to our name. Kennison wanted a sucker. Lucky for her, each sucker was a mere 10 tickets, so she got 5. (Don’t ask me to explain the math – I think the woman working the ticket counter truly could not have cared less.)

Anyway, the boys seemed to enjoy the trip, and Kennison had a good time, and got suckers out of it, so I’m sure she saw it as a win. I don’t know that we’ll rush back there, but it wasn’t terrible. Maybe next time we’ll take the hubbies and make a real day of it.

Riding the pony. Go pony go!

Riding the pony. Go pony go!

Colton, just chillin'.

Colton, just chillin'.

Racing with Stuart Little. Stuart was not worried at all about Jack's driving - he's just relaxing!

Racing with Stuart Little. Stuart was not worried at all about Jack's driving - he's just relaxing!

On the phone with Chuck E. Cheese. She's probably tellling him how Mommy scarred her for life by making her go into the "dancing/singing character room". She hated those animatronic characters!

On the phone with Chuck E. Cheese. She's probably tellling him how Mommy scarred her for life by making her go into the "dancing/singing character room". She hated those animatronic characters!

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