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Life is hectic, especially with a toddler. So, when our family was invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of Chuck E. Cheese’s in Paducah, KY we jumped at the opportunity for some fun. If you have not been to Chuck E. Cheese’s in a while, you definitely need to go check out the new look! The whole place has been renovated inside and out. The new design is more restaurant-like without taking away from the fun.
If you are like I was, when you think of a trip to Chuck E. Cheese’s, you think of a kid’s birthday party. But it is now so much more. They have really put an emphasis on making a trip to Chuck E. Cheese’s a quality family visit.
All You Can Play Pass
As soon as we walked in the door, Faith got excited. “Mommy, I wanna play. I wanna play Mommy.” It was all I could do to keep her calm for the few moments it took to put our stuff down in a booth and get her All You Can Play pass. The All You Can Play is a new way to play at Chuck E. Cheese’s. The tokens are history. You can purchase a pass for 30 minutes to 2 hours worth of play time. During that time, you can play as many games as you want. As a parent, I loved this feature. No more checking the point balance to see how many points are left. Every time Faith asked me if she could play again, I felt like her hero when I said, “sure baby, you can play as much as you want”.
Faith and I played for about 20 minutes, before I asked her if she was ready for some pizza. I couldn’t believe it when she said yes. Even thought pizza is one of her favorite foods, she was having so much fun playing and dancing, I didn’t think she was going to want to take a break. But she did. I assured her, that after we ate we could play some more. Our band had 90 minutes worth of play time. So we had plenty of time left. When our food was ready, we simply tapped our band at the pause your play station. You are able to freeze the time on your band while you eat so you don’t feel rushed. After we were done eating, we tapped the band again, and Faith was off to play again.
Focus on Food
In the past, I never thought of going to Chuck E. Cheese’s for the food. Let’s be honest, it was all about the games. But now…WOW! The new pizza made daily is amazing. It is served fresh and hot. We had a choice of regular, thin, or stuffed-crust pizza. We opted for the stuffed-crust, which is only an additional $2 and well-worth it. Faith at 3 pieces including the crust, which she never eats.
Chuck E. Cheese’s now has a lunch buffet Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The variety of toppings and fresh ingredients makes it worth the flack you may get from your kids if you stop by on your lunch break without them.
Games, Games, and more Games
The renovations include almost a dozen new games. There were games for everyone. I was a little worried that there would not be enough to keep Faith occupied at two. Video and other interactive games are often geared to older kids. And, while Faith acts like she is two going on twenty-two sometimes, the reality is that she does not have the coordination for a lot of these games yet. But, there was plenty to keep her busy. She enjoyed riding the rides, and playing the whack a minion game the most.
I, on the other hand, was glad to see that my favorite, skee-ball, was still there. But, the game that got me most excited was the oversized Operation game like I had as a kid. I couldn’t wait to try to remove that funny bone. I won’t tell you how many tries it took… but I got it!
Ain’t no Party like a Chuck E. Cheese’s Party
Faith could not wait to get on the floor and show Chuck E. and all his friends her dance moves. Every so often, Chuck E. and his friends came out and held a dance party on the brand new light up dance floor. The party included interactive songs with easy to learn dance moves. Faith loved it, and loved showing everyone her moves.
At the end of the party, all the kids sit down and Chuck E. and friends shower the kids with the coveted tickets. I loved that the kids sat down first. There was a variety of ages of children participating, and this ensured that everyone got a chance to get tickets, and was safe.
Chuck E. Cheese’s has been around for 40 years. I remember my parents taking me there as a child (I think my mom still has a few tokens). It was amazing to see the joy and excitement in my daughter’s face that must have shown on mine all those years ago. Thank you Paducah Chuck E. Cheese’s for giving us the opportunity to share a piece of my childhood with my daughter while having a little family time.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s . The opinions and text are all mine.