I have to say that even driving by Chuck E. Cheese on the freeway brings my kids excitement level up a few notches. Meanwhile, my excitement level goes DOWN a few notches. Chuck E. Cheese is great, but it’s always so crowded, I don’t look forward to our visits in the same way my kids do. So, if you are hosting Bunco and need your husband and kids out of the house for a few hours, suggest they go to Chuck E. Cheese
The Chuck E. Cheese in Beaverton is light and bright and has plenty of games and activities for kids 2 and up. All games are one token, and tokens can be purchased for 25 cents each. But it’s pretty easy to find coupons either on line or in the newspaper. Also, there are plenty of meal deals where you can get “free” tokens with the purchase of a pizza and drinks. My advice: never pay full price for tokens.
I have to admit, the pizza is not all that bad and they have more than just pizza. There are also a few appetizers, like buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, bread sticks and fries. They offer salads and sandwiches too.
Our Chuck E. Cheese has plenty of places to sit while you keep an eye on your kids. One thing I really appreciate about Chuck E. Cheese is that the front door is monitored and when you come in, you and your whole family get a hand stamp. Upon leaving, an employee checks to make sure the kids match the adults taking them out. It gives me a greater sense of security while inside. If I lose sight of my child for a few minutes, I don’t panic as much as I might because of their front door policy.
Another fun feature is Chuck E. Cheese himself making periodic appearances. Some kids might be a little put off by a giant mouse roaming around, but my kids chase Chuck E. down to give him a high five. Every once in a while, Chuck E. does the hokey pokey with the kids and at the end throws out lots and lots of tickets for kids to pick up.
This brings me to my last comment on Chuck E. Cheese. Almost all of the games allow kids to win tickets they can then trade in for really junky prizes. Well, there are some good prizes, but you would have to accumulate hundreds and even thousands of tickets. After one visit, my kids are usually able to turn in their ticket stash of 100-200 tickets and get plastic bugs, mini magnifying glasses, a roll of smarties, or something like that. This is the worst part of the whole Chuck E. Cheese experience in my opinion because my kids can never decide what they want to get. I want to shout out, “It’s All Crap! Just Pick Something”, but I refrain. I wouldn’t want to hurt that giant mouse’s feelings after all.
My kids love picking out their prizes, even though they are usually broken or thrown out with in days of our visit. Chuck E. Cheese is a definite kid pleaser and you can’t go wrong spending a few hours here with your kids.
This is why Chuck E. Cheese is often a place where dads take their kids while their wives are hosting Bunco.