Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Chuck E Cheese's Review and Sweepstakes!


How about a chance to win a $100 gift card to Chuck E. Cheese's?

I hadn't been to Chuck E. Cheese's in a long time. And by long, I mean the past 25-ish years! My last experience with Chuck E. Cheese's was in elementary school when my parents took me to play as a reward for getting good grades. A tradition I'd like to continue with my kids for sure! I was always so excited to play skeeball even though I sucked at it!

Of course, I was on the kid end then, and I thought it was really fun. As an adult with a 3 and a half year old (or as a friend calls it, Threenager)...I wasn't sure. In all fairness, anything with a threenager in tow can be bliss or torture, depending entirely on the nap situation.

So, what to do? Risk it alone with my threenager? Or invite my favorite friends and THEIR threenagers?
I'm codependent, what can I say?
(That would be my threenager's blur head in the bottom left corner.)
(And that is my ticket pyramid on the table.)

OHMAIGAHD you guys, we had so much fun!!

My very favorite thing was the Kid Check when you walk in the door. Each parent and child get a matching number stamps (invisible, so you don't look like you were out clubbing...with your toddler...at the bar) and no kid is allowed out the door without an adult who has the matching stamp. So this basically means that I was able to actually talk to grown ups! About something other than the potty/toe jam/popsicles/Disney Jr. without worrying that my kid would be roaming the parking lot alone or with some stranger.
Threenagers:
Too engrossed in threenager conversation to
smile for me.

They have a giant menu and everything was reasonably priced. We chose to stick with the traditional Chuck E. Cheese's Cheese pizza, which was enjoyed by threenagers and adults alike and was destroyed quickly. And do you know what else they have? COFFEE. A very important requirement for me, as I require near constant caffeination.
YUMMMMM!
There is something for everyone to do. Everything is only one token, and a token is 25 cents or less. There are rides for little kids, video games, easy games, and even a little playground. Our little group of kiddos were having fun just watching the lights on the games. Which is great because it is free to get in. So this can be a really affordable way for your kids to have fun with their friends while you eat and talk with your friends.
They even have games for grown ups who have no shame.
No shame at all.

Anytime I go to a play place intended for children, I worry about All of the Germs, ZOMG. Because kids are gross. I was totally impressed with how clean everything was! You were asked to sanitize your hands when you came in and there were hand sanitizers available all over the place. The bathrooms were also very clean, which is key for the newly potty trained!
In this picture, I'm telling her to yell,
"CHUCK E. CHEESE"
and I am the only one who is yelling,
"CHUCK E. CHEESE"
I would call Olivia's first trip to Chuck E. Cheese's a huge success! We will go back for sure, because I love a place where I can let my kid have fun and play while I talk with my friends. It was fun for Olivia to pick out prizes at the end of the trip. She got two tattoos and a little spider and she was over the moon excited about it.
For more information, visit Chuck E. Cheese's website and stay connected by liking Chuck E. Cheese's page on Facebook.
So, anyway. This is actually a sweepstakes and you can win! All you have to do is answer the following question in the comments:

Why does your family love Chuck E. Cheese's?

And, of course there are rules and additional ways to win, so here they are:

No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: ""#SweepstakesEntry""; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 9/4/2012-10/4/2012.

Be sure to visit the Chuck E. Cheese's brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

148 comments:

sswtomazin said...

My threenager loves Chuck E Cheese and the stamp
Thingy is amazing one of the reasons we choose Chuck E Cheese over Johns incredible pizza:)

HeatherEve said...

Hubby and I used to go all the time when we were young and fun, we had great date nights playing games (also with no shame). Haven't been back since we had the kid, strangely enough. Giftcard would remedy that. :)

Meghan said...

We love chuck e cheese! I'm too scared to go on a weekend but middle of the week rainy morning. We're there! Would love a gift card so we could go more often

Anonymous said...

would love to go please!
Alia

Kara said...

We love the low cost of the tokens, but most of all we love the creepy animatronics!

Shari said...

The best part that I like is that you can dine right in the play area. Well, it isnt that fun but at least you can keep an eye (or 4 on your kid).

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Meghan1009 said...

My almost two-year-old hasn't been to CEC yet, but when I used to nanny over the summer in college I always LOVED the ticket muncher (which sounds totally dirty, I know). The girls I watched would play for hours and then guess how many tickets they had before the monster ate them :)

HereWeGoAJen said...

We love Chuck E Cheese. We go at least once a month. It is a great place- when it isn't crowded. :)

C said...

I love their pizza! My kids love everything!

Shannon said...

Everything you said, plus ...

They have the BEST salad bar. I don't know what it is, but I love that thing.

Also, I kick skee-ball's ass.

And yadda, yadda, the rest of my family probably likes it too.

Jennifer Ciccon said...

We LOVE Chuck E Cheese...I love that you can eat, drink and conversate with your friends and your kids can go be crazy and not worry about leaving too. I like their pizza and the one by us even has a salad bar! It's great!!

Nicole said...

We LOVE CEC, but only on Sunday mornings at 9 am when no one else is there. It is the greatest!!!

Brooke said...

Threenager...lol! We've actually never been to Chuck E. Cheese, but would love to go check it out!

Wendy said...

In their 5 years, we've never taken M&L to CEC. How loud is it? We did bounce places/ arcades back in PA, but it was so loud with screeching kids and singing games that M&L didn't want to go again. Was it pretty noisy? When might be a good day/time to go?

Noelle Spooner said...

I love Chuck E Cheese. I take my two year old there every couple of weeks. Ours is so clean and lots of fun.

Wildali said...

We really LOVED the pizza. I like that I can take my daughter somewhere indoors where she can play safely. We took her for the first time on a rainy day. It was so much fun!

Elizabeth said...

We went to Chuck E Cheese for my nephew's birthday a few years ago and had our picture sketched by one of their picture sketching thing-a-ma-jigs. It's still one of our favorite photos of us!

HarmSkills said...

I also haven't been since elementary school but would love to take my 3 year old!

The NKF said...

Well, I don't think I've ever been to a Chuck E. Cheese's so I can't say we "love" it, though now I do feel tempted to go, so I guess the promotion is working.

Annegirrl said...

Hot damn! We love Chuck E Cheese! We were actually there yesterday because it is excellent bribery material to keep your kid from maiming another child at school. Five days without injuring another kid gets you a trip to Chuck E Cheese. It's the place where you get cool prizes and can scare the pants off your two year old sister when Chuck E. comes out to visit.

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Mel said...

I took my 2.5 year old there a few months ago and he hasn't stopped talking about it since! Seriously, one time and he was obsessed.

Their pizza was actually yummy and I liked that all the games/rides were only one token. So, we got out of there with only spending $40 for dinner and fun for the whole family, which I thought was pretty good!

Ginger said...

We haven't taken our 19 month old yet, but I looooooooooved it as a kid. I liked the game where the monsters pop up and you bash them with the big hammer. haha

theshulers said...

We love Chuck E Cheese, because it's an affordable and fun activity with coupons. How often can a family of three eat, play, and visit for less than $20? Pretty rarely!

Meridith said...

Oh my goodness, I haven't been since I was a kid! My favorite thing was always skee ball, and picking out prizes at the end! Do they still have the weird life-size puppet show??

Brad & Rachel said...

I love Chuck E. Cheese for the amazeballs salad bar! Yum! Haha, but my family loves it because it's reasonably affordable for us and we can all have a good time together. My 2 1/2 year old (going on 12 mind you) LOVES the games!

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Unknown said...

I haven't taken my 3-year-old yet, so I haven't been since I was a kid, but it sounds like he'd love it!

areyoukiddingme said...

My daughter has not yet been to Chuck E. Cheese...but I anticipate that she will love it with her entire being when she goes for her friend's birthday later this month. She loves video games and rides...

bridget said...

My kids love Chucks! We haven't been there in a while, we need to plan a trip soon.

Shereen Bailey said...

My kids LLOOOOOVVVEEE Chuck E Cheese. That's where Allison is having her birthday party. Good times! Their pizza is pretty tasty, too.

Leeann Caudill said...

My 2 year old loves Chuck E Cheese. He's at a stage right now where you don't even have to put in tokens for him to play the games, he can just watch or see the lights and he thinks he's playing! Win Win b/c then I can spend the tokens!! : )

Rebecca said...

Our Chuck E Cheese smelled like fresh clean bleach. It was bliss. I love that fresh bleach smell.

Keri Hespeler said...

We love Chuck E Cheese because it's fairly cheap entertainment and dinner all in 1! My 2 year old asks to go every day.

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Myranda Jones said...

We love the family time we can spend there, oh and the food, YUM!!

Klizb said...

My oldest loved Chuck E. and now that we have a toddler again I know she would LOVE to take her little sister and introduce her to the Magic of Chuck. A gift card would be awesome!

Marianne said...

I can't wait for my little one to be big enough! There is one a mile from here :-)

Anonymous said...

We love the pizza!

jenspurg said...

My family loves Chuck E. Cheese because of all the games they have. There's something for everyone.
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Carrie said...

We took my son last fall when he was a new two, and he LOVED the little rides and games. Anytime he sees a commercial he gets crazy excited. It's a good place to go because husbands like it a lot too.

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Michelle said...

I've never taken my kids to Chuck E Cheese! Would love to go though...

JP said...

MH used to take Teen all the time when Teen was younger. I, however, fear the germs so we haven't taken Tot. After your glowing review, I will have to give it a shot. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to hear what you really think about Check E Cheese when not being paid to say nice things about it.

Jen said...

That's the thing, Snarky Anonymous! This post is 100% my own opinion. I was compensated but am able to give my own opinion.

It was clean, the food was good, my kid had fun, and I spent the 2 hours chatting it up with my friends.

Pinky said...

I haven't been in a few years but I know once my boys are just a tad bit older we will be frequenting there as well as the other pizza/arcade/rides place.

Ashley said...

My 1 year old went to CEC for her 1st time in June, for a birthday party. I was exhausted and crying for my Mommy by the time we left, (pregnant) but she was so excited about everything that it was very worthwhile. Plus....PIZZA! Would love to win!

Bree said...

Would love to take my 2 year old.

polyhex said...

I love Chuck E Cheese. Our local one has hamster style tubes all over the ceiling(!!!) of the little kids play area. My 3 year old loves going up in them.

Jamie said...

We love that all the games are one token. Makes for a cheap kid date. I also love the hand stamp.

Josefine said...

I haven't been to Chuck e Cheese since I was a teenager but I think my family would have a great time with the games!

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Luke & Amanda said...

I love chuck e cheese for the pizza and the huge machine operated costumes! Yum...craving pizza now!!

Allison said...

I love it for the chance to shamelessly beat (or lose to) little kids while playing games...for prizes!

Mama said...

I guess I can't win this one because I would rather stab myself in the eye with a MRSA infected fork than go to our local Chuck E Cheeses!

Christy said...

I love Chuck E Cheese because I went there as a kid. Such fond memories! I want my kids to have those fond memories too!

Jeanne said...

Looking forward to my next visit to Chuck E Cheese!! Hope we win!!

Erica said...

I too have not been to Chuck E Cheese since I was a kid. I hope to be able to take the Twins one day! I cant wait to take them and tell them their FAV Uncle used to be Chucky and their other Uncle used to be the Dog.. LOL... Hope we win so we can take the Twins..

Anonymous said...

This post was too much of a cheap infomercial for my taste. Very dissapointing. I know girl has to make ends meet but, really??? Barf...

Jill said...

My almost-three year old LOVES Chuck E. Cheese! He has so much fun dancing with Chuck and winning tickets. We are planning to take him on his birthday in October!

Stephanie C. said...

My 3 year old loooves the games at Chuck E Cheese. I could do without all the yelling running kids everywhere but he has a blast so we like to go quite a bit!

Max's Mommy said...

I, too, have a threenager. Gah, we'll be lucky to make it through.
He's been once, last year, and it was awesome (except for the part where he climbed up into the climby place and pooped all sneakily). We're using CC as his reward for filling his potty chart. He talks about it and we're getting close!

Frugal Mom from California said...

My family loves Chuck E Cheese because it's a fun place to play and celebrate birthdays!

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Nicole S said...

We love Chuck E Cheese because the have threenager friendly games and rides!

Korndog said...

I have a threenager as well (Carter). And a six month old (Olivia. I know, great taste in names right?).Although Olivia has never been to Chuck E Cheese Carter has once and he LOVED it. He loved the games, I loved the hand stamping deal and the fact that he can run and play and try to exhaust some energy with me only exhausting very little on my part. That's always a win-win in my book. ;)

Korndog said...

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The Red Headed Mama said...

I love that I can send my kids to run and play while I hog one of the skee ball lanes without feeling guilty. I love skee ball. :)

The Red Headed Mama said...

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theruddocks30 said...

I love CEC!! Used to work there in high school actually ha! can't wait to bring my daughter she will love it!

Joelle said...

I think if I won the gift card that would be the only way I could get hubby to go! I have twin girls, and they would love it there! I love the stamp process too...I have "runners" so it'd be nice to be able to know they couldn't run out of the building :)

AndreaW said...

Lovin some Chucke E Cheese! Would love to win a GC.

Dolphin Girl said...

We had my son's 7th birthday there. The kids had a great time and it was so easy for me!

Dolphin Girl said...

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Judy B. said...

Better than a carnival. Something for everyone is right.

Judy B. said...

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kellyr78 said...

My kids love the rides and games, and we all love the pizza and cake.
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erin said...

My 7byear old LOVES Chuck E. Cheese and I would love to bring her and a friend or two for a rainy afternoon of fun!

Kelli said...

I love love love Chuck E. Cheese because my little girls love it so much! My 4 year old is really hoping to have her birthday party there in December, and I'm hoping I can afford it! I would love to win!!! Yaay for Chuck E. Cheese!!!

Melissa said...

Our Chuck E Cheese has an overhead tunnel system. I love that my 4 year old can go up there to play and I don't have to chase her around. She'll come down for pizza so I'm glad I don't have to go up there and get her.

Amy said...

We love CHuck E Cheese because it's a comfortable place for the kids to play and have fun.

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Selena @ Stoneyville said...

My daughter is 2 and loves playing at chucky cheese. She also really likes the pizza too!

Kelly Massman said...

Great for a fun time any time--love to take our younger nephews/cousins!!!!! thanks
thanks for a chance to win
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Amanda said...

I love Chuck E Cheese because I dont have to clean the kitchen up after lunch :)

JC said...

We love it because it's a great fun place to enjoy family time with kids without breaking the bank.
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akronugurl said...

we love the games!!

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Gina M (crave to save) said...

I love that it is a fun environment for kids of all ages!

Thanks for the chance to win!
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B. Wilson said...

Two things: skeeball and pizza.

Wiz said...

I love going during school hours when no one is there but my three year old and baby!

Danielle Meek said...

My boys love the games and I love that we get to spend time having fun as a family!
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MANDY83 said...

We love it because we have so much fun playing all the games for prizes!

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jakiesmom said...

my son loves their pizza, their tunnel climber and skeeball
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Tina said...

we love their games and foods
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Kim said...

We haven't taken our 2.5 y/o son yet but we'd love to win and try it out. It looks like you guys had a great time!

KatyMann said...

The best part is that kids get eat and run! Literally, two bites, and off they go. Come back, take a few more bites and back to playland!

About Sam said...

We love CEC because it allows our 2 1/2 year old to run crazy and burn off some energy in a fun and safe environment!

Sarah L. said...

Chuck E. Cheese rocks because there's no need to constantly remind your threenager to use her "inside voice"! (that place is LOUD!)

Hoping for our own Peanut said...

My almost 3 year old loves Chuck E. Cheese! The one by us is clean and we enjoy going. The pizza is awesome and the make your own salad goes a long way. :)

Laura said...

I am sure my 4 year old would love it but being the awesome parents we are I haven't let her discover the coolness that awaits inside those doors. Though we did pass it the other day and she begged to go inside. Guess the commercials they play on PBS are paying off.

DiNatale6 said...

My 11, 9 and 4 year old love going. Our Chuck E Cheese has a ballon pop game that we all love! I like that I can play with the kids while someone else makes and serves our lunch or dinner and they clean it up too!

Melinda said...

Games, Food and Fun - What's not to love?

Melinda said...

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Unknown said...

Just read an E Card that said:
Chuck E Cheese- because it's never to early to teach your children about gambling and bad food choices!! LOVE IT!

Unknown said...

WHY does it keep saying I'm unknown- damnit- I'm KNOWN!!!
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Nicole Larsen said...

We love Chuck E Cheese because of all the awesome games and prizes!

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Danielle said...

We loves Chuck E Cheese for the fun atmosphere, games for every age and winning tickets!

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Tiffany Winner said...

we like that we can all have fun playing games together
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Howell said...

We love Chuck E. Cheese because of the great pizza!

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Thomas Murphy said...

We love the environment and we all have a blast playing the games!

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Kevin E said...

We love Chuck e Cheese because it is a fun, safe, and clean environment!

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Janice said...

We enjoy the games and pizza
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jenmalonee said...

we love playing the games at CEC

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karenmed409 said...

Perfect place to have a weekday party for preschoolers, and good food
There are plenty of games for the older and younger kids, all the games are age-appropriate!
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Jessie said...

My kids love The Cheese!

Also, "That's the thing, Snarky Anonymous.." made me giggle. :)

Beth Babcock said...

Love that there are so many games for all ages & that you can purchase the prizes if you dont have enough tickets... no broken hearts in our home <3

Harmony Burmeister said...

We like CEC because its safe place for the kids to play & the food is good too.

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Rebecca Graham said...

It is a fun place for the whole family.

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MCantu1019 said...

The kids really like to there a lot. I like the pizza. I have no shame, also. Thanks.
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wizardewu said...

We love Chuck E. Cheese because everyone has a good time!


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Megan said...

My first job when I was 16 was at Chuck E Cheese. Now I go in with my kids and wonder how in the world I could handle it without losing my mind!
Still love the skeeball though!
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slehan said...

I've never been to Chucky Cheese (gasp!)
I'm winning this as a present for some friends.
Thanks for the contest.

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Courtney B said...

we like all the fun rides and the pizza!

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Tj and Amy said...

we love chuck e cheese because its fun, entertaining, they have good food and its great bonding time with the family.

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Jammie Morey said...

we love that it is fun for the whole family. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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Tabathia said...

They love earning tokens playing games for prizes
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Anash said...

my kids love the pizza and fries! thks for this giveaway


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