5 Little Known Facts About Chuck E. Cheese’s that Literally Blew My Mind

BY: - 24 Oct '16 | Parenting

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Let’s face it, our kids love Chuck E. Cheese’s.  If nothing else, they’ve always lived up to the motto: “Where a Kid Can be a Kid.”  But if I’m being totally honest, it wasn’t exactly a place where parents wanted to be parents.  For me, personally, I took my kids there because of the joy that it gave them… but it wasn’t my favorite place to hang out.  But that’s all changed.

They Blew My Mind

I am proud to announce that I have been invited to be an ambassador for Chuck E. Cheese’s along with several other online influencers – and we’re known as Chuck E’s Champions (cool name …right!).  So for the next year, we will be sharing all of the amazing changes that Chuck E. Cheese’s has made to make the experience even more enjoyable for both the parents and the kids.

And the first thing we did as a group was to fly down to the CEC Entertainment Headquarters (Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company) in Dallas, so we could learn about all of the exciting changes they’ve made. Our first stop was to the Chuck E. Cheese’s at the Grapevine Mills, Texas’ location, so we could experience their changes first hand.

Champions

Chuck E’s Champions, a panel of online influencers (and moms) who will be given the scoop on what’s coming up for Chuck E. Cheeses.

Next, we went to Chuck E. Cheese’s headquarters to meet their amazing team and learn about how they have really been focusing on improving the experience for the parents.   (But they also made it clear that their main priority will always be to make kids happy.)   Chuck E. Cheese’s CEO, Tom Leverton, shared that they want to transition parents “from tolerate to appreciate to love it.”

Here are a few things that I learned during my visit, which actually blew my mind. And some of these things are not new…I just never knew them.

They completely redesigned the food

They brought on celebrity Chef Gregory Casale to completely revamp their menu and provide more “grown-up options” that will appeal to adults (especially moms.)

We want to give the parents an extra reason to say ‘yes’ [to coming to CEC] and what better way than through the food. We’ve elevated the food so that it appeals to moms and parents. ~ Chef Gregory

Their newest menu options include their Cali Alfredo pizza (creamy Alfredo sauce and whole milk mozzarella with fresh spinach, Italian sausage grilled chicken breast and fresh mushrooms), BBQ Chicken pizza (with a smoky BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, red onions and topped with fried onions) new and improved wings (bone-in buffalo wings or boneless oven-baked, all-white-meat nuggets in sweet chili sauce, smoky BBQ sauce or hot buffalo wing sauce.)

Their newest menu options include their Cali Alfredo pizza (creamy Alfredo sauce and whole milk mozzarella with fresh spinach, Italian sausage, grilled chicken breast and fresh mushrooms), BBQ Chicken pizza (with a smoky BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, red onions and topped with fried onions) new and improved wings (bone-in buffalo wings or boneless oven-baked, all-white-meat nuggets in sweet chili sauce, smoky BBQ sauce or hot buffalo wing sauce.)

Salad Bar at CEC

Chuck E. Cheese’s has a Garden Fresh Salad Bar that has a selection of more 40 items, including fresh-cut vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses, plus pasta salads, dressings and other toppers.

No More Tokens

CEC Play Pass

Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to offer its guests a Play Pass, which allows you to assign a value in order to play games at participating Chuck E. Cheese’s locations in the United States.

They are replacing tokens with the Play Passes, which will allow you to load a card with points and play games via tapping the pass. You can even register the passes so that if you lose it, then it can be replaced. By the end of 2017, play passes will be rolled out to all stores nationwide.

WI-FI in every restaurant

Need I say more.  I think we all know the benefits of Wi-Fi in the restaurants.

Easy listening

Their music levels now allow for conversations, and they’ve even started playing top 40 music (kid-appropriate of course). And yes, they’ve kept our favorite original Chuck E. Cheese’s songs too.

They serve beer and wine

This is not new…but it is new to me.  I had no idea that Chuck E. Cheese’s has been serving beer and wine for years now.

Me and Chuck E. Cheese. I'm definitely loving it!

Me and Chuck E. Cheese. I’m definitely loving it!

All of the improvements that Chuck E. Cheese’s has made and continues to make are definitely appealing to me as a busy working mom. I can take my kids there, enjoy some good food, play a few games with the kids and sit back and relax while they play in a safe clean environment.  What more can a parent ask for?  And over the next few months, I’ll be sharing with you all of the great improvements that Chuck E. Cheese’s will be rolling out to make the experience more enjoyable for both parents and kids alike.

 

BMWK – When was the last time you’ve been to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Are you surprised to learn about all of the great changes they’ve made?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Chuck E. Cheese’s. I’ve partnered with them to share with you all of the exciting changes the they are making and all opinions are my own.

 

 

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 496 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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Why You Need To Stop Feeling Guilty About What Your Child’s Father Isn’t Doing

BY: - 25 Oct '16 | Parenting

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My mom is 73 years old. Even at that age, she still expresses guilt about certain things that happened when we were kids. It breaks my heart to hear because I don’t think anyone should hold on to guilt and pain for that long. And, of course, it is especially painful to hear because she is my mother.

I have told her time and time again that she did right by us. We were always fed, always had a roof over our heads, and we had the clothes we needed to go to school daily. She also showered us with love despite the difficulties she faced in life. And whenever my father came up short—which was almost always—she came through and made up for his shortcomings in a way that supermoms do every day.

Now that I’m older, I can see clearly how much she did for us and how much our dad didn’t. And this isn’t an attack on men. Not by a long shot because my husband is an incredible father and I can easily hand you a LONG list of black men I know who go above and beyond for their kids all the time.

But if I am going to be candid here, I have to admit that not all men are incredible dads—black or otherwise. Some men come up short. And what breaks my heart into pieces is watching a friend or a family member carry guilt about what the father of her child isn’t doing. The missed support payments, the no-show at the special events, the lack of interest in milestones and quality time. It’s a lot for any loving mom to witness.

I hate seeing women I love carry guilt that isn’t theirs to carry, feeling like they somehow failed their child by choosing a mate that just wasn’t worthy enough to be a parent. And I get it because we all want the best for our kids. We hate to see our children hurt, and when we feel like that hurt is something we possibly could have controlled, the pain that comes with it is immeasurable.

But women everywhere have to realize that all you can control is what you do as a parent. You can’t control what the other parent does. You can’t make someone do more for his own kid. You can’t make someone feign interest when it simply isn’t there.

All you can do is be your best. Love your child. Support your child. Give your child everything you can to help him or her have a better life than you did. When you do that, your kid grows up confident that you did your very best. And that’s what most kids want—a happy mom who did her best.

Of course, there will be some pain about the absent parent (or the one who is only semi-present). Your child may experience a range of emotions about why his father isn’t playing more of a significant role in his life. But your job as the mother is not to feel guilt about that. Your job as the mother is to guide and support your child through his pain. Your job is to make it clear that he has nothing to do with why his father isn’t doing more and neither do you.

Feeling guilty never did much for anyone. It’s a wasted emotion, really. All it does is weigh you down and diminish your capacity to be your best for your child. It doesn’t resolve any of your pain or change any of the decisions you made in life. Guilt eats away at your spirit, leaving you broken and hopeless.

So ladies, hold your heads up high. Do what’s best for yourself and your children. And let the other parent carry his own guilt. What he does or doesn’t do for his child is not between the two of you. It’s between him and God. And pray for him.

We all make mistakes in life and maybe one day he will see what he’s done wrong and change his ways. After all, this shouldn’t be about your anger. This should be about wanting your kids to have two involved, loving parents—even if all they have is one right now.

But if he doesn’t change, don’t spend your precious time and energy feeling guilty or angry about his shortcomings. Use that energy to build a better life for your children. Use that energy to be the best mom you can be because that will matter to your children far more than anything else.

BMWK family, what is your advice to mother’s who feel guilty about a father who doesn’t do enough?

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Martine Foreman is a speaker, writer, lifestyle consultant, and ACE-certified Health Coach who specializes in helping moms who want more out of life but feel overwhelmed and confused. Through her content and services, Martine is committed to helping women embrace their personal truth, gain clarity, and take action to create healthier, happier lives. For more on Martine's candid views on life and love, visit her at candidbelle.com. To work with her, visit her at martineforeman.com. Martine resides in Maryland with her husband, two kids and sassy cat Pepper.

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