The Best Kept Secret About Chuck E. Cheese’s Birthday Parties

BY: - 6 Feb '17 | Parenting

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My youngest daughter just had her 9th Birthday party at Chuck E Cheese’s. And while I know she had a ball, I secretly think I enjoyed it more.  And here’s why:

Easy Planning

I was literally able to go on-line one afternoon (while at work) and plan the entire party: the theme, the food, the gift bags, the entertainment, the cake and more.  I just had to select one of Chuck E. Cheese’s party packages, the date and time, and pay the deposit. I was even able to email invitations from their website.  From then on, I only had to purchase a gift and show up with my family.

I could literally stop right here, because this is reason enough for a busy mom to love a Chuck E. Cheese’s party…bit there’s more.

Fun Games

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Playing the games was the highlight of the party for my kids. They were given more than enough tokens (included in the party package) and they played until their hearts were content. I always pick a week night to visit Chuck E. Cheese’s because the crowds are normally smaller.  So we had our run of the place as we played our favorite games.  And nobody (and I mean nobody) could beat mommy on her favorite game, ski-ball.  And I challenged everyone…from the youngest kids to all of their parents. But, mommy reigned supreme with a high score of 32,000 points and a hand full of tickets to share with the birthday girl.

Great Food

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If you haven’t heard, Chuck E. Cheese’s  brought on celebrity Chef Gregory Casale to completely revamp their menu and provide more “grown-up options” that will appeal to adults (especially moms.) So yes, the kids enjoyed their pepperoni and cheese pizza.  But I also enjoyed their new Cali Alfredo pizza (creamy Alfredo sauce and whole milk mozzarella with fresh spinach, Italian sausage, grilled chicken breast and fresh mushrooms) and the boneless oven-baked wings.  Yummmm!

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

The Best Kept Secret

So the best kept secret is that while Chuck E. Cheese’s main priority has always been to make kids happy, they have made a lot of  new changes to improve the experience for the parents…from stepping-up their food game with the new menu items to offering free wi-fi. So while the kids played during the party, I was able to just sit back, relax, eat good food, and talk to my cousins.  Check out more of their New Bigger Better Birthday Offerings:

  • Chuck E. Cheese’s has exciting new birthday party themes you can choose from including: “Party Like a Rock Star,” “Dressed in Pink Party,” “Sports, Sports, Sports” and “Chuck E. Super Fan.”
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s also has brand new cakes with sweet frosting, rich cake and a splash of excitement with colored sprinkles!
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s now has bigger and better goody bags
  • Birthday packages include three different price/package levels including:
    • Star
    • Super Star
    • Mega Super Star
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s even has a VIP Birthday Party Experience where you will get the whole party area to yourself before the restaurant opens, for 90 minutes! VIP birthdays offer a safe, contained play space for your birthday party. No overwhelming crowds!  Additionally, the Happy Birthday show plays exclusively for your VIP birthday party

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’m a #ChuckEChampions Brand Ambassador for 2016-2017 and I’ve partnered with them to share with you all of the exciting changes the they are making. All opinions are my own. 

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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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How I learned to Let My Husband Raise My Son

BY: - 9 Feb '17 | Blended Families

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Sometimes blending those as step-family as there may be biological parents to deal with or the spouse entering the new family may find it difficult to parent someone else’s child. I had a two year old son when I met my husband and he had no children. The biological father really wasn’t a presence so there was no problem on that front. The problem was me. I had to learn to let my husband raise my son and here’s how I did it.

I had to consider the fact that my husband loved me enough to want to marry me, knowing I had a son. My husband bonded with my son before we started dating. We attended the same church and he would not hesitate to help me discipline my son when he would act up. I thought it was cute and I figured he was trying to get in good with me. Lol! And once we started dating, my husband didn’t hesitate to answer my three year old son the first time he called him “daddy”.  I had to learn that my husband did indeed love my son.

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I had to remember that my son was a boy and that my husband could teach him to be a man. Plus I figured since I married him, I had to trust him to be someone my child could look up to. I realized after I had my daughter that the kids were to be raised differently. I was harder on our daughter and my husband was harder on my son. I had to let go of my urges to “mother” my son and let him be a boy and let my husband raise him to become a man.

I had to understand that just because my husband and son didn’t see eye to eye during the teen years, it didn’t mean they didn’t love each other. Those were critical years and while they didn’t agree on most things, my husband still had a job to do and that was to be a father. My husband and I would disagree on things concerning my son, but I had to learn to step out of the way and trust him. I had to learn that my husband had never hurt and had no intentions of hurting my son.

My husband and son have never referred to each other as “step” anything. My husband has always loved my son as if he were his own. My son is 23 and recently told my husband that he appreciates everything he taught him and there is a closeness between the two that I know will never be broken. I had to learn that my son was no longer just “mine” but that he was “ours”.

BMWK ladies, how have you learned to let your husbands raise your kids from other relationships?

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Latoya Irving is a former Air Force brat who loves writing about relationships, and family. She believes God should be the center of both. She is married with two kids and currently live in Texas.

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