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Sunday Funday at Chuck E. Cheese, not what it used to be?

Fun at chuck e. cheese

Our Sunday started off with a very late sleep in, I managed to keep little Tater in bed with us until noon today. Rick works 6 days a week and today is his only day off so him sleeping in is expected. Me on the other hand, I’m usually up by 9 when Tater wakes me up and we begin our day. But as I get later and later in my pregnancy I am trying to battle the fatigue by sleeping in as late as I can.

So we woke up around noon to plan our day and decided to take Tater for her first Chuck E. Cheese visit. I have not been to a Chuck E. Cheese since I was a little girl but I remember loving it. Whether it was for birthday parties, family get-together’s or just your weekend place for games and pizza, I remember it being so much fun. We walked in to what I remember as a kid was a HUGE place with rides, games and a ball pit. Well the huge place I remember was not so huge anymore, and there was no ball pit. We were greeted by a hostess at the doorway which was closed off with a rope, so we could not walk in until we were all stamped with the number 103 on our forearms. What in the world could this be for? This was all new to me! Apparently a deterrent to prevent people from walking out with kids that are not theirs. Great idea!

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We proceeded to the back of the place where I remember there being a stage and a wall of big furry animatronic characters that would pop out with instruments and would play to some music. Only I was disappointed to see that the characters were replaced by a wall of TV’s showing the characters. Oh well, they did have some sort of countdown to a Chuck E. Cheese live show, so we waited for that for about 10 minutes for it to finish. After the countdown I was expecting to see some sort of live entertainment, I mean that’s what LIVE show means right? Well, I was sadly mistaken as the LIVE show was just TV videos of the characters dancing.

 

 

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Despite my expectations, Tater appeared to have an amazing time. She enjoyed listening to the music and the wall of character videos, and watching the rest of the little kids run around and play. There was never a dull moment with so many kids, lights and noises all around. She even got to ride of the little rides that are made for the little ones. Her dad was able to win her over 1,000 tickets that we were able to redeem for a fuzzy pink purse, which she quickly learned to wear over her arm like mommy. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the delicious pizza and salad that was still as good as I remembered. Overall Sunday Funday at Chuck E. Cheese was a success for Tater, we plan to bring her back next weekend.

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura B.
    June 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Oh how I remember my old Chuck E. Cheese days! The shows were definitely the most entertaining part for me – it was a little scary, a little spooky at the same time but huge, dancing, furry creatures…what could be more entertaining for a young’n? 🙂 The pizza was pretty good. I LOVE her little purse she won!! Definitely following in her mommies footsteps. Yay for Sunday Funday!

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    Mommy Melanie
    June 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Apparently, not ALL of them have changed and some have the old school characters 🙂 I am on a mission to find one in this city!

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    Jennifer
    June 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve been to 3 in town and none have the old school characters. Maybe check yelp reviews?

    The one at Bandera/1604 used to have this great toddler area just for the tiny ones but they got rid of it. 🙁

    I fully accept the removal of the non-sanitary ball pits that we all loved as kids. But–that’s why they sell little ball pits to set up at home!

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      Mommy Melanie
      June 24, 2013 at 1:52 am

      I agree with the ball removal Jen! I wish I could find one of those old school ones with those characters… I’ll keep looking. I think she’d get a kick out of it.

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    Kim @ 2justByou
    June 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    They even changed the look of Chuck, and I like the old school look a lot better. Our Chuck E Cheese does the count down and then Chuck comes out and does a dance with the kids (who then have a chance to get free tickets). But that’s all it is, just one dance. =( No big show like they used to have. It’s more of the screens now. Sad. Still fun for the kids, though.
    ~Kim

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      Melanie
      June 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Kim, yes that’s what they have at ours. The big Chuck that comes out and, well, ours doesn’t dance, he kinda just stands there and sways from side to side. lol But he does give the kids free tix and they do seem to love that 🙂

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    Terry (My Journey With Candida)
    July 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    It has been years since I have been to a Chuck E Cheese. LOL… I sure don’t miss having to go either. The kids sure do love it though.

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