Chuck E Cheese: Where adults remember to be kids

I got an email last week asking me if I would like to try out the new pizza at Chuck E Cheese and give away a couple of free cards for other families to try it out as well. I thought back to when I was a kid and how Chuck E Cheese was an elusive magical land that we would go to for other people’s parties but not mine. Then I thought about what a nightmare it would be as a parent of a 5 and 3 year old, wading through the sea of germ infested kids operating at a volume just shy jet engine deafening. The reality had to be somewhere in between and I knew that the boys would love it so I seized the opportunity.

We went on Wednesday night to store #333 in the Couv. Not exactly int he neighborhood but close enough. It was no where near the mad house I had expected and we exchanged our card for a large pizza, 4 drinks, and 30 tokens. The boys set out exploring the space with Beautiful while I got us settled at a table. Wide eyed and nervous the boys took it all in before picking out the rides and games they wanted to play. Walking around the game area making sure everything worked and handling any token eating issues was Rosa. She was one of 4 girls working there that were fully engaged and excited to be there. The staff made a huge impression on us because they seemed to be having as much fun as the kids were. I know from working in the service industry that it’s hard to fake that for too long and I was thankful for their enthusiasm. When ever we had a token problem Rosa fixed it and she even dropped a token into a ride for Segundo when he was just sitting there watching his brother. There was strong feeling of being taken care of from the whole staff.

The place was clean and bright and well maintained. There was hand sanitizer, a great salad bar, and lots of single token age appropriate games for kids of all ages to enjoy. The new pizza was not bad either. You’re not coming to Chuck E Cheese for the best pizza you have ever had but I think they have done a great job of making the pizza and salad bar much better then it had been. Over all we had a great time and we were glad that we went midweek instead of on the weekend. If you live in the Portland area I would advise checking out Store #333 and taking advantage of the great people they have working there.

Oh I almost forgot, I have two family passes to give away for a couple of lucky commenters.  If you would like a chance to win a pass that gets you the following:

  • 1 Large Pizza
  • 4 Large Drinks
  • 30 Game Tokens

then leave a comment telling me your favorite family fun day destination when you were a kid. Also you can increase your chances by tweeting a link to this post or sharing the link on Facebook. Just tell me about the link in the comments as well in separate comments and I will randomly pick 2 comments on Thursday July 21.

  9 comments for “Chuck E Cheese: Where adults remember to be kids

  1. Carly
    07/16/2011 at 8:32 am

    As a kid, I loved to go to the Children’s Museum. I could pretend to be a waitress, a grocer, a dentist or an astronaut, and run around crazy without anyone saying “shhh!”

  2. Hally
    07/16/2011 at 11:39 am

    When we were kids it was the tidepools near Half Moon Bay, CA. Actually, it’s still a day trip for us, but not nearly frequently enough. 😉

    All the best for a busy summer!

  3. 07/17/2011 at 5:43 pm

    Chuck E Cheese was a fun one. My sister and I always wanted to go to this dinky little place called ‘Chocolate Chipper’ – indoor mini golf and ice cream. My dad would always come up with ridiculous things that he would rather do than go to Chocolate Chipper (stab his eye with a hot poker, cut his finger and jump into a shark tank, that sort of thing). I think that made us want to go all the more. 😉

  4. 07/17/2011 at 5:54 pm

    i used to like to go to skipper’s with my fam- a seafood fast food joint, but they gave you little cups of red jello.

  5. Cristi
    07/19/2011 at 3:20 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog via twitter, and I just wanted to let you know that the Chuck E. Cheese in Portland is great as well! #3014 in Portland on 92nd and Powell has been a mainstay in the Portland area for over 30 years. I’m one of the managers there, and although I may be a bit biased, I have to say so many people’s perception of CEC is that we are noisy, dirty, and overpriced. It’s so not true! As you saw from your visit, we are a clean, safe, and fun environment for both kids and parents to enjoy with their children. I am glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope you continue to enjoy CEC with your family in the future 🙂

  6. 08/14/2011 at 7:05 pm

    You have a great site here. Was well worth visiting for the great articles. Keep it up

  7. 11/16/2011 at 6:54 pm

    I have not been to Chuck E. Cheese for awhile either. I wonder if the restaurants up here in Canada would be much different than down there in the States. I have always been impressed by the enthusiasm most waiters/waitresses in the States have when I visit my sister in Nashville. You do not see much of that up here. It is almost like people up here wish they could have a totally different kind of job.

    It will be my son’s birthday soon so maybe I will look into the Chuck E. Cheese up here for a change. I know I used to have fun when I was younger. Maybe it will do me some good to act like a kid again for a day.

    thanks for the share. glad you all had such a good time.
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