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5 reasons to book your child’s party at Chuck E. Cheese

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I’m of the mindset that a child’s birthday should be celebrated but not at the cost of spending an arm and a leg doing the same. As parents, we’ve always looked for affordable yet fun ways to host our kids’ birthday parties and until recently we always thought hosting a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese was expensive. We were wrong!

I’ve always wondered why friends would host their kids’ parties at Chuck E Cheese year after year but after our recent party experience, I think I may become one of those parents!

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5 reasons to book your child’s party at Chuck E. Cheese

1. Party size is not an issue.

If you’re unable to host a number of children at home or in your backyard, then this is definitely a great option. With this being our son’s last year at preschool, we decided to throw him a surprise birthday party, inviting his buddies from class. Not all the children showed up but we had close to 18 children in all.

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That being said, you don’t have to have a large crowd to host your party at Chuck E Cheese.  Adjacent to our party tables, a 4 person party was also celebrating their son’s birthday and yes they enjoyed all the perks of any regular birthday party.

2. Convenient: no hassles, no clean up!

I love that we turned up 15 minutes before my son’s birthday party and everything was ready to go.  We were assigned a dedicated party hostess who ensured we were on schedule, right from ordering the pizzas to enjoying the party experience and making sure every guest was taken care of.

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The only things we took along were goodie bags for our guests and of course the cupcakes.

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(If you don’t want to worry about the getting treats for the kids and a birthday cake, you can have these arranged for by Chuck E. Cheese too.)

3. Affordable.

Prior to booking your party it helps to talk to one of the Chuck E. Cheese party planners. They will recommend ways to make your party package affordable. The party packages run on three levels.

(30 tokens per child works out to a good hour or so of play!)

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But you can book for a certain number of kids under the package and pay for the rest as adults. This works out more affordable if you have coupons for tokens and pizzas. And yes, you can use several coupons for your party.

Pssst! Here’s a tip: Book a party on a Friday, Saturday morning at 10 am or Sunday and receive 100 free tokens. Plus if you book your party online you will receive 20 additional tokens.

I highly recommend booking the 10 am slot on Saturdays as that’s one of the quietest moments at Chuck E Cheese. We had the place to ourselves except for the 4 person party next to us. The kids loved it!

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4. Kids of all ages can play.

At my son’s party we had 5 children under the age of 2 who were able to ride on the mini musical merry-go-round, musical ride-ons and play a few games like squirt-water-on-the-ducks and feed-the-hungry-puppy-bouncy-balls.

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A majority of the kids were 5 years old and they had a good number of arcade styled games to play on that include a simulated roller coaster ride, basketball, skee ball and video game styled games.

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Our party also included teens and young adults that had just as much fun playing the games as some of the adults too!

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And contrary to what I felt prior to hosting our party at Chuck E. Cheese, the kids can find ways to play together. (Though not all at the same time of course.)

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5. Fun perks for the birthday star and his/her guests.

Little Man was given a Chuck E Cheese superhero cape and decoder glasses that he wore from the start of his party, till the end. So yes, even though he had an Outer Space themed party, he was the Inter-Galactic Space Hero for the day!

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No Chuck E. Cheese party is complete without a visit from Chuck E. himself. Because we were one of two parties at the time, he had enough time to walk around meeting each of our guests.

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Part of the birthday experience includes having the kids dance with Chuck E. (Little Man was too shy but his buddies went up on his behalf) and taking pictures with him right after the birthday star is sung to and the candles are blown out.

While all this is fun, I think the highlight for every birthday star at a Chuck E. Cheese party is the ticket blaster experience where he gets to step into a capsule that blows tickets for a chance to win the golden ticket that’s worth a 1000 tickets and is featured on the widescreen!

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And how can one forget all those tickets a child can save up from the games he/she plays. The tickets won can be redeemed for little prizes (or big ones if you have enough tickets!) at the prize redemption counter.

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So besides going home with a goodie bag from a birthday party, the invited guest also gets to pick a little toy(s) of choice.

Some of the kids at our party were very strategic and knew exactly which games coughed up more tickets while the others chose to just have fun playing without a larger prize in mind.

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Little Man said he had a great party. His friends (of all ages) went home happy and we, as parents, were satisfied with the outcome…

and weren’t stressed at the end of the day.

Was it worth it?

Definitely, as we were able to stay well within our budget, thanks to the coupons and promotion offers live at the time!

 

Have you ever hosted or attended a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese?

 

40 Comments

  1. My kids love it there and I would book the birthday party there, but we don’t have one that’s really close to us. It’s too far to ask people to drive for a birthday party

  2. Chuck E. Cheese is a great place to have a birthday party. I mean, what kid can say no to video games and pizza? I can’t think of any.

    1. My kids totally love it there and always ask to go. It’s such a huge treat for them.

  3. I really dislike Chuck E Cheese. Some of the ones that I have gone too have not been well maintained. But my kids love it nonetheless.

    1. 🙁 Thankfully ours is really clean, spacious and the team that work there are friendly and quick to work things around at a party.It’s definitely a popular birthday choice in our area.

  4. We have been to Chuck E Cheese for many birthday parties lately. My kids love it. I really don’t mind going early when it’s not a huge crowd of people!

  5. My kids love Chuck E. Cheese. We haven’t done a birthday party there, yet, but I’ve been giving it serious thought! I love no clean up!

  6. We used to go to Chuck E Cheese when my kids were little. I loved the Skee Ball! The first time we took my niece she freaked over Chuck so we had to leave lol. Poor thing! I know they have updated so much since then! It really is a fun place for a party!

    1. Oh no!! My youngest is not a fan of Chuck E Cheese up close but has a long distance love for him!

  7. This has to be one of the best places on earth when your a kid, I remember going here for birthday parties or just to go for fun when I was a kid. it’s so affordable and fun! With the many upgrades they have along with the 1 token per game feature I love it here! So much fun and memories packed into one place.

  8. We have attended several birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese. My son wanted to go every weekend when he was little.

  9. We had our oldest sons 5th Birthday there and it cost us sooo much! Mind you he had so many kids! It was so much fun and the establishment was wonderful! I’d love to have another there!

    1. Oh nooooooo!! Were you able to use any coupons? We shared our budget with our party planner and was able to use several coupons that helped us stay well within the same. It was definitely more affordable than us hosting our guests at a bounce place.

  10. What a good idea! A party at Chuck-e-Cheeses would be really memorable for all the kids. It’s great that they have things for kids of all ages.

  11. This is such a great idea. Chuck-e-Cheese is something all kids should experience at least once in their life. I like their new improvements for parents too.

  12. My kids love Chuck E Cheese and it can be a savior during our long winters. We did have one of my son’s birthday parties there too.

  13. Yes, my sons first birthday party was there and he loved it. I still remember when they were called Showbiz

  14. I haven’t been to Chuck E. Cheese in year. It sounds like it has come a long way since then. Everything looks great.

  15. My kids loved going to Chuck E Cheese parties. I loved the no fuss, no clean up, economic and fun factors of having parties there.

  16. Looks like a great place to hold a party. The twins’ birthday is coming up. I will pass this on to their mom.

  17. My work entails me to do a lot of events and the size of the venue + the convenience of holding an event at a specific venue are always the 2 things that I look for. Pick a venue that has these two and you’re sure to have a hassle-free event and your guests will be happy. I see why Chuck E. Cheese is an awesome pick for a birthday venue. Kids are sure to have a blast here.

  18. We only have 1 Chuck e Cheeses in our state and we went one time and it was so crowded we couldn’t even stay. Looks like the one you went to is better maintained and not so crowded. Would love to take the kiddos there.

  19. I couldn’t agree more. My son celebrated his 8th birthday (his fist birthday here in the U.S.) at Chuck E. Cheese’s and we all had a blast. Gotta love that place!

  20. I haven’t been to Chuck e cheese in forever. My youngest would love it there. I might have to do something like this when he goes to school and has a few friends to invite. Right now he us at home with me and doesn’t have a ton of friends yet.

  21. My kids like to go play at CEC, but when I took them there for booked parties they didn’t like how loud it got. So we wont be able to do that again. It ended up in tears!

  22. I always missed out on Chuck-e-cheese birthdays. Where I grew up there wasn’t one!

  23. We just took my daughter to chuckie cheese for the first time afew months ago! She had a blast! Just wish it was closer so we could have a party there 🙁

  24. My kids used to love going to Chuck E Cheese for birthday parties. It is a great place for the kids to have a awesome time.

  25. We spent my son’s 13th birthday at Chuck E. Cheese and we had a blast. We loved our server and the kids paced themselves with their coins, which made a huge difference.

  26. We’ve been to a birthday party at Chuck-e-cheese and you are totally right, kids of all ages LOVE it! I didn’t know about the extra perks for Saturday morning parties – nice!

  27. My kids absolutely LOVE Chuck E Cheese. And I do too. Lol. I had my 19th birthday there! LOL!

  28. I’ve been to Chuck E Cheeses twice in my life and each time I had so much fun! But we moved back to Montreal in 2005 and sadly we do not have a Chuck E Cheese here. They seriously need to get on that! Would be nice to throw a party for my son there!

  29. I’ve attended a few parties there, never had them host one for me, but the idea of someone else dealing with the mess is really, REALLY appealing.

  30. Chuck e Cheese is a fun experience for both kids and adults, and it’s a popular location for kid’s parties in my neck of the woods. On a side note, I can’t believe they sell beer and wine now. Also, that cape is pretty cool!

  31. Now I wish there’s a Chuck E. Cheese here! I would probably book one of my daughter’s birthdays there.

  32. We did this and we love it. He is now too old for it, but it was a great experience.

  33. The perfect kids spot to host a birthday party or any celebration for the kids, we haven’t been in a while, but we plan to have a play date here with friends soon.

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