Visiting Chuck E. Cheese’s can be a very heady experience for a kid — what with the singing animatronic animals, flashing lights, rambunctious kids, hot pizza (and occasional all-out brawls among the adults). For a child with autism it can be more than exciting — it can be overwhelming, which is why some Chuck E. Cheese’s locations will host a series of monthly “Sensory-Free” events. [More]
There’s something about the kid-focused pizza party venue Chuck E. Cheese’s that brings out some adult guests’ extremely bratty inner children. A restaurant in Massachusetts is just the latest to host a brawl pitting adult guests against the cops. [More]
There are people out there who collect just about everything, and one growing market is arcade tokens. If you have any Chuck E. Cheese’s tokens lurking in a drawer or jewelry box, they’re about to become slightly more valuable: the chain is about to switch from custom-made tokens to stored-value cards, making it easier to track individual players and restore lost balances. [More]
There’s a new kid on the block at an Indianapolis-area shopping center, and some local residents aren’t too pumped about its arrival: folks who frequent a Chuck E. Cheese’s in that cluster of stores are upset that an adult novelty store is opening next door. [More]
What is it about kids’ birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s that causes the maturity level of the grown-ups in the room to plummet? Yesterday, customers called police to report a 50-person brawl inside one of the chain’s locations in Pittsburgh, which began with an argument over a 1-year-old’s birthday party. In the end, two people were arrested, and a bad example set for dozens of children on the scene. [More]
Not that there’s anywhere you should be doing illegal drugs, but public places are exceptionally awful venues for such activities And ratcheting up the inappropriate level to 11? Smoking heroin in the bathroom of a Chuck E. Cheese, as police say two “knuckleheads” decided to do in California.
I’m afraid of costumed mascots and have suppressed most of my childhood memories of visits to Chuck E. Cheese’s, but apparently the restaurant/gaming zone/adult fighting ring has a booth where kids stand and grab tickets as they fly by. Sounds fun, but what if you could eliminate the booth and the flying pieces of paper, simplifying the game? What if the Ticket Blaster went virtual? [More]
For decades, Chuck E. Cheese’s has been a place where parents could bring their kids for wholesome activities like chowing down on overpriced pizza, running around uncontrollably, and playing around in pits of plastic balls that you convince yourself aren’t covered in germs. But one man in Washington state recently added another game to the mix, called “Go steal some purses and give them to me.” [More]
Something terrible broke out at a Minnesota Chuck E. Cheese’s last week, and for once it wasn’t an adult brawl requiring police intervention. No, this time it was something even more frightening: norovirus. Authorities believe that the illness didn’t spread through food, but across other surfaces. [More]
Another weekend has passed, and so has another round of kids’ birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese establishments across the country. Guests enjoyed the pizza, the games, and the animatronic animals. Visitors in New Hartford, New York probably didn’t enjoy another fixture of the chain: brawls between adults that require police intervention. [More]
It seemed like any other night at a Florida Chuck E. Cheese: Pizza, games, fun, games, robo-animals. Then a brawl broke out between two partying families over–what else?–prize tickets. According to one woman on the scene, the fight escalated to include as many as thirty adults and a can of pepper spray. [More]
Listen, adults: You need to behave yourselves, especially in a place filled with children like Chuck E. Cheese’s. And yet, another fight has been reported at the mouse’s house after 30 people were involved in a brawl at a Chicago location. Two people were arrested and a few suffered minor injuries — all over prize tickets. Sigh. [CBS Chicago]
A mother in Illinois says her young daughter found an unexpected gift baggie while attending a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Making matters worse, the mom claims that the restaurant’s management refused to notify the police for fear of being shut down. [More]
Kids are wily little things, and if they find an extra token at Chuck E. Cheese’s, you better believe they’ll resort to sneaking back inside the restaurant to use it. One 3-year-old gave her whole family the slip recently with just that motivation, and her absence was unnoticed until her parents watched the news that night. “This just in, parents, your daughter is at Chuck E. Cheese and you are not.”
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I spent many a high school and college summer toiling behind the counter at Dairy Queen. But my particular DQ was a walk-up stand which meant no public restroom. And for this, so many years later, I am now very, very glad.
Last Sunday, Corbin went with his family to celebrate his birthday at a Chuck E. Cheese’s eatery. He even got to pose for a picture with the restaurant’s namesake rodent. But when Corbin’s parents got home and uploaded the pictures to Facebook, they noticed something peculiar; it looked like nice ol’ Chuck was flipping off the camera.
To all the parents whose kids ask for birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s, you now have another good reason to tell them no — it could be hazardous to your health. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the fun-time restaurant chain have announced a recall of two pieces of plastic junk sold there.
The deal aficionados on the FatWallet message boards have various discussion threads devoted to providing the most current coupons for a slew of stores. Rather then dig for them, here’s a master list of their official store coupons and clearance threads. Members routinely get rid of dead coupons and post new ones, so this is definitely one to bookmark: