fabulously frugal thursday: winter fun at chuck e. cheese’s

by Barb on January 24, 2013

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Fabulously Frugal Thursday

In our area, there’s an indoor fun center called Chuck E. Cheese’s which caters to families and birthday parties. The last time I was there for a birthday party, about 3 or 4 years ago, it was loud, sticky-feeling, and overwhelming. I had problems finding my son in the darkly lit place, and the food wasn’t good. Even though the kids wanted to go back, I always said no.


Apparently, the Chuck E. Cheese place shut down a year ago and underwent major renovations. When a friend suggested going there one afternoon after school, I decided to go back and check it out. The new Chuck E. Cheese’s is bigger, well-lit, clean, and much more parent-friendly.


Their new menu includes quite a few gluten-free options including pizza, dessert, and a fresh-looking salad. The employees were all very helpful, and my kids had a great time playing the different games and earning tickets for prizes. My friend used 2 coupons for a pizza deal which fed 6 kids and one adult plus gave the kids lots of tokens for playing games. In addition, I spent $20 for more tokens. Since I eat gluten-free, I tried the salad bar which was very fresh. Next time I’ll try the pizza which needs prep time in the kitchen.

Chuck E. Cheese’s has become a good place for my family to go on a  yucky winter day. Coupons for value deals combining pizza, drinks, and tokens are available on the website. You can also sign up for their email club which provides more coupons and deals.

What’s your favorite outing for a winter or rainy day?

Fabulously Frugal Thursday

Because I love meeting new people and sharing, this post is linked to:
DIY Thrifty Thursday, Frugal Tip TuesdayGluten-Free Wednesday, Thrifty Thursday, The Mommy Club, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Frugal Friday, Works for Me Wednesday

Disclosure: I didn’t receive anything from Chuck E. Cheese for my post nor did they ask me to write a post about my experience. All opinions expressed here are purely my own.

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Barb Hoyer has written 3702 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Stacy Uncorked January 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

Ooooh! I’m going to have to see if the Chuck E. Cheese closest to us is a viable option when it’s not a birthday party mode… I know Princess Nagger would be in 7th heaven, and it’d quell any winter blues! :)
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Barb January 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

The 9 year old boys loved it! Of course, I had fun playing skeeball.

Heather S. January 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

We’ve never been…but when the boys get a little older, we will check it out. Thanks for the review!
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Carrie January 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I love our Chuck E Cheese too but I almost never go into the restroom… it seemed like some little soul ate too much pizza and got sick every time I went in it! I keep our potty in the car and try my hardest not to have to go in there – unless we are there first thing in the morning!
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Barb January 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Oh, no! That is not good. I didn’t check out the rest rooms myself. I’ll do that next time I’m there.

Christy Ann January 25, 2013 at 2:06 am

I have not been to Chuck E Cheese since I was a kid! I’m not so sure I would want to go there again, but maybe when Baby B is a little older! Thanks for the Link-Up!
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