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Two weeks ago, we visited Chuck E. Cheese’s for the very first time. You might be thinking…how is it that you’ve never ever taken your children to the famed family entertainment center? But then you might remember that my son has food allergies…hence the missed childhood experience.
So why now? A few weeks before our visit, the mother of a child my son is friends with asked me if she could invite him to a birthday party in April…at Chuck E. Cheese’s. My instinct was to tell her no. But I started thinking about how many birthday parties (including several of my own) I had attended as a child at the venue and realized that I won’t be able to continue saying no. I want my son to have friends…to spend time with them…to go to their birthday parties. I want to offer my son normalcy in spite of his food allergies.
In preparation for this upcoming party, I decided that we were going to visit as a family so I could scope out the atmosphere and determine how comfortable my son was going to be (both with the food and the type of entertainment available). Coincidentally, I received an email around that time, alerting me to the fact that the establishment was changing their pizza recipe for the first time in 30 years, so I agreed to check it out and post about our experience.
In many ways, the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment was just like I remembered it. When we walked in, each of us were hand-stamped, which impressed me, because in order for a child to leave the facility, they have to leave with a parent who possesses the matching hand-stamp. We were greeted with a spacious arcade area and open seating for dining. While we did see Chuck E. Cheese himself live, the particular location we visited no longer had the famous show I remember enjoying as a child. Is this the case with all Chuck E. Cheese locations?
The menu itself primarily consists of pizza although sandwiches, salads, and a few sides are available. I realize that most children’s parties will only have pizza, so we had decided to bring him vegan pizza. Consequently, if your child suffers from food allergies, their website offers a comprehensive look at the ingredients used in menu items.
Speaking of pizza, Chuck E. Cheese recently changed it’s recipe for the first time in 30 years. The “cheesier, crispier, tastier” pizza features fresh-made dough, zesty pizza sauce, and 100% natural mozzarella cheese. I can’t say that I remember the former pizza, but their current version was tasty with a soft crust. My husband and I ordered a veggie pizza and it included a generous assortment of tomatoes, green peppers, and onions.
If I didn’t have a child who suffers from food allergies, we’d likely go more often for rainy days and indoor play days. But I feel comfortable enough sending him for the occasional friend’s birthday party…provided that I bring him his vegan pizza and stick around for the fun.
Have a question about the establishment? Their website is actually quite informative.
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