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chuckie cheese - birthday parties

luvbug00 wrote: I realize every chuckie cheese is differant but i was wondering if anyone has had a party there and if it's really worth 17.50 a kid. because i'm the cheepest human alive and anything to get out of a bunch of screaming kids and an oversized rodent would be awsome! emlaugh.gif I mush perfer the home party idea but Brad insists on the cheese..i think more for him actually dry.gif

moped replied: I would'nt but that is jsut me!

I like to call that place a big ol' germ pit!

Calimama replied:
I agree. IMO that place is beyond nasty. wacko.gif

MommyToAshley replied: $17.50 per kid???? Yikes!

Our Chuck E Cheese is actually pretty nice. I wanted to have the party at home last year and do a princess or Dora theme, but Ashley begged to have her party at Chuck E Cheese. So we did. But, we only paid $9.99 per kid and that included pizza, drinks, balloons and decorations, a gift for Ashley, $7.50 in tokens per kid, and a personal visit from Chuck E himself. If we had used their cake, the kids would have only received $5 in tokens. But since we brought in a Dora cake, they gave the kids an extra $2.50 in tokens instead of the cake. We also didn't buy their goodie bags, we brought our own.

Ashley had a great time at the party and still talks about it. Many of her friends have been begging their Moms to have the party there ever since Ashley's party. Ashley wants to have her party there again this year, but I am going to try to talk her into something different.

On a side note, I would not have the party there on a weekend. I have never been there on a weekend, but I hear it gets crazy. Since Ashley was in preschool M,W,F... we had the party on a Tuesday afternoon and invited her preschool friends. We practically had the place to ourselves and the girls had a great time. I'll see if I can find some pics.

MommyToAshley replied: Here's some pics's+birthday

boyohboyohboy replied: we just had our last party there, and we didnt use anything from them, and it was cheap. we just planned it right when they opened, at 10 am or so, and then had the family and kids meet us there, and that way everyone got to sit at a table fairly close together, we took a cake, and we got pizza there and drinks there, and we bought each kids some tokens, but it was really cheap and the kids ran around and played mostly in the climbing thing and it was great..spent hours of fun and little money.
and you are allowed to use the banquet room as long as the table you are using is free when someone who ordered it needs it, and frankly most of the time there are free tables in there for hours...just ask when you get there how long a table is free or when its booked for.

Anthony275 replied: $17 is way too much for one kid especially when you have 8-14 kids attending. i remember the prices being $5-7 per kid back in the early 90s. you're better off going to mcdonalds for a party and having like, grimace and hamburgular visit the kids lol

gr33n3y3z replied: the cheese is a waste of money around here bc half the crap doesnt work anyway

mysweetpeasWil&Wes replied:
LOL...very nicely put Lisa! laugh.gif

I took Wil one morning during the week and he loved it. It was clean and there was no one there. It was maybe 10am or so, when they first open. I wouldn't pay $17.50 though. That seems high IMO. I literally spent $5 for maybe an hour of games. But I would definitely have a party there if there are cheaper options. What about bringing in your own cake? And maybe the parents are responsible for buying their own kid's tokens. You just pay for pizza and drinks and the room. Maybe you can even bring your own decorations and favors.

I love party planning, but I'm all for someone else doing it these days. If it will save you the burden of doing it all yourself, then by all means, pay it. There's nothing like walking away from a mess at the end of the party and saying "I don't have to clean up". Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Mommy2Isabella replied: our cheese is really Nice its brand new .. i don't know anything about prices though!

lisar replied: I had Lexi's last party there. And I will NEVER do it again. NEVER!!! It was not worth the money and they rush you thru everything. It was horrible. I hated it. I will never have another party there.

And of course thats just my opinion.

Boo&BugsMom replied: We had Tanner's b-day party there when he turned 3, but it was only $10 a kid. It was pretty nice and at the time our CEC was newer and nicer. Now we have a Stonefire Pizza which is WAY cooler than CEC. If you have one of those, I would shot for that. It is expensive though, but way better than what you'd get at CEC. For $17 at CEC, I might not do it. That seems like a lot. I guess it depends on what that would get you though too. When we had Tanner's the kids each got tokens, pizza, soft drink, cake, balloons, and a few other things I can't remember. For only $10 too.

moped replied: Rent some water slides and some fun stuff for outside - LOL

I really hate CEC!

luvmykids replied: We had the twins' third bday there and I don't remember how much it was per kid but I do know that we had about 35 guests all together and it was about $350 for the per kid party rate plus the extra pizzas and drinks for the parents. We brought our own cakes and goodie bags.

They did rush us, it was on a Sunday afternoon so of course they had to clear us out before the next party. But I've been to parties during the week that were a lot more relaxed and enjoyable.

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