The older I get and the more kids I have, the more I want to give my children experiences rather than a toy or treat.
Experiences are a family event, a real memory. They promote long-term rewards and good feelings from kids toward parents.
Experiences are the real treat.
As we continue to endure a long, hot summer full of boredom, swimming, trips, and movies, it’s always great to break it up with something different and fun.
We were invited to attend the grand re-opening event at the Stone Oak Chuck E. Cheese in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. And I’m so thankful we were!
I didn’t tell my kids we were going until we were in the car. All they knew was that we were heading to San Antonio for a fun surprise. I didn’t tell them, mostly because I didn’t need the constant countdown every day and endless questions about when we are going.
After telling them in the car ride down, they were very excited! They recalled seeing commercials for Chuck E. Cheese on TV while they were being babysat. We’ve never been to Chuck E. Cheese before, and I never went to one as a kid myself, so I was excited for us all to go to the place “where a kid can be a kid.”
The Stone Oak Chuck E. Cheese is the first store to be revamped and reimagined in the world, with dozens of more stores being converted in the very near future.
Their remodel focuses on fresh food and fun for the whole family. With an open kitchen concept, so you can see the line workers making each pizza fresh, by hand, you can watch the entire pizza-making process.
The games are all organized into quasi-sections of toddler/little kid games to the more advanced children’s arcade games. I loved that! It made it easy to keep my ever-mobile 2-year old and my 4-year old son in one general area while my 7-year olds weren’t too far away playing games they enjoyed as well.
They also have programmable “tap-to-play” Play Pass game card system that makes it easy to pay for the arcade games you want to play and not worry about losing coins. It’s also easy for kids to use, even my four year old had no problems using his.
The birthday zone offers varied seating options as its a huge area with various party sections, and in the middle is a fun all-new light up dance floor where they have an hourly live show with all the Chuck E. Cheese band members and a Ticket Grab where they throw fistfuls of tickets into the crowd of dancing kids.
We greatly enjoyed the pizza buffet and food and games and the whole experience. My kids even earned (or were given) enough tickets to pick up a cool inflatable pirate hat and an inflatable hook hand that they’ve been playing with non-stop.
They have asked multiple times when we are going back.
And that is exactly why it’s such a better gift to give my children than a small toy or treat! They want to experience something fun and lasting again.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.
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