Ok, this place is a restaurant, but I didn’t eat there! I did want to post a review of what I did experience. I took my 4-year-old there for her birthday today. She and her friends had a ball! This new CEC’s opened on Backus Ave. near the Danbury Mall. I knew I was going to take her and signed up for the “Chuck E-Club” to see if I’d get any coupons. Sure enough she got 20 free tokens for her birthday! They also had some other coupons available to print from their website www.chuckecheese.com. And, you can always find coupons in the Sunday paper. It is definitely worth it to use coupons as each token ends up being about $0.25, which means each ride or game is only a quarter!
We arrived and an attendant stamps both child and parent with a number to identify them as a matched set. No child is allowed to leave without that parent. The place is very spacious and clean. We went at 10:30 in the morning and it’s not crowded at all at that time! I’ve been to these places on the weekends and, believe me, you want to steer clear at those times!
Each game or ride is one token. There are many games to suit different age ranges. There is a climbing tube/slide combo that is free. When we first went to a CEC we took a very young child. We got away from the place without spending a dime because of the free climbing tube and because a young child thinks he/she is playing the games even when they’re not!
I lost a token in one of the games and told one of the attendants. He gave me two tokens in its place! Many of the games give tickets to exchange for prizes. As usual, you need lots of tickets for good prizes, but we were able to get a plastic ring and two large Tootsie rolls. My only gripe about the day was that we had 56 points and used 50 and weren’t given the opportunity to use save our 6 points for another time. I thought this was very “cheesy!” A friend’s child didn’t have enough points to get the same thing so I told the attendant to use our leftover points for her. She gladly did it, but I see that it may be their policy to not give away as many prizes by cheating people out of a few points here or there-they would add up over the course of a day if they did that with everyone! Overall, I was very pleased with the experience and plan to go back this summer with my two kids!
When we left, we headed over to the food court at the mall for a Happy Meal and then hit The Christmas Tree Shop. Oh boy, is that place fun! We got a lot of outdoor summer games and some crafts to tide us over during summer vacation. We headed home with just enough time to get in the pick up line at Hurlbutt!