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Chuck E. Cheese has partnered with Tesser to remodel both the outside and interior to the building to make it new and inviting. I had the opportunity to attend the local grand re-opening of Chuck E. Cheese in Rochester where they unveiled some new and pretty cool features for the kids and adults. Here are some of the new features you’ll see on your next trip there.
What’s New at Chuck E. Cheese?
Chuck E. Cheese replaced tokens with its new programmable “tap-to-play” system. Simply add points (or time!) to the Play Card or wristband and you’re good to go. The card is perfect to place in yours or your child’s pocket without fear of dropping a bucket of tokens.
My daughter and I used the wristband. She wouldn’t let me put it on her wrist, but the bands are small enough for young kids and thankfully big enough for adults! This made playing games so much easier since it’s near impossible to hold a toddler and a bucket of tokens without dropping one.
All You Can Play!
With tokens going away, so does limiting the games. Yes, you still have the option to upload points to the card, which would the same way as tokens did, but you also have the option to do All You Can Play!
It works like this: You choose time increments starting at 30 minutes to play. Then your kids have free reign to play AS MANY games as they can in that amount of time. It’s great when you have multiple children that play games at different rates. Now you know every kid will run out of games at the same time. There’s no longer any jealousy when your youngest child has 10 tokens left.
My favorite part of the All You Can Play! option is the pause feature. When we got to Chuck E. Cheese, my daughter and her friend immediately wanted to play games. We let them play for about 45 minutes and then ordered food. When the food was ready, we simply walked up to the kiosk and paused our wristbands to freeze our playing time.
The kids ate their food and ran around the dance floor for almost an hour. When they were ready to play their next game, we just played as normal and it unfroze our time.
All You Can Play! starts at just $9 for 30 minutes.
Chuck E. Cheese…. A Restaurant?
When you think of Chuck E. Cheese, food probably isn’t the first description to come out of your mouth. They are now out to change that. Sort of. Arcade games and fun are definitely still the main focus of Chuck E. Cheese, but after that comes their food.
The pizza is made from scratch daily and with the grand re-opening at our local location, they’ve created open kitchens. Now both kids and adults can actually watch their pizza being made.
They also have an amazing unlimited lunch buffet salad bar. I know I sound way too excited about a salad bar, but you should see this thing. There are different kinds of cheeses, freshly cut vegetables, green lettuce (iceberg AND romaine), and all the toppings you can think of. Sunflower seeds, hard-boiled eggs, chunks of ham, 6 different kinds of dressing, and more. The buffet also includes fruit, macaroni salad, and a jello mix. Now you get my excitement.
Time to Dance
My daughter’s absolute favorite part about Chuck E. Cheese was by far the light up dance floor. The hourly live show with the mouse now takes place there, but the dance floor is always lit up. I can’t tell you how many times she asked to just go dance on the dance floor. I saw other kids do the same.
Leah’s favorite game to play was still Skee-Ball and the water target game, but I was happy to see new games! There’s now a Paw Patrol spin wheel, a ride on bus, and more. I noticed there were a good amount of games where you just hit the button and win tickets. This was great for my 2-year-old to really feel like she had a place there. Don’t be fooled by those games though. There are plenty of games for the older kids. I caught myself throwing footballs and baseballs to win tickets.
The first thing I noticed when walking into Chuck E. Cheese was how open the back was. There is so much room to move around. This is also the space for birthday parties. They provide a specific Birthday Zone separate from the restaurant seating to make kids feel like real VIPs.
Our weather is getting colder and it seems to rain every day. It’s honestly the best time to head over to Chuck E. Cheese and check out all these new features while your kids enjoy all the games!
When is the last time you’ve been to Chuck E. Cheese?
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