My kid celebrated his eight birthday at Chuck E. Cheese earlier this month. And it was fantastic! We invited his friends to come hang out on a Friday night and once again (for the third time, actually), I saw why planning a Chuck E. Cheese party is such a great party idea.
A little thing… this is not our first birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. In fact, it’s our third in less than two years! The kids LOVE Chuck E Cheese, and as a parent, it saves me a ton of time, stress and money.
There are three packages in total to choose from, $14.99, $19.99 and $24.99. When we organize our parties, we always go for the Mega Super Star package. For $24.99 you get:
- Superhero cape & Mask, Princess Cape and Tiara, or Chuck E. T-shirt for the Birthday Star
- 2 hours of reserved table space
- Ticket Blaster experience for the Birthday Star with a chance at the Magic Ticket worth 1,000 Tickets!
- Star recognition in our Birthday show
- 30 tokens per child
- Superhero or Princess table top photo cutout *Not Included with Chuck E. T-shirt
- Soft drinks with free refills per child
- 2 Slices of one-topping pizza per child
- Festive tablecloth and plateware
- Party host/hostess
- Email invitations powered by Punchbowl
- 1000 Ticket voucher for the Birthday Star
- 15 Additional Tokens(45 Total Tokens per Child)
- Star collectible cup per child
- Superhero or Princess Wristband for your Birthday Star! *Not Included with Chuck E. T-shirt
- Chuck E Goody Bag per child. Includes cool Toys and Candy!
- Pull String Pinata loaded with 40 tokens and 400 tickets
- Chocolate or Vanilla Ice Cream Cup per child
- 15 Additional tokens(60 Total Tokens per child)
I figure, if I’m going to have a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, I’m gonna do it all the way. Also, the themes change every once in a while. This last party was a superhero theme. The one last year was a music theme.
and p.s. our party host was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! She was on point the whole night. She let us know the schedule of the party, the status of the food, and she did a great job at keeping the party going and getting everyone involved.
Believe it or not, the food at Chuck E Cheese is not only affordable, but it’s also delicious! My favorite were the breadsticks, but the chicken wings and barbecue pizza were also a huge hit. The salad bar is always open and offers fresh vegetables and salad toppings.
The party host will bring pitchers of drinks to the party table. We go for fruit punch and water. A couple tips:
- If you’re buying the mega super star package, fill up the cups before the kids get to the table. It’ll save A LOT of time.
- Bring a sharpie with you and write the kids’ name on their cups. It’ll avoid confusion and “that’s mine!!!” over, and over, and over again.
The party table is set up for you by the time you get there. We arrived about 15 minutes early, and it was all done. Great time to let the birthday kid take pictures and calm down before the guests get there. Also, the sharpie that you brought along will be perfect at this time too. Write down the name of your guests on the goody bags so that arguments don’t ensue later, and the bags can also act as seating cards.
Get there early enough to get the tokens organized for your guests. I’ve found that giving everyone thirty tokens to begin with gives them enough time to go play, and by the time they get back to ask for more tokens, the food will be there. Ask your party host for extra token cups and you’ll be good to go.
UPDATE: Some Chuck E. Cheese locations now have “play cards” in lieu of tokens. If your location has them, I suggest purchasing lanyards (under $7 for 24 on Amazon) for everyone before the party so the kids can have the card around their neck and not in their hand. This will lessen the chances of them losing the cards (and any breakdowns that will come with that).
One of the best parts about hosting an official Chuck E Cheese birthday party is that the birthday kid gets to go in the ticket blaster. The ticket blaster is this huge mechanism that blows air and whips up tickets all around the kid. Birthday kids can go in there solo, or they can have someone go in there with them. The younger kids will get goggles to protect their eyes.
Have the kids keep an eye out for the magic ticket. Each magic ticket gives you 1,000 tickets!!! It’s a huge boost for the end-of-the-day ticket redeeming part.
Chuck E Cheese offers birthday cakes at an additional charge – they have both chocolate and vanilla, and you can also purchase ice cream cups. Of course, you’re also welcomed to bring your own cake. Chuck E. will come out and sing with the kids and your party host will cut and serve the cake.
Heads up, it gets crazy loud when Chuck E. comes around. He’ll also stick around for pictures (as many as you need).
I took a lot of pictures, then my amiga took a bunch more… and this post would be super long if I shared them all with you. So instead, I put them all into a three and a half minute video so you can get an idea of what a Chuck E Cheese fiesta is like nowadays.
WATCH: Chuck E. Cheese party
Hosting a party at Chuck E. Cheese is fun, safe (because the kids have to leave with the adults they came with), and affordable. And here’s another tip – you know those Chuck E Cheese coupons that come in your email when you sign up for the newsletter, or the deals on the Chuck E Cheese website, or behind their string cheese packages? Well you can use each of those coupons four times each! We’ve done that a few times and it always saves us a ton, and we get so many extra tokens!
Visit ChuckECheese.com for more party information, and to book your next birthday bash. And if you’ve hosted a birthday party at CEC before, let us know in the comments below! We’d love to know any tips you have for planning the perfect Chuck E. Cheese party.