Monday, February 23, 2009

Big Hairy Rodents and Aged Old People Who Are Elderly

These kids nowadays...

Tonight we met at Chuck E. Cheese (formerly ShowBiz Pizza, a.k.a. Bleed Your Parents Dryville) for my granddaughter's 3rd birthday party.

For those of you unfamiliar with this establishment, let me just say this: RUN AWAY. RUN FAST. RUN HARD.

Other than that, I can tell you that children love it. It's loud. It has all sorts of little rides for the tots, tunnels to climb in, games for older children and yea, even adults to play. And it's loud. And they serve overpriced pizza, sandwiches, and drinks, along with an overpriced salad bar so that you can have a balanced meal. And it's loud. And the children love it. And did I mention it was loud?

As I recall, all of my children have had birthday parties at this particular chain. From the almost-33-year-old down to the 15-year-old, each one of them has adored it. The only difference was that I was much younger when their parties took place.

Much younger.

Even though it was loud and the food was overpriced, the joy that I could see on my granddaughter's face and that of Little Man and Sweetie Pie, who were there for the celebration, was worth it all. It was just a wonder they didn't fall over from ALL THE EXCITEMENT.

There were THE RIDES! And THE GAMES! And PRESENTS! And OTHER KIDS! And, thanks to Mom and Dad, UNLIMITED TOKENS!

So predictably, when it was time to leave, there was a struggle.

However, I was able to take matters well in hand and get Hubster out the door without too much of a scene.

These kids nowadays....


Linds said...

Not having any idea what the place is really like, I FEEL YOU NEED TO PUT IT ON THE TO DO LIST for when Linds arrives to visit. OOOH! The excitement!!!

HeyJules said...

I am so very proud to say that I have reached the ripe old age of 49 and have NEVER EVER stepped inside one of those places.


It is an honor I hold in highest esteem.

Susanne said...


My kids loved Chuck E. Cheese when they were little. Glad they didn't have one in our city, though, so it made it a special treat for when we went to the big city on holidays. Once a year was plenty for me. I think I still have chuck e. cups around here someplace.