Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Grace and Reagan's Birthday With a Mouse

For several years my kids had been asking to have a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. I'm pretty sure it was the commercials of kids in the ticket blaster...you know, the wind tunnel reserved only for birthday kids who want to be caught in a hurricane of swirling tickets. You keep what you catch! And it was finally this year that I said...okay. Let's do this thing.

It meant that I wouldn't get to stay up late at night making special decorations. It meant not planning out a little menu or getting food for the party. It meant not organizing any games or activities or all of the things that I have always spent a considerable amount of time doing in the past.

Well, sign me up!! Maybe it's my age. Maybe it's having four kids. But I just can't stay up until 2am working on projects like I used to. My body says...mmmm nope. So I was more than happy to make a reservation and let someone else take care of the details!

We showed up and were directed to our special spot by our birthday coordinator. I took the picture up there out of sheer joy. You see what's on the table? We brought our presents and our cupcakes...shamelessly purchased from a store bakery...and we brought ourselves. Hallelujah! When do we start the fun?

The birthday kids get special capes. I knew this, and so we brought along our Halloween costumes so that Evie could wear something, too! (Those costumes have gotten a ton of mileage this year. Several parties, superhero day at school today...and we haven't even made it to Halloween!) Plus, if you wear your Halloween costume this month, you get 50 bonus tickets to spend on junk! :)

Drinks and pizza are included in the package for kiddos as well as TONS of coins for playing games. We brought home enough leftover coins for a future trip! We made sure to snap a family photo before we unleashed the kids to play!

These are the real pictures. You know, the several you take before you actually get a decent one. :)

All of the kids loved the bumper cars. Even Reagan, and I was afraid he might still be a little too young to figure them out. But nope! He was zooming around with the rest of them and having a blast!

The kids are given about 45 minutes at the beginning to play, and then everyone is paged back to the tables for PIZZA.

My brother Roger got to be a big kid, too. ;)

The kids chowed down while the adults enjoyed the salad bar and some cheese and pepperoni. :) It's not five star food, but it's not terrible either. The salad bar is actually pretty decent if pizza isn't your thing.

The party people didn't want us doing a thing. Every time we turned around to serve some pizza or get out the cupcakes or whatever they said, "Oh that's okay, we'll do that!" 

We sang a special Happy Birthday song and then the kids got their chance in the....TICKET BLASTER! Haha. It was hilarious watching them try to catch tickets. (They couldn't.) Reagan caught more on his head than in his hands.

But because it's their birthday and because they are running a special promotion for the month of October, I'm pretty sure they walked away with vouchers for a few THOUSAND tickets. Literally. They got thousands of tickets.

We did all of the normal party stuff...cupcakes and presents....

...before the kids went skipping off to spend some more of the copious coins we had been given.

It was a fun day. Two hours packed with things to do, and it wasn't a bad price, either. I know there are parents out there who just cringe at the thought of taking their kids to Chuck E Cheese...I cannot relate, but I get it...but come on. It doesn't get any easier for a birthday. So yeah, totally do this if you are in a birthday bind and would like to give your kid a nice party with little stress on your part!

Party was over, and still feeling fine! I thought Grace was behind me for this picture, haha!

Here we go.... 

Reagan was OUT. A sign of a successful day!

Now that our family's "birthday season" is officially done for the year, we have nothing but holiday fun to look forward to. Wahoo!!! Can't wait. :) Later taters. 

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