How I Survived Chuck E Cheese's
I had a goal in life as a parent: NEVER ENTER CHUCK E. CHEESE’S.
Okay - maybe it wasn’t a goal. But in all honesty, I have never had a strong desire to take my kids to Chuck E. Cheese. I have always envisioned it to be SUPER chaotic, tiny humans running all over the place, and the environment to both smell of child sweat and sugar. Not to mention, Chuck is a large rat, which I understand he was re-branded in the 90’s to be a mouse… But come on, he’s straight up creepy looking.
However, today my little buddy Bram turned 5 and he wanted his birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. So OF COURSE I would not turn down an invitation to celebrate the beautiful life that he is.
Bram is 5 and is coming up on his 2 year anniversary of being with his forever family and dear friends of ours. Bram lived in the same orphanage as Tristan in Shanghai, China. In fact, when his amazing parents went to his orphanage, they also got to meet Tristan a few months before we headed over to bring him home. He is a brave boy who has both fought and been healed of cancer. His beginnings were that of every child’s worst nightmare. But let me tell you something about Bram - he is a WORLD CHANGER. God has MIGHTY plans for him. Plans that are going to rock the world for Christ’s name. Just wait and watch.
His Mama, Janay is also a brilliant woman and seasoned parent. When it comes to throwing birthday parties, she knows how to get it done! And here’s what I learned in order to survive a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s:
Homeschool. Why? Because that way you can throw a birthday party in the middle of the week RIGHT when they open! There will be NO ONE there. You’ll have the ENTIRE place to yourself and won’t be overwhelmed with other tiny humans running around. It was BRILLIANT planning!
Yes - This list includes one action item. Why? Because this is literally the only way you will survive a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s, unless you’re a glutton for punishment. If that’s the case, you should schedule a birthday party at 1PM on a Saturday. But mark my words, this is the equivalent of going to Costco on a Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday when your home team is playing.
All in all, the kids had an absolute blast and I survived Chuck E. Cheese’s because 1) my friend is a genius and 2) because I love and adore sweet Bram and would do anything for him. And 3.) I actually had fun too.
Happy 5th Birthday Bram! You are loved and adored!
Oh Tristan… you are a man-child sitting next to Bram. LOL
We were trying to show these kids how it was done. “Here, let me get you those 100 tickets.”
Stupid game. LOL
Janay - I love and adore you! So grateful for your friendship and love doing life with you and our 7 kids put together! You are a super hero mama to me!!!