Things to Do

Mousing Around

Happy Hump Day! It started out pretty and sunny today, but quickly turned dreary and rainy this afternoon. Typical Ohio weather, not really surprised. Summer is quickly coming to an end. Amelia will be starting kindergarten in the next couple of weeks.

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I just can’t believe it. When I say it out loud it sounds so strange. I will have a kindergartner! She will be attending full-day school, and she insists on riding the bus. She couldn’t be more excited and I couldn’t be more proud/emotional It’s such a bittersweet moment. You send your first baby off into the world, without you. And trust someone else to help them learn and grow for 6 hours out of the day. Monday thru Friday will just be me and my little buddy Max! I can say I am a little exciting for some one-on-one time with my boy. But I will sure miss the two of them running down the halls together, begging for a third snack.

I mean, look at this face!

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Today we promised her we would do something fun. She knows her time off is dwindling away and she’s been begging for a vacation. Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees and she’s still struggling with the concept that the stash of gift cards she stole from various targets do not have any money on them, and that places don’t accept them as a form of money. Thanks to Youtube however, she’s been begging to go to Chuck E. Cheese’s, and conveniently enough, we live about 5 minutes from one. Score! So we piled up for a late morning of ticket piles and a man in a mouse suit. It did not disappoint.

It’s been YEARS since I’ve stepped foot in a Chuck E. Cheese’s. The last I remember, they still had the horrifying animatronics that seemed to give you the shifty eyes when your parents weren’t looking, and the whole place reeked like stinky socks. We weren’t really expecting much, but figured, what-the-hey, it’s Amelia’s day. And we will suck it up for her. Just this once.

Going in at 11:00 AM on a Wednesday, it wasn’t very crowded which was great. I didn’t have to worry about bigger kids trampling Max and Amelia wouldn’t get overwhelmed with all the other people. Chuck E. Cheese’s now has an awesome feature of timed play cards and on Wednesday, it was only $14.99 for 60 minutes of unlimited play. Score! So for about thirty bucks, we got an hour of play time for both kids. Way cheaper than Dave & Busters, and the games were kid sized and perfect for their handling. The place had some obvious revamping done and it was very nice and clean, and smell free! (Thank God!) There were plenty of different games that catered to various age groups. I personally was a fan of the Jurassic Park arcade game- Amelia and shot velociraptors in an actual moving “jeep.” It was like a ride and a game in one.

Maddox was fascinated by the lights and sounds but was mostly intrigued by any game that had a ball he could throw. I mean, check out this kids skills!

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Amelia enjoyed the games that sprayed the water at the little ducks. They were honestly just thrilled to get a few tickets and they quickly piled up!

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The two play cards worked for all of us to play. So Kyle and I got to play a few games to earn the kids some tickets too. I mean, how are you going to go to an arcade and not play a few games? I mean, come on. Adults can’t resist. Let that inner child loose ya’ll.

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The games were all in great shape. They are worked great. It wasn’t like some arcades you go to and you worry about losing your quarters in the machines. It wasn’t overly crowded. There were even some ride-on options for younger kids to enjoy. And there’s always the tunnel play place with the giant slide- a classic. Maddox braved that more than once. I think he would have been happy playing no games, and just hanging out in the tubes. Amelia on the other hand, was all about the tickets, and using her card for the full 60 minutes. She wasn’t missing a beat.

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We only took one break and used one of our “Pauses” to meet Chuck E. when he came out. They did a “ticket sprinkle” and threw a bunch of tickets in the air and all the kids went nuts. We had a great little day. Ended up with over 800 tickets which bought us two bags of cotton candy, two rattle toys, and 4 pieces of candy. They weren’t the slightest bit interested in the bigger prizes, and were happy to share their tickets. They left with huge smiles on their face, and we even got some cheesy souvenir photos to hang on our fridge.

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Overall, we had a great day. It’s always a good feeling when you see your kids having a blast doing something so simple. I can’t believe we had never taken them up until this point! We will definitely be visiting again.

B.

 

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