So Chuck E. Cheese filed for bankruptcy.
I think it’s demise was similar to Toys R Us. People are not having kids to take to a place like this. They were having trouble pre-virus.
I never liked the pizza there. When I was a kid I always went for the salad bar. I never went there for the pizza. Who goes there for the pizza? Especially in the 1980s. It was all about the experience. The ball pit, the animatronic band, the costumed characters, the games, the prizes. I didn’t go there much as a kid. I think I went 1-2 times a year if I was lucky. I would ask to go there for my birthday, but not have a party there.
I remember all the decorative umbrellas that hung from the ceiling. I got this from a screen cap of a training video for Chuck E. Cheese. Once my dad was going to buy me one, but when he asked how much they were really over priced.
I was not very good at the games when I was younger. I hated skee-ball and don’t like it much as I got older. I was much better at shooting and whacking games when I was older. I really liked the Hungry Hungry Hippos arcade game. When I was very little I liked the rides. There was this one I really liked that looked like a rainbow. If you were really small/skinny you could cram 2/3 kids into a ride that was made to fit one kid.
The kids seemed to like going on stage with the robots. I never did. I used to tell them to get off the stage. The kids would be confused they’d look at the robot the look at the performer. I used to like that little thing that popped out of the log/pipe. I used to think that Fatz Geronimo from Showbiz was looking at me. I used to be afraid of him. It was funny when the person in the Chuck E. costume would come out front by the stage to dance and confuse some kids. They’d be looking at robot and then at the costumed character with a confused look on their face.
Another time the employees were just having a bad day there. My mom overheard that Chuck E. Cheese’s head fell off. She didn’t see it neither did I. Then they brought out Mr. Munch to the arcade area and the kids there mobbed him. Somehow his shoe fell off in the process. There was the handler worker there holding the big shoe by the laces helping Mr. Munch limp to the backstage area wearing one shoe and one sock on the other foot.
One time I went there with my older cousin. She stole 2 ball pit balls. One for me and one for her. I still have it after all these years it’s blue. This was way before you could buy those mini ball pits at stores and stuff.
When I was in 2nd grade my friend had a birthday party there. We rode a bunch of the rides together because we were so skinny.
I usually did not go for the branded items. Unless it was little items like pencils and stuff. I did have a Chuck E. Cheese firefighter hat. When I was a kid I really wanted the Helen purse and the Munch Box. (wallets and Munch Box not mine)
When I was cleaning out my purse I did find this old pencil pouch I have the Muppet baby Kermit and Chip stickers added by me. I wonder if the pig character on it is Madame Oink. Or just some random pig girl getting an autograph.
I think the last time I ever went to a Chuck E. Cheese was when I was 13. It was right before Halloween. The Pasadena, CA location was the one I went to most. It was a Showbiz before they converted it. Then it moved locations in the same shopping center.
I went to Peter Pipers once I was 15 and it was boring there. They had a bunch of “expensive” prizes like a lawnmower and washing machine for thousands of tickets. I didn’t want those items they are for chores. That was the last time I was at a children’s themed play area pizza restaurant. I think that location closed a few years later. There are no more Peter Pipers in the area that I know of.
A few years ago some upscale children’s play cafes opened in the area. I think they were for kids 5 and under. I never went to these places I don’t have kids to take to them. They got horrible reviews and said that the food was not very good and they were constantly hiring.