So it was my 37th birthday. As a matter of fact, it was my husband’s 37th birthday as well. Yes, same day, month and year. But to make matters even more outrageous…. it was our son’s birthday too! Well, he just turned 5; it would be freaky if he was 37, don’t cha think? Anyway, we decided when our son was born, that we were not going to celebrate big for our birthdays anymore because we wanted it to be special for him.
We hadn’t planned a big party because #1, we recently moved to a new neighborhood (2 hours away from our families), so we didn’t know that many people, and #2, it was right after Christmas and New Years so it was difficult to plan anything. So we decided last minute to go to the well known place “Where a Kid can be a Kid”. The nearest Chuck E. Cheese was about an hour away in Rockford, IL. But, this was for our little Anthony, so we decided to make the drive.
I called just that afternoon for an evening visit, to see if we could reserve a little party; afterall, we only had 4 kids (2 of which belong to my sister-in-law). Unfortunately, it was to late for reservations but the lady said we could order a la cart from the birthday package; good enough, so we went.
Upon arriving, we were pleasantly surprised that there was not a large crowd; I guess it helped that it was a week night at 7pm when we got there so it was good. My husband ordered the typical pizza meal and I had him add on a round birthday cake, birthday crown, some balloons and of course, TOKENS!!
The kids and parents dispersed immediately to the playing grounds. I liked the open space from the eating & stage area to the play areas because we were able to keep an eye out for the kids. Anthony even got to partake in a little song and dance with Chuck E. in exchange for some free tickets. And Chuck E. was kind enough to visit our table when the cake (which was upgraded in size, free of charge) was delivered.
I gotta say though, that the highlight of the evening was when the manager, Jim Evans was kind enough to let our son try out their new TICKET BLASTER. That is a clear, enclosed contraption that resembles a space-ship (I guess); air starts blowing tickets every where and you have 30 seconds to catch as many as you can and use them for the prize counter.
Just seeing little Anthony’s face light up, made my day. I thought the night was over before we started talking to the manager about the machine and he offered to let my husband and I try it as well!! It was our birthdays too, right? So we got in, started dancing with the music and had a blast trying to catch our tickets; of course, we didn’t get to use the tickets but we had a lot of fun…..well…. just “Being a Kid”…..
If you’re ever in NW Illinois area, I highly recommend that you visit Chuck E. Cheese and his crew over in Rockford. Make sure you ask for Manager Jim Evans and ask him if he remembers the “P90x Girl”….lol, he’ll know what you mean!