Chuck E. Cheese9 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 visit website>
Yeah I avoid places like this at all cost. What I mean by “like this” are chain – arcade places. I don’t even like it when there is one arcade game at a kid’s play place b/c that is all the boys focus on. But I needed to get these boys out of the house and Henry saw a commercial for Chuck E. Cheese and asked if we could go.
I have no idea what to expect b/c I could not find any pictures of the inside of the Philadelphia location. Since diving into the kiddie unknown is our thing I packed them up and we went as soon as it opened at 10:00 a.m. Two hours later the boys emerged, happy, tired and with full tummies.
Here is the lay of the land.
1. There is no fee to enter. They just stamp your hand.
2. On the right there are all rides like you find on the boardwalk but more advanced and newer. Plus there is a climbing tube thing with a slide that the boys liked. Henry (3) got up into it no problem. Ollie (2) needed my help to climb in the first part. This can be kind of tight for a parent, just so you are aware.
3. Directly in front of you will be tons of long tabled seating with a stage in front of it. There are giant Chuck E. Cheese characters there “performing” and TV’s that coordinate. For example. Chuck E. Cheese and the gang were singing “Get Down on It” While a disco Chuck montage was shown on the TV. *Honestly the boys liked watching it while they waited for their pizza and it calmed them down.
4. Then you have the food counter to the right along with the arcade games. Some are more for the 7 and up crowd but there is skee-ball (where I killed it) and some other toddler-esqu games.
Everything operates on a token system. And all games and rides are one token each. The place was clean, 100% empty at 10:00 a.m. and the staff was really nice.
I didn’t love it but on a rainy morning where I just want to travel 5 minutes to get them somewhere and let them run around and grab some pizza I probably would go. I was shocked that they spent two hours there. They had a great time. I have no idea what the place is like on the weekends and I probably will never be brave enough to find out. Toddlers can’t do everything there but they can do the majority of the stuff there. Was it just as magical as the commercial? Honestly for them I think it was.
Good to Know:
If you go first thing in the morning the guy that test the machines is going around and playing all the games. He just leaves the tickets in all the machines so that ended up being a bonus for the boys. It is a little thing but still very fun for them to look for the tickets.
The staff was also really nice. I ordered them pizza and just wanted some watermelon for them on the side and she gave me that for free.
There is a salad bar which looked like a salad bar but I was not in love with it so I passed on that. It really is more of a pizza place.
Parking is super easy. The parking lot is really busy so you have to watch if you are dealing with more than one little one.