Archive for August, 2011

Chuck E. Cheese Debuts a New Pizza Recipe

August 2, 2011

Let me be completely up-front in saying that before I became a parent I vowed to never take my child to Chuck E. Cheese, let alone (gasp!) host one of my child’s birthday parties there. Now that my son has celebrated two birthdays with unnecessarily extravagant parties and the third will occur while I am 8 months pregnant with child number two, my opinion has changed a bit. I totally get the appeal of the Chuck E. Cheese birthdays. I do. Will I host a birthday party there? Maybe not. Will I attend one? Heck yes. And enjoy the pizza!

You may or may not have heard that Chuck E. Cheese has upgraded its pizza recipe for the first time in 30 years. Our little East Sac family got the opportunity to try out the new recipe and review our local Chuck E. Cheese on Arden Way. Since the hype is about the pizza, we’ll start there. We ordered the barbecue chicken (minus the onions and bell peppers) and the cheese pizza. The kids (ages 2, 3, and 9) happily ate the cheese with not much comment or complaint. I think pizza is pizza when you’re a kid, isn’t it? The barbecue chicken was surprisingly good. The chicken was a bit sparse (my fellow ESM companion and I fought over the “good” slice) but tasty and the crust was actually the highlight! It was delicious on its own and had just the right thickness and crispness. I was really glad I opted to also get the “all you can eat” salad bar. That was my favorite part of the whole experience. Every item was fresh, stocked, and gobbled up by my 2-year-old. He ate more baby corn, kidney beans and beets than he did cheese pizza.

As far as the rest of our experience at Chuck E. Cheese goes… here are the points we felt were important to mention:

  • You do not want to go on a Sunday afternoon, if you can avoid it. The noise level… OH. MY. And small children screaming and running wild everywhere. Everywhere.
  • The toddler zone was great! Every game or “ride” was only one token and after using only 5 tokens our little ones thought they had experienced Disneyland.
  • We let the 9-year-old roam free and play games and felt comfortable because the whole place is pretty small so from our table in the middle we could see him almost everywhere.
  • That being said, DO NOT rely on the staff to verify your stamps on the way out. When you enter, you and your children are stamped with the same number. They are supposed to check the numbers on the way out to make sure you are leaving with just your child/children. This definitely was not happening.
  • Take it for what it is– a fun place to let your kids burn up some energy while you collect tickets and try to stash enough away to get some candy before you leave. Enjoy it.

If you want to visit Chuck E. Cheese with your family, the Arden location is at 1690 Arden Way, next to Party City and for more information click HERE or call 916.920.9181.

Before your visit, remember to click HERE for some coupons too.

We’ll see you there!

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Crocker Art Museum Launches Museum Guide & Interactive Gallery for Families

August 1, 2011

Little ones and their caregivers now have two new ways to experience the Crocker Art Museum. The Museum has launched Story Trail, a family-friendly journey through the Museum, and Tot Land, an interactive gallery, designed for children from infancy to five years of age and their caregivers. Tot Land and Story Trail are sponsored, in part, by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

Story Trail is an engaging way for young children and adults to talk about art while they visit the Museum. It features a captivating storybook, called “Birdy’s Museum Adventure,” which incorporates images and “characters” from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. The story leads families on an imaginative adventure to look, discuss, and discover seven works of art. Families can check out a copy of “Birdy’s Museum Adventure” at the Admission Desk and begin a fun exploration into the galleries with trail markers to lead the way.

Story Trail concludes in Tot Land, a gallery devoted entirely to families. Located in the Museum’s Education Center, the gallery is designed to encourage creativity while building early-learning skills. Tot Land features an interactive touch screen for unparalleled creative play, as well as spaces for art making and reading. All of the activities are designed to enable children and adults to learn together through layered, dynamic, and playful experiences. Resources available in Tot Land support a successful path to early literacy and creative thinking.

The interactive touch screen, called “The Living Art Wall,” uses highly advanced technology and gaming software to give children a unique educational experience. Using the screen, toddlers will be able to express their creativity through digital drawing and painting with their fingers. Visitors’ contributions will build on top of each other, creating a community mural.

Tot Land and Story Trail are *FREE* with Museum admission and are available during the Museum’s regular operating hours. For more information, click HERE or call 916. 808.7000.

This East Sac Mama will be checking out Tot Land and Story Trail on Wednesday with my little guy, I’ll let you know what we think.

We’ll see you there!