Sunday, September 07, 2008

This Is Why You Don't Allow Your Children To Watch Television

Q-ster and I were driving peacefully to an errand when he looked out the window and piped up from the back seat.

“Chuck E. Cheese!”

Me: What?
Q-ster: That’s Chuck E. Cheese! He’s that mouse, right over there.

I have never been inside said establishment, but the stories I’ve heard from other parents struck fear in my heart. I probed a little to see what he knew about this noisy, messy place.

Me: What’s at Chuck E. Cheese?
Q-ster: There’s food there.

Ok, well he wasn’t begging to go inside.

Me: Where did you learn about Chuck E. Cheese?
Q-ster: On TV!

We may need to go back to watching only Little Einsteins videos.


Desiree said...

So funny. We had a similar experience - we were going through a phase where Andrew wasn't willing to go anywhere but one day I told him we were going to meet his cousins at Chuck E. Cheese (where we had never been before) and he was sprinting to the door. Thanks a lot, PBS.

Mayberry said...

staaaaaay awaaaaaaay from CEC!! It's hell on earth.

(At least he didn't respond: "It's where a kid can be a kid!")

Waltzing with Widgets said...

I attended a kid's birthday party at one in Fremont. I guess the kids enjoyed it. Not really my scene.

News item: brawl at Chuck E. Cheese

Magpie said...

Or commercial free TV.

Mamacita Tina said...

I'm so grateful for TiVo, we can fast pace it through such commercials. I can only blame my laziness if such things filter through.

Karin said...

We've been to two Chuck E. Cheese bday parties now. At least I can say that I've never had to pay good money to go there, since we've always gone at someone else's expense. My favorite comment from a fellow mother when her child was saying that she didn't like the pizza was, "Honey, this is not the kind of place where you complain about the food -- it's just there if you *must* eat something."

After the first party, we left in a sensory overloaded daze. The second party was better -- they scheduled it for early Sunday morning which I thought was bizarre, but then I realized the place was empty at that time, so it wasn't so completely nutty.

The hilarious thing was that Avril worked SO hard to earn tickets to redeem for a prize. We were a few tickets short, and then I realized I could buy as many tickets as we needed for a penny each. I offered the three cents for the extra tickets, and the clerk told me not to bother -- she could just take the prize.