Being a parent is expensive. And exhausting.
You’d think taking the little ones to a pizza and games place like Chuck E. Cheese would bring some distraction-induced reprieve. But alas, they’re coming at you every five minutes for more tokens.
Not today, children.
Behold the All You Can Play game option (aka the savior of parental sanity), at participating Chuck E. Cheese locations nationwide.
How Chuck E. Cheese All You Can Play Works
For one flat fee, kiddos can play unlimited games without exception for a selected amount of time.
Currently, unlimited game time comes in 30-minute increments starting at $15 with any Chuck E. Cheese deals purchase and is good any day of the week. Save even more if you go on All You Can Play Wednesday. Mention the promotion at time of purchase and you’ll get an hour of unlimited play for $17.99.
Kids can use Play Passes or Play Bands, which allow them to load time or points with a tap. Play Passes come in three tiers:
- $1 Play Pass
- $3 Play Pass with coil wristband
- $7.99 Rechargeable Play Band with $5 worth of game play included
Some games might still dispense paper tickets, but Chuck E. Cheese has transitioned to e-tickets that are automatically saved to Play Passes. Once kids are done playing, they can redeem their e-tickets at the counter for prizes.
Need a potty or pizza break? No problem. You get the option to pause play twice during the play window. Once the time is up, you can purchase additional 30-minute windows.
Just think: Your kids might wear themselves out for less than $20. Might.
Before your next trip, you can also reload time and points onto Play Passes and Play Bands online.
Thinking of having a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese? The Ultimate Fun and Mega Fun party options both come with 2 hours of all you can play for each child.
Chuck E. Cheese and COVID-19 Safety
Kids like to touch everything, and at a restaurant like Chuck E. Cheese those instincts run free.
To keep patrons safe, Chuck E. Cheese has COVID-19 protocols implemented during birthday parties and some aspects of playtime. There are hand sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of surfaces and touchless pay options, as well as the touchless Play Passes and bands.
For birthday parties, you can find an option that works for you based on state or local guidelines, or even do a Party Pack at home through delivery or carryout. If you choose an at-home option, you’ll still get play points and e-tickets to use on your next visit.
If you do a traditional party at Chuck E. Cheese but want social distancing, you can book a VIP party on Saturdays at 8 a.m. or Sundays at 9 a.m.
The allowed number of party guests and Chuck E. appearances will vary by state and local guidelines. If local guidelines don’t allow for Chuck E. to be there in person, he’ll attend virtually on video monitors.
Worried about germs? Instead of blowing out candles on an entire birthday cake, kids now blowout candles on a single slice. Parents can also opt to skip the tradition all together or bring cupcakes. Kids will also be given time to wash their hands before they eat.
If you have to cancel a party due to COVID, you can transfer your $50 party deposit to a new date within one year of the canceled date or use it for a to-go party pack.
Chuck E. Cheese Rewards
If you find yourself frequently going to Chuck E. Cheese to keep the kids happy, check out their rewards program.
Download the restaurant’s app and scan the barcode on your receipt. You’ll earn one point for every dollar you spend. You’ll get different rewards depending on your number of points.
- For 50 points, you’ll get 15 minutes of play time, an order of Unicorn Churros or 500 e-tickets.
- At 100 points, you receive 30 minutes of play time, one personal 1-topping pizza or 1,000 e-tickets.
- For 200 points, you can earn 60 minutes of play time, one large 1-topping pizza or 2,000 e-tickets.
When you download the app and sign-up, you’ll receive 500 free e-tickets. You’ll get 250 e-tickets on your sign-up anniversary and a birthday surprise for your birthday and half-birthday. Refer a friend and you’ll get one free personal pizza when they sign up.
Contributor Jenna Limbach writes on financial literacy and lifestyle topics for The Penny Hoarder from her home base in Utah. Stephanie Bolling is a former staff writer.