There are a few places that everyone in my family likes to go. One of those places is Chuck E. Cheese. When I was offered two family passes to visit a location near me, and write about it for Autism Awareness Month, I immediately agreed. To make the experience the best for my autistic son, we always arrive at Chuck E. Cheese when it first opens up. This means there we miss out on the crowd of people that makes it difficult to keep track of my wandering child.
The first thing I noticed when we arrived, was that the place had a new look. There was new games to play, and they still had the same favorite ones that my kids loved. My son was able to play his favorite Price Is Right game, and the Pharoah game. I’m not sure if my son loves the lights of the games the most, or putting the tokens in by himself. I enjoyed just watching him be a kid. There’s never any feeling of being judged when we visit Chuck E. Cheese. When we are there, my son is treated just like any other kid. He’s there to have fun, and the employees all make sure that he has the best time.
My son had difficulties walking around Chuck E. Cheese, because he had hurt his knee the other day. We started things off with giving him a chance to walk around and play some games. Then, my husband and I had him take a break and eat some pizza. Did you know that Chuck E. Cheese has gluten free pizza? My son isn’t on a gluten free diet, so we didn’t try it. We had a regular pepporoni pizza and drinks. My son enjoyed both.
We use one of the family passes, and gave the other one to a family that arrived before we were ready to leave. The family we gave the second pass to had 3 young children, and it was one of the little one’s birthday. The mom was so happy to be given the pass, and thanked me several times. They were there just to play a few games, and the pass gave them the opportunity to make the visit even more special for their birthday child. My daughter gave them the receipt for all the tickets her and her brother had won, and I was so proud of her. She loves to pick out prizes at the end of a visit to Chuck E. Cheese, so it made me so proud to see her happily give that receipt to the other family.
By the time we left Chuck E. Cheese, everyone was really happy. My kids enjoyed playing all the games, and having pizza for lunch. The place was starting to fill up with people when we left. No one wanted to go home, but my husband and I were worried about our son being on his leg too long. The visit had been wonderful, and we all look forward to our next visit.