4

Chuck E. Cheese's wants you to snap

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

 

I love Chuck E. Cheese's, but not for the reasons you might think.

Several years ago, when my now nine-year-old son was still enamored of cheap carnival games, shitty pizza raked with rubber cheese and wasting quarters in the gumball machines, he was a certified Chuck E. Cheese fan.

It all started, as it usually does, with a birthday party invitation sent out by parents with no creative bulb in their brains who mistakenly believe that a party at Chuck's place is going to make their lives easier.

Trust me, those parents never thought of the repercussions, like what happens when one of the party invitees gets banned from the "home of wholesome, family fun entertainment," which is exactly how the press release sitting next to me describes Chuck E. Cheese's.

Yeah, that's right, my kid was blacklisted from all that "wholesome, fun family entertainment" at a local Chuck E. Cheese's when he made the dire mistake of following the chain's human mascot, disguised as what might as well be a big rat, into his dressing room because, well, no one told him that the gates to Chuck's dressing room were forbidden.

That single infraction led to my son's banishment (and enough tears to fill a lagoon) -- and to the happiest damn day of my life.

My son now carries a badge of honor far more sacred than his blue ribbons from field day.

And I can guarantee you that he won't be entering the chain's "Where a Kid Can Be a Kid" photo contest, although some of you with rugrats in tow may want to.

If so, here's the deal: From now until April 11, Chuck E. Cheese's, in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company, Snapfish and Beaches Resorts, is encouraging shutterbug parents, whose children are members of the Chuck E-Club (that's right; you gotta join the club, but at least it's free), to upload photos of their kids' best moments to www.chuckecheese.com.  From April 25 to May 11, visitors to the website can vote on their favorite pics from a group of finalists and win such prizes as a digital camera from Snapfish or gift certificates to Chuck E. Cheese.

The owner of the photo that generates the most votes will win a family vacation to a Beaches Resort (the company has digs in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos) and a bunch of Snapfish swag to haul along with you.

Get clicking.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.