I am so excited to share a fun new campaign just in time for the Summer! Chuck E Cheese has teamed up with HarperCollins Publishers – the second largest book publisher in the world – for weekly “I Can Read: Reading With Chuck E.” events at all Chuck E. Cheese’s locations in May and June! Every Tuesday at 11am and 6pm Chuck E. Cheese and a cast member will lead the reading of the selected book of the month. Last week I joined some girlfriends and their little and headed to Chuck E Cheese for lunch. The Teen had an orthodontist appointment so she got to tag along… and I believe had just as much fun as the kids did.
For the month of May, HarperCollins has chosen Danny and the Dinosaur, the story of a boy who meets a prehistoric playmate in a museum. The dinosaur comes to life and the two friends encounter extraordinary adventures together. I had never heard of that book before, so I enjoyed piling up with the kids to listen to the story. Chuck E began sitting next to his team member friend, but about half way through he came to sit with us… the kids absolutely loved it!
In June, Reading with Chuck E. will feature A Green Green Garden. Little Critter and his family plant and grow their own fruits and vegetables to prepare a delicious dinner. Both books are members of the “I Can Read!” series, the premier line of beginning readers books that are approved for all ages.
In addition to weekly reading sessions at the restaurant, Chuck E. Cheese’s wants to reward young bookworms for reading everyday by providing 5 free tokens to guests that keep track of their reading through the Reading Rewards Calendar, which can be downloaded from chuckecheese.com. Once the calendar is full, guests can bring the print out in store to redeem their prize.
After the kids were finished reading we ordered lunch and played games… for nearly three hours. Hey, we are all big kids really right? And with literally dozens of games to choose from, even the biggest kids can find themselves entertained for hours. The place was super clean and the food was really really good – we all had a great time.
Even Chuck E stayed and hung out in the game room with all of us playing games and playing peek-a-boo around the game machines. (It's tough to hide behind stuff with ears like those…) He even joined in with some of the arcade games and I have to admit, when I turned the corner and saw this, I knew it was a mouse after my own heart.
If you are looking for a super fun way to beat the heat this Summer, head to your local Chuck E Cheese for the I Can Read program! It's a great way to spend a day just relaxing and being a kid.