What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

On the Sly



I am a big fan of adventures (they keep me sane!) and pride myself in finding adventures on the cheap. By that, I mean...free or nearly so. Often, this looks like weekly picnics and trips to the park...occasionally, it looks like visits to the train station to jump around on some box cars, or to the river to go wading. All of those wonderful things have to wait until warmer weather, so I was especially thankful when I stumbled across THESE Valentine Coupons for Chuck E. Cheese. They are coupons for 5 free tokens per child and don't expire until 3/3/08. I printed them off (and may do so again!) and started planning our adventure...keeping it all a secret until the Mouse greeted us with his big Cheesy grin.

Even though, technically, we were only supposed to cash in two (because of the per child), the woman happily cashed in all four valentine coupons-giving us 20 tokens.

The children got free drinks with their special cups and I packed our lunches.

The coupons say, 'with a purchase' so I bought myself a drink for $1.49

Corynn got to practice math concepts: counting the tokens and dividing them equally among us.

We went in the moment they opened the store and the giggles of my children were the only ones ringing in the air for two hours. It was peaceful and enjoyable. The children would take turns using tokens and playing things that DIDN'T require tokens, making our trip last nearly 4 hours long. The object was not to rush in and out-not to plan to do many other things up town. We went there with absolutely NO time constraints-simply to enjoy ourselves for as long as we could stand it.

I brought my camera. I played. I worked on my grocery list and couponing. We ate. We giggled. We chased each other. We had sketches made. We were happy with the *very* few tickets we won....

All in all, a wonderfully fun-filled, sleep-inducing day.



Very wisely, the children doubled up on rides they could to enjoy together (getting to ride twice as many rides that way) and even some that weren't meant to be shared. Corynn got inventive...






I was amazed that just 20 tokens lasted us four hours, but my kids always have been easy to please...
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4 comments:

Meredith said...

What a creative strategy!!!

I am ultra shy about bringing my own food places; however I notice when we go at off peak times, no one really notices that we're not big consumers.

(Even when we bring no food and split a drink, for instance.)

Like you, we're longing for wading weather!

abigail said...

Very cool! I ran across those coupons, too, but I didn't know if they charged additional admission or not. Now I know! :)

Mom2fur said...

Looks like you had fun! I remember taking my kids to Chuck E. Cheese, and I remember those animatrons. I thought they were kind of creepy, to be honest!
BTW, the package arrived today. Thanks so much~!

Rebecca said...

Meredith~we have grown accustomed to it and no one has ever minded or looked strangely at us. In fact, they are quite friendly and 'get to know us'. :-)

Abby~Free for those who have self-discipline. I would NEVER go in there if I wouldn't have had those coupons, because while it IS free to get it, nearly EVERYTHING requires a token-which would be too much of a temptation for the kids.

Mom2fur~they are creepy, and I admit it. It took a while for Panda to warm up to them!