ALCOHOL????

Tifani - posted on 08/23/2010 ( 74 moms have responded )

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Would any of you moms or dads take your child(ren) to a place such as Chuck E. Cheese knowing they serve alcohol? A place like a family bar and grill I can understand, but a place that is for children I just can not agree. I am not saying that no one should drink I just don't find it appropriate in a place like that. Does any one elst agree with me on this one?

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Dana - posted on 08/27/2010

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Yes, teach them that anyone can drink responsibly. Btw, you can hardly compare that smoking in the car with your kid is the same as having a beer with your pizza.

Jodi - posted on 08/27/2010

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"Good to know some people still have morals."



Sorry April, maybe I just misunderstood this statement, but are you trying to say that people who decide to order a beer at a kid's function, or don't have an issue with them selling beer, or have a drink around their kids, are without morals?

Dana - posted on 08/25/2010

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I don't think that if someone wants to enjoy a beer while they're eating pizza and watching their kids play games that means they have a "problem".
I'm also sure that kids are still capable of enjoying their childhood if their parent has a beer or two.

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I believe Chuck E Cheese has a 2 limit on their drinking...so it's not like ppl are there getting smashed! Last time I was at Chuck E Cheese you are there to give your kids money while they play and you watch...QT time for sure! *rolln eyes* My husband would have to have a drink just to sit in a confined space with that many screaming kids! Just sayin...

Ashley - posted on 08/27/2010

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def i'd still take my kids. Someone sitting there eating a pizza having a beer wouldnt even bother me in the least. I probably would even notice to be honest. It's really no different than taking your children to a restaurant and ordering a beer. It's not like parents are showing up sloshed and leaving like that. They are enjoying a beer...big deal. Theres worse things to worry about than that...

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Groovy Girl - posted on 01/16/2012

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I hate beer. I don't drink. I don't have a problem with people drinking with their suppers at restraunts, its not my business. That goes for CEC as well.

April, i live in Canada(small town) and i thought we had a corner on all the lushes. Guess not.

We recently went to a hockey tournement where parents drank excessively while children were present. I thought it really strange that it seemed like i was the only one who thought that was weird.

Anyway, a 2 drink limit is definately not a comparison to that kind of thing. It's just not that big of a deal.

Hannah - posted on 01/16/2012

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In Britain pubs are a great place to take kids, during the day, most wont admit them after 9pm. They offer cheap food and often outdoor play equiptment. I think you have to judge depending on the place, I wouldn't take my kids at night or go to a fancy bar but as most places now serve alcohol (even a play centre we visited!) you just have to hope people drink sensibly and leave if there's any trouble.

Amy - posted on 08/30/2010

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Ha, yeah, and seriously people, I'm sure the only reason that CEC serves beer is because people will buy it! They'll make more money off of that than the 25 cent games. No biggie. And yes, the food is much worse for the kids than watching a parent drink one beer! Give me a break...

Lindsey - posted on 08/28/2010

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WOW I don't see the problem or how is differs from a bar and grill. Nobody will be getting drunk when the limit is 1 beer and hour there. Which is totally fine I think. IT is for children yet they have adults there also so it shouldn't be a problem. If you do not like it, just do not go :)

Jessica - posted on 08/28/2010

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I do think its perfectly acceptable that they have a 2 drink limit, and maybe they should. Since it IS a kids' place, and to protect against the parents that actually would try to get drunk. I wonder if they are all the same throughout the states? I have only been to a chuck e cheese once since I was little, that was a couple years ago for my brother's 6 birthday and I was pregnant, so not even looking to drink. But I wasn't aware that they served beer until I read it on here.

Ashley - posted on 08/28/2010

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While I was surprised that they serve berr, they are pretty strict about it. There is a two drink limit I believe and they make you wait an hour before having another. My dad went and tried to get his second two minutes before the hour and they made him wait for those two minutes.
I myself wouldn't drink there as for me personally drinking in front of kids is silly, but as long as the parents don't get drunk it doesn't bother me too much what other people do. Although a man in a freaky giant rat costume would make me want to drink, haha! :)

Leah - posted on 08/28/2010

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I don't disagree with drinking but I also don't think that alcohol should be served in a place like chuck e cheese. It is supposed to be for kids I could understand if it were at a place like dave and busters where it marketed for adults. Don't get me wrong in the last 8 yrs there have been more that one occasion were chuck e cheese has been so packed and loud that it makes you feel like you could really go for a drink, but wait til you get home.

Barbara - posted on 08/28/2010

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Yes, the same people drinking alcohol in chuckee cheese are drinking it at a family picnic, barbque, grandma and grandpa's, or even that drink after work etc.

I do not drink nor am I a fan of it. The last time I was in a Chuckee Cheese or a place similar to it, none of the kids there paid attention to nor did they seem to care what ANY adults were doing.

I think it will come down to personal preference.

Now if the place is known for drunken brawls absolutely not.

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OMG! A total moral wreck! LOL. I did explaine the moral thing, I don't remember which post. It also said sorry in it about compairing everyone to the people I have to deal with in Sacramento. If you find that, you will see it. You had the party at home with friends and not with strangers. People party with friend and their kids around with people they trust and not strangers. BIG difference. Seeing as the people in Sacramento seem to be lushes. Have a nice night ladies!

Jodi - posted on 08/27/2010

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"I'm talking about kids events people not other events. I'm not saying NEVER drink."

Oh, I realise that. I still fail to see how someone who does take their child to Chuck E Cheese and chooses to have a beer lacks morals, you haven't been able to explain that.

Just for the record, my son's 1st birthday party involved a BBQ and beer at a huge family gathering. At his 4 birthday, we had wine with a cheese platter for the adults. I must be a moral wreck.....

Jessica - posted on 08/27/2010

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"I fail to see why it's considered some gigantic moral failing or a sign of dependence to want to have a nice, crisp, bitter glass of ale with my pizza, as opposed to an overpriced, watered-down glass of soda."

^^ This is exactly where I am coming from. What is the huge deal with having a beer with your dinner while your kids are playing??? I enjoy beer. I drink it for the sake of liking the taste. Having a beer with dinner is NOT the same as getting drunk and being irresponsible. For the adults who take their kids to Chuck E Cheese and then proceed to get drunk- that is another issue entirely. Its pretty easy to argue that that is immoral and irresponsible. But having one drink with your meal while the kids play for a bit? Please.

I would also like to point out that it can be argued that you are, in fact, setting a "good" example by showing your children that alcohol can be consumed by adults responsibly. Lets face it, alcohol exists out in the world whether we like it or not, and sooner or later our kids are going to come into contact with it. Personally, I would like to set the example from the get go for my children that while its not something evil that needs to be avoided entirely, it is something that needs to be consumed responsibly and by adults.

Krista - posted on 08/27/2010

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At any rate, smoking is a poor comparison. If I have a nice glass of stout with my supper, it's not going to affect my child's liver in any way.

Obviously I agree with everybody who says that it is completely inappropriate and tacky to drink to excess at a kids' party.

But one beer to complement your meal? I'm sorry, but I don't see what the gigantic moral failing is in that.

Krista - posted on 08/27/2010

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They "don't need to see it"? Good lord woman, I'm having a beer, not molesting kittens.

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It's the fact that kids events are not everyday. So why must a parent have a beer at a kids event when they can wait until it is over or wait until the next adult event. Just like smoking in cars with your kids. They don't need to see it and not it's a ban for doing it in the car and in the house with your kids. Teach them that there is a place and a time to drink, don't teach them that just because it is there, do it. There should be a difference between kids time and adult time. My opinion.

Krista - posted on 08/27/2010

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Angie, it's not a case of not being able to do without it. But for many people, alcohol is not the factor. They just enjoy the taste of it. When I was pregnant, I drank a non-alcoholic red ale. Because I savour the taste of beer.

I fail to see why it's considered some gigantic moral failing or a sign of dependence to want to have a nice, crisp, bitter glass of ale with my pizza, as opposed to an overpriced, watered-down glass of soda.

Dana - posted on 08/27/2010

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I'll agree that bringing a six pack to a kids birthday party is a little unnecessary. Although...I think I did have a beer or two at my son's birthday party. :D

Angie - posted on 08/27/2010

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I don't believe that there is any place for alcohol at an establishment meant for children. For pete's sake, can't parents do without alcohol for even a few hours???

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Erin - Where do you live? I'm moving there. I live near Sacramento and the parents in this area have too many drinks with their kids at public events and then drive. It sickens me to think their kids will learn to do the same because they will not know any different. It's one thing to bring a kid to an event with mixed kids and adult stuff, but not toss'em back all night. Again, I don't go to CEC because I don't eat that kind of food, but I don't agree with the booze at kids parties either. I actually had a parent bring a 6-pack of beer to my daughters birthday party at our house. I didn't know the parent but I knew the kids. I had to pull the dad aside and let him know that we don't do things that way ay or ur house. Thank goodness he was cool with our rules.

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If I had 2 drinks w/in the hour and left then I agree, not safe. However, if I have 1-2 drinks in 2-3 hrs and have eaten then I don't see what would be wrong with that? Your body metabolizes 1 drink/hour so you "should" be safe with that... Generally speaking I don't think adults should drink at kids parties, but thats me assuming the party is before 3pm. I kind of think after 4-5p would be ok, I personally won't drink until after then. I also don't like my children around drunks and if that were the case I'd agree w/u. BUT Chuck E Cheese has a 2 limit, I don't think any one is getting drunk from that... I also agree that you shouldn't set an example that you need to drink every time you go out. But I don't think that any of this has bearing on wheather or not CEC serves... Plus, unless I'm going to a bar...most ppl I know watch how much they drink when they go out to dinner, ESPECIALLY with kids...but when they are at home...this doesn't always work out the same.

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Erin - I was speaking as in a ooutside the home social setting like a kids birthday, not eating out at dinner. But like I said in my recent post, drinking and driving with your kids isn't good and it is teaching them the opposite from what their school teaches them about drinking.

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After reading your comment, I feel a majority of them don't have morals. Sorry, I live in a nice area, but some of these people get drunk at kids functions. I guess I always assume it's the same all around and thinking back it's not the same all around. So to answer your question people can still have morals and drink, it's the drunks that don't. As for driving the kids to the function and drinking, no one should be drinking and driving with their kids. I feel drinking at their events is setting their social behavior that they should drink at all social events. If it's for the kids, don't drink.

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" I guess I feel it's different when the environment is controlled, like at home or out with family and we have “a” drink."

I do not see how having drinks in a cooler or the fridge would be considered "controlled" as compared to having to buy a drink through a waiter, being carded, and having a 2 limit? Actually I think having drinks at home, with ppl who have different views-as you point out, would be much riskier! Given the right, or wrong, people and circumstance...just sayin

Dana - posted on 08/27/2010

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Until a kid can drive to Chuck E Cheese, order some food and pay for it themselves, it's not exclusively a kids place.

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Why would they do that if it's a kids place? I guess I feel it's different when the environment is controlled, like at home or out with family and we have “a” drink. But when there are others with different feelings on drinking and getting smashed, I have a problem with my kids being around that.

Julie - posted on 08/27/2010

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You know The American Girl Doll Cafe in Chicago serves wine and champagne with their meals.

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I agree with you. Although, we don’t go out to places like that because we don’t agree with the food they serve. We have been to other kids birthdays at the same kinds of set up. I didn’t know they served booze. I think it is wrong for a company that is for entertaining kids to serve alcohol. I thought I was the only parent. Good to know some people still have morals. I don’t like people drinking around my kids. I have notices a lot of people I used to hang out with thought drinking equals fun. It think it is stupid. Don’t get me wrong, I can enjoy a beer or a glass of wine at times, but I don’t need it to have fun.

Last year for my daughter’s soccer party, we held it at a pizza place. Almost half of the dads ordered beer at the party. I think it is just wrong for a kids function.

Natasha - posted on 08/27/2010

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I can't recall anyone ever being drunk or acting drunk before as I have taken my kids there before and have thrown birthday parties there as well. I surely don't have a problem with them serving beer and wine.

Krista - posted on 08/27/2010

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Yeah, I don't get this moralistic attitude towards alcohol. Some people just want one beer with their food, because they actually enjoy the taste. So I don't know why there has to be such a value judgment on it, when the person is just drinking the one beer and is in no way inebriated.

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We took our daughter to one Chuck E Cheese in a city and someone actually showed up overdosed on pills and the cops came. We tried another one and they served alchohol which surprised me and it kinda turned me off to it. Either way there are to many unruly kids there and we just cannot enjoy ourselves with the kid.

Nancy - posted on 08/26/2010

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If you knew whats in the ballpit you wouldn't be worried about the beer

Jodi - posted on 08/26/2010

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Tifani, my opinion is, if you don't like it, don't drink. Why get in a fuss over someone else wanting a beer while there? It's not like it is affecting you.

Diane - posted on 08/26/2010

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Of course I would take my son there...if there was a good one around that wasn't consumed by ghetto people from the hood. I have taken my son to huckle berry and they serve beer too and guess what...I had one...o damn im going to hell

Tifani - posted on 08/26/2010

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I did not say people were getting drunk there. I DO have quality time when my kids were there. I would even play games with them. I am not the kind of parent to just sit back and watch them. My son busted his head open there when he was 3 years old. We did not sue them for it (even though it was due to a screw sticking out of the slide). He did not want to go back for a while, and I could not blame him. In my state the alcohol tolerance is 0. If that happened and I went to the hospital what would they have said then? Would they have tried to blame it on me drinking and not paying attention to my child?

Rachael - posted on 08/26/2010

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I have had wine in a disney park on more than one occasion. In the restaurants at least.

Christine - posted on 08/26/2010

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Wouldn't bother me especially if there is a 2 drink limit. I've been there a couple of times and have never seen anyone even drinking so it doesn't seem to be an issue where I live.

Jessica - posted on 08/26/2010

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Ok LOL, I'm not going to argue that Chuck E Cheese has nutritious food, but the idea is to take your kids there ONCE IN A WHILE to have a good time. What's the harm in letting them have some pizza and playing? Unless you are taking them there to eat all the time, eating their food once in a while is NOT going to harm them.

Don't get me wrong, the place kind of creeps me out, and I doubt I'll be taking my kids there often... but we might go once or twice. And yes, they will have some pizza, and I might even have a beer!

Alison - posted on 08/26/2010

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I totally disagree. I see no reason why I should not enjoy a glass of wine with my meal while my kids are having their fun.

What IS distasteful is getting drunk in such a place. Alcohol does not automatically mean drunkenness.

Kalistae - posted on 08/26/2010

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hm...they serve harder stuff than lemonade at Disney Land too. Going to start a protest?

Aimee - posted on 08/26/2010

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I'm with you if you cant take your kids out for the day without a drink there is a problem.

Charlie - posted on 08/25/2010

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There nothing wrong with an adult enjoying a drink responsibly with their meal .

Tracy - posted on 08/25/2010

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Yes I have seen Ratatouille, and it bothered me. Vermin around food generally does that to me. I have less trouble, though, with someone having a beer at CEC than my children eating what they call food. It's vile and completely bereft of nutrition. I'm more likely to have us make a pizza together at home and go play in the park. Lots more fun since they get to help!

Jodi - posted on 08/25/2010

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Honestly, don't people have better things to worry about? If you have a problem with your kids seeing adults drink responsibly, then put them under a rock for 18 years and then let them out. That will do the trick and everyone will be happy.

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