The Omaha area has a variety of indoor activity centers; you probably have your favorite. You’ve got your Amazing Pizza Machine, your Dave & Buster, your Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Everyone loves them (everyone = your kids; you may sit there daydreaming of some quiet time and a glass of wine). But these places aren’t cheap.
My money-saving tactic is to pretend like they don’t exist. What do my young children know? But, I know that ignorance won’t last long, so I need a plan.
Here’s where to find some discounts:
Amazing Pizza Machine
Where: 13955 S. Plaza
Join the Amazing VIP Club for discounts year round, like free game play, extra prize tickets, pricing deals and more. It’s free to join.
Additional discounts include Monday Night Active Duty Deals for military, police, fire, etc.; Terrific Tuesdays; and ½ Price Wacky Wednesdays. There are also late-night specials.
Chuck E. Cheese
Where: 225 N. 76th St.
Sign up for the Cheese Reward emails in order to get alerts on deals, a surprise on your child’s birthday among other things. You’ll find out about location-specific coupons through these emails.
Another tip: Chuck E. Cheese supports all sorts of good behaviors from reading and doing your homework to, no kidding, not picking your nose. Go here for all the calendars, print some out, keep track of it for two weeks and then redeem it (one per child per day) to get 10 free tokens; food purchase is required.
Dave and Buster
Where: 2502 S. 133rd Plaza, Suite 111
Looks like some deals vary by location, but in Omaha, here’s what you get: Mondays through Fridays, 4:30 to 7 p.m., you can get a Power of Play (60 minutes) for $10. They offer the Eat Play Win deal for $16.99. Happy Hour, yes please, is Mondays through Fridays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and include half-price cocktails and $2.50 domestic pints. There’s also Late Night Happy Hour Sundays through Thursdays, 9 p.m. to close, with the same specials. Your best deal, though, is ½ Price Games Wednesday. Another promo only running through Aug. 18 is Play 5 Free, where you can try out five of the eight new games there; you’ll have to purchase at least a $10 Power Card or reload it, and you have to test those games out all on the same day.
Where: 20902 Cumberland Drive, Elkhorn, Neb.
First thing’s first, go to this entertainment center’s homepage and sign up for a $10 open bowling certificate.
Before going, browse the website to see prices for different activities – they vary by day, with midweek being the least expensive. There are also food specials paired with things like bowling.