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Craptastic Weekend from Hell


Where to begin?  Saturday was Andy's birthday party at this place called Jeepers at the Jersey Gardens Mall in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  I don't know why I forgot how much I hate that mall when I booked it, but I did.  Sight unseen.  I knew from the web page that it was a Chuck E. Cheese type of place but it seemed cooler.  So I made my deposit and was all happy because I was throwing my baby an awesome party where all I had to do was plunk down my plastic.

Um, yeah, it didn't work out quite that way.  When we arrived at the place I went to the counter and asked what I was supposed to do to check in with our "Personal Party Pro."  I was pointed to a cafeteria style table set for a party... tablecloth, plates, napkins, that was sandwiched between 2 other tables with six inches in between them.  The surrounding tables had dumped all of their crap on my table-- gifts, coats, garbage.  On top of the plates and such.  I asked our "Personal Party Pro" about the private party room I'd seen on the website.  She told me it was next to the bumper cars for an additional $50.  I took it and shouldn't have.  The bumper cars made a sound somewhere between a dozen grinding gears and skinning a live cat.  It scared the crap out of Andy.  The "private" room also looked like it hadn't been swept in a year.  It was fifteen minutes into our two-hour party before the "Personal Party Pro" re-set the table in the new area.  I keep typing "Personal Party Pro" in quotes because this girl was so the opposite of that phrase that there really are no words.  Girlfriend was so quiet in this crazy arcade atmosphere I had to make her repeat herself 15 times and even then I was still guessing at what she was saying. 

I could keep typing all the things that sucked about this place forever so let me just make a list.
1. Two slices of pizza per kid was really one regular sized piece cut in half.
2. Every time the "Pro" told me we were ready for the next activity, I gathered up all the kids (a difficult task) and then tried to keep them together for 10 minutes while she got everything ready and started.
3.  For a two-hour party, the kids spent at least 45 minutes standing around waiting for the "Pro."
4.  Every time I needed something from the "Pro" I had to hunt her down and found her doing something else.
5.  The pinata they supplied was filled with candy so stale, it shattered when it hit the floor.  Things like tootsie rolls.
6.  When I complained to the manager he acted like I was out of my mind and that nothing was out of the ordinary. 
7.  Now I just realized that while the manager told me that he was taking off $5 per kid to make up for the mess, I just looked at their web site and he did no such thing.  He charged me the full $20 per kid for the party package I picked.

I will be contacting the corporate offices tomorrow for a full refund.

After the party, we went back to my parents' house.  Nathan started vomiting.  Not dainty little baby spit-up, this was full-force projectile hurling.  We brought him home, put him to bed.  Around 3:30 in the morning and continuing every 20 minutes for the rest of the day, Wayne started vomiting.  I was in the bathroom every fifteen minutes too, starting around 6.  We spent the whole day running between the couch and the bathroom.  It sucked.

I was up at 4:30 today to pick up the boys.  Steve and I agreed I'd get them from his house so he didn't have to worry about getting them up early and taking them to work with him, all panicky that I'd be late.  So I went to his house and was outside and called him and found he had them at work because Joey woke up super early and Andy had thrown up all over his bed and Joey's, requiring a shower and linens change.  So Steve didn't want to leave them with Rachel when they were potentially sick but he forgot to call me and let me know.  So I went from his house and got to his work, where he was waiting with the boys.

I went to my parents' for the day and while we were there, my mom got really sick, so we left early.  Andy was also really pale and lethargic all day.

At least I can hope that this week ends better than it began.  Three days till Disney.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 22nd, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
OH.MY.GOD Juli. Oh my God! What a freakin' nightmare! I'm so sorry for you all :( What a disappointment. Did Andy notice how bad it was or were the kids at least able to have a good time? I sure hope so.

But right away I was like Oh shit... they do NOT know who they're messing with! :) You are going to have a refund and THEN SOME! I just know it. Please post a copy of your letter because I can't wait to read it ;)

That just sucks about all the vomiting. You were sick too? Ugh :( Do you think it was something served at the party or some touch of the stomach flu? I'd throw that in with the letter if I were you... regardless!

Hope you have a week so great it somehow makes up for it all!
Jan. 22nd, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Andy had fun crawling around in the tunnels. He was upset when I had to keep pulling him back to the tables for stuff. He hated the noise from the bumper car things. Poor little guy is not feeling well. It's 10 am here and he's still in bed.

I am finally feeling mostly back to normal. I wish I knew what this crazy issue is but it really sucks.

Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
OK, that does sound like the weekend from hell. I'm so sorry about Andy's party. We did Chuck E Cheese last year and it was very mediocre. Eli wanted to have his party there again this year and I veto'd it. But good lord, it wasn't nearly as bad as your experience!
Jan. 22nd, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
I've been to CEC parties where I was amazed by how everything ran like clockwork, so that's what I was expecting. I am still rather stunned at how badly the whole thing was managed. I mean, I actually lost my temper and chewed out the girl in front of other families, her co-workers and her boss.
Jan. 22nd, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, now I know why I wasn't usually allowed to have parties anywhere other than our house! Yech. I guess we'll be throwing Len's parties at our house... once he makes some friends... yeah... ;)

I'm sorry it turned out so badly!
Jan. 22nd, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I really didn't care about the expense because I thought everything would be managed. I ended up having it there, in NJ, because I could invite his cousins and the other family kids (my cousins' kids).

The whole thing was a Huge Mistake... one that won't be replicated
Jan. 23rd, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the sucky weekend. :(

Jan. 24th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
duh, this is the post I missed when you were all sick. Glad it was short lived! Being sick/having sick kids sucks
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