East County News Service
October 27, 2023 (Santee) -- The new Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Santee, which opened at Town Center earlier this month, is holding a Sensory Sensitive Halloween geared to children with autism and sensory needs on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Texas-based restaurant chain that took over the former Hometown Buffet site this year has been offering Sensory Sensitive Sundays since 2017 as a way to deliver on its mission of providing a fun and safe place “where every kid can be a kid.”
In its sixth year, the program was developed in partnership with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders to create a quieter dining and arcade experience for autistic children, the company said.
The program that has been running at three other San Diego County locations on the first Sunday of the month opens the restaurant two hours before the regularly scheduled opening time to the autistic community. The environment includes dimming of lights and lowering the sounds “for a calmer environment to enable kids with sensory sensitivities to enjoy the Chuck E. Cheese experience to the fullest,” according to the company.
To encourage children to really get into the Halloween spirit, the company said every child in costume will receive 100 free E-tickets.
Guests in-store and online can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar or add $1, $3, or $5 donation at checkout. All contributions will support Autism Speaks mission including research, advocacy and services aimed at creating a world where all autistic people can reach their full potential, the company said.