The Record-Breaking Power Of Collaboration

Henry Ford once said that “coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
 
I was never into working as a team. To be honest, I avoided it with all my might, especially in college (I used to beg my professors to let me work on projects alone). You could say that I defined “collaboration” as what I did to collaborate. Leave it to me to find the I in team. 
 
Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday and has exciting events including: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  record attempt
But becoming a mom (and ahem! a little older) has helped me see the power of collaboration. Sometimes teamwork really does make the dream work.
 
I was thinking about this when we went into Chuck E. Cheese’s to celebrate its 40th birthday. Among all the exciting events, fun-filled activities, and deals for families nationwide, to commemorate 40 years of fun, Chuck E. Cheese’s hosted a world-record breaking party!
 
Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday and has exciting events including: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  record attempt

What does a record-breaking party entail? A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record attempt!

We arrived around 7pm CST, ordered some yummy vegan pizza, and registered for the world-record breaking attempt (that was to happen at 7:40). We each got a wristband and an announcer helped us count down. There was plenty of time to eat and play games while we waited.

Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday and has exciting events including: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  record attempt

Just minutes before the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title attempt, we gathered in the VIP Birthday area and were part of the “Most People Blowing Party Blowers Simultaneously for 10 Seconds” world-record breaking event! 

Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday and has exciting events including: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  record attempt
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ documents and holds records for diverse record-breaking WORLD achievements. Applicants must adhere to specific criteria and allowed formats to apply for a world record (and not be rejected): it must be measurable, breakable, standardizable (can be done universally), verifiable, one variable, and universal. In other words, if it’s harmful, subjective, you can’t measure / weigh / count it – then it’s probably not a record. In order to be valid, a new record title must adhere to our criteria and follow one of our formats.
 
So that’s why we got there nice and early and got all signed-up. Someone was also timing us when we were blowing on the party blowers. Being a world-record title holder only happens when there’s plenty of evidence.
 
Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday and has exciting events including: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  record attempt
Everyone must be doing the same thing at the same time, and for the same purpose: the power of collaboration at its best.
 
 
Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday and has exciting events including: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  record attempt
Of course, with every collaborative effort there is a win-win built in. Every child that came in on May19th received a free slice of cake and 40 free tickets! Chuck E. Cheese’s has brand new cakes with sweet frosting, rich cake and a splash of excitement with colored sprinkles!

Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday and has exciting events including: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  record attempt

Besides this amazing event in which we felt and witnessed the power of working together to make something big happen, Chuck E. Cheese’s also hosted a daily sweepstakes, leading up to the 40th birthday milestone (May 19). Chuck E. Cheese’s decided to grant unsuspecting fans a chance to win a free VIP birthday party experience. 

Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday and has exciting events including: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™  record attempt

The Chuck E. Cheese’s birthday experience is a wonderful one, because Chuck E. Cheese’s is America’s number one place for birthdays! I also had a milestone birthday in December and celebrated with my children and their friends at Chuck E. Cheese’s. 

With the VIP Party, you get the whole party area to yourself before the restaurant opens, for 90 minutes and you get 1,000 tickets for the birthday star. 

To enter the giveaway, Chuck E. Cheese’s friends and fans can upload an image of their receipt showing that they visited a Chuck E. Cheese’s between 4/10 and 5/19 for a chance to win the VIP party for up to 20 kids. Kids can also get 40 free tickets with a minimum purchase of $5.

But if you’re like me, you are probably busy, juggling 40 different things at once (pun intended) and you think Chuck E. Cheese’s is a weekend activity – and not just any weekend, either. You’re thinking he experience to order, eat, play, visit the prize counter, get the kids to leave, and everything that a successful birthday party celebration entails can take hours… and hours… and hours. Thankfully, the new Eat & Play Express package is a time saver! You’re in and out in an hour! And the Chuck E. Cheese’s online reservation system makes it easier than ever to book your child’s birthday party, too. 

Collaboration is your friend. You don’t have to do it alone! Just like record-breaking achievements take collaborative effort, so does everything else, especially motherhood. 

I loved seeing my daughters working together while playing, taking turns, sharing with one another, and joining other kids in the fun. When Chuck E. Cheese’s joins the kids in the fun, everyone starts dancing to the same beat, with the same dance steps, lighting up the place with their wonder and laughter. 

Maybe it’s one of my bizarre homeschooler theories, but I have experienced that the best lessons are taught while everyone is having fun. There are so many lectures, TED talks, workshops, and books about the power of collaboration, all filled with statistics, case studies, and lab work, yet I am grateful that my kids learned what we can do together when we unite for a common purpose in an atmosphere of laughter, passion, and enjoyment. 

When was the last time you went to Chuck E. Cheeses? Share a story of the power of collaboration in your life so we can be inspired!

For more about Chuck E. Cheese’s 40th anniversary information, visit 40yearsoffun.com or ChuckECheese.com, and be sure to connect with Chuck E. Cheese’s on Facebook, follow @chuckecheeses on Instagram and Twitter, and use #ChuckECheeses hashtag!

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29 thoughts on “The Record-Breaking Power Of Collaboration

  1. My kids LOVE that duck water shooting game at the top, seriously they would put it on repeat if I let them haha. Chuckee Cheese is so fun with toddlers, and cool about the record breaking attempt!

  2. I love that Henry Ford’s quote. Collaborating as a team helps the process of work yield a positive result. At times I love working as a team and it has really helped me.

  3. I have to learn to work in a team eventually. I always think that I can do things better than others and at the end I am killing my self of work.

  4. We haven’t been to Chuck E. Cheese in forever! We definitely need to go again soon. I was much like you and hated collaboration, but it can and does work. Even just every day parenting with my husband is proof that working together can be better than working alone.

  5. Your post reminded me of the time when we were in the US. My elder one used to love it there with the playing area and the food. I agree collaboration is great. 🙂

  6. It’s really important to learn that teamwork is essential in life. This was an awesome party/event to be part of! I’m sure you all had a great time trying to break that world record.

  7. I haven’t been to Chuck E. Cheese’s in years. The last time I went it was with a HUGE group kids from both sides of my family. I had a headache at the end. Lol!

  8. We participated in the event too. It was a fun time, and probably the only time we’ll ever part a part of an attempt to break a world record! 🙂

  9. That is one memorable experience for all of you. I wish I could have been part of a world record too. Your family looked like they really had a good time and I am sure they will tell their children and grandchildren that they were part of this awesome event.

  10. Omgosh that is so fun to be setting a world record with your family at Chuck E Cheeses. I haven’t been there since the kids were small, almost 10 years!

  11. I heard about the 40th for Chuck E. Cheese. I remember that so often from my youth. I wish I had been able to make it. Looks like it was a lot of fun. And yes collaboration is such an important thing.

  12. Great game! I like that this teaches collaboration to kids in a fun way. They will learn later in life that we need to apply this lesson in more ways than one.

  13. I relate so much to asking if I could do a group college project solo as I hate group work just as much. Hope I can learn to do and be more collobartive as I get older too. It seems like a fun event and I miss going there’s. i had so many birthday so with chuck e cheese.

  14. Chuck E Cheese is one of our kids favorite places to go. I even enjoyed it when I was younger. I wish I had known about the event. We would have loved to participate in it.

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