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    Friday
    Aug032012

    Friday field trip: IT'Z Family Food & Fun

    Bubby is a big fan of the pizza and game room restaurants, the kind featuring food and fun geared to the younger set. One such center Bubby doesn't have in his home state is IT'Z Family Food & Fun. So while he and Mac visited Gramma and PawDad earlier this summer, we chose to visit IT'Z rather than the local location of the chain he frequents at home.

    It's unfortunate there isn't an IT'Z location in Bubby's state as it is now his very most favorite of the pizza/gaming centers. In fact, Bubby loved IT'Z so much that when he received a child's digital camera from Aunt B days after our afternoon at IT'Z, we had to make a special stop at the center just so Bubby could capture a picture of the awesome spot on his camera, to remind him of the fun place he loved when he returned home.

    And there's plenty to love at IT'Z. First off was the food. Pan after pan of varied pizzas—Bubby's favorite food in the world. Plus, there was an extensive salad bar, a pasta bar with mac & cheese for Mac, and a dessert bar featuring not the usual soft-serve ice cream but three different kinds of slushies (which Bubby had), crispy bars (which Mac had), and other goodies more likely to please an adult palate (like the cherry cobbler I had).

    Bubby and Mac enjoyed their pre-gaming lunch in the brightly colored dining area, which had one big-screen TV plus a couple smaller ones, all playing the Cartoon Network. I'm not sure if it was the eating in front of a humongous TV or a testament to the quality of the pizza, but Bubby ate three whole pieces of pizza—quite a feat for a finicky kid who typically announces "My belly's full" after just a few bites of anything, including his fave food pizza. Good stuff, for sure.

    The good stuff continued with what took place in the game room, where we took our time spending the $15 worth of tokens on the game card we purchased with the meals. There were plenty of rides for little ones on up to big ones (a few rides Bubby wasn't tall enough to ride), games for little ones on up to big ones, plus a soft play area with slides and a bouncy house and more, there was no shortage of fun for Bubby and Mac to choose from.

     

    IT'Z was a fantastic deal, costing around $30 total for the unlimited food and drinks and fun for Bubby, Mac, PawDad and me. We spent nearly three hours at IT'Z, making the cost per hour of fun one of the best bargains I've come across.

    Turns out IT'Z can be an even better bargain on Tuesdays, when they offer $2.99 all-you-can-eat buffets and $.99 drinks. Considering how great the pizza was—and that you can choose to enter only the dining room and forego the gaming room—I have a feeling PawDad and I will be visiting there without grandkids on a Tuesday sometime in the near future.

    In addition to the fun and value IT'Z offers, they seem to be a caring company that makes a positive difference in the community. When the Waldo Canyon Fire displaced thousands of Colorado Springs residents and burned nearly 350 homes, IT'Z offered a completely free evening of fun for all those affected by the fire. I have no doubt those kiddos and their parents appreciated the diversion and enjoyed IT'Z just as much as Bubby and Mac did.

    Interested in visiting IT'Z Family Food & Fun? Find details on locations—in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado—on the IT'Z website.

    Today's question:

    Which would you be most happy to fill your plate from—a pizza bar, a salad bar, or a dessert bar?

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    Reader Comments (8)

    IT'Z looks like great fun! Think they'd open a location in the Chicago 'burbs?

    I'd be hard pressed to choose between pizza and dessert, so sounds like IT'Z would be the perfect place for me...and the Grandkids.

    August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I would probably go for a plate of dessert but watching those happy little boys would really be the prize of the day. Great pictures.

    August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Very cute video....looks like the boys kept PawDad pretty busy too.

    I know I should avoid it but right now I could really go for the dessert bar!

    August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    Looks like dessert bar's the winner so far. I would definitely be going for the pizza. LOTS and lots of pizza. My pizza tooth is far more demanding than my sweet tooth!

    August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    LOVE the blue tongue!!! While I really am a sugar junky I would do the salad bar. I love salad bars! Grampy would take a fork and just sit in front of the dessert bar!

    August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    We have an ITZ about half an hour away. Last year we combined my grandsons' birthdays and let them have a party there. They and their friends had a blast! They said it was the best birthday ever!

    As for my choice of bars, some days the salad would win, and on other days I would be unable to pass up the dessert bar. Most pizza buffets don't tempt me, although an artisanal pizza is hard to pass up.

    August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Adcox

    Adorable video! IT'Z sounds like a really nice place to take the family!

    August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

    Dessert bar would be my first choice followed by pizza second and salad third. I would make sure I did justice to all three food bars.

    August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLydia (Mai)
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