Proof that everyone could use a little Chuck E. Cheese in their lives; reportedly the establishment got hundreds of Muslim-Americans flocking to their spot in the Atlantic Terminal Mall "as part of the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival on Sunday." That's right, it's tradition (dating back to around 2004)!
During these past five years Muslim families have congregated at the quirky kids zone on Eid, marking the end of Ramadan (where else would one go after all that fasting?). The tradition has even spread from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Bay Ridge entirely by word-of-mouth." One 10-year-old critic declared that, "I have a feeling that Yemen would be better. My mom showed me pictures and there were girls with henna. It looked really fun.”
Newbie to the unusual tradition, Sara Ahmed, said, “most of the Muslims come here because we just like to do something joyful for the kids. Since we’ve been fasting for a month, it usually involves food.” Oh c'mon, no one goes to Chuck E. Cheese for the cuisine (else Park Slope parents might bring their spawn there), it's all about the ball pit!