Going to Chuck E. Cheese is a rite of passage for any kid growing up on the SouthCoast, and over the years, the fun games, cheesy pizza, and iconic animatronic characters have enticed children to come and play.

Recently, plans to remodel the family entertainment center have begun, but one Swansea kid is doing his part to save the animatronics and keep the Dartmouth Chuck E. Cheese in all its glory.

Logan Carreiro is a 12-year-old from Swansea who attends Joseph Case Junior High School. In his spare time, he loves taking trips to Chuck E. Cheese.

“I’ve always been fascinated by their animatronics,” Carreiro said. “The way they interact and talk to each other, it’s really amazing.”

When he heard that the animatronics may be replaced by more modern features, he quickly got to work in hopes of stopping the remodel in its tracks.

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With the help of his father, Carreiro built his own website and started a petition to “Save Chuck E. Cheese.”

On his website, Carreiro explains how many Chuck E. Cheeses are making a terrible decision to modernize the establishment, calling it “CEC 2.0."

“From the locations that have got 2.0’d we can report that there have been no happy campers!” Carreiro said. “For they have been replacing animatronics with a dance floor or even a lame TV!”

Kids don’t want more TVs, Chuck, they want the dancing and singing mouse.

Carreiro reached out to corporate in hopes that they will listen to their fans, but he has yet to hear back.

“I’m not the only one upset,” he said. “My hope is that they try to listen to their fans, I hope they don’t remove them.”

Carreiro is currently collecting signatures to show Chuck E. Cheese that its fans are not in favor of the so-called upgrade.

“I want future kids to have the experience that I had,” he said.

So let’s save Chuck E. Cheese. Email Logan Carreiro at savechuckecheese4@gmail.com or visit his Facebook page to help out his cause.

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