Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party

Chuck E. Cheese’s
Multiple locations; www.chuckecheese.com

“I say Happy. You say Birthday!” That’s the mantra at this überpopular kid spot, and once that little song gets into your head, you’ll never get it out. (I was last there in 1998, when my youngest was a tot, and I still sometimes find myself singing it.) Parents love Chuck E. Cheese’s because it takes the work (and mess) out of throwing a birthday party. Kids love it because it’s fun. Birthday packages start at $12.99 per child and include arcade-type games and kiddie rides, pizza and soda, and an animatronic birthday show starring Chuck E. Cheese and his pals. A Chuck E. Cheese employee runs the 90-minute party (even keeping a list of gifts and givers), so Mom and Dad can sit back, relax and enjoy.