Yesterday was my oldest grandchild's 5th birthday. And that would be the royal "we" in the title above. Probably no one else felt it was a sacrifice to spend an afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese. And I can understand the impulse to have a party there. The pros are: instant entertainment for the kids, relatively safe environment (you barely need to pay attention), and the mess isn't yours. The cons are: it is kind of expensive (especially adding on food for the grown ups who come), you are on their schedule, and it is so noisy and crowded that it feels sort of like drowning just sitting there. But after all it was about my darling Miss Personality and she had a wonderful time.