In any other circumstance, the pairing of children and pizza with a giant rodent would have parents screaming and health inspectors having heart palpitations. But in the case of Chuck E. Cheese's, it's all good. Chuck, the spokesrat, is on hand to welcome birthday-celebrating kids to a plethora of games, prizes and cake. It's hard, as an adult, to watch the kids frolic and have a blast without reflecting on one's own lost childhood, and the fact that the prospect of winning enough tickets playing Skee Ball to earn a plastic whistle is no longer enough to make us scream with joy. Sigh.
2. J.W. Tumblers, 7942 N. Oracle Road
3. Peter Piper Pizza, Various locations