Friday, March 13, 2009

Chuckie Cheese is a behavioral sink

And I thought it was good clean entertainment!

In Brookfield, Wis., no restaurant has triggered more calls to the police department since last year than Chuck E. Cheese's.

Officers have been called to break up 12 fights, some of them physical, at the child-oriented pizza parlor since January 2007. The biggest melee broke out in April, when an uninvited adult disrupted a child's birthday party. Seven officers arrived and found as many as 40 people knocking over chairs and yelling in front of the restaurant's music stage, where a robotic singing chicken and the chain's namesake mouse perform.

Chuck E. Cheese's bills itself as a place "where a kid can be a kid." But to law-enforcement officials across the country, it has a more particular distinction: the scene of a surprising amount of disorderly conduct and battery among grown-ups.

"The biggest problem is you have a bunch of adults acting like juveniles," says Town of Brookfield Police Capt. Timothy Imler. "There's a biker bar down the street, and we rarely get calls there."

I've only been to Mr Cheese's establishment twice and nothing could induce me to visit it again. Simply, I don't like places where children run wild, such as the aforementioned C Cheese, the Liberty Science Center, or any children's museum in the country you want to name. I'm all for repressing the natural instincts of children to run wild. They need to be civilized, sooner rather than later.

The best part of the whole thing? Construction of two new Chuckie establishments in Lima, OH is subsidized by tax dollars from the State of Ohio.


Johnny Virgil said...

Chuck E. Cheese restaurants are festering cesspools of biological contamination.

airforcewife said...

I HATE Chuck E. Cheese. I only go there if forced. And even then, it's kicking and screaming.

I also wait to visit most museums until the weekend precisely because I don't want to be there when there are field trips in progress.

miriam said...

Those museums are geared to children with ADHD. I avoid them entirely.

I liked the old days when the Museum of Natural History was nice and quiet and you could look at the exhibits in peace.

airforcewife said...

And since we're on the subject of museums, can I just say that the remodeling of the Museum of American History on the DC Mall is an absolute travesty?

It's so... eighties retro. Revolting. There's silvery chrome stuff everywhere. And before when you walked in, the first thing you saw was the 9/11 flag from the Pentagon. Awe inspiring. Now the first thing you see are these silvery squares of art deco that are supposed to look like a waving flag, I guess. AWFUL. Truly awful.

On the other hand, the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum is amazing.

miriam said...

Museums nowadays are designed to appeal to people museums don't appeal to.

Anonymous said...

I went to a Children Natural Science museum (if that's the right name) with my nephew and his mom, somewhere within 2hr driving distance from Detroit (don't ask me where. I'm a passenger, not a driver)

It was extraordinary. A model of design. My nephew's favorite place - and he's a dynamo. There were benches for adults, and all kinds of interactive exhibits for restless kids, all arranged in the way that their activity starts at the low level, then goes crescendo somewhere in the middle of the route, and then declines sufficiently to the end, where there is an actual, live telescope with an assistant volunteer to show them the stars and the moon - and bu that time the kids are spent and behave beautifully.

However, I would eliminate the museum store, because every time they visit, it is impossible not to buy something - so many exciting things, and not too expensive...on the first glance. It adds up!

miriam said...

Tat: It sounds like a nice museum.