I have heard mixed reviews on Chuck E Cheese's. We went on a Friday evening around 8:00 and it was perfect. We must have missed the crowd. It was quite calm and not too many screaming kids. The food was delivered to us HOT and it actually tasted good. I had heard their pizza tasted of cardboard, but ours was great. If your child is a night owl like mine, I would recommend going around this time. It was very nice and we had a great time.