Places to Enjoy Old School Arcade Games with Kids in Des Moines

Places to Enjoy Old School Arcade Games with Kids in Des Moines

Updated March 11, 2019. 

Today’s kids have never experienced the need to leave their house to play video games.  Introduce them to some “old-fashioned” arcade fun and play games like Ms. Pac Man and Centipede at area arcades. Following are a few of our favorite places to enjoy arcade games in Des Moines. 

Adventureland Inn. 3200 Adventureland Drive , Altoona, IA 50009.  This theme park hotel is home to the “Adventure Zone Game Room”.  All games here operate on a card system, which can be loaded with cash at the redemption counter.

Bass Pro Shops. 1000 Bass Pro Dr NW, Altoona, IA 50009. The outdoor recreation store boasts an undersea-themed arcade at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill, the bowling alley and dining area on the east side of the retail store.

Ankeny 12 w/ B-Roll Bowling, Grand Screens, MX4D, ScreenPLAY & Outtakes Arcade. 1580 SW Market Street, Ankeny, IA 50023. Your family can be amused for hours at this mega entertainment complex.  In addition to movies and bowling, they also house the Outtakes Arcade.  

Chucky E. Cheese’s. 1431 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266. Chucky E. Cheese’s is a kid’s paradise.  They serve up pizza, have a huge selection of video games; low-tech games like skee ball; kiddie rides and climbing areas for the little ones.  After all the tokens have been used up, kids can claim a prize with their ticket winnings.

Century Theatres.  101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266.  A large movie theater in Jordan Creek Mall houses a gaming area. The arcade just inside the concession area houses 10 video games and three pinball machines.

Great Escape. 655 NE 56th Street, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327. Great Escape lives up to it’s name offering bowling, lazer tag and arcade fun.  The arcade isn’t huge here, but it’s well worth the trip with the mix of indoor fun all in one place. 

Plaza Lanes Family Fun Center. CURRENTLY UNDER RECONSTRUCTION. 2701 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines IA, 50310. This family fun center in Des Moines has a large selection of arcade games, bowling, billiards and more.

Old School Pinball and Arcade.  209 SE Main Street, Grimes, IA 50111.  As the name suggests this is THE place for a true old school arcade experience.  During the week they feature $10.00 Unlimited Play for adults and $8.00 Unlimited Play for kids under 12.

Ramada Tropics Resort.  5000 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50322.  This hotel offers a small arcade as entertainment for their younger guests. They have a small collection of non-violent arcade and skill based games for guests of all ages.

The Operating Room – Pinball Bar Arcade. 5515 Mills Civic Parkway #130,
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266.  This arcade bar is filled with all sorts of popular video games, table games, driving games and more. Kids are allowed in the arcade from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on the weekends. 

Warrior Lanes.  190 Laurel St, Waukee, IA 50263. This family friendly bowling alley is the place to play and eat.  Enjoy classic American fare from their kitchen, bowl and let the kids play arcade games and claim prizes.




Where is your kiddo’s favorite arcade in Des Moines? Tell us in the comments!

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