Des Moines Arcades & Pinball Machines

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Des Moines Arcades & Pinball Machines

You do not have to be a kid to enjoy old-school pinball machines, arcade games, and larger-than-life games! Des Moines has a few great options to play. Make it a date night, a girls’ night out, a family fun day, or purchase one of the many birthday party packages.

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B&B Theatres

1580 SW Market St, Ankeny; 515-423-0979

B&B Theatres located in Ankeny, Iowa is not only a movie theatre, but they also offer arcade games and bowling! Your family will have a great time playing air hockey and tons of other arcade fun. It is free entry. Purchase a play card and play until your heart is content. When you are finished the play card system lets players turn in their tickets for prizes. A lot of fun for all ages!

Backpocket Pin & Pixel

6205 Merle Hay Road, Johnston; 515-666-1281

Enjoy an Iowa-based brewing company right here in Johnston, Iowa. Backpocket Pin & Pixel offers several retro arcade games, duckpin bowling, yummy snacks, and drinks. A fun place for a family fun day!


3800 Merle Hay Rd., Suite 1220, Des Moines; 515-635-0705

Gameday is located in Merle Hay Mall the same entrance as Flix Brewhouse. They offer tons of fun arcade games for the entire family. In addition, they have a full restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. Do not miss out on bowling too! Take a look at their website for hours.

Great Escape – The Ultimate Experience

655 NE 56th St, Pleasant Hill; 515-263-1700

The Great Escape is located in the Des Moines Area and is an entire entertainment complex for all ages. They offer laser tag, classic arcade games, virtual reality games, delicious food, a drink menu, and more. Take a look at all the fun options, specials, and hours on the website.

Monsterama Arcade

3104 S.W. Ninth St. Suite 1, Des Moines; (515) 520-2015

Vintage 80’s and 90’s era arcade games, also pinball, and classic gaming systems. Features a full-service menu Wednesday through Saturday and grab-and-go seven days a week at Monsterama Arcade. Take a look at our fun experience at Monsterama Arcade!

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The Old School Pinball & Arcade 

209 E. Main Street, Grimes; 515-986-3317

Some of the best arcades offer old-school pinball! The Old School Arcade offers over 60 pinball machines and other classic arcade games and serves food, old-fashioned ice cream shakes, and malts. All ages are welcome in this great place. The best place to keep track of hours and prices is on their Facebook page.

The Operating Room 

5515 Mills Civic Parkway #130, West Des Moines; 515-226-3333

1631 SW Main Street #105, Ankeny

The Operating Room is a great arcade that offers arcade games, pinball machines, fun cocktails, bar food, pizza, and more. If you are looking for the best modern arcade games, this is the place to be! The Operating Room is open to all ages until 7:30 p.m. This is a fun place to play for all ages. Collect tickets and claim prizes.

Smash Park 

6625 Coach Light Drive, West Des Moines; 515-313-0700

Smash Park is one of our favorite places to play as a family. We love the fun atmosphere. Located near the Jordan Creek Town Center, They offer tons of board games, pickleball, dart boards, arcade games, outdoor yard games, and much more! Smash Park is also a great place for corporate team-building events and group outings that offer great team-building activities. They offer a special area you can rent for special events. Do not forget about their amazing food and drinks too!

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Spare Time Des Moines

340 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines; 515-414-2824

The new family entertainment venue has opened in the Des Moines Area and is loaded with fun! Spare Time Entertainment is located in West Des Moines near Jordan Creek Town Center. Enjoy bowling, arcade games, restaurants, escape rooms, and much more. Take a look at our fun experience!

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Up-Down Des Moines

500 E. Locust Street, Des Moines; 515-243-4322

Up-Down Des Moines is a great adult arcade. They offer over 40 arcade games, pinball machines, skee ball alleys, Nintendo video games, life-size Jenga, extensive craft beer selection, pizza, and more. You must be 21 years or older to play at Up-Down Des Moines. This is a fun date night or girls’ night out for a good time.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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