Des Moines Arcades & Pinball Machines

Des Moines Arcades & Pinball Machines

Des Moines Arcades & Pinball Machines

You do not have to 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, girls night out, or a family fun day. Take a look at our list of Des Moines arcades.


3800 Merle Hay Rd., Suite 1220, Des Moines


Monday & Saturday: 11 AM to 10 PM

Sunday: 11 AM to 8 PM

Gameday is located in Merle Hay Mall the same entrance as Flix Brewhouse. They offers tons of fun arcades games for the entire family. In addition they have a full restaurant that serves lunch and dinner.

The Old School Pinball & Arcade 

209 E. Main Street, Grimes


Wednesday & Thursday: 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday: 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday: Noon to 10 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

The Old School Pinball & Arcade offers over 60 pinball machines and other classic arcades games, serves food, old fashioned ice cream shakes, and malts. All ages are welcome!

The Operating Room 

5515 Mills Civic Parkway #130, West Des Moines


Monday – Friday: 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

** Check Facebook page. They may open earlier on special days. 

The Operating Room offers arcade games, pinball machines, fun cocktails, bar food, pizza and more. 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


Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Smash Park is one of our favorite places to play as a family! They offer tons of board games, pickleball, dart boards, arcade games, outdoor yard games, and much more! Delicious food and drinks as well.

Up-Down Des Moines

500 E. Locust Street, Des Moines


Monday – Friday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m. to  2 a.m.

Up-Down Des Moines offers over 40 arcade games, pinball machines, skee ball alleys, Nintendo, life-size Jenga, craft beer, pizza, and more. You must be 21 years or older to play at Up-Down Des Moines.

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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