Old-school video arcades provide hours of entertainment.
Okay, so technically, arcades mean screen time, but they’re out in the world and social places, so they hardly count! Have your kid grab a few friends and head to a real-life arcade for some old-school video game fun. They might scoff at the graphics, but let’s see them try and get their initials in one of those high score slots. Bonus: Arcades have a natural time limit. When you’re out of quarters, you’re out of quarters. Point your teen toward the following arcades next time they complain about being bored.
- Ice Box Arcade, Seattle. This great old-school arcade offers video games, pinball machines, a pool table and air hockey (plus a variety of snacks you can purchase). All ages are welcome until 8 p.m., after which it is open to adults (21 and older) only until closing.
- Dorky’s Arcade, Tacoma. Have you ever played an arcade game in your life? Chances are if you have, you’ll find that game among the huge selection (more than 100!) of classic arcade games and pinball machines here. Dorky’s also sells pizza and sandwiches. All ages are welcome until 9 p.m., after which it’s adults (21 and older) only. Kids coming to Dorky’s Arcade should be at least 7 years old, and kids ages 7–15 must be accompanied by an adult, though kids are welcome to play games on their own (i.e., you don’t have to hover). Check the Facebook page for upcoming events and more info.
- Memory Lane Arcade, Everett Mall. A video game arcade in a mall? What could be more of a tween paradise? While this arcade is not as large as the others, it offers plenty of rainy-day fun. Drop off your crew for some games; then they can head to the food court for lunch. It’s like the 1980s all over again.
Next time your tween or teen complains about being bored, suggest some of these ideas. Or, better yet, just text them the link to this article and let them take the lead in planning their next adventure!