Got kids who love games? Get them off whatever mobile device they’re playing and take them to one of these spots, most of which harken back to a time when getting a pixelated frog across a freeway was the pinnacle of gaming success. Whether your’e a pinball pro or a dedicated video gamer, you’ll find something to play at one of these awesome arcade and game museums across the U.S.

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment – Oakland, Ca

Miss your old Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, or Atari console? Grab a controller and introduce your 21st century kids to the video games of the eighties and nineties at this museum known simply as “The MADE.” The Made is, at its core, just one big room where you can go to play video games. The collection houses more than 5,000 games across 50 systems. Just pull a game off the shelf; find a matching console, and play as long as you want (for just $5!).

Good to know: The museum also hosts free programming classes for kids over the age of nine, lectures, tournaments, and community events.

Onlinethemade.org

photo: Deborah C. via Yelp

  • Pacific Pinball Museum - Alameda, Ca
  • The Pinball Hall of Fame - Las Vegas, Nv
  • Museum of Math - New York, Ny
  • American Classic Arcade Museum - Laconia, Nh
  • Arcadia: America’s Playable Arcade Museum - McLean, Il
  • National Videogame Museum - Frisco, Tx
  • Pinball PA - Pittsburgh, Pa
  • The Strong - National Museum of Play - Rochester, Ny
  • Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzelry - Beaverton, Or
  • The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment - Oakland, Ca
  • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum - Simi Valley, Ca

 

Have you been to one of these game museums? Share with us in a comment below!

—Melissa Heckscher