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.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum – Simi Valley, Ca

A museum made for a president doesn't sound like it'd be the sort of place kids would want to spend the day playing video games, but trust us: This scenic hilltop museum isn't all books and records. Now until April 16, the Reagan Museum is home to Interactive! The Exhibition, a hands-on exploration of how popular culture shaped the way we live, work, move, connect and play. As they navigate the 10,000-square foot exhibit, kiddos will get to manipulate robotic arms; control a Mars Rover replica; play in an 80s gaming station; and try out more than a dozen immersive games including virtual reality gaming by Oculus Rift (Note: Kids must be 10 and over to play these).

Insider Tip: While you're there, check out the rest of the museum, where budding politicians can check out a replica Oval Office, stroll through replicas of the White House’s Rose Garden and South Lawn, and climb aboard a retired Air Force One jet.

Online: reaganfoundation.org

photo: Nancy Newman courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

  • 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