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.

Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzelry – Beaverton, Or

Ditch the screens and scour the shelves at this offbeat museum's collection of nearly 5,000 board games and puzzles spanning more than 100 years. Want to play Katie and Carrot (with her friend, Mr. Potato Head)? It's here! Dalmatian Dominoes? OK! Or rummage through the vast collection of role playing games, Native American games, Chess games, trading card games, jigsaw puzzles, entanglement puzzles, or a slew of games from Europe and Asia.

And, just in case your gamers are suffering from screen withdrawal, there are a few classic video game systems (and tube TVs) ready to go. Sure, the whole place looks a bit like a super-cool basement playroom, circa 1987. But that's sort of the point.

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photo: courtesy of the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzelry

 

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—Melissa Heckscher