The best kid-friendly arcades in NYC

These sweet arcades in NYC are full of the coolest arcade games, including Mario Kart, Pac-Man and DDR

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Looking for the best arcades in NYC? We've got you covered. These kid-friendly arcades are perfect for families with kids in tow! Many of the picks on our list also have accompanying activities, like spots to eat, bowl, play a game of laser tag and other cool stuff—the perfect place to visit when it's cold, rainy or you just don't feel like playing outside.

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For even more indoor fun with your kids, explore our favorite indoor playgrounds for kids, indoor amusement parks for kids and trampoline park spots too.


The best arcades in NYC

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Things to do, Games and hobbies

Modern Pinball NYC

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The walls of Modern Pinball (the brainchild of two gaming enthusiasts) are lined with brilliantly lit pinball games that are fun for both kids and adults. Dive into Addams Family, where you'll explore the family mansion to gain points, launch balls at Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and enjoy other classic games inspired by Terminator 2 and Star Wars—even Gorgar, the first talking pinball machine ever made. Admission (one hour to unlimited play) includes free play on all games, and you're able to leave and re-enter (you won't lose play time if you exit the building). 

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Attractions, Arcades and amusements

Chinatown Fair

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This family owned and operated joint (and former home to the famous Tic Tac Toe Chicken) has a mix of diehard arcade buffs and casual gamers. Grab lunch in Chinatown before visiting for a game of Beatmania IIDXReRave PlusPIU InfinityNeon FM and DDR and redeeming tickets for some fun prizes. If any of the older machines happen to eat your dough, tell the staff—they’re known to refund your credits if you ask. Be sure to bring cash! 

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Dave & Buster’s

What more could a kid want? This sweet arcade has food, bowling, shuffleboard AND a giant arcade that's great for all ages. It's also a sports bar Favorite games include Jurassic Park Arcade, where kids can use “tranquilizing guns” to help restore order to the island and save over 30 species, Candy Crush SagaKung Fu PandaBatmanMario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DeluxeStar Wars Battle Pod and tons more—many games offer prize tickets, too. If you're bringing a crowd, you'll definitely want in on the Eat and Play Combo (an app or entree + a $10 power card) for $18–$23 per person.

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Attractions, Arcades and amusements

Bowlmor Chelsea Piers

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This decked-out bowling alley offers HD video walls, cushy seating and state of the art lanes, plus a New York City-inspired laser tag arena. It also has arcade games like Jurassic Park Arcade and Mario Kart as well as traditional pinball machines. The machines use game cards (you can fill them with credits) so you don't need to carry around any tokens or change.

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Funtopia USA

Jam-packed with as much fun as your kids can handle, Funtopia definitely lives up to its name—there’s Balladium, Time Freak Playground and Lazer Runner (all blacklight/glow games), a three-level playground with tubes, tunnels and slides, bumper cars and a toddler play area. There’s also a huge area dedicated to arcade games (over 150 to choose from), including air hockey, Fruit NinjaFrogger and Pac-Man