Pasadena's Neon Retro Arcade is one of several nostalgia arcades that have popped up around Los Angeles recently – and although the $10/hour fee is a little too steep to do regularly, it's a real treat every once in awhile. Not only does it bring me back to my 1980s childhood (playing Pac-Man, QBert, Donkey Kong, Galaga, etc.), but it's quite fun to share that heritage with the Blogger Boys – and they get a kick out of the old stuff as well.
For $10, you get unlimited access to the video games and pinball machines for an hour – and most of the classic games are all here. (Depending on the crowd, you may have to wait for a turn at some of the more popular games, but there are enough games to go around.) On the weekend, birthday parties make things a bit crowded. It's funny to think that going to an arcade is a welcome respite from watching your zombie kids on their screens at home, but at least you're getting out of the house!
The Neon Retro Arcade is open late as well. Some pics:
Neon Retro Arcade
28 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105