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Games Around Town

Central Iowa has lots of places to get your game on, no matter if it’s arcades, sports or outdoor fun. Check out these locations the next time you are looking for something to do.

Operating Room

2 locations. One in West Des Moines and one in Ankeny. The Operating room is a Bar Arcade with games, pinball, a full bar, craft cocktail slushy’s, delicious food and tons of fun. Our state of the art arcade not only has the best modern arcade games and pinball available, but players don’t have to be inconvenienced with dirty coins or tokens. Our card system lets players load any amount of money on a card and tap to play. Click here for more info.


Up-Down Des Moines

Up-Down Des Moines features more than 40 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, pinball machines, three classic skee-ball alleys, Nintendo and Sega console gaming, and life-size Jenga and Connect Four. All games cost just 25 cents. Our drink menu includes an extensive craft beer selection with 20 beers on tap and even more bottles and cans, as well as ‘80s and ‘90s inspired cocktails. Click here for more information.


Smash Park

Choose from endless amounts of fun and games, including: pickleball, cornhole, shuffleboard, bocce ball, ping pong, foosball, arcade games, board games and SO much more!

Most games are available on a first come, first serve basis. Some games may have limited availability due to private parties, and only pickle ball, outdoor shuffleboard and outdoor bocce ball are available to be privately rented. Click here for more info.


Great Escape

Arcade features 40+ arcade games. Game prices range anywhere from $1-$3.50 per game. When you are finished with the arcade fun, check out our awe-inspiring prize redemption store. Our redemption store is loaded with candy, toys and games for all ages. Click here for more info.

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