Yestercades; Staff Photo

Arcades have been a favorite pastime since the creation of video arcades in the 1970s. Derived from early-1900’s “penny arcades,” they had something for everyone. If you were good enough at your game of choice, you could spend hours beating level after level, having only spent a quarter. Arcades have grown from Space Invaders and Galaxian to graphically advanced games like Dance Dance Revolution and Daytona USA. And in nearly every arcade, you’ll still find classic skeeball, pinball and PacMan. Share your arcade memories with your kids while playing the day away at a location near you.

Bev and Wally’s Family Fun Center
46 Beachway, Keansburg
732-581-3578

There’s something for everyone here—choose from redemption machines, slots, poker, basketball, crane games and more.

Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg
908-203-1600

Check out tons of sports and adventure themed games like Fruit Ninja, Air Hockey, Lil’ Hoops and more. This arcade also has a playmaze and laser tag arena.

Bridgewater Sports Arena
1425 Frontier Rd., Bridgewater
732-627-0006

This spot is known for its 65 games and video simulators. There are games for players of all ages and ability levels, and there are plenty of prizes to trade in those tickets for.

Frank’s Fun Center – Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
407 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
732-892-8981

No arcade is complete without skeeball and air hockey. Compete against your family members and see who takes home the biggest prize.

The Funplex
182 NJ-10, East Hanover
973-428-1166
3320-34 NJ-38, Mount Laurel
856-273-9666

If you’re looking for a variety of games, The Funplex has over 100 arcade and redemption games. Try the Batman racing game or win tickets at the big bass wheel. ​

Funtime Junction
400 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield
973-882-9777

Play a variety of games like Guitar Hero, Ducky Splash and skeeball to win tokens. Bring their friends for a few rounds of laser tag.

Go Play
1102 Main St., Belmar
732-681-7529

Get your hands on retro arcade games like Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man and Big Buck Hunter, pinball, skeeball and air hockey. Switch it up and play the XBOX One, Wii or Super NES with your friends, too.

Grandslam
910 Oak Tree Ave., South Plainfield
908-756-4446

Hours of entertainment have been packed into one showroom—choose from dance, strategy and racing games. There are tons of options for both parents and kids.

iPlay America
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
732-577-8200

​Choose from 200 new and vintage video, skill and crane games. Fun fact: iPlay America’s arcade boasts the most crane games in the state.

Jenkinson’s South Arcade
500 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
732-295-4334

​There’s plenty of games for the whole family to choose from. Even better? This place is open daily, year-round. Visit the Pavilion Arcade before heading home, too.

Jilly’s Arcade
1168 Boardwalk, Ocean City
609-385-1234 ext. 3

Housed below a historical carousel dome, Jilly’s Arcade boasts classic video games, pinball machines and more than 100 of the latest video games (and vintage ones, too!).

Lucky Leo’s Arcade
315 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights
732-793-1323

Game themes range from Minecraft and Minions to The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. Test your luck, try your hand and show off your skills.

Mariner’s Arcade
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
609-522-5563

Come for the Batman video games and skeeball, but stay for the “biggest and easiest progressive jackpots in South Jersey.”

Morristown Game Vault
22 South St., Morristown
973-944-8500

If you love classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Pinball, you’ll want to visit the Vault. There are more than 100 video games the kids will love, too.

Playcade Amusements
2629 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
609-345-8260

Visit Atlantic City’s longest established arcade for games and competition. Whether you’re a little kid or an excited adult, chances are you’ll leave with an armload of prizes.

Silverball Museum Arcade
1000 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park
732-774-4994

Come for a good time and stay for the classic pinball machines and arcade games. Some of the games date back to the 1950s, making the Silverball the perfect mix of vintage games and new favorites.

Swingtime
2390 US 9 S., Howell
732-845-0093

With more than 50 games, including Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, air hockey, Deal or No Deal, Time Crisis and more, the kids will never be bored.

YESTERcades
80 Broad St., Red Bank
732-383-7873
29 Division St., Somerville
908-526-3270
151 E. Broad St., Westfield
908-228-2398

Both arcades offer a slew of games, ranging from the late ’70s to the 21st century. Choose from pinball, Frogger, Super Mario Bros., Super Pac-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mortal Kombat.