Top 20 Arcades in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Iowa

The Full List of Arcades in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Iowa

If you're looking for things to do in Des Moines, West Des Moines, and the local area, Arcades might be one of the options that you want to visit. These are the listing Arcades in the Des Moines and West Des Moines area based on Google Ranking when you search for the keyword "Arcade Des Moines"


Google is a smart search engine. Therefore, when searching for "Arcade Des Moines", it not only shows you Arcades in Des Moines but also other related entertainment places, such as Laser Tag and Escape Room places.

We're putting this together and will keep this blog post up to date monthly so that you can have the best source to go to when looking for an arcade option in Des Moines and West Des Moines. You can also check out our Top 10 Escape Rooms in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Top 10 Laser Tag in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Iowa



Arcades in Des Moines, IA

Up-Down DSM Arcade

Address: 500 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

1,393 reviews with an average of 4.5

Most relevant review:

5 "It is a great place, They had all the sanitation measures such as sanitizing, the use of masks and Social distance, which if I would have liked is more variety of games,In the basement there were many disconnected games, And that took away variety. But they were of that it was excellent"

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RezBlue VR Arena - Virtual Reality - Des Moines, IA Location

Address: 1111 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315

140 reviews with an average of 5

Most relevant review:

5 "I had an amazing time. I'm 46 years old and I would definitely go back. We had a group of 7 so we did a tournament style game. It was great everyone else is in their 20s so it's fun for all ages.!!!!’"

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Gameday KCSF

Address: 3800 Merle Hay Rd Suite 1220, Des Moines, IA 50310

97 reviews with an average of 4.5

Most Relevant review:

4 "Found this place by accident... boy it was a great find. My 7yr son loves it. Easy games for kids and classic games for adults to be kids again. The tickets are actually easy to get and prizes ticket values are low, so kids can actually walk out with prizes. Didn't even know about the restaurant until the second visit. Great service and good food! We'll definitely be back again and again..."

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Arcades in West Des Moines, IA

Chuck E. Cheese

Address: 1431 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266

1130 reviews with an average of 3.9

Most relevant reviews:

5 "Gr8. Only a few of us in there due to social distancing. Very clean & staff were really nice. Love the fact that they are professionally following healthy procedures & guidelines to maintain a clean & healthy establishment. My nieces 10th birthday party was fun."

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The Operating Room West Des Moines

Address: 5515 Mills Civic Pkwy #130, West Des Moines, IA 50266

400 reviews with an average of 4.4

Most relevant review:

5 "Such a fun place to hang out. Great selection of both pinball and arcade games. Wide drink selection and fair prices on drinks. I personally LOVED the tigers blood. We spent about 5 hours there on $30 worth of play and had a blast. Perfect location for hanging out with friends in a low-key, but also fun setting."

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Monkey Joe's - West Des Moines

(Recently listed as permanently closed)

Address: 1600 Valley W Dr #200, West Des Moines, IA 50266

247 reviews with an average of 3.5

Most relevant reviews:

3 "Like most reviews, there is a lot of broken things here like water fountain, racing games. Inflatables look old and run down. Staff isn’t very friendly and bathrooms aren’t very clean even tough they say they are going to be closed for 20 min to clean them. But....... from an older kids (5& up) perspective this place is a blast. Only one bouncy house for 3 and younger, however adults can go in to help younger kids on all inflatables (that might be a challenge when it’s super busy)."

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The White Rabbit Virtual Reality Arcade

Address: 101 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266

12 reviews with an average of 4.9

Most relevant reviews:

5 "Loved coming here. Kristen was very helpful and should get a raise. Would recommend to anyone who likes video games!!!(!!Sign the Kristen Gets a raise petition!!)"

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Arcades in Grimes, IA

The Old School Pinball & Arcade

Address: 209 SE Main St, Grimes, IA 50111

283 reviews with an average of 4.7

Most relevant reviews:

5 "I met the owner when I walked in the door and he welcomed me in a friendly manner explaining how the place worked and the history of how he got it started. There's some good old school arcade games and several pinball machines to fit your taste like Ghost Busters, Star Trek, and Game of Thrones. It was like stepping back in time to enjoy arcades of the past. The place isn't the biggest like some other arcades in the Des Moines area, but it's nice paying up front so you can play games as much as you want after that.


Definitely a good time to spend with friends and family. Let that inner child out and enjoy!"

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Pole Position Raceway Des Moines

Address: 1350 SE Gateway Dr # 108, Grimes, IA 50111

655 reviews with an average of 4.3

Most relevant reviews:

5 "A need for speed. Got to try this awesome place out during a birthday party. It was a great time for the entire family from 8 to 68. There was close to 30 people in our group. They broke it up into adult and kid races and even changed up your fellow racers the second time around so you got to race with lots of friends. It was my first time and it was great. A little scary at first but once you get out there and get a few laps in you will love it."

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Arcades in Pleasant Hill, IA

Great Escape - The Ultimate Experience

Address: 655 NE 56th St, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

632 reviews with an average of 4.3

Most relevant reviews:

5 "Been bowling here for a long time. Staff is very friendly, lanes are well maintained, and tons of fun had by all there. I believe this establishment is owned by the same family that owned Plaza Lanes, and it shows. Great place to go for fun."

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Arcades in Ankeny, IA

The Operating Room Ankeny

Address: 1631 SW Main St #105, Ankeny, IA 50023

102 reviews with an average of 4.4

Most relevant reviews:

4 "Pretty good bar experience. Some of the prize games are set to not pay out but that's to be expected. Otherwise good drinks and atmosphere."

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