Generation after generation, a place that will never fail to put a smile on any kid (and grown up’s) face is the arcade! With claw machines, video games, and prizes to be redeemed, it’s also an ideal family date location. It might even be a whole day out adventure! Here’s 10 of the best arcades that you and the little ones can hit up all around Singapore. Vroom, beep beep, swoosh… here we go!
If you find Cow Play Cow Moo too crowded with no machines available for you and your kiddo, head over to the other arcade in Suntec City, Arcade Planet. Besides the usual claw machines, there are more multiplayer interactive games like the classic Dance Dance Revolution and Bishi-Bashi. With up to 4 players, the whole family can get involved together to score more tokens and redeem prizes!
Arcade Planet, #02-409, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, www.facebook.com/CowPlayCowMoo
For the ultimate fun day out, Timezone is where it’s at. Whether you used to frequent one of its locations as a child yourself, or are bringing your kids there for the first time, there’s plenty of games to try your hand at. Their VivoCity outlet has everything from bumper cars to mini-bowling, with each attempt another chance to score exclusive prizes for your little one to take home. You can even celebrate birthdays in their party room for up to 3lx0 people!
Timezone, multiple locations, www.timezonegames.com/en-sg
Whether you’re in the east or central, you’ll be able to enjoy Fatcat Arcade. With over 100 machines at your choosing, there’s bound to be a game that will make you determined to reach your personal highest score. Each token starts at SG$0.16, with each game requiring 1-6 tokens to play. Once you’ve had your fun, exchange your tickets for any of their 500 prizes in the store, from board games to water bottles!
Fatcat Arcade, multiple locations, fatcatarcade.com
Instead of simply arcade and claw machines, Omocha World is much more exciting as its name suggests. They also have carnival booth-like games to attempt at winning a plush toy, and even motorised animal vehicles to take the little ones for a ride around the area. Look out for their token promotions during special occasions as well, such as 50% more free tokens so you can play for even more hours.
OmOcha World, #02-04/05, KINEX, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 436950, +65 6547 1190, www.facebook.com/OmOchaWorld
Level Up stands out among every other arcade, because it doubles as a bar as well! While kids can get busy with the arcade games like Time Crisis and Air Hockey, parents can wind down with the venue’s selection of bar grub and drinks. Besides the fun and games, don’t leave without taking some photos in front of their adorably- designed walls, that include neon lights and murals of video games characters.
Level Up, #02-04, 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020, +65 6266 2276, 1-levelup.com/home
From just SG$1 per game, you’ll be able to take on any of the arcade or claw games at Prize Station. If you’re feeling competitive, you can also challenge your family and friends to the electronic basketball stations or the racing machines for a fun battle to see who comes out tops. The best part? They’ve got massive life-sized soft toys to win and show off your arcade skills!
Prize Station, #03-25/26, Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067, www.facebook.com/prizestation.sg
Head over to Arcade 1998 at JEM where you can play nostalgic games all day long and even stand a chance to win Nintendo Switch games! Yes, you heard it right! Best part, everyone is guaranteed a winner, whether it's a plush toy or a pair of Yeezys. Claw machines cost SG$1 for every play, and tokens are going for as low as SG$0.12.
Arcade 1998, #05-05, JEM Shopping Centre, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549, www.facebook.com/arcade1998
No matter if you’re 6 or 60 years old, Zone X will promise a thrilling time with their wide options of game machines. Music lovers can prove their rhythm with Let’s Go Island or Pump It Up Prime 2, while card game lovers can enjoy the fan favorite Hero of Robots. If you and the kids frequent the arcade, consider getting the MIP card for SG$85.60 which will give you that amount of credits and slightly cheaper games.
Zone X, multiple locations, zonex.com.sg
For easier fun for the whole family, head to Paco Funworld tucked away in Kallang. Little kids can enjoy the ball pit playground with entry starting from SG$10 for an hour, while adults can try their hand at the classic carnival games to win prizes for the young ones. There’s also claw machines of multiple sizes, which make for perfect practice to master the skill and becoming a pro at it.
Paco Funworld, #01-59/02, Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628, www.facebook.com/pacofunworld
Kidzland is not like most other arcades, with indoor playgrounds and bouncy castles, aside from their gaming stations. Besides games to try win prizes at, there are game stations to operate your own crane and a 12-seater carousel that is bound to be a fave among little ones. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate your kid’s birthday, they offer a special booking fee at 10% off!
Kidzland, #02-14, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, +65 6763 3773, www.kidzlandsg.com