Pinball Hall of Fame: Old Fashioned Family Fun

Are you looking for something different to do in Las Vegas?  Want a break from the strip?  You should check out the Pinball Hall of Fame for some old fashioned family fun! Read on to learn more about our experience at the Pinball Hall of Fame!

Pinball hall of fame-Room full of pinball machines

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Pinball Paradise

The Pinball Hall of Fame is housed in a 10,000 square foot space and displays the world’s largest collection of pinball machines.  The machines range in age from the 1950’s through the 1990’s.  However, we saw games with themes of more recent movies.  I don’t know if these were newer machines, or revamped machines.

Pinball hall of fame-Row of pinball macines

Step Back in Time

As you walk around the Pinball Hall of Fame, you will find that there are even some novelty games from previous eras.  My kids discovered a dancing clown game from the 1960’s.Pinball hall of fame-Peppy the Clown gamePinball hall of fame-Peppy the Clown game

They found it a little creepy, but their Dad and I found it hilarious.  You press buttons to make the clown dance to “The Jetsons” theme song.  Of course, our kids had no clue what the song was from.

I personally got a little nostalgic when I saw The Simpsons arcade game.  I remember when it first came out and I was so thrilled to play it at the local arcade.

Pinball Hall of Fame-Kids playing The Simpsons Arcade Game

Play Away!

Although the Pinball Hall of Fame is a museum of sorts, the public is in fact encouraged to play all of the games.  Be sure to bring plenty of quarters and small bills with you.  There are change machines if you need them.

Pinball Hall of Fame-Change machine and row of pinball machines

Pre-1990 pinball machines cost 25 cents per play, while 1990 models and newer are 50 cents per play.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is a non-profit.  According to the website, all excess revenues go to non-denominational charities.  Fun, cheap games for the family and money going to charity?  That’s a win in my book!

I admit that my kids initially were not thrilled at the thought of playing non-digital games.  Truthfully, I took for granted that they had never heard of pinball machines.  However, the girls were hooked after they played their first pinball game.  We had a hard time getting them to leave!

Did I mention that there are step stools at the Pinball Hall of Fame?

Pinball Hall of Fame-Kid standing on step stool playing pinball gameSomeone was kind enough to point the step stools out to us when they saw my youngest could not reach the top of a machine and easily play.

Our Favorite Games

I was impressed by the variety of themed pinball machines.  My kids personally loved The Simpsons and Ghostbusters machines.Pinball Hall of Fame-Kid playing The Simpsons pinball gamePinball Hall of Fame-The Simpsons pinball game

Pinball Hall of Fame-Kid playing Ghostbusters pinball machine

Their Dad loved the Guardian’s of the Galaxy and Family Guy machines.

Pinball Hall of Fame-Guardians of the Galaxy pinball machine

Pinball Hall of Fame-Family Guy pinball machine

Which pinball machine was my favorite?  The Guns N’ Roses pinball machine!

Pinball Hall of Fame-Guns N' Roses pinball machinePinball Hall of Fame-Guns N' Roses pinball machine

It played Guns and roses music and just had some of the coolest décor on the machine in my opinion.

Quick Facts:

  • Pictures: You can only take pictures for personal use.
  • Bring Change: Bring quarters or small bills. There are change machines if you only have bills.
  • Cost: 25 cents per pre-1990’s game, 50 cents for all other games.
  • Location: 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
  • Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Let us know what if you visit the Pinball Hall of Fame!  We hope that you and your family have a blast just like we did.


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