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Visit the Manitou Springs “Penny Arcade”

It’s on the list of Cheap Things To Do In The Springs, but until last weekend, we’d never been to Arcade Amusements in Manitou.  That’s the official name, but I’ve never heard it referred to as anything other than the penny arcade!

The penny arcade is located in the 900 block of Manitou Avenue, hidden behind Patsy’s Candies (no wonder I’d never seen it before).  You’ll need to park on the street, which could mean several blocks away if it’s a busy weekend.

I was a little surprised to find out the the arcade is really only partially indoors – it’s really kind of an odd setup, and looks like the arcade is basically uses what used to be a bunch of different storefronts.  Skeeball is in the “main” building, along with the prize counter.  The grocery store kiddie rides are all outside in a covered area, and there’s several other “rooms” or buildings with all sorts of arcade games, from pinball to who-knows-what.  And, some of the arcade games are outside on the sidewalks, too (covered).

We spent about an hour at the arcade and mainly did the kiddie rides and skeeball.  Both of those activities were 25¢ each, and we played for about an hour and spent $5 total.  The games cost whatever they did originally – if it’s a 50-year-old game and cost 25¢ to play when it was “new”, it costs 25¢ to play today!

We couldn’t find any games that were less than a quarter, though I’m sure there were some in the rooms we didn’t go in.  It was a pretty cheap hour of entertainment for our little kiddos, especially since they rode the kiddie rides together!  I would imagine it could get expensive pretty quickly with some of the games for bigger kids, so set your budget, get your change from the change machine (there are several there), and stop playing when the money runs out!

A tip on skeeball – for little kids, try the “newer” skeeball machines, just left of the old ones.  If they don’t get the ball in the hole, the new machines let it roll back, while the old ones swallow your ball.  For a 2 and 5 year old that have trouble getting it up the ramp much less in the hole, that was a big money-saving tip!

All in all, it was a fun, cheap activity – much cheaper than going to a place like Chuck E Cheese’s!  You can see a few more pictures on the Springs Bargains Flickr stream.  The arcade doesn’t have a website, but their phone number is 719.685.9815 and the exact address is 930 Manitou Avenue (right behind Patsy’s Candies).

Don’t forget to check out all the Cheap Things To Do In Colorado Springs!

Have you been to the “penny arcade” in Manitou Springs?  What did you think?

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  1. There is a whole room of games that are less than a quarter – anything from penny games to nickel and dimes – they are mostly really old games.

    I can’t believe you’ve never been there before – are you not a local?
    I’m guessing you’ve never had the water, either? Old time locals take water from the various springs in Manitou and make lemonade with it.

    • Carrie Isaac says:

      Otowi, any chance you can point us to which direction the ‘less than a quarter’ game room is?

      I’m not lifelong local, for sure – just got here as fast as we could. ;)

  2. The super cheap room is on the east side towards the back (near Curves).

    We like to go to the pinball machines. It seemes that many folks do not realize they still have more balls and they walk away from the machines. We have played for hours on other people’s unfinished pinball games! FREE!

  3. KristaK says:

    We go there for a lot of FUN! Tons better than ANY Chuckee Cheese and Way more fun. It’s great to share with your children the games you played growing up for 25-cents. And, Lisa is absolutely right-there is an entire room full of 5-cent, 1-cent and 10-cent games. My kids love to play those because they think these must’ve been the games in “grandpas” time-which they probably were.

  4. We love the penny arcade! It’s getting more expensive as the girls get older though. We always have fun and if you go on Monday nights, you can bop over to the park for a free concert under the pavilion. :)

  5. And when you go, make sure you bring exact change – rolls of pennies, nickles and dimes. These are the old games that your parents used to play when they went to arcades. There are even a few that go back to your grandparents (for example, the nickelodeons that were popular in the 1920’s and 30’s). Some look risque, but I don’t remember any that actually are. For example, the Middle Eastern Harem is a silly rubber alien finger puppet rotating on a stick to seemingly mimic a more seductive alien finger puppet of yesteryear.

    As to drinking the water… it’s fantastic! Some kids won’t like it, but it’s always fun to seek out and find the different springs to try them – they each have a different flavor.

    (Interesting fact – it was the discoloration and pitting of teeth from exposure to high fluoride content in the natural springs that sparked modern dentistry – http://www.cs-ds.org/history.asp)

    You can find maps to the free springs and mineral content of each spring at this site: http://www.manitousprings.org/mineral_springs.aspx

    I like some of the springs better than Perrier, and interestingly enough, some of our spring waters were shipped to Paris because they were considered to be both healthy and fashionable.

  6. Rachel Garcia says:

    We go all the time to the Penny Arcade! Yes, there is a room with all of the games under 10cents! It’s fantastic. For 4 of us we never have to spend over $20. Also, you must eat at the Sahara Cafe and get the baklava. Seriously authentic; the guy is from Israel.

  7. I didn’t realize there was a super cheap room and we were just there for Spring Break! Now we have to go back and hunt for it.

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