Though pizza and arcade games go hand-in-hand, gamers must keep pepperonis out of token slots and refrain from feeding any of the prize table's oversize stuffed bears. Take a video game voyage with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a pizza-and-arcade outing (a $33.70 total value) at Kiddie Kingdom in Niles. The outing includes the following:
- 100 tokens (a $20 value)
- A 14-inch one-topping thin-crust pizza (a $13.70 value)
Flickering lights from more than 62 arcade games, including air hockey and skee-ball, reflect in the delighted eyes of children and adults alike. Surrounded by the facility's bright-yellow walls, visitors can nab slices from the large thin-crust pizza, which the kitchen staff hand-tosses with one topping, such as chicken, sausage, bacon, or a lucky horseshoe for added gaming prowess. Fueled up gamers can then embark on a romp through the arcade's various stations, pumping in between one and four tokens to try their hand at racing video games, swing a mallet at the strength-tester game, or watch wee ones tame the wild horses on the mini carousal. Along the way, amblers will uncover several games that award tickets, which they can swap for prizes or weave into tapestries using Kiddie Kingdom's popular loom game.
A chorus of electronic beeps sings across Kiddie Kingdom's 13,000 square feet, where more than 62 arcade games, redemption games, and small rides galvanize youthful excitement in both kids and adults. After stuffing their pockets with tokens, guests compete for high scores on modern video games and arcade classics, such as air hockey and skee-ball. These redemption-style games shower the most successful players in tickets, which can be exchanged at the King's Treasure Chest counter for small toys, stuffed animals, and sports balls.
Elsewhere, the aroma of housemade lasagna, chicken wings, and pizza tempts players away from the arcade and into the onsite Pizza King restaurant. Here, cooks hand toss dough for thin-crust, deep-dish, and stuffed pies. The Italian cuisine also delights guests in a 100-person party room, where birthday boys and girls open presents and spin a wheel to win enough tickets to send their stuffed animals to college.