Video games are like life: a bewildering maze filled with challenges, where the only way to get ahead is to have your pet dinosaur eat the boss. Take a break from reality with today's Groupon: for $19, you get an arcade package at Treasure Island Fun Center (a $40.98 value) in Seminole. The package includes:
- 100 tokens (up to a $20 value)
- One large pizza (up to a $15.99 value)
- One pitcher of soda (a $4.99 value)
Treasure Island Fun Center couples more than 175 arcade games with fresh, savory pizza served in a family-oriented atmosphere awash in bright colors. While kiddie rides and games whisk little ones away on arcade adventures, teenagers race across digital swathes of road, dodging mailboxes and signaling properly as they play Super Bikes and Tokyo Drift. The sound effects of vintage games such as Galaga, Pac-Man, Centipede, and pinball ring nostalgically in adult ears. Contestants exert themselves for tickets during rounds of pool and air hockey, and whole families gather around Deal or No Deal for a brief lesson in bilateral bartering. Most games require one or two tokens, some require up to four, and a select few demand a spoken-word haiku before each game.
Players can trade a stash of tickets for toys, collectibles, neon lights, digital cameras, and giant teddy bears before slaking appetites on a large Pegleg's pizza and a pitcher of soda. In addition to supplying customers with entertainment, Treasure Island Fun Center supports the community through the Bob & Jean Noell Charitable Foundation Inc., which has contributed more than $125,000 to the Pinellas County Schools system and other youth organizations.
Treasure Island Fun Center
After 40 years of enchanting families and youngsters at its original location, Treasure Island Fun Center relocated its abundant arcade games and tasty treats to a recently renovated 16,000-square-foot facility in 2007. Kiddie rides and games occupy toddlers, and older kids and adults compete in billiards and air-hockey bouts or zip through virtual tracks in racing games. Rekindle flames with classic arcade fixtures such as pinball, Centipede, and Ms. Pac-Man, or vie for tickets by playing skeeball or haggling virtual-reality scalpers. Once accumulated, those tickets can be traded for one of the arcade’s many prizes such as toys, lava lamps, and digital cameras.
With pizza by the slice, chicken nuggets, and ice cream, the full-service snack bar known as Pegleg’s Pizza refuels guests between games. Through its charity, the Bob and Jean Noell Charitable Foundation, Treasure Island Fun Center also reenergizes the community, having donated more than $125,000 to schools and youth organizations thus far.
7770 Seminole Blvd.
Seminole, Florida 33772Get Directions