My dad loved computers and gadgets, and instilled that love in me. I remember being the only kid in class for years with a book report typed and printed out on our dot matrix printer, that unique sound those early computers made when starting up, and Saturday mornings filled with Atari battles (pong!). So on this blustery spring break day I loaded up the car and headed out to find the Morristown Game Vault, hoping to rekindle the spirit of retro-gaming with my touchscreen savvy kids.
Open just three short weeks, the Game Vault is a wonderful option for a quick bout of gaming. It’s housed in an architecturally beautiful former bank, and even has safe cracking themed games inside the old vault for special ambiance. They boast over 85 pinball machines, video games and gaming consoles, some vintage and some a bit more modern. It’s not so big that your kids get lost in it but definitely gave me the freedom to play my own games. It was exciting to walk through and introduce old favorites to my kids, as well as drool over the vintage pinball machines.
During our hour there we saw kids, fathers and sons, nerdy moms like me chortling over Frogger and nailing the Death Star, and the occasional visitor in business attire catching a quick break in their day. The setup is straight-forward: get a wristband, play anything you want (it’s all free!) and pay when you’re done. It’s $7 for a half hour, $10 for a full hour and $5 each additional 30 minutes.
If you’re looking for a fun party venue, an excursion with the family, or even a great date night then check out the Morristown Game Vault. It’s located right on South Street in Morristown—very easy to make an afternoon of it by strolling down to Strawberry Fields for some froyo afterwards!
Morristown Game Vault
22 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
Monday to Thursday – 11:30am to 10pm
Friday – 11:30am to 11:30pm
Saturday – 10am to 11:30pm
Sunday – 10am to 10pm