So you bought your family an Xbox for Christmas but you and your wife still haven't had a chance to relive your garage band glory days on "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock," because little Timmy can't stop building adventures in "Lego Star Wars" long enough for you to get your jam on.
It's time for you and the lady to leave the kiddies at home with a babysitter and some pizza and embrace your inner-child.
Your destination: The Extreme Fun Arcade at Frank Theatre's Queensgate Stadium 13 in York Township.
There, you'll have your choice of gaming action without having to listen to your kids whine about how lame Jethro Tull is (they'll never understand the fury of the jazz flute until they've heard "Aqualung.")
As you'd expect with a place with the words "Extreme Fun" in its name, the arcade will overload your senses as flashing lights and circus music beg you to play, while the smell of butter-drenched popcorn wafts in from the concession stand down the hall.
With 64 games in 1,100 square feet, you'll immediately be transported back to those summers you spent on the boardwalk as a teenager, albeit with fewer carnies and no saltwater taffy.
See if you can still sink 100 points on Skeeball. Cock your grenade launcher and waste a few robots on "Terminator Salvation." Win your woman an iPod Touch on Barbercut.
Fear not, you won't be the only grown-ups running amok, assures General Manager Kevin Scott.
"There's nothing Chuck E. Cheese about this," he said, adding that he recently saw a man in his 50s riding the motorcycle on "Fast and Furious Super Bikes."
Couples out on date nights regularly challenge each other to competitive games like "Fast and Furious" and air hockey, Scott says. And they're also not shy about hitting up games like "Big Bass" or "Deal or No Deal," where they can win tickets to redeem for prizes.
In addition to the standard redemption fare - friendship bracelets and candy rings - there are a few adult prizes, including an automatic wine bottle opener and a doughnut maker.
Games rotate every six months or so, Scott said, and they're looking to add some retro picks for their more mature patrons.
When you need a break from the gaming action, just walk across the lobby to the Starlite Café, where you can order some nachos or a signature Melty Mound (a pile of french fries topped with spicy chicken zangers, bacon bits and cheddar cheese) and an adult beverage or two.
Signature cocktails include the Casablanca ("Kind of like a Mai Tai," says assistant café manager Stacy Jones. "Very rummy and fruity."), The Godfather, Unforgiven, The Proposal or Casino Royale. For the less cinematically inclined, there's beer and wine.
(Interesting aside, Jones says the café is also a convenient getaway spot for people trying to escape a movie their date dragged them to. They might leave the theater, have a drink and go back in before the credits roll.
"It happens with a lot of chick flicks," she said.
Once you've refueled, it's time to show off your rock prowess on "Guitar Hero."
And before you leave, make sure to squeeze into the Star Blitz photo booth to capture your magical evening.
- Susan Jennings, for FlipSide
If you go
WHAT: Extreme Fun Arcade
WHERE: Queensgate Stadium 13, 2067 Springwood Road, York Township
HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays, and Monday through Thursday when school is not in session; 1 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday when school is in session
COST: Games range from 25 cents to $2 per play
INSIDER TIPS: Buy an entrée at the Starlite Café, also inside the theater, and you can get a game card with 25 minutes of play for $10. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and specials include $1 off cocktails, two for $4 domestic drafts, two for $7 Blue Moon, $2.50 for domestic bottles and half off selected appetizers.
DETAILS: Visit franktheatres.com or call 854-1234
Keep it going
Looking to extend your night out? Consider these:
Want a nightcap topped with frosting and maybe a few sprinkles? Continue your kid-free, but young-at-heart date by grabbing a cupcake and a cappuccino.
THE SPOT: Macklin's Cupcakes & Coffee
WHERE: 2069 Springwood Road, York Township
HOURS: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
INSIDER TIPS: The shop, across from Queensgate Stadium 13, just hosted its grand opening in October. Stop in to feast your eyes on miniature delights mounded with billowing frosting in flavors from simple vanilla and chocolate to s'mores and carrot cake. Having trouble picking one? Manager April Krodel says peanut butter, red velvet and orange creamsicle are the most popular. Visit during the day and watch bakers whip up batches in the display kitchen and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi anytime.
DETAILS: 885-0224 or visit macklinscupcakes.com
Grab a brew
Maybe the whole cupcake thing is a little too cute for your big night out. If you're looking for a more grown-up way to wrap up your evening, why not enjoy an adult beverage?
THE SPOT: Vito's Pizza & Beer
WHERE: 1734 S. Queen St., Spring Garden Township
HOURS: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
INSIDER TIP: A York favorite since 1962, Vito's is a beer-lovers paradise offering more than 100 different draft, domestic and import brews from around the world. Visit the restaurant's Facebook page to find out what's on tap for the day.
DETAILS: 843-1143 or vitospizzaandbeer.com
Most popular arcade games
3. "Donkey Kong"
4. "Star Wars"
5. "Ms. Pac-Man"
6. "Dig Dug"
10. "Tempest" and "Centipede" (tied)
Most Successful Claw Game Player: Japan's Yuka Nakajima has won 3,500 teddy bears.
Most Played Coin-Operated Video-game Franchise: "Golden Tee Golf" by Incredible Technologies has been played by an estimated 1 billion people in more than 100,000 machines in more than 12 countries around the world.
Largest Video-game Arcade: Funspot in Weirs Beach, N.H., has more than 500 games on three floors including the Classic Arcade Museum, which houses 250 working arcade machines from the early 1970s to 1987.
Largest Arcade Machine: G4's "Attack of the Show!" is 13 feet, 6 inches tall; 9 feet, 4 inches deep; and 5 feet, 8 inches wide.
Perfect Score on "Pac-Man": Billy Mitchell of Hollywood, Fla., achieved the game's maximum score of 3,333,360 after navigating 256 screens during six hours of play in July 1999.