Editor's Picks: Best Gaming Destinations




Photo courtesy of The Boarding House

If high temperatures have you dreading another outing to a park or playground, maybe it's time to head indoors for some play. These board game cafes and game rooms offer everything from old-fashioned family fun like a game of checkers to cutting-edge gaming technology like virtual reality. Any age or interest is bound to find something fun at these metro game destinations.

The Boarding House is a table game lounge in Guthrie that's a top pick because of its snack bar, expansive library of games and a reasonably-priced day pass rate. Choose from more than 350 games or just stop by to try your hand at the 1,000-piece community puzzle. Games range from old-fashioned classics to the newest board and card games. Play as many games as you want in a single day (you can even leave and come back the same day) for $5 for adults, $3 for ages 4-12. Kids 3 and under are free.

DZ Comics & Gaming opened in 2013 and is a hub for card and video game enthusiasts in Moore. The gaming tables on-site are open to players to try out a variety of games. If you find one you love, buy it at the shop and maybe even sign up for a tournament. The business hosts events regularly and posts them to their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dzcomicsandgaming.

Step inside Oklahoma City's first virtual reality arcade Upward VR at Penn Square Mall and gear up to experience a totally new world. Although it's pricier than traditional board game cafes (starting at $15 for 15 minutes), a visit to Upward VR is still much less expensive than purchasing actual virtual reality equipment. There are games for every age and interest. Browse the list at www.upwardvr.com.

Oklahoma City's Game HQ is a true destination for gamers with a large retail space of role-playing games, board games, miniature games, card games, war games, family games, dice and more. Their 3,000-square-foot game room is available for open play and they regularly host events and tournaments for game enthusiasts. Entry into the game room is completely free but special events sometimes cost. Their schedule can be found at www.gameheadquarters.com.

Loot & XP in Norman is an ideal destination for spending some time indoors. With more than 350 board games and a snack bar on-site, plan to spend a lot of time here. Have your kids check out the full library of games at www.lootandxp.com before your visit to plan out their day of play.

Find more ideas for summer fun at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/summer.

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