Remember the good old days?

It wasn’t long ago that Frogger and Pinball were played instead of Xbox and Playstation. Movies, hotdogs and root beer were enjoyed at the drive-in, and going to the roller rink was the highlight of the weekend.

Feeling nostalgic, we searched the Kalamazoo area and found a number of locations that do not require a time machine to play, eat and be entertained with beloved activities of the not so distant past. 

Give the kids a break from electronics and enjoy some old-fashion fun with the family around Southwest Michigan.


Klassic Arcade | 22711 M-40, Gobles | 269-628-4628

Klassic Arcade features a large variety of classic video games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and over a dozen varieties of Pinball. For a flat fee,  you can play all day!

Hours: Sunday – Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM



Great Skate Roller Rink | 10496 Portage Rd., Portage | 269-327-8006

Head to Great Skate Roller Rink on Fridays for open skate, from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. They have skates available to rent and offer birthday parties as well.

Rollerworld | 7491 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo| 269-375-4609

Rollerworld is open three days per week, with Tuesdays as “Skate on Your Can Night,” where admission is discounted with a food donation. Skate rental is an additional fee and they host birthday parties.

Hours:  Tuesday: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Friday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM &, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM



Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlour |115 W Prairie St., Vicksburg | 269-649-1880

Visit quaint downtown Vicksburg and you’ll find Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlour, with their award-winning ice cream. They also serve “good ole fashioned comfort food” like pasties, macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers.

Blue Moon Diner | 6865 W Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, MI | 269-671-5089

Open seasonally from April 1 – November 30, this authentic 1941 Silk City diner was moved 800 miles from Connecticut to the Gilmore Car Museum. It features burgers, Chicago and coney-style dogs and homemade pies.

D’Nicio’s Parlour | 6880 West Main, Kalamazoo| 269-353-8600

D’Nicio’s Parlour will take you back in time to the 1950s. Known for koney dogs, gyros, and enormous portions of ice cream, this restaurant is a family favorite.


Drive-in Restaurants

Red’s Root Beer | 813 S Kalamazoo St., Paw Paw| 269-657-8725

This drive-in restaurant also offers covered picnic tables if you would rather sit at a table than dine in your car. While eating, expect a visit from owner Red to ensure your food is satisfactory. Red’s features hot dogs and root beer as expected; their menu also includes chicken, burgers, and fried pickles.

The Root Beer Stand | 4400 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo | 269-345-4418

Open seven days a week, this drive-in restaurant serves hot dogs and old-fashioned root beer.

West Lake Drive-In | 9138 Portage Rd., Portage | 269-327-5985

Located on West Lake in Portage, this drive-in restaurant is known for its burgers (voted #2 best burger two years in a row on WWMT) and deep fried mushrooms. This restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday. Cash only.

Other Fun Places

Rocket Fizz |125 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo | 269-888-2588

A visit downtown Kalamazoo should include a stop to this self-described “rainbow colored explosion of sweets, fun and nonsense” candy shop. This store is packed with candy, sodas and toys that are difficult to find elsewhere.

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Drive-in Movie Theaters

Head on down to a drive-in theater with your kids for a family movie experience they’ll be sure to love.

Sunset Drive-In | 69071 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford | 269-621-4194

Estimated drive: 45 minutes

Hours: 7:00 PM (Box office); Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday AND special Thursday midnight showings for new releases

Concessions: purchased on-site only (no outside food or drink)

Five Mile Drive-In | 28190 M-152, Dowagiac | 269-782-7879

Estimated drive: 50 minutes

Hours: 7:00 PM (Box office); Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Concessions: purchased on-site only (no outside food or drink)

Capri Drive-In | 119 West Chicago Rd., Coldwater | 517-278-5628

Estimated drive: 65 minutes

Hours: 8:30 PM (Box office); Open 7 days/week

Admission: Cash Only

Getty Drive-In | 920 East Summit Ave., Muskegon| 231-798-2608

Estimated drive: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Hours: Gates open at 8:00 PM, Open 7 days/week

Some tips to keep in mind for the drive-in:  Bring cash (many do not accept cards), pack plenty of blankets and chairs in case the kids want to sit on the lawn, and make sure to verify snack policies as some places do not permit outside food/beverages.

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What other nostalgia-filled fun should the kids experience? Let us know!



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