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College Park, Maryland

Pinball Parlor at MOM's Organic Market

Two dozen pinball games hidden away inside a most unlikely location. 

The founder of MOMs Organic Market, Scott Nash, has a love of pinball. And so, with the opening of the 19th location of the supermarket chain, he decided to include a dedicated area to showcase more than 25 of his very own pinball machines. 

If you know just where to look, the pinball room beckons. From a little opening between the freezers in the frozen foods section, near the bakery, a paradise of silver balls, chirps, chimes, flippers, and blinking lights awaits you.

The offerings in this most unlikely of amusement parlors range from the latest greatest hi-tech machine to vintage games from the 1970s and ’80s. All of them cost about 50 cents, and all of them are extremely fun. There’s something special about pinball that makes it more fun than most regular old video games. It takes skill, and it’s tangible; you really feel a sense of accomplishment when you do well in the game. 

A change machine in the room provides unlimited quarters for you to enjoy the games from Nash’s collection. A sign on the wall gives you a quick rundown of the rules and etiquette of pinball, one of the most unique arcade games imaginable.

Know Before You Go

Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only the College Park, Maryland location has the secret pinball room.