Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 1/18/18
It’s officially 2018, and with the new year, many of us are asking ourselves, “Where did the time go?”
You’re not alone. These days, it seems like our favorite “retro” activities — playing old arcade games, hanging out at the local pool hall and roller skating to our favorite tunes — are becoming cool again.
If you’re finding yourself feeling nostalgic about the past, then check out some of these retro — and most importantly, indoor — activities that you can do throughout Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Union counties.
Play classic games in Somerville
If you’re finding yourself missing the games of yesterday, such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Street Fighter, NBA Jam and classic pinball games, then Yestercades of Somerville should be your next stop.
The arcade, which also has a Red Bank location, has gaming consoles available for play as well such as Atari 2600, the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U.
If you go: 29 Division St, Somerville, 908-526-3270, yestercades.com, $8.75 per hour or day pass for $25.
Catch classic flicks in Manville
With a café, arcade, 2K digital projection and stadium seating, Reading Cinemas Manville has become the go-to theater for locals looking to catch the biggest blockbuster hits of today. However, they showcase the biggest blockbuster hits of yesterday, too.
Perodically, Reading Cinemas Manville shows classic favorites, most recently “Forrest Gump” on Jan. 17 and “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” on Jan. 8. Coming soon are Bob Dylan’s “Trouble No More” on Thursday, Jan. 25, “Labyrinth” on Saturday, Feb. 3, and “Happy Gilmore” on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
If you go: 180 N. Main St., Manville, 908-707-4373, readingcinemasus.com/manville.
Roller skate in South Amboy
What’s not to love about zipping around an open space, listening to today’s top hits, snacking on some burgers and dogs and trying out tricks on a pair of roller skates?
At the South Amboy Arena, which offers open skating at various times throughout the week, visitors can get a little blast from the past by roller skating on a maple wood skating floor alongside a full-service snack bar and skate shop, an arcade and big-screen TVs.
If you go: 270 Stevens Ave. N., South Amboy, 732-727-1122, $3-$8 admission and $4 rental, sk8rollermagic.com/sahome.html.
Bowl at 60-year-old lanes in Linden
Open since 1957, Linden Lanes is a true blast from the past with 24 family-friendly lanes, arcade games, a sports bar, full-service grill and pro shop for all of your bowling needs.
Throughout the week, Linden Lanes offers various specials, including Monday Night Madness for $1.50 games per person, two games for $5 on Tuesday nights, one hour of bowling for up to six people for $40 during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, and more.
If you go: 741 N. Stiles St., Linden, 908-925-3550, nationwidebowling.com/linden-new-jersey, $3-$6 per person, shoe rental $2-$3.75
Shoot pool in Flemington
Got a little competitive spirit? Break out those pool skills once again with a trip to Break Away Billiards in Flemington, which also hosts private parties, can clean your home billiard items and also sells cues, cases, accessories and more.
At Break Away Billiards, which is also home to several arcade games, visitors will find outstanding lighting instrumental to their billiards success as well as high-quality public cues.
If you go: 17 Minneakoning Road, Flemington, 908-968-3886, breakawaynj.com, $4.60-$6 per game.