Playing Pinball in Connecticut

The Sanctum, 290 Pratt St, Meriden, CT 06450

Who looks forward to Monday? Not too many folks…that’s for sure. However, the people who live around Meriden, CT have a special reason to get excited about the beginning of the work week. Every Monday, and only on Monday, from 6:30-Midnight the 40+ pinball machines of the Sanctum are opened to the public. It makes it pretty difficult for those farther away to visit, but it also keeps the crowds at a minimum. Finding the Sanctum feels like an adventure in itself, as the building is completely nondescript, and you have to go through the quiet halls up the stairs to find the blinking oasis.

Once you’re there, it’s all smiles. Great machines such as Congo, Fish Tales, Shadow, Bram Strokers Dracula, Incredible Hulk, and Ghostbusters are on the floor.

Games are moved around frequently, so a return trip can always reveal something new. This pinball co-op has open leagues and tournaments events as well.

Good to know:

+Enter at the green awning labeled East Entrance

+$10 fee for free play


Sports Center of Connecticut, 784 River Rd, Shelton, CT 06484

If you want entertainment, this place is full of action. There is lazer tag, bowling, mini golf, skating rink, batting cage, paintball, and even pottery painting. Kids running everywhere, parents chasing after them, and no one playing the pinball machines.

Tune out the rest of the world like Tommy, and enjoy some excellent games.

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