TAKING AIM: Nina Jensen, 7, and Rilee Woods, 9, unload some holiday boredom at Kawana Shoppingworld's new Planet Aracdes.
TAKING AIM: Nina Jensen, 7, and Rilee Woods, 9, unload some holiday boredom at Kawana Shoppingworld's new Planet Aracdes. John McCutcheon

New arcade makes it cool to pinball again

WITH the resurging love of retro pop culture, the husband and wife team of Planet Arcades have opened their second Coast outpost.

Annemaree and Tony Rees, who have owned the Sunshine Plaza arcade for more than five years, have now opened at Kawana Shoppingworld.

They've noticed children and adults visiting often to enjoy the fun for all ages activities.

"They really went out of vogue for a while but there's a resurgence now," Mrs Rees said.

"There's lots of different types of games - there's ones similar to what kids would be playing on their apps."

And the kids are thrilled, as are their parents.

"We get people saying to us that Kawana needed something like this so badly," she said.

"It's been especially popular with locals too. At the Plaza we noticed more foot traffic from tourists but here at Kawana there seem to be more locals."

The couple opened their first arcade amid the global financial crisis eight years ago in central Brisbane, but the play paid off.

"It was a lot of blood, sweat and I don't want to say tears because we refused to cry," Mrs Rees said.

"Before we opened ours, arcades did used to have a reputation as a hangout where kids would come and get into all sorts of trouble.

"People come to us and say the three magic words; it's so friendly, so safe and so clean - and fun too.

"It's a great place for anyone to come to do something a little different. We've had proposals, lots of first dates, young families.

"Not all young people want to go out clubbing and drinking. We love to be able to offer something different." They jumped at the recent opportunity to open Kawana Shoppingworld, complimented by the new cinemas.



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