At the very center of Weirs Beach you’ll find the HALF MOON AMUSEMENT ARCADES. There are actually TWO arcades: a Penny Arcade and a Family Fun Center. Both arcades feature a large variety of video games, including the latest simulators; flashy pinball machines; antique games which you can play for a dime; and a tremendous assortment of prizes, which you can win by playing Skeeball, Skil-O-Bingos, and other redemption games.
Adjoining the Penny Arcade you’ll find the HALF MOON BUMPER CARS. The bumper cars are full size and can carry a grown-up and a child in the same car. Unlike the bumper cars you might be used to, these modern cars pick up their energy from the floor, and don’t have unsightly rods extending to the ceiling.
HISTORY OF ARCADES IN WEIRS BEACH
Weirs Beach has a century-plus tradition of arcades. The first penny arcade in Weirs Beach, the Wonderland Parlor, was opened in 1910! In the ads below, from programs for the annual NH veterans reunions in Weirs Beach, notice the usage of the word “Amusement” in 1907, the word “Penny” in 1908, and the word “Fun” in 1921.