This article originally appeared in print in the September 2018 issue of PASO Magazine
All in all, we have a lot of fun at The Slice and I’m genuinely impressed by its family-friendly atmosphere that’s welcoming but also modern. And that dino game/eating lunch trick is pretty great. One of my favorite memories of growing up in Southern California is spending time in the mall’s arcade. I remember the thrill of pocketing long streams of paper tickets, adding them up and seeing what sought-after prizes I could score from behind the counter.
That’s why we love The Slice Pizza & Games in Paso Robles, the only place of its kind in our area!
Here’s the Deets:
The Slice Pizza & Games
2425 Golden Hill Rd #104, Paso Robles
Online: pasoslice.com and Facebook
Open daily: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Phone: (805) 238-2296
Specials: All arcade games are 50% off all day on Tuesdays
As a parent always looking for stuff to do with my 2 and 4 year olds, here’s what I like about The Slice:
- My kids lose their minds over the padded mallet game with the giant Minion.
- Plopping your kids in the box seats of the dinosaur shooting game for pretend play will buy you at least seven minutes to scarf down your own lunch.
- The bowling game is a way addicting neon skee-ball, digital style
- Plucky Ducky, a classic drop-claw game, will satisfy your small child’s need for instant gratification and stays true to its promise of dishing out a prize every time.
Some things I was surprised about:
- The pay-and-win setup is all digital. There are no tickets to hoard (boo). But, at the same time, there are also no tokens to keep up with.
- Game access starts with a plastic “Fun Card” you fill up with credits at a touchscreen kiosk inside the arcade. Swipe that card at each game to play it.
- When you win, your card fills up with points redeemable for prizes.
- You’ll find those prizes in a crazy vending machine that has the treasures on display with the amount of points needed for each one.
- You can save unused points for another time.
We received a $40 gift card from The Slice to review its pizza and games experience, but all opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure.
All in all, we have a lot of fun at The Slice and I’m genuinely impressed by its family-friendly atmosphere that’s welcoming but also modern. And that dino game/eating lunch trick is pretty great.
The Slice Pizza & Games was brought to you by brothers Jason and Stevie Goldie. The Paso High School grads sought to create a place where families could share a meal while watching their kiddos play. So, in 2016, Stevie opened The Slice Pizza & Games at 2425 Golden Hill Road, #104, on the city’s east side. It features about two dozen arcade games, prizes and food. It can also host small birthday parties without reservations. In 2017, Jason opened a second location in Arroyo Grande at 1412 Grand Ave. The South County location is bigger and has done fun stuff like $5 build-your-own-pizza nights for the kids.