The Santa Monica Pier boardwalk games are located inside Pacific Park. There are classic games like Whac-a-Mole and Water Race. Our newest addition to the midway is Pier Planko. Located next to Penalty Kick, Pier Planko is new game concept where every player is a winner. Drop a weighted puck down a graded surface to bounce off a series of pegs and wedges. The objective is to get your puck to surf into one of a series of slots at the bottom. Each slot gets you a different number of points. The more points you get, the bigger the prize you can choose.
There are two Pier Planko boards, each with a sea of pegs and a “surfer” puck. First, decide which side you’d like to play, then purchase a number of pucks. The more pucks you drop, the more points you can win. Walk to the top of the Planko game board and drop your pucks one surfer at a time. The surfer puck will bounce against the pegs and wedges, like a surfer riding the waves by the Pier, before landing at the bottom in one of the slots. The slots each have a point value from 50 to 500. The more points you get, the larger prize you can win, so aim for the “500” point slot.
Points can be combined when dropping multiple pucks and prizes start at just 100 points. Like all of our midway games, prizes will vary depending on the time of day and season. With Pier Planko opening in the midway this month, we have it stocked up with fun, new plush animals; you’ll want to play again and again to collect them all!
Pier Planko is an original game design and constructed by Pacific Park staff, so you won’t find this game at any other boardwalk amusement parks or family fun centers. The game is inspired by the surfers and wave riders that cruise just south of the Pier every morning. Although there are other “drop puck” style games out there, none reflect the heritage of southern California beach culture like Pier Planko.
Pacific Park has over 14 midway games inside the Park. Although these games rotate from time to time, you will always find boardwalk classics that reminisce back to the beach-side amusement parks of old days. The midway games in Pacific Park are where you can win giant stuffed animals, seasonal merchandise licensed from the hottest movies and video games, and quirky prizes you can’t find anywhere else on the Pier. These boardwalk-style games of skill offer visitors a chance to win fun, novel prizes and always guarantee a fun time. Check out all of our current games.