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Monster Mini Golf is more than just golf

Find a variety of activities at this family entertainment center

Tucked inside the Factoria Mall is a family-friendly entertainment center with a ghoulish, glowing, neon-bright mini-golf course called Monster Mini Golf.

After opening in February 2023, Monster Mini Golf has become a popular destination for family fun. But you won’t find just a glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole mini-course here; it’s a fun center that houses a mini-bowling alley, a laser room, and a full arcade with VR games too. Add to that an extensive prize center (a huge motivator for my 8- and 5-year-old boys) and you’ve got a recipe for a successful day trip for the family.

The experience: Mini-golf

We started at the 18-hole mini golf course. My whole family loves miniature golf, and this course had just the right amount of challenge so kids and adults could enjoy it. We found it entertaining that some of the mechanical statues spoke and moved their limbs and heads while we putted along the spooky glow-in-the-dark course. The glow-in-the-dark aspect made for a cool atmosphere as our golf balls glowed in the dark, too, while they raced along the course.

Attendants stood by the course, offering a reprieve from the game with their silly movements and tricks. They were also there to help players who were having trouble landing their golf balls in the right spot.

Mini bowling

My 5-year-old especially loved the mini bowling. Throw your bowling ball (really a duck pinball) down the lane and strike out as many pins as you can. Strings pull up the pins and reset the game. Scores are automatically kept on a screen above the lanes. There’s a bumper option too, which is nice for little ones. Each game lasts 5 frames, a bit short for the time and cost of the game ($6/game).

Arcade and VR experience

What stood out among the arcade, VR, and laser game experiences at Monster Mini Golf? The VR game that made you feel like you were riding a roller coaster. Be sure to play Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride, where you could choose from several scenarios and take an adventure with rabbits. Make it a single ride or double up with a partner.

The arcade offers classic games as well as electronic adventure games. If your kids are interested in choosing a prize at the end of your outing, there are also games to collect more tickets.

Laser games

Laser games are great for older kids. My 8-year-old tried the laser maze game, essentially a laser tram alarm. Even on the easiest level, he thought it was pretty hard, which ended the game quickly for him.

How to get there

Monster Mini Golf is located off of Factoria Square Mall SE in Bellevue. There are two entrances to Monster Mini Golf, one directly outside with plenty of parking and the other, from inside the mall, near other play areas like Funtastic Playtorium and The Slime Factory.

For direct access, enter from Factoria Blvd. SE.

How much is it?

Activities can be purchased a la carte or as combo deals. Because my kids wanted to try everything, a combo worked best for our family. I liked that you could pick and choose what would work for your child, especially when one wanted to do an activity that the other didn’t want to do.

Single activity:

• Mini Golf: $12-14 a round depending on age
• Laser maze: $3 for single play
• Mini Bowling: $6 for a 5-frame game
• Virtual reality:  $6 for a single game
• Arcade game cards will work for all the additional activities except mini golf. Deals are available for cards bought in $25, $50, $75 and $100 increments.

Combo deals are:
• Mini Golf + $10 arcade card: $22
• Mini Golf + $10 arcade card + 1 game of bowling: $27
• Mini Golf + $10 arcade card + Laser maze + VR + Bowling: $34

Party rooms

If you’re looking to throw a birthday party or any fun gathering, Monster Mini Golf offers various party packages. All packages include a private party room, a dedicated party expert, as well as set-up and clean-up services. Reservations are available seven days a week with varying start times.

The cost of parties ranges from $395-$1,100, with a non-refundable deposit required to reserve. Monster Mini Golf works with approved caterers to provide food.

Food and facilities

The facility does not sell food, but the mall has plenty of options. After spending an hour playing all the various games Monster Mini Golf had to offer, we picked up food in the mall’s food court.

Some family-friendly options for food or treats inside The Marketplace at Factoria include:

• Red Robin
• Just Poke
• Panda Express
• Jamba Juice
• Cold Stone Creamery

Overall, the facility was clean and not super crowded, which made for a great experience for our family. It’s also a woman—and minority-owned business with murals painted by local artists displayed throughout the mini golf course. Keep this indoor family entertainment center on your list of places to go when the kids are bored. They’re sure to have a fantastic time at Monster Mini Golf.

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About the Author

Janet Kim

Janet Kim works in tech during the day and can be found adventuring with her family outside of her day job. A former broadcast journalist, her passion has always been to share stories that can help her community. You can find her sharing tips from her family adventures on Instagram at @JanetKimTV.