When our neighbor kids come over, I keep all the keys in my pocket and play host. I stay within earshot of them and listen. I'll take care of any ball hang ups, and I will turn a game off and back on if someone loads up 4 players and leaves for another game. I did get a kick out of a 5 year old who came over for the first time a month ago. He could not believe his eyes. He didn't say 1 word during the 30+ minutes that he played, he just ran around in circles to each game, loaded up credits, flapped both flippers, and then ran to a new game. He was experiencing extreme sensory overload!
It has been fun to watch certain kids ages 10 & 8, girl and boy, actually learn the strategy of the game and get better at it. They can then tell others how to get better. Also, now that they have played pinball, I always hear new stories from them playing pinball in the wild. (i.e. "I found an Attack From Mars at a pizza place and played it. They other kids couldn't believe how good I was at it!")
One thing I have done is to always give a certain time limit and stick to it. When I tell them it is either time to start a movie (movie night) or go home, they always finish wanting more... rather than playing until they become bored. My 4 year old doesn't love pinball yet, she thinks it is too hard. She does play my Galaga and she can get double ships, which is pretty amazing in my mind! Maybe she will enjoy pinball when she turns 5.
I am excited for WOZ to arrive, I think this group of neighbors is going to absolutely freak out when they play it! Right now CV and TOTAN are the favorites of the girls, MM and AFM are the favorites of the boys.