Asalam wa alakum, well my close friend is celebrating her birthday party, and we are going to the arcades(you know where you pay to play games, then you win a prize and there is also bowling there) so I was going but then i thought that i might be haram. Her birthday is the 22.03.14 so please inform me as soon as you can, thank you.
Going to arcades isn't haraam as it doesn't fall under any general prohibitions of Islam.
Some have said that if the game involves doing haraam things, it would be haraam. But again, it's a bit vague and games aren't real. Allaho Alim.
Arcades are haram. They are placed under gambling and this is considered wrong in Islam.
For more information read: http://islamqa.info/en/194873