*I was provided free tickets in exchange for this post. Regardless, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.
I don’t get out much. As a stay-at-home-mom of two kids, one whom is potty training, we make our trips local and fast. However, a knight out was joust what our family needed…am I hinting at something? YES! After a sad day for our family due to a funeral, we planned an exciting trip to Hanover, Maryland for dinner and a show at Medieval Times! To say we had fun is an understatement.
Never Been to Medieval Times?
A dinner and a show at Medieval Times is the best way to go out with a group of families with young children. Guests are taken back to the 11th century to witness live jousting, swordplay, horsemanship and falconry. There is no need to tell the kids to be quiet because cheering for your knight, one of the six Knights of the Realm, is encouraged. You also eat your four-course feast with your fingers. Actually, you must eat with your fingers because they didn’t have utensils in this time period! And the best part of all is that the show keeps the attention of the kids for the whole time so parents won’t feel rushed to eat their own meals.
Get There Early
Seating is based on a first-come, first-serve basis so get there as early as you can. Castle doors open 75 minutes prior to the start of the show and you are taken into the arena about 15 minutes prior to show time.
There is a lot to do before the show and trust me when I say that the kids won’t be worn out! We had six kids, all age 5 and under, and they didn’t mind the wait prior to the show. You can check out all of the weapons the knights use and shop the merchandise. Of course the glowing swords and necklaces will grab the attention of any child so be ready to spend some money. There are also really pretty crowns, headpieces and other princess attire that you can purchase.
The bar opens when the castle doors open, so take the time to enjoy a beverage prior to the show. They have awesome non-alcoholic slushies in really pretty goblets and a full bar with beer, wine, mixed drinks and sangria. Find a table, have a seat and let the kids battle it out with their swords prior to dinner.
During the Show
The audience is seated in stadium-like rows and sectioned out to cheer for a specific color of knight. The knights on their horses battle throughout several different tournament games like the ring pierce, flag toss, and javelin throw. The knights and their horses are what captivated the kids’ attention the most, but there is a story that goes along with the battling for older children.
It was awesome to get to see the different weapons that they used during the show. The kids in my family love swords, so they were thrilled to see them being used in real life! They also got to learn about lances, the alabarda (kind of looks like an axe), maces, and the amour that the knights wore. I am sure the kids will be wanting to add these weapons to their arsenal soon enough!
Additionally we got to see the falcon fly around the arena. The bird flew so close to us, right over our heads! He even showed off and did some tricks during its part of the show. It was really exciting for everyone.
After each tournament game, the knights throw carnations to the little girls in the arena. My daughter was so excited to catch one! It was an absolute highlight of her night!
You can also meet your knight after the show and get pictures with them. We skipped out on this part since it was so late, but maybe the next time we go we will wait around.
A Knight Show You Must See
The show was about two hours, but didn’t seem that long. It is fast paced, but there is a slow part in the middle when I suggest you hit up the bathroom instead of after the show. All six kids in my family were so pumped after the show and kept telling us their favorite parts. The stories continued once we got back to our hotel and even into the next morning.
If you live by, or are planning a trip near one of Medieval Times nine castles, I highly suggest going. You can get discount codes on the website or by signing up for their emails. While ticket prices may seem a bit high, it is worth every penny! The show will not disappoint and your children will be asking when they can return as soon as the show ends.
When was the last time you had an enjoyable dinner outside of the home with your little ones?