A KNIGHT Out: JOUST What the Family Needed

A KNIGHT Out to Medieval Times- JOUST What the Family Needed


*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.A KNIGHT Out at Medieval Times- JOUST What the Family Needed

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?

The Choosy Mommy came to life as I began writing for the Choosy Kids (www.choosykids.com) blog from the mom perspective. We also have bloggers who are teachers, nutritionist, pediatricians, dental experts, etc. and I share my two cents on food choices, physical activity, and daily health routines plus so much more! I have a ton to share but didn’t want to take over the Choosy Kids blog so I decided it was best to grow The Choosy Mommy brand.

34 thoughts on “A KNIGHT Out: JOUST What the Family Needed

  1. That is such a fun activity to do with the kids. It’s fun for them to see history come alive.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      I totally agree! They did get to learn about a lot of things.

  2. Marianne

    Great post and enjoyable read!

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      Thanks, Marianne!!

  3. Kimberly Cox

    Oh Wow!!! I want to take my girls to this. We have one about 4 hours away and I really think they would enjoy it. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      That is about how far we traveled to get to our closest Medieval Times. We did a weekend trip to DC and made sure to visit in Hanover before we went home. The kids were excited to visit Medieval Times the whole trip so it made the travels worth it. Let me know if you do visit 🙂

  4. Looks like it’d be an awesome place to have fun with the kids! Who doesn’t love knights in their shiny armors?

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      Seriously! It is so fun to watch and be a part of.

  5. I love it! It’s looks like a lot of fun! The kids enjoyed as well, seeing as they’re all smiles in every picture! I think it’s a great way to spend the next weekend with the family. My kids will surely love this!

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      Kids of all ages will most certainly enjoy this show. And I love that they don’t have to be quiet the whole time. It takes a lot of stress off of your shoulders 🙂 Enjoy and please let me know if you do visit!

  6. Awesome! I’ll definitely have to check and see if there’s one around us. Thanks for the tips, my family would love this!

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      Where are you located? There seems to be a location that is good for everyone.

  7. We have one not far from us. We’ve gone a few times and it’s always been so much fun! I think we are due for another visit soon.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      If one was closer to me, I feel like we’d be going all of the time. The value for the price is unbeatable!

  8. We have a Medieval Times near us and we LOVE it! Can’t wait to go back. It’s such a great place to have a party or celebration, too. You can tell that they put a lot of hard work and effort into all of their shows. I loved your video!

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      Awe thank you! And yes, they do put a ton of practice and effort into the shows.

  9. It’s been so long since we’ve been to a Medieval Times show. This makes me want to go to another! It’s so fun that you get to cheer on your own knight.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      It is so much fun and totally memorable for the kids.

  10. Rebecca Bryant

    We just took our son to this for his birthday. So much fun. We love it and try to go often.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      That is awesome!! How old is he? My 1 year old LOVES it and still talks about “knights” often.

  11. Shauna

    I want to go back so bad. I went as a teen with my parents and had fun. I think my kids would love it.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      I love that even teenagers love this show. It truly is a dinner and a show that the whole family will enjoy.

  12. We haven’t done this in years, and it brings back so many great memories. It’s such a fun experience and one the kids still talk about all these years later.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      Memories that last a lifetime, for sure!

  13. We have been talking about taking the kids to Medieval Times! I have never been, and I know the kids would go crazy for the show.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      You HAVE to go! It is so much fun AND like I said, the kids don’t have to be quiet!!

  14. I’ve never been to Medieval Times although I’ve wanted to visit since I was a child. It definitely looks like something I can look forward to taking my kids to when they get a little bit older.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      How old are they? My 1 year old LOVES it. He still watches “knights” on YouTube daily!!

  15. STephanie Jeannot

    This sound like such a fun place to go and be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is good to put a venue with a great description of it like this one to let people know what to really expect, Seems so nice.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      I agree. People walking by, rather on the inside or outside, may be like what the heck is that?! Little do they know it is AWESOME inside!

  16. We were just talking about planning a trip there soon! We live in Tampa and our kids have never been. I think they’ll love it!

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      I think you aren’t far from one of their FL locations! Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!

  17. We had such an awesome time visiting our local Medieval Times too! Your post was an inspiration to visit for my daughter’s birthday.

    • Christine - The Choosy Mommy

      I am so glad to hear that!! Happy birthday to your daughter!

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