I’m always looking for fun, family-centered activities to do with the kids. So, when we were invited to check out the unveiling of the new show at Medieval Times Chicago featuring a queen, I was all about it!
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament launched in North America in 1983. They have nine castles across the U.S., and for the first time in their 34-year tradition of casting a king as the show’s lead, they now have a queen who will be the star. (It’s about time!)
Besides for all the Harvey Weinstein allegations and the #MeToo movement, it’s so important these days to show how a woman can be a strong leader who’s fully in charge. (Thank goodness Disney started working on their female characters, too. How many more helpless princesses do we really need waiting for their knights in shining armor?!) And don’t get me started on the lack of strong female roles in children’s books.
One of the very cool things about Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is that their actual physical building for the tournament is a castle. Yes, a castle. Julia and Ivan spotted it while we were driving on our way there. That sight got them so pumped for the show! And, when we walked in through those giant castle doors, we spotted our friends from All Dressed Up With Nothing to Drink. It made the night that much more special.
When you enter the castle, you are assigned a section to sit in and a knight to cheer for. We were proud supporters of the Red and Yellow Knight! We sat front row and cheered him on his jousting and sword fighting. (The kids were yelling so much that they woke up with sore throats the next day!)
While all this was going on, dinner got served…medieval style. If you love eating with your fingers like children do, then you’ll love Medieval Times! No silverware or cutlery is provided. It’s part of what makes the night that much more memorable. Not to mention, the four-course meal was really delicious!
We must have done a great job cheering for the Red and Yellow Knight. He ended up winning the tournament! The queen came down from her viewing post to congratulate him, and then the knight picked a “princess” from the audience. To Julia’s dismay, she was not picked. Maybe next time, Sweetheart.
Dinner and a show is such a great idea for any family! Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament does an excellent job creating a fun, entertaining experience.
My top seven reasons for taking the kids to see a show there?
- You get to see professionals and trained horses put on a great live performance.
- A female character now leads the show.
- There is a special unique medieval “atmosphere” that no other place provides.
- The kids get to scream as loudly as they want to without me yelling back at them.
- The kids actually enjoy a live performance during their dinner as opposed to watching a show on their iPads.
- The meal was so good that Ivan, the boy who only eats Hebrew National Hotdogs, actually ATE it!
- I didn’t have to make dinner or wash dishes.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament provided us with tickets to the show. All opinions are my own.