**Disclosure: We did receive complimentary tickets to Medieval Times to bring you this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.
Get caught up in pageantry, valor and splendor without leaving the Chicago suburbs---at Medieval Times Chicago! Last week, we dialed it back quite a few centuries and enjoyed a visit to a magical, mystical time long ago!
My daughter is 10-years-old which is really the perfect age to get wrapped up in all things involving castles, royalty, knights and princesses! My daughter was fairly enthralled the entire visit. What an experience!
We arrived early for our 7:30PM show. The castle opens at 6:15PM and we arrived at about 6:30PM. We were there just in time to be part of the Knight School where the children experienced standing on the arena floor and learned some of the knights' signature moves. What a magnificent activity for the kids and the ideal way to get them in the mood for the fun ahead!
After attending Knight School, we had plenty of time to appreciate the castle's cache of medieval weaponry and visit with the horses. We even had a few moments to sit down and relax before the games began!
Before the doors open to the arena, there is a festive opening ceremony that is the perfect way to rev you up before the action! Huzzah!
The Medieval Times Castle is quite large, so I was pretty impressed to see not only how smoothly everyone was seated but also how smoothly everyone was served. Quite fluid!
Of course, eating is with your hands! We loved our dinner! The tomato bisque is served in a adorable bowl with a handle. Surprisingly easy to use! All of the food was enjoyed by our party! Servings are ample but you are given the option to box some to bring home!
You do go to Medieval Times for action and action we did witness! Several portions of the entertainment did focus on the beauty and artistry of the horses. There was also some awe-inspiring falconry!
Now, we did expect to see a good joust. Medieval Times certainly did deliver! I think there barely was a soul in the arena that could avoid getting caught up in the spirit and cheering for their knight! In fact my daughter's friend who is normally pretty quiet shouted at the top of her lungs! Everyone was caught up in the excitement!
Tips on enjoying Medieval Times for families:
- Come early for your show to experience the Knight School, peruse the weapons exhibit and armor and revel in the official entry to the games!
- Be prepared to eat---WITH YOUR HANDS!
- Cheer for your knight at the top of your lungs! This is one place where being loud is welcome!
- If your kids are particularly into the world of knights and princesses, dragons and kings, there are various shopping stations to check out. There also are plenty of light up trinkets for purchase if you would like to make your visit more festive.
- Think about a family get together! Many audience members seemed to be celebrating special occasions and I can not think of a more festive place to celebrate!
- Take advantage of photo opportunities. There are a number of suits of armor in the waiting area that you can pose with. Also, snap a pick when you sit at the table before the show. Medieval Times also provides some photos for purchase.
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