On our weekend outings with our kids, I try to include at least one element of history so that my kids can actually learn something. I like to do a variety of activities and I’m always on the lookout for something that can also have a little substance aside from just “being fun”. Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ is the perfect combination of fun and history; a dinner theater, Medieval Times recreates a jousting tournament at a Medieval Spanish castle. The experience involves a tournament with knights on horses, royalty in costumes and food that is inspired by the food that was served in the middle ages if you were a nobleman. The entire show incorporates the audience as guests of the royal palace watching a jousting tournament. I recently attended Medieval Times with my family and we enjoyed the experience – most of all, the brand-new story and its timely female empowerment aspect. Want to win four tickets to go to see it yourself? Scroll down to enter the giveaway! Medieval Times: A Trip Back in Time and a Magical Show
We got to the castle about 45 minutes before the show and had fun walking around, perusing the gift shops and the cool merchandise and toys. For a fee, you can get your photo taken with the royals.
The queen arrived and knighted some guests (I think it was their birthdays).
About 15 minutes before the show the master of ceremonies announced that the banquet hall was open and everyone was welcome to go in.
The show began with an introduction to the characters followed by horse tricks and a really cool live falcon that flew all over the banquet hall. We were served our food right away. I have to say the four-course meal was very good – delicious tomato soup (which I typically don’t eat) and roasted chicken and sides plus very delicious and filling options for vegetarians such as a huge pot filled to the brim with rice, beans, and potatoes. The portions were very big and everyone loved their food. There’s coffee and yummy cake for dessert.
My son was also a big fan of the tomato soup. There are no utensils so he just drank it directly from the bowl. (We did have a spoon for the rice and I’m pretty sure you can request for utensils if you want).
The queen was the star of the show. Medieval Times creates a new show every six years; recently they came up with a new show where, for the first time since Medieval Times was established (34 years ago), a woman is the lead role.
After the main meal was served the jousting tournament began. The knights were very impressive. They were very skilled and looked comfortable on their horses, although I know they have been training for months. I loved the lavish costumes and the attention to detail.
We sat in the section of the red and yellow knight. Here he is next to the green knight:
Towards the end, only two knights were left standing. The black and white knight and the red and yellow knight. The black and white knight insulted the queen, telling her she has no place in the dominion of men.
The queen, in turn, challenged him to battle with the red and yellow knight.
The red and yellow knight won! (a net comes down during sword fighting to protect the audience from sparks)
My kids were not at all afraid of the sword fighting. Although real swords are used the flighting is more playful and no one gets hurt or even looks hurt. The losing knight just walks away, escorted by an attendant. When we got home my boys went to read their pop-up knights of the Middle Ages book. I was thrilled the pages in the book came to life in this unforgettable performance.
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I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, such as The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for seventeen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 11, 9 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.