This is a sponsored post. Special thanks to Medieval Times in Buena Park for hosting our family
Jon and I have been together since our young 20s. Just before we both turned 30 – we talked about what plans we wanted to do. Aubrey was a tiny baby and we weren’t sure what to do. All of our friends started having big celebrations but we knew with a newborn, much wasn’t a possibility. Jon’s one wish was to head to Medieval Times Buena Park with all our friends. And each year, it’s pretty much been the same wish but it hasn’t happened. Until now.
We were invited to attend the live performance filled with horses, jousting, a king and princess. I was so excited to share with Jon what we would be doing the day after Christmas. We didn’t tell the kids anything (you never know what will happen with life and we didn’t want them to be disappointed) until the day before.
What To Expect at Medieval Times
There’s a few different package choices with VIP treatment and group deals. We had general admission and arrived about an hour before the show started. As soon as you approach Medieval Times – you’re greeted with language of the past (My Lord, My Lady) and surrounded by swords, shields, and more.
We were awarded green crowns to cheer on the Green Knight. Luke wasn’t really wanting to wear his, but he was assured by one of the cast mates that no crown meant no food. We walked through the waiting area of our castle and Aubrey was pointing out who everyone was supposed to cheer for based on their crowns.
We found the swords and Luke wanted to know if the little ones were for little kids. Both kids received a brief education on the meanings of all the different size swords – daggers, training swords, and more. Luke also asked if that little man would fit Ryan. Probably Luke, probably.
There are Plenty of Souvenirs That Aren’t Weapons
We don’t really keep many toys that are weapons at home (although that doesn’t stop them from taking regular objects and pretending they are) so I was happy when they were fine with selecting souvenirs that wouldn’t fall into that category. There were plenty of crowns, princess hats, figurines, and wooden shields. In full disclosure – just before we left – they still managed to injure each other with the shields. These had a great price point of about $20 each which is awesome considering they’re made of wood and pretty sturdy in a house full of rambunctious kids.
Don’t Wear Fancy Clothes
You eat with your hands, people. Don’t come dolled up in your best attire. Things get a bit messy with the delicious foods. They will provide a wet nap at the end of the meal to make sure you get all the baby dragon juice off your hands (aka – the roasted chicken). I was so happy to see how much the kids actually enjoyed the meal there. They weren’t fans of the tomato bisque soup, but they gobbled up that chicken and garlic bread and the dessert pound cake at the end.
Your Kids Can’t Break Anything
Have no fear – all the dinnerware is metal and unbreakable! I also learned there’s several ways to store your (empty) cup to prepare for the beverage. Sideways means water, right-side up means soda, and upside down means ice tea. I choose water to go along with my beer from the full-service bar.
Your Kids Will Be Entertained
I was nervous about the show keeping their attention. We arrived an hour early for the 5pm show and that was a full 2 hours. The kids were amazed at the dancing horses doing tricks, the competition between all the knights, and the cheering by the crowd. Luke was my companion and he was very in to it. At 3 1/2 years old, he did an amazing job staying in his seat (or on my lap).
In the end, our Green Knight lost to the Black and White Knight. He did so well and it was a really close competition. We had so much fun and Aubrey was CRACKING me up at the end. I heard her talking and realized she was saying the following…
OH MY GOSH when I have a baby in MY belly – I will NEVER take them here! Oh My Gosh – Why did you take us here! Lukey – do you want to do this? (be a knight) – yes – NO LUKEY YOU’LL KILL YOURSELF! If my baby says they want to do this – I will be . SO SAD.
I’m not really sure WHY she was so upset – she had just as much fun as Luke. She was trying to grab the carnations from our Knight each time he would come over to our side of the arena. She’s a very silly girl who comes up with some funny sayings.
Jon and I had such a great experience with the kids. Watching how attentive they were to the live people versus cartoon characters gives me huge hopes to take them to more live shows in the future!
Thank you Medieval Times for finally making Jon’s birthday wish come true!
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