Monday, December 09, 2013

I'm Not Jesting, There's Jousting at Medieval Times Toronto & CONTEST! (~OVER~)

Medieval Times Toronto
Last month I wrote about Medieval Times Toronto, and mentioned how excited my kids were to attend!  Yesterday all the excitement culminated as we visited Medieval Times as a family for the very first time!  As a young family, we attended the 4:30pm show that was the perfect time for the kids who both eat and sleep early.  It was easy to access by car too, as Medieval Times Toronto is located right inside the CNE (the "Ex") grounds at 10 Dufferin Street (right off of Lake Shore Blvd and close to the Gardiner Expressway).  Paid parking was $11 and right outside the "Toronto Castle".
When we entered the castle we were assigned to a knight to cheer for (we were the green team, cheering for the green knight)!  Inside the courtyard, there were many sights before the show, and lots of merchandise that could be purchased.  (Needless to say, I was begged quite heavily by my eldest son for a light-up sword, a real metal sword, a viking hat (shown above), pendants to wave and more!)  

Before the show, it was a great time to preview the horses and falcons that would be performing in the tournament.  A (real) falcon was perched on the falconer's protective glove eating a meal of quail, shown above.  The kids were delighted by this.  There was a preshow with characters from the show's cast, that got the audience excited and ready to cheer!  At this time of year, the Toronto Castle was decked out for Christmas and decorated quite nicely.  

Once inside the arena, my family was seated side-by-side at a long table near a large sand gymkhana (stadium for horse shows).  Our places were set nicely, but there was no cutlery on purpose--as at Medieval Times they encourage you to eat with your hands.  I admit that I had brought some cutlery from home, but only one of my kids insisted upon it.  

Very shortly after being seated, our waitress ("wench") introduced herself to us and started to bring out our meal.  The Medieval Times feast consisted of oven-roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, a spare rib, pastry of the castle (an apple pie pastry), and a soft drink.  There was a vegetarian option also available.  The meal was quite generous, and the average person would likely have leftovers.
The Medieval Times Feast!
My kids are aged 3- to 8-years old, and all were enraptured by the Medieval Times show.  My 3-year old loved the blue team's horse, my 8-year old was crazy for the jousting and sword play, my 7-year old daughter loved the princess and the knight who threw flowers (my daughter caught a pink carnation, which she relished!), and my 4- and 5-year old sons loved all of the show.  Once inside the stadium, the show was about 2 hours long--just the right length when you're bringing kids. 

The Medieval Times show included jousting and combat on horses, sword fighting and clever footwork, theatrics, challenges, audience participation, and one winning knight out of six.  My kids really loved the show, especially my 8-year old who exclaimed it was his favourite show ever.  My kids did have questions before, during and after the show, including why did the knights have long hair like ladies?  Why couldn't I buy them a real steel sword?  And how did the knights make their swords spark when fighting?  (Yes, did I mention that Medieval Times had sparking weaponry?  The kids loved it!)  

Knights, Kings, Horses & Epic Battles at Medieval Times Toronto!
My family had a great time at Medieval Times, and we'd definitely go back again to see it.  The show definitely appealed to a broad range of ages.  The Medieval Times show and food are rated very well, and I'm inclined to agree.  You can sign up for the Medieval Times e-letter here, purchase Medieval Times tickets here, or call them at 1-866-543-9637.     


Medieval Times Discount Code!

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CONTEST - (~OVER~)

WINNER: Steph N.

WIN Family Admission (for 5) to Medieval Times Toronto, Ontario on a date of your own choosing (subject to availability)!  Includes live show and meal for your entire family (gratuities and parking not included)!  Contest open to Toronto, the GTA and surrounding areas.  Ends Wednesday December 23rd, 2013.  Note: contest end date has been changed to December 23rd.

How to Enter:
Leave a COMMENT below stating what excites you or your kids (or your grandkids) the most about seeing a Medieval Times show.  Then use the entry form, below, to enter the contest.  GOOD LUCK!

47 comments:

  1. The medieval times way of eating with your hands, jousting your opponents and cheering as loud as you can for your team!

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  2. The medieval times way of eating with your hands, jousting your opponents and cheering as loud as you can for your team!

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  3. Love seeing the beautiful horses and costumes as well as having dinner live!

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  4. Love cheering on my knight!

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  5. Excited for the live show, good food and great hostess!

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  6. Excited for the live show, good food and great hostess!

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  7. The kids love the stunts performed by the knights!

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  8. Watching the epic battles!

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  9. We all love seeing the horses, and the kids enjoy eating with their hands

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  10. trying new things would be awesome never been would love to go .... knights and horses

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  11. Whata wonderful time! Looks like everybody hade a blast. I wish I could take kaelyn to one of these, but none in our area.

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  12. the amazing show...so much fun...my youngest has never been and always wanted to go

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  13. the show is amazing...my youngest has never been, and always wanted to go!

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  14. I just wanted to say thank you for the previous contest, I had such a wonderful time with my family and more importantly so did they!

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    1. Angie, thank you for letting me know that you and your family had a great time at the recent Medieval Times event! I am so thrilled to hear that!

      Jenna

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  15. Great post, Jenna!
    Thanks for sharing your experience; loved all the photographs.
    Glad to hear a great time was had by all!

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    1. Thanks Carol! My oldest son was so taken by the show, that this morning he was dueling with his younger brothers. When I asked him to stop so he would get ready for school, he complained that I was ruining his chance of becoming a Medieval Times actor!

      Jenna

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  16. Would love to win as our family is out of town! Knights and horses! Magical!

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  17. We love the horses and the princess!

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  18. Andrea Sinclair: my son loves horses!

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  19. Cheering for your Knight and seeing all the beautiful horses!

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  20. The children love watching the Green Knight. Go knights go!

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  21. Horses, jousting and sword play!

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  22. My eight year old loves knights!

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  23. Andrea Sinclair: my sons love the horse!

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  24. Whats not to love,I love they way they dress and speak,it's all so lovely...me and my kids would have an amazing time if we got to go! Wanda Lee

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  25. My kids love seeing the knights! My oldest went with his school last year but not my other two, they really want to go =)

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  26. My son loves horses and loves sword fighting. Everything becomes a sword! He would love this!!

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  27. My son would love the horses and the sword fighting!

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  28. the horses, the swords, the knights in shining armor, the food!

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  29. I love seeing everyone who works there. Their all so kind and awesome!

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