Medieval Times is Teaching Kids to be Chivalrous

Medieval Times is Teaching Kids to be Chivalrous

We've been to Medieval Times a few times over the last few years, and even as recently as celebrating my daughter's 8th birthday earlier this year. We love everything about the Dinner show. It's familiar and for people like my husband, who have been going to Medieval Times since he was a young boy, it's a bit nostalgic. I just learned about their Matinee show, I didn't even know they had shows during the day. The matinee program is geared more towards school aged children and has an anti-bullying message. How cool is that?

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A Very Happy Birthday to Me and YOU at Medieval Times, CA! (Giveaway!!!)

Another year has come and gone, and I am a year older, it's true. Last year we began the tradition of attending Medieval Times for my birthday and this year was our best visit yet because we got to go behind the scenes. Even though it is my birthday, I am giving YOU (my readers) a present! Lucky you! How would you like the chance to win a 

Family Four Pack of Tickets to Medieval Times

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Before I get into all of the fun details of our behind the scenes tour, let me just say Thank you to Medieval Times for allowing us to visit before the doors opened to the public and providing us this amazing opportunity. 

Naturally, with my two daughters in tow, our first stop on our tour was the dress up area where guests can dress the part of a princess or prince or king or queen to have a souvenir photo taken.

Those are some happy princesses in front of the green screen. 

Our next stop, the horses of course! These beautiful Andalusian horses are so incredible up close, I just couldn't take my eyes off of them. 

I am a little bit intimidated by horses, it's probably just the city girl in me, but my little girls are not afraid. They felt so special being able to feed the horse and get close enough to pet them.

We walked in on this rehearsal behind the scenes of two knights preparing for the show. I was so impressed by all of the knights, they rehearse and train every day for 5 hours prior to the show. And just so you know, they have two shows almost every day of the year. That's a huge commitment for these knights and most of them come from very little experience with horses. When you watch the show you can see just how much hard work goes into being knights. 

Now, of course, this was the coolest part for my husband. He got to check out all of the weapons! All of the weapons are very real, big, and authentic to the time period. It is amazing that the knights fight with them while riding the horses. 

Here is another behind the scenes shot of some awesome knightly rehearsal. I have to admit it is really fun to see the knights out of character for a bit before the show. 

The fun starts from the moment you walk in the door of the castle of Medieval Times this is when you get to see which Knight you will be cheering for. My husband prefers the green knight, his favorite since he was a kid. 

If you have never been to Medieval Times I warn you, the four course meal is delicious, but there are no utensils. You eat with your hands, it's fun and messy and you will love it! 

The show is amazing, the story, the cheering, the horses, the knights, the falconer, the princess, the battles and the meal. All of it makes for a very memorable evening. 

My daughters cheered their hearts out hoping to win a rose from our Green Knight and were less than thrilled to see another young lady receive a crown from the princess. Haha! 

Even though they didn't win a rose, we had so much fun cheering on our knight as he won! 

Okay, so let's get down to it. Now, that I've filled you in on all of the fun at Medieval Times, go ahead and enter to win a family 4 pack! 

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Things to do and see in SoCal {Medieval Times}

Almost a week has passed and I am still recovering from my very eventful birthday weekend! As I mentioned in my previous post, I ended my birthday celebrations at Medieval Times. It was a kind of a big deal for me, since it was my daughters' first time. I told them all week long that we were going to visit a castle, and we were going to see knights and a real princess. So, of course, there I was spending my birthday eve cutting up my prom dress to make Lacey a princess dress. (She wore her princess dress for 3 days in a row-- Big Mom Points for me!) 
Photo courtesy of Medieval Times
Their gift to me, was watching as their faces lit up when they first saw the knights, horses and of course, the princess. Everything about the night was just so much fun. It was all about fresh new experiences for my girls. They got to eat with their hands, waive a flag and cheer, and eat a meal while watching a live show. I am all about soaking in these moments.
Photo courtesy of Medieval Times

The last time I was at Medieval Times was 10 years ago and I have to say there have been a lot of changes. Medieval Times just celebrated the one year anniversary of their new show and it is awesome. For me, the horses and their choreography are by far the highlight of the show, they are so graceful, and beautiful. The entire show has such cool new battle scenes, lighting and really powerful music. The score made the show much more intense. 
If you are wondering if your little ones are too young to sit through the show, my 4 and 3 year olds were completely entertained the whole time. I never once heard any whining or complaining, the show was perfect for them. They were a little bit too distracted to eat their meal, but that happens almost every other night.
Below you can see my little princesses all dressed up. The blue one is handmade from my old prom dress, and the other is Merida's dress from Disney's Brave. My little ones loved cheering for the Red Knight, although they had no idea what was really going on, they loved every minute of it.
Photo courtesy of Medieval Times
Did you know that you can get a free pass to Medieval Times on your birthday? Oh yeah! You know I love me some birthday freebies, you can check that out here! And, if you want to celebrate with a group (10 or more), for just an extra $7 (+tax) you can get a bunch of extras to help make your birthday even more special. You get a birthday announcement and a group photo, a slice of cake, a strawberry slushy in a souvenir castle cup and a cheering banner for each guest! Call the group sales office to set that up:
 (714) 521-2342 
Photo courtesy of Medieval Times
I can't wait to go back, I think we may have to make this an annual birthday celebration.
 Have you ever been to Medieval Times?

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets with the Royal Treatment upgrade in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. All images are copyrighted and used with permission.

How I spent my FIRST 29th Birthday.

Yesterday I celebrated my very first 29th Birthday! I can foresee at least a few more 29th birthdays in my future. This year my husband totally spoiled me, and not only bought me a present, but surprised me with it too! I have to admit, it is incredibly difficult for my husband to surprise me because I am one nosy b*tch! It's true, I have to know everything. Well, to my surprise, on the morning of my birthday I opened up a giant box, with a smaller box inside, with a brand new computer inside!! Yay!!  This gift was truly a necessity, you know with all the blogging that I do!
The pictures to the left pretty much sum up my day. The one on the top right is me with my momma, who I have to give mad props to, because without her, I would pretty much be non-existent. 

So every birthday of my life has begun with a cupcake. It has been a tradition since my dad was young, that we are woken up with a cupcake, a candle, and the family singing "Happy Birthday." This year my oldest tried to steal my wish by blowing out my candle, but it's okay.  That's just what happens when you have little kiddos.

I like to plan my birthday ahead of time by signing up for birthday freebies. For some companies, when you join their mailing list, you will get a "Happy Birthday" coupon in your email. This year I had a free Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity from IHOP for breakfast, took the kids to the self car wash, then headed to Downtown L.A. for my free Starbucks drink and free Lemon Meringue cupcake from Sprinkles!  After relaxing at home for a bit, we went to dinner and a show at Medieval Times (More on our fun time at Medieval Times on the next post). I also have emails from Jamba Juice, Baskin Robbins, Red Robin, and Cold Stone creamery. Fun stuff! I totally recommend signing up for your birthday freebies.
Do you have any birthday traditions?