How to enjoy Medieval Times with Toddlers

Everyone has probably heard of Medieval Times, and if you’re from the Chicago area have seen the famous “Castle” off of I-90 in Schaumburg. We are from the area and we always pass by it, so for Valentine’s Day weekend,  I thought it was about time that I share my love of Medieval Times with my husband and two toddlers ages almost-3 and 1.

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.medievaltimes.com 
Location: 2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg (Right of I-90)
Parking: Plenty of parking, but if you want to be close to the entrance park closer to the west side of the parking lot
Stroller-friendly? Since you’ll be sitting down during the show, it’s best to leave the strollers at home.
Food: You better believe it! A four-course meal in fact.
Crowded: We were here at the 1:30 p.m. matinee show, and it was not too crowded
Ticket prices: Admission is $59.95 for adults; under 12 is $35.95; children under 3 are free if they sit on your lap. There are also different packages you can upgrade to all ranging from $10 to $20 more per ticket. We had the The King’s Royalty Package which included:

  •  VIP First-Row, All Sections or Second-Row, Center Section Seating
  •   Framed Entrance Group Photo
  •   Commemorative Program
  •   Knight’s Cheering Banner
  •   “Behind the Scenes” DVD (One Per Party)

Highlights:

  • Being transported to another era. When it comes to themes, I am such a nerd. Theme parties, theme restaurants, you name it. This reminded us of the Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin. (LOVE!) Who can resist the galantry and chivalry?
  • My sons got into the cheering spirit – heck everyone gets into the cheering spirit
  • Seeing the beautiful and graceful Andalusian horses ( pure-bred Spanish stallions)
Medieval TimesKnights horses
  •  Great swords fighting and games of skill
  •  Surprisingly, delicious food that you get to eat with your hands
Medieval Times Food

Tips to enjoy Medieval Times with Young Kids:

Our kids may have been too young to understand the show itself, but it didn’t take away from the fact that they enjoyed it! Here are some tips to help enjoy the show for even the youngest viewer.

  • Go see a matinee show. You may find more plus won’t have to worry about the show interfering with their bedtime.
  • Get ready to pull up those sleeves. You’ll be eating with your hands, and the menu includes ribs so be prepared to get dirty! If you don’t want to take a chance, you can also request plastic cutlery.
  • Too much food? Don’t forget to ask for a box to bring home
  • Booster seats are available upon request
  • Plan for a two hour show. My little one was getting a little antsy towards the end. Coincidentally, he had just finished munching on his food. Fortunately, he found a potato wedge on the plate that bought us more time.
  • Seating is first come, first serve – arrive early!
  • Also arrive early to look around – go shopping, tour the castle, and see the beautiful horses.
  • Celebrate your birthday or any other special occasion here – if you sign up for their Club you get a free ticket (with another adult attending)  It looked like there were a lot of people celebrating something here especially birthdays. The king even does a roll call and it seemed that many people both young and old were celebrating birthdays. How fun!
  • Gotta go potty? You’re never too far away from a restroom. They’re located at each corner of the castle – 2 inside the arena and 2 in the lobby

Tips to enjoy Medieval Times for the Entire Family:

  • Bring your camera! If you arrive early enough there are plenty of photo opportunities including photos with the cast at the Hall of Arms
  • Tickets are a bit pricey. Look around and you’ll be sure to find plenty of discounts. In fact, as I was flipping through a flyer mailed to my house, I saw a coupon for discounts for Medieval Times. Another great place for discounts is Goldstar.
  • Get ready to cheer for your team! It won’t matter if you win or lose – you’ll still have fun.
  • Don’t forget to tip your wench (or in our case a man-wench)

We wish…

  • …that we would have arrived earlier to enjoy the festivities.

Bottom Line:

Yes! We’d love to visit again, especially for a special occasion. Would I bring the boys here again? No doubt about it! It’s fun for the entire family.

Did you know?:

Here are a few fun facts:

  • It takes anywhere from six months to a year to be a knight. That’s definitely no funny business!
  • The weapons are the real deal!
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Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to the Medieval Times. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.