Enjoy Medieval Times as a Family

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Medieval Times DallasLast week the family went to Medieval Times in downtown Dallas. We frequent this place as a family so it has become a great way to celebrate victories we share at home.  In this case, we were celebrating our two boys’ first 6 weeks of school, and good grades on their report card. This 2 hour experience is a unique, family-friendly experience, for all ages and genders. They have great food, music, drama, and sportsmanship.  Being someone who is very money conscious, I would say that this is not a budget-friendly outing.  However, if you only go on special occasions, and take advantage of their specials, it can be affordable for families living in DFW. They are always running specials that are promoted on their website. One of my favorite perks of this outing, is that it includes free parking.  That is rare in downtown Dallas.

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Our kids love to dress up as knights, so we bought them costumes years ago. This is a great place to let your kids wear their knight costumes because the atmosphere is very imaginary. The first thing they do after taking your tickets, is send you through a “king/queen” entry. They put a colored crown on your head, and ask you if you want to take a picture with your party, and the MT king (actor).

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After that you are seated in a designated area that matches your crown’s color. This color/seat also coordinates with the matching knight that will be performing in the tournament during your dinner.

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The performance by the knights, the king, the queen, and the horses and their trainers, are very entertaining. I’ve noticed that even my pre-schooler stays focused on the tournament events.  It really helps that they start bringing dishes out pretty quick after the show starts. One of my favorite parts after sitting down, is the food and the unlimited drink-refills.  This is a great way to keep both child and adult happy.

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The only negative to having a toddler and a pre-schooler eating what they serve, is that they don’t offer utensils, so as to keep in the spirit of the medieval era. So, take it from me, and bring a disposable, but sturdy, set of utensils for your toddlers.  Once your child is 5 or 6 years old, it’s way more fun to just eat everything with their hands.  They also bring out a large, warm, wipe, to each person after the meal is done.

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The best part of the show is defintely the last 30 minutes, so make sure you don’t miss it. The show culminates in a very climactic way, with jousting, dualing, and victories, that really engage the audience. If you’re lucky, your knight will win the tournament.

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Tips for making the experience fun and enjoyable for everyone:

1. Arrive early (at least 30-minutes) and enjoy the castle and the free features they have in the foyer.  They keep their horses in visible stalls, as well as a couple of rare birds on a viewable perch that sits outside, but can only be accessed through a door inside.

2. Bring plenty of cash for a tip.  The servers place a tip folder on your party’s bar at the end of the show. The amount is up to you, but I would leave at least a $20 bill for 4 seats.  If you invite other parties, and it’s their first time, make sure they know this is something they can expect, if you aren’t planning on tipping for their seats.

3. Use the restroom before the rush. Most people wait to use the restrooms at the very end when leaving. This line will be very long as there are only 2 restrooms (1 boy and 1 girl) available when exiting. I would suggest going to the restroom about halfway through the show, and then planning on getting out of the facility without using it again, if you can.

4. Be prepared to be offered extras at a price. They will ask to take a picture of you at the your party’s entry. Be prepared for them to come to your table/bar and ask you if you want to purchase an 8×10 framed copy of that picture. They have a whole store inside the foyer with everything from sword-shaped letter openers, to actual swords. On the way out, be aware of the store with shiny objects that kids love to beg us to purchase.  Have a discussion with your spouse, and your children before you exit the arena, so as to come to an agreement about your limits before emotions escalate.

5. Prepare for leftovers. If you’re like me, you eat leftovers from restaurants. Since every seat is served a half of a chicken, it’s almost never finished by each person. They will offer a take-out box for every guest who needs one. I always have my family pile our leftover chicken in one box, and take it home. It’s that good!  It tastes good leftover if you know how to warm it right.

6. Drink choices are limited.  Your choices are tea, pepsi, lemonade, or water. They offer alcohloic beverages, but we never purchase those, so I won’t speak on that. I wish they offered more soda choices, and at least one kid friendly option in addition to water.

7. Know your exit. When you plan to head to the Dallas M.T., you will be exiting in a very busy streach of I-35. You will need to get on a helpful website or phone app like Google Maps and type in the name, “Medieval Times, Dallas, Tx” to get correct directions. They also offer directions on the MT website.

8. Take a camera. This place is a unique experience that you most likely won’t see in any other venue. There are so many photo opps, as seen in this post, that you’ll want to remember these moments for a long time. If you stay after the show long enough, you can even snap photos with the knights themselves in the foyer area.

Just remember to do your research for Medieval Times ahead of time, so you can relax when you’re there. If it’s your first time going, it can be a little overwhelming with children. Take an extra adult with you, that is going to help you with the kids, so you can enjoy yourself too.  We’ve had all good experiences there, and we plan on going back soon. Have a great day, and remember, God loves you!

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Ben is the youth minister husband of @gingercasa1 and father of three awesome boys, ages 9, 7, and 4! He loves sports, music, and ministry and hanging out with his family.

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  1. My family visited for the first time a couple weeks ago and we loved it. The food was so tasty and it is good as Left Overs. As for the Souvenirs and things, it gets overwhelming and pricey so go prepared with what you wish to spend and discuss it with the kids before arriving so they will not be asking for everything and getting upset when you say no. As for eating with your hands my son is 10 and loved it although I would have preferred Silverware and will take some the next time we attend the show.

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