Want to feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine to visit the age of knights, princesses, and eating with your hands? Feel like wearing a paper crown and yelling like a mad man? Then, don’t miss a chance to visit Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, N.J. At this dinner show and tournament, you will don a paper crown in the colors of the knight for whom you will be cheering. While eating medieval-like grub – tomato soup in a metallic cup, herbed bread (my son’s favorite part of the meal), chicken, ribs, and an apple dessert – with your hands, you will watch a story unfold that has knights competing with one another in duels and jousts. You’ll scream and yell and get excited by your knight’s wins or losses. If you’re lucky (as my niece, who wears a princess outfit replete with crown whenever we “go to the castle,” always seems to be), one of the knights will toss a flower at you.
While the food is nothing to write home about, it is pretty tasty considering the price of admission and you’ll feel full. Plus, it’s the kind of food that most kids don’t mind eating. If you’re planning to attend in a group with young children, I suggest signing up for the earlier shows during the week. There are fewer people, and you are guaranteed to get home early. Also, look on the Web site before buying tickets because there are almost always coupons and special offers available, so that you don’t have to pay full price.
Even though this night out is wrapped up in fun (or for celebrating a birthday or other occasion), it is also educational. The kids will learn something about medieval times, what the people used to do for fun, and how they resolved conflict with jousts and the like. They’ll also get to see a falcon and horses, which is a chance for learning about animals. You’ll be teaching them something and they won’t even realize it. That might be the best part.