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Monday, January 26, 2015

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Giveaway

For Christmas this year we surprised the girls with a trip to Medieval Times in Toronto. We were really excited to take them because we had been there for our first anniversary (10 years ago!!) and we knew that the girls were at a good age to really enjoy it!


They knew what Medieval Times was, so we were able to reveal this gift to them with a few visual clues:


These are pictures of them reading their clues Christmas morning.  In that last photo, Katrina put her head down and let out a thrilled squeal! haha :)  We got the reaction we were hoping for!




Here we are just outside the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament castle in Toronto and the girls are very excited!


As soon as we walked into the castle, we found that we would be treated like royalty!  Ken and I were greeted as "my lord" and "my lady" and the girls were always called Princess. :)  We entered and were all given crowns that represented the colours of the Knight we would be cheering for during the show.


Next we had the opportunity to pose for a photo with the falconer (it was delivered to us at our table during the show).


After posing for the photo, we entered a large waiting room inside the castle which was AMAZING. Here's a photo I took of the ceiling- the d├ęcor was fabulous!  The room soon filled with people wearing crowns of various colours.  We all enjoyed exploring!  You can look through windows to see and meet the horses and we even met the host! (you can see Ken & the girls posing with him in front of one of the horses' stalls in the photo above, beside the photo of Katrina getting her crown).


Right in the middle of the room is a bar where you can order drinks.  Around the sides of the room are souvenir shops where you can buy toys, figurines, costumes, and even real swords.  After some time spent in this room exploring the shops and surroundings, the host of the show appeared above us (see the photo below, in the bottom right) and began announcing which colours could enter the arena.


While waiting for our turn to enter, we grabbed these photos.  Talia had recently earned some money and chose to buy herself this glowing fencing sword. We found a photo opp. for Katrina, too ;)


This is the view across the arena when we found our seats and a couple of shots of us, excitedly waiting for the show to start! :)  (In the photo across the arena, you can see some of the servers (everyone who works there dresses the part- it's so fun!).


At our seats we found a program and a cheering banner for each of us.  Our food was served on these dishes (with no cutlery).  They are serious about having you experience the authentic experience and get dirty when you eat! ;)  We had to make a special request for hand wipes so that I could take photos during the show for this blog post or else I wouldn't have dared to touch my camera! ;)


The show was just fabulous.  The horses were amazing and so were the knights and other actors!


Here are a couple of photos of the knights entering the arena as the show began.  We were all seated in areas with the other guests who had the same colour crowns so that we were with our cheering sections.


Soon we would see the King and there would be a tournament!  We were all encouraged to cheer for our Knight (ours was the red & yellow knight and when he won part of the tournament, he would throw flowers into the audience!).


There was also a dancing horse while we ate the main part of our meal and then the jousting began!


As the knights took turns fighting each other, they would often end up off of their horses, fighting on foot which is when things got really exciting!  Talia was cheering at the top of her lungs!


I was having fun trying to catch some good action shots with my camera.  This is one of my favourites (as well as the one at the top of the post where you can see sparks flying!).


This photo shows where the King and Princess sat during the tournament:


Here's a shot of our knight after a proud victory:


Here's Katrina cheering with both of our banners!



And the winner of the tournament was the red & yellow knight!  We were very proud :)


After the show, the girls were excited to be able to meet the princess and the king and stand with each of them for a photo:


What a fun family experience!  We had such a great time!  This is a great Family activity and since Family Day is coming up in February and March Break is just around the corner after that, this is a great time to enter to win a set of 4 tickets for your family to go to Medieval Times at the Toronto castle!  (If you don't want to wait to see if you won, you can head right to their website & purchase tickets- click here to see some of their special offers!)

To enter for your chance to win 4 tickets , just fill out this form!

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Disclosure: I was provided tickets for review & giveaway purposes. I was not compensated financially for this review. As always, all opinions shared are my own!

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84 comments:

  1. We love going to Canada's Wonderland and of course Medieval Times. Both are fun and for the entire family.

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  2. My favorite family outing is going to Niagara Falls.

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  3. Would love to win this for my Little Prince and Princess. My kids LOVE to dress up and play knights and princesses- a dragon usually becomes part of our imaginary playtime. The kids would be thrilled to see the real deal live and would no doubt want to dress the part- that would be so cute!!!- I would love to make memories with my little ones at Medieval Times Toronto. Thanks for the chance to win this for them.

    My favourite family outing is to go exploring outside. We enjoy geocaching; hiking, bike riding, camping, fishing, feeding the Chickadee's etc. My kids are amazing and are always up for a new adventure. I feel very lucky.

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  4. Would love to win this for my Little Prince and Princess. My kids LOVE to dress up and play knights and princesses- a dragon usually becomes part of our imaginary playtime. The kids would be thrilled to see the real deal live and would no doubt want to dress the part- that would be so cute!!!- I would love to make memories with my little ones at Medieval Times Toronto. Thanks for the chance to win this for them.

    My favourite family outing is to go exploring outside. We enjoy geocaching; hiking, bike riding, camping, fishing, feeding the Chickadee etc. My kids are amazing and are always up for a new adventure. I feel very lucky.

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  5. Would love to win this for my Little Prince and Princess. My kids LOVE to dress up and play knights and princesses- a dragon usually becomes part of our imaginary playtime. The kids would be thrilled to see the real deal live and would no doubt want to dress the part- that would be so cute!!!- I would love to make memories with my little ones at Medieval Times Toronto. Thanks for the chance to win this for them.

    My favourite family outing is to go exploring outside. We enjoy geocaching; hiking, bike riding, camping, fishing, feeding the Chickadee etc. My kids are amazing and are always up for a new adventure. I feel very lucky.

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  6. We love going to Wonderland. Kids love it there!

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  7. Love to take them for a picnic in an area where there is a fishing pond and swimming area

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  8. We love taking the kids tubing. It is so much fun and such great exercise.

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  9. Love the Ontario Science Centre

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  10. looks like fun! i've always wanted to take the boys and just haven't done it yet.

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  11. We are a family of foodies, we love touring around and trying different foods and restaurants, movie nights are also a hit :)

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  12. The zoo wins for us every time!

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  13. Our family has a special place that we hike at, it's pretty secluded and we love going there together

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  14. My sons two favourite places to visit are Medieval Times and The African Lion Safari. Our usual weekend outings though are exploring trips to our lical parks.

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  15. I like it when we spend time outdoors together as a family.

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  16. We love to hang out at Centre Island

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  17. We love to play board games and go tobagganning!

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  18. Right now we are teaching our Son how to ice skate! And in the summer we love camping and going to the park!

    Lori R Jackson

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  19. We love going to the ROM. Something for everyone! The dinosaurs are a big hit every time.

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  20. Our family loves to go on walks or running around Costco. It's fun for my little guys.

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  21. We are big fans of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory! :)

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  22. We love family picnics, but it is a little chilly for that right now.

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  23. Enjoy eating with my hands , this sounds like the place for us!

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  24. Visiting Canada's Wonderland was a memorable experience.

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  25. Walking in on the trails by our house. Harder to do in the winter snow.

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  26. How fun! I love the idea of experience gifts instead of more toys. Looks like a great family day!

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  27. We love going to zoo. Little kids love the animals!

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  28. We love going to the zoo, there's so much to see

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  29. We love going to the zoo, there's so much to see

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  30. Going to the zoo and being close to the animals

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  31. Going on road trips

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  32. My favorite family outting would have to be when the kids and I go to the park. :)

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  33. I love doing new things with them , i try to find things we have never done to keep it exciting !

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  34. Based on the pictures, my kids love love to see this. Daughter loves Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

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  35. There's a local miniature (but rideable) steam train enthusiast club here that holds events where people can ride the trains, next to a local science museum. But of course, they do not have any horses or swordfighting. Or tomato bisque.

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  36. Picnics at the beach are a favourite outing.

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  37. we love making our own basket and going for a picnic!

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  38. Wild water kingdom is always fun in the summer!

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  39. Going to Medieval Times! Hence: pick me. Please.

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  40. We love taking family trips to the cottage :)

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  41. A family long tradition, Sunday drives.. seems kind of corny, but something I was raised doing and have done the same with mine.

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  42. Our favourite family times are those spent together. My husband and I both work hours on the weekend making family time very sacred. We enjoy our Sunday morning breakfasts made at home, small weekend mini-vacation times whenever we can.

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  43. I love going on family hikes that end with ice cream.

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  44. We love to take our grandson to the zoo.

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  45. Our family loves to go to the zoo in summer and go tobogganing in winter.

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  46. What a great review! Thanks for the chance. My son would love to go to Medieval Times!

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  47. Love going skating in winter or the beach in summer

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  48. I love going for nature hikes with the kids and feeding the wild birds!

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  49. My husband, boys and I love to ride our bikes together

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  50. I took my son to Medieval Times
    for his birthday a couple of years ago. The show was amazing, the food was good and we had a great time. I would love to take him back again this summer.

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  51. We love going to Great Wolf Lodge for a couple of days

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  52. Looks like you had a blast! I've never been to a show, would like to go! We like skating outdoors when we get the chance, try to take a trip to Ottawa to go on the canal every year or so.

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  53. We can't get enough of visiting the Niagara Region. It's the most calming and entertaining place to be. So glad we live within driving distance to such a marvelous site.

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  54. Our favourite is probably going to the Zoo. We love animals, and the horses at Medieval Times are just wonderful!

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  55. love playing board games on cold or rainy days

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  56. We love to go camping. There is nothing like great outdoors!

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  57. My favourite family outing is taking the kids to the beach. Every time we take the kids a new adventure unfolds. Not only do my kids love to swim and play around in the water, they love to discover new things. They love collecting bugs, rocks, fossils etc. So much fun to be had.

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  58. favorite family outing is camping! love unplugging and drinking the fresh air!

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  59. Fingers crossed so tightly! I'd love to surprise my family - the four of us would have so much fun and make fantastic memories together! :-) I love all of the pictures you shared - made me feel like I was there with you!!

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  60. These are my favourite. I think I will surprise my family this weekend and make them a treat for breakfast. Hope they taste as good as they look!

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  61. We love having family movie nights. We don't even have to go to the theater...sometimes we just go to the store and each pick a movie

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  62. Love going to the movies!

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  63. We love going to visit Auntie Tia -- her house has the best food, a trampoline, hot tub and she always makes the best food, has scavenger hunts and all our family together. It is the best and we are so happy that she organizes something a couple of times a month so we can all be together!

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  64. My family loves to go to the Toronto Zoo. We have had a membership since my son was born, and now we have a daughter also. We usually only go for a couple of hours each time, but they love it.

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  65. We love spending time outdoors weather a hike and/or picnic, a day at Zoo or Wonderland or a weekend of camping.

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  66. We love to be outdoors weather hike and/or picnic, or day at zoo or wonderland or even weekend of camping

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  67. This would be amazing!

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  68. I love going on road trips to nearby towns and just exploring

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~Heather Lynne

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