As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.
Tubes, climbing structures, and ball pits galore!
You can’t miss KidZone from I-5 (see photo of the outside of the building), but you will be left wondering what it is you’re looking at, it’s so poorly marked from the outside. Put simply, it’s kid-heaven: 60,000 cubic feet of tubes, slides, and ball pits, housed within Club Northwest, a fitness and health club. It’s open to the public, and while it may lean toward the spendy side for a quick pit stop ($6.95 per child admission, parents free), it’s worth its weight in gold on a rainy Oregon day.
There's also a basketball hoop, lots of balls, and organized games run by staff members on the hour.
From I-5, take exit 58 (toward Redwood Highway and Oregon beaches). Turn left onto OR-99, then right onto NW Morgan. Turn almost immediately right again onto NW Vine.
Tubes, climbing structures, and ball pits galore! You can’t miss KidZone from I-5 (see photo of the outside of the building), but you will be left wondering what it is you’re looking at, it’s so poorly marked from the outside. Put simply, it’s kid-heaven: 60,000 cubic feet of tubes, slides, and ball pits, housed within Club Northwest, a fitness and health club. It’s open to the public, and while it may lean toward the spendy side for a quick pit stop ($6.95 per child admission, parents free), it’s worth its weight in gold on a rainy Oregon day.There's also a basketball hoop, lots of balls, and organized games run by staff members on the hour.From I-5, take exit 58 (toward Redwood Highway and Oregon beaches). Turn left onto OR-99, then right onto NW Morgan. Turn almost immediately right again onto NW Vine.
My 4-year old son and 6-year old daughter had a day of excitement at Medieval Times in Buena Park. My family went to an early afternoon showing and had a great visit. Be prepared for a four-course feast, falcon and horse performances, a knight skills competition which led to jousting and an exciting battle to the death.
LOCATION – The Buena Park location was easy to find and the parking was convenient. Parking is free. We arrived a little over an hour early and the lines we already formed. Doors open an hour in advance so get there early. There are several different show times to choose from, three show times offered on some weekends and fewer during the weekdays. Prices are $61.95 for adults and $36.95 for children (12 and under).
HORSES AND THE FALCON – The Master of Horse and his team showcased the Spanish Stallions and performed several tricks. The Royal Falconer brought out the falcon and it performed a live fly over the audience. The Royal Falcon soared over our heads numerous times which was super exciting for our family.
FEAST – The four course feast includes: Oven Roasted Chicken, Garlic Bread, Herb Roasted Potato, Tomato Bisque Soup, Corn on the Cob and an apple turnover for dessert. There is a vegetarian option. Drinks offered were soft drinks or unsweetened iced tea. Coffee was offered after dessert. The meals are exactly the same for children and adults. All meals were served on pewter plates and drinks in pewter mugs. This is a utensil-free dinner so we ate with our hands. It is a bit messy but fun was had by all. A napkin and wet nap are provided for cleanup. There is a full bar available as well. The server left a card for tips at the end.
BATTLES – The knights were all introduced to their cheering sections. The audience cheered…and booed for their favorite knights. There were skill competitions first which lead to a battle between the different color knights and then a battle with the Herald of the North (the bad knight).
Our adventure began with the assignment of the color of our knight. We were super excited about the Blue Knight and wore our blue crowns with pride. We purchased blue flags to wave and cheer on our valiant knight.
We next entered the Great Hall, a large area for purchasing souvenirs including Medieval swords, shields, princess accessories and glow in the dark gear. There is a viewing area to see the beautiful stallions up close or you can visit the full-bar. You may also pay a fee to visit the Torture Chamber.
Your children have the opportunity to be “knighted” and horns are played to signal it is almost time to enter the performance arena. Once inside, all the birthdays and special occasions (anniversaries, graduations) are announced. There were A LOT on the night that we went.
Once seated inside, our server introduced himself and our drinks were served. My children enjoyed being referred to as “My Lady” and “My Lord.” Shortly thereafter, our food was brought out one item at a time. The food was hot and fresh. It was A LOT of food for my children as the portion is the same for adults.
The performance of the Royal Falcon was very exciting for all to watch. The falcon made numerous fly overs in both directions. My children were truly fascinated to see this sight.
Our Blue Knight was engaging and valiant and interacted well with our group since we were in the front row of his section. Our knight was awesome in the skills competition but lost in the battle. My daughter fell in love with the Blue Knight as he rode his horse over to her in the front row and gave her a pink carnation. The show was exciting to the end and my children had the opportunity to be as loud as they wanted to be (which we were all very loud…even the adults). The jousting had us on the edge of our seats and sparks were flying as the knights engaged in battle with different medieval weapons. I thought my 4-year old son might be frightened by the jousting and the shattering of the wooden javelins but he was fine. My children were both totally engaged from beginning to end and asked many questions about the falcon and the horses as they both love animals.
The only disappointment was after the show, we waited to meet the Blue Knight. After inquiring if the knights would be coming out to meet customers and take pictures, we were informed that this is only done after the evening performances. My children were very disappointed especially my daughter.
There are package upgrades available including VIP seating, group photos, a commemorative program, a knight’s cheering banner and a “Behind the Scenes” DVD. There are several special offers available including May Savings, a Memorial Day Weekend special, Chivalry in Action: Operation Gratitude and free birthday admission.
After the show, the bathroom lines were extremely long.
Absolutely worth the price for the performance, food and drinks. The service was excellent. It is something I would consider for a special occasion. My children were captivated from beginning to end.
I would definitely recommend this activity to families looking for a thrilling night of excitement.
This review is based on a complimentary visit to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.
Being a librarian (as well as a marine biologist) I really enjoyed visiting the Hemingway House. Seeing firsthand where this American Icon wrote some of his most infamous novels, and of course his 6 toed cats is a must see for any literary fan! The house also had the first salt water swimming pool on Key West. Super cool.
Not appropriate for my younger two kids, (too boring for them) but my older daughter really enjoyed it. Especially the 6 toed cats!
We took this 3.4 mile hike with our 3 year olds in August and had a great time. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and enjoy the Kaweah River. Be careful, wet granite can be slippery (I learned this the hard way and fell while wading in the river. I was fine, just cold and wet). Tokopah Falls were still running in August but not with much force. Pictures I have seen of the falls in early summer are much more impressive, but I think the hike is great any time the snow has melted. A fellow hiker said they spotted a bear in the meadow while hiking but we missed it. Bummer! Since this hike begins near a popular campground, bears are sometimes in the are looking for a free meal. While they are used to humans, you should always enjoy views of bears from a safe distance