I'll admit it - I have a hard time seeing Las Vegas as a family-friendly town. But, on a recent three-week road trip from Southern California to Montana that left us with a two-day stop over in Las Vegas, I did find and can recommend a great Las Vegas activity that the whole family will enjoy - even if you have younger kids - the Tournament of Kings dinner show at the Excalibur.
The Tournament of Kings dinner show is a perfect family-friendly event. It includes jousting, dancing, audience participation, humor, song, sword fights, real horses, fireworks and competing kings - one of which is "your" king based on which seating area you are placed in which builds fun in cheering for your royalty to win the various competitions.
The performance is offered both at 6pm and 8:30pm on most days (see schedule here) which is a bonus if you have younger kids like me that would struggle to stay up for some of the later shows. The show also includes dinner and while there is no menu, ordering, or even silverware (this is medieval times after all!), the food was all nicely prepared and presented. Our dinner included a tomato soup (sipped directly from the bowl), a Cornish game hen, broccoli, potatoes, dinner roll and dessert. Water or a soda is included; alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. The kids were excited to have to eat with their hands and were so enthralled with the action going on in front of them, they even downed their broccoli without complaint. There also is a vegetarian option for those who don't eat meat.
The show is full of excitement and audience participation. You are seated in a circle around the stadium so every seat has a great view. The audience is taught various communal cheers in the beginning of the show which are used throughout. Though there is jousting, sword-fighting, and fireworks, I felt it was all very appropriate, even for my 3-year-old. We were surrounded by couples in their 70s as well as a family with triplets so it truly is an all-ages show.
Tickets are $59 (plus tax) for dinner and the show or you can opt for a show-only ticket for $45 (plus tax).Children three and under are admitted for free, but they must sit on an adult's lap and share the adult's meal. It's definitely worth calling or searching for deals on the tickets - especially if you are staying at the Excalibur or planning on seeing other shows.
Have you taken your kids to Las Vegas?What other family-friendly shows would you recommend?
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