Ten year-old boys are funny and complicated creatures. They’re at a cross roads in many ways; too old for many typical childhood pursuits yet still too young for things their teenage siblings find enjoyable. Birthdays present a unique challenge in our house because of this age difference. Almost six years separate my kids and while my teenage daughter would be happy to do everything solo, the fact is that we are a family and my son still enjoys being seen with us in public. (I expect that to change the closer he gets to teenage hood himself, and while I’ve had the practice already with his sister, I am in no rush to hear “no thanks” to my suggested family outings.
For his birthday this year I wanted him to be the star of the show, while still allowing his sister freedom from being “oh my gawd so-boooored” to death. The happy medium came in the form of guys hitting each other with sticks and swinging huge spiky metal balls around their heads. So, you, know, typical 10 year-old boy stuff.
Horses and chivalrous pony tailed Knights who present flowers to teenage girls ringside was just a bonus.
I’m easier to please; bring forth some kind of cooked meat and pastries to eat – with my hands, no less – and you’ve pretty much got me where you want me. Add in a serving wench pouring “Dragon Blood” (wine) and we’re all happy campers…err…subjects.
It’s hard finding activities the whole family can enjoy – especially when there’s such a disparity in ages. A mall holds little to no allure for an active boy, while my daughter would happily change her legal address to anything with “Galleria” in the name.
Medieval Times Toronto and Life in Pleasantville want your family to have a great night out, and Medieval Times has furnished us with five tickets to one of their Toronto shows to give away to a reader. This prize has a value of approximately $300, and is limited to Canadian residents, although those in Vancouver or Halifax may want to consider airfare before entering since the show is in Toronto.
Medieval Times supplied my family with tickets to the show and seriously – my son loved it and at least once a week I find something he’s smashed up with his replica souvenir “Smashing Stick.” (He tells me it’s called a “battle-axe,” but why not just cut out the middleman and call it what it is, shall we?)
Enter to win before November 20, 2014 at 11:59:59 pm by completing the form below. Remember, contest open to Canadians only.
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