I posted this photo of the Sex and the City slot machines on Wednesday when we arrived here in Las Vegas for the NRCHA Stallion Stakes. I love playing slots while sipping a cocktail, but alas, we brought Gracie along with us on this trip, and “they” tend to frown on you parking your stroller (with toddler strapped inside) next to the Wheel of Fortune machine for a few hours while you blissfully hit that “BET MAX” button and drink Michelob Ultras. Such squares.
So we needed to find some nighttime entertainment more suitable to our current situation. Thankfully, my friend Kristen Cushing is the queen bee of motherhood and planning, and she was all over it. And that’s how the Parkinson, the Cushing, and the Banuelos families found ourselves at the Excalibur Hotel’s Tournament of Kings dinner show.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical, but it was a GREAT time. And the best part was all four of the kids sat in rapt attention for the entire hour and a half show. There were horses, jousting, ground battles, pyrotechnics, and a whole lotta “Huzzah-ing”. The meal was actually decent. We drank our cranberry vodka out of large plastic chalices, drank soup straight from the bowl, and ripped our Cornish game hens apart with our hands to eat-totally authentic.
Kids under four are free so long as they sit on their parents lap and share the meal. Honestly, there was plenty of food to share, and the kids wanted to be on our laps anyway to get a better view of the action. Gracie spent the whole show clapping, banging on the table, and asking “what’s happening?”, “where is the princess?” and “why does that guy have his shirt off?” in astonished whispers. I answered with “I don’t know’s” most of the time, but made sure to carefully study the guy with his shirt off to try to find an answer for her. No such luck.
After the show, we hit the arcade for some family fun. We fished, shot guns, raced horses, and tossed ping pong balls for a good hour. The little kids loved it, and the big kids did too. I had just purged our home of all ugly, ratty, old stuffed animals, but we are now the proud owners of six ugly, ratty, new stuffed animals. Sweet. Thanks, Excalibur.
All in all, a super fun night with good friends. For those of you with kids, I definitely recommend the Tournament of Kings show. Do that! Huzzah!
McKenzie P. “Bear”