9 Knightly Ways to Spend Your Days in NYC

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Every kid loves to travel back in time – especially to the age of dark castles, noble knights and precious princesses. There’s plenty to do for the princess-obsessed, but what about kids who fantasize about being brave knights, riding galloping horses and slaying fierce dragons? Well, have no fear. Here are nine knightly ways to spend your days – and, in some cases, nights – from fencing and jousting to checking out armor and trying on capes.

<h3><a target="_blank" href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/09/05/summer-on-the-hudson-human-chess">Human Chess</a></h3> Kings, queens, knights and bishops come alive at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/09/05/summer-on-the-hudson-human-chess">Human Chess</a> games at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/riversidepark">Riverside Park</a> every summer and fall. Children are assigned a role and position (pity the pawn), and then move around the 15-square-foot board. This normally contemplative game becomes a raucous team sport as team mates try to figure out how to checkmate their opponent. Organizers at the Riverside Park Conservancy decided to offer human chess as a way to turn kids on to this 1,500-year-old game, which helps to develop strategic thinking. Some kids don’t have the attention span to sit still and <a target="_blank" href="http://tinybeans.com/new-york/chess-classes/&quot; target="_blank">learn chess</a>, but they love moving around the gigantic board and becoming part of the entertainment. If your kids don’t want to join the fun, have a seat on the steps of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/riversidepark/highlights/12871">Soldiers and Sailors Monument</a> and watch as the Queen takes the Knight. <address><a target="_blank" href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/northernriversidepark/events/2013/09/05/summer-on-the-hudson-human-chess">Human Chess</a></address><address>Soldiers and Sailors Monument</address><address>Riverside Park</address><address>West 89th Street and Riverside Drive</address><address>New York, Ny</address><address><b>Hours</b>: Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, until September 26 (then again Summer 2014)</address><address><b>Cost</b>: Free</address><address><b>Ages</b>: All ages</address><address><b>Need to Know</b>: All levels are welcome.</address><address> </address><address><em>Image courtesy of Riverside Park Conservancy</em>fuck
Where do you like to go with your knight-obsessed kid? 
 
– Alice Perry