Taking its name from Miracle Max's line in The Princess Bride, this activity can expand or contract to fit your Local Group's needs. Read through the plan and select those elements that fit your time and resources. At its least intricate, it is a building activity; at its most elaborate, it is a medieval extravaganza! Not only can these activities be for kids, they can be by kids as well. Use Young Mensans to develop and prepare for the event.
Select a location that is appropriate for this set of activities. Select your activities from the Showtime! section and gather the necessary items. Choose two colors (such as red/blue, green/yellow, red/silver) to be the theme colors. Gather building/decorating supplies in those colors.
Construct the catapult that will throw an object the farthest. Get instructions at Storm the Castle. Make sure all participants are on the launch side of the catapult and are wearing safety goggles.
You can also find great ideas on catapult building (and similar projects) in these books by William Gurstelle, any one of which could be an entire activity by itself:
Expand upon your drawbridge and castle using common household items. Get instructions over here.
Participants can decorate their own cups using clear acrylic goblets, plastic adhesive gems (or glue dots and acrylic gems), etc. Alternately, you could decorate one "grail" and hide it, creating a scavenger hunt for participants.
Get good instructions at learnhowtojuggle.info. You can also find books at the library on juggling; the Dewey Decimal number is 793.87.
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Tear narrow strips of newspaper or colored tissue paper. Blow up balloons. Thoroughly immerse strips in maché mix until quite wet. Lay the strips on the balloons and let dry. When dry, you can paint the "eggs" if desired.
Use broomsticks or pool noodles to try to catch pool rings. If you use pool noodles, wind electrical tape up the length like a barber pole.
You may wish to have a selection of books on King Arthur or the Middle Ages available for attendees to peruse. There are a number of books for all ages that would be appropriate. Try any by Hudson Talbott, Merlin and the Dragons by Jane Yolen, and The Making of a Knight: How Sir James Earned His Armor by Patrick O'Brien. For older kids, check out the series by Robert San Souci. You may wish to have some of the adult versions, too, such as The Once and Future King or Steinbeck's version of the Arthurian legend.
If you are expecting very young children to attend, have some coloring pages available as well. Try the ones at these sites: