Give your child an unforgettable birthday! Transport your whole party back in time as they learn to the art of the rapier, longsword, quarterstaff and all manner of knightly and renaissance skills. Our studio, which includes an interactive arms-and-armour museum, will provide a safe, exciting, and fun environment for kids and parents alike. We can also come to you! Costs are a bit lower, since we won’t need to provide staff to clean or manage the party, but availability can be more limited.
Programs are available for kids aged 6 and up and parents are allowed to join in. We ask that the birthday package have a minimum of 6 children participating and a maximum of 20. Pricing is based on a flat fee + an extra “per head” charge if there are more than ten kids, to make sure we have enough staff to keep everyone both engaged and safe. We provide all of the gear, you bring the kids and the cake!
Our basic package features one hour of longsword instruction and one hour of cake and present time in our facility (food not included), but we can expand how long your party runs and how many activities are provided, in a number of ways:
Pages Package (Recommended for any age)
A perfect way to give your child a unique experience they and their friends will remember!
Includes: 1 instructor, 1 hour of longsword instruction and 1 hour of cake and gift time (food not included).
Cost: $250, +$25 for each child if there are over 10 attendees.
Squires Package (Recommended 9 and up)
Includes: 1 or 2 instructors, 1 hour of longsword instruction, ½ hour of medieval games, ½ hour of heraldry, and 1 hour of lunch, cake and gift time (food not included).
Cost: $500, +$40 for each child over ten attendees.
Knights Package (Recommended 9 and up)
A complete medieval afternoon!
Includes: 2 instructors, 1 hour of longsword instruction, ½ hour of quarterstaff instruction or medieval games, ½ hour of heraldry, ½ hour tournament, 1 hour of lunch, cake and gift time (food not included)
Cost: $600, +$60 for each child over ten attendees
If you’d like to book a birthday party for your child, please fill out the form below or phone us during business hours at (773) 271-3988.
Ready for an unforgettable experience you and your students won’t soon forget? Forteza offers a rare opportunity to immerse your students in their learning through a hands-on experience with European history and swordplay. We offer lessons for students between the ages of 8 and 16 at EITHER your school or at our museum and school in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Field trips
- Let your students interact with historical items in a safe and engaging environment.
- Teach your students the renaissance art of fencing with the rapier, longsword, and quarterstaff.
- Connect your students with history through presentation, lecture, and demonstration.
- Get kids moving, thinking, and interacting while they learn.
We recommend a minimum of 2 hrs for a field-trip or school visit, although for summer camps and teens we can do three, four or five hour workshops. Prices start at $300, and includes any and all equipment needed.
If you’d like to book a field trip, please fill out the attached form or phone us during business hours at (773) 271-3988.
All special event training is conducted under the eye of experienced instructors. We use special blunted practice swords or nylon/padded weapons (as appropriate to topic and audience) and anytime we are doing contact striking we use safety equipment made for comfort and protection. All exercises are done with control and respect in a fun and engaging environment.
As with any physical activity there is some risk of injury. Participants with existing health problems should inform the instructor before training.