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I’m a girly girl for the most part. Raised alongside a younger sister. Raised by my Mother and Grandmother. Male influence has never been huge in my growing up. Therefore, I was prepared for ballet, barbies, and doll babies. Thankfully I still get to have the doll babies with my son but for the most part he is a total boy with a big loving heart. Monster Jam. My husband had been before. Me, I had no real desire until recently.
A few weeks ago my son took big interest in the garbage truck while we were doing our walks or playing out front. He got so excited to hear the truck we would wait outside just to wave and the driver would honk his horn and wave back. You would have though my son met a celebrity! I have to admit I had some hesitations about taking him to Monster Jam (read more below) but once the night was over, I realized it was beyond amazing even with the few hiccups we had! I was invited to attend thanks to Feld Entertainment and write on behalf of the website.
A few things to know about Monster Jam are that, it’s not just a show, these drivers are in competition. Arrive early and be prepared. As we got there a bit before gates opened so we could enjoy some time with our Pit Passes, we saw people had obviously tail gated all day. Parking will vary on your location but of course is cash only.
If you purchase Pit Passes make sure you get time to meet the drivers you want to see, get autographs, and take photos. We arrive a bit late as I was not sure how well a two year old would hold up over a long period of time but he was a bit nervous of the crowd. We got a few photos, watched a few stunts on the motor cross bikes, and hiked our way over to the gates.
Please be prepared for security checks, no backpacks or strollers were allowed. Which is fine. I played by our football team security rules and just had a clear bag for our items and we carried our son or let him walk with us.
Monster Jam for us was January 16th, however, they do come back on February 5th with many new drivers and trucks! Always be sure to check the Monster Jam schedule to see who will be there. You can purchase tickets as well as pit passes and even get passes to do a ride along in a truck before the show!
Here are my top 5 reasons your toddler is going to love Monster Jam!
- Being loud with no one being annoyed! The show is loud. The crowd is loud. The event is loud! Now, I do highly recommend for younger children to have ear protection earmuffs. The ones we bought at that link were great. He can use them for any event and are adjustable. They do sell a pair with tire shapes at the event as well. My son cried at first due to 10+ monster trucks coming out and fireworks but as soon as we got him to realize his earmuffs were for his own good, he was all smiles.
- No two shows will be alike. Not only will trucks/drivers vary at some locations and on return visits, but no show will possibly be the same due to the drivers being on time limits, racing, and competing. The thrill is in the moment. One driver might totally botch up one event but come back to completely beat out everyone in another! It’s an adrenaline rush and the kid’s face says it all.
- You see true raw emotion and excitement. My son looked at us in horror and said “Oh no, oops!” with the first truck flipping over. We had to explain the driver was OK and he took a sigh of relief. Now, as trucks flip he cheers for them to get turned back over! To see the expressions, excitement, and pure rawness of so much going on, was epic! Max-D did a stunt for the first time at the Tampa show and the crows went insane! (Check out this video)
- Family fun. The whole event is made to be a family event. There was an infant with their Mom in our row, the row in front of us had about 10 kids. All ages in all rows! It truly is a fun family event. Most shows you attend, children have to be hushed to stay quiet or maintain their seat. Here, if they jump up and down. It’s smiled at! The kids and adults both have the adrenaline and fun running through their veins. My nephew is going to the next show in Tampa for his birthday and already can’t stop asking about it!
- All the perks. With Pit Passes you can get autographs with minimal lines. Take photos, and get up close to the trucks. With a ride along pass, if your child is 36″ or taller they can get a ride in a monster truck. Even without those specific perks, you can listen to the loud speaker and after certain races and the show, many of the drivers will be at specific gates, smiling and ready to meet the kids and sign more autographs! In the Pit Pass, kids were encouraged to make free signs to hold up for their favorite trucks. Did you know that you can also find Monster Jam toys at stores like Walmart? We had to get a Grave Digger for our son this week!
Even though it has been a week since our first Monster Jam (well mine and my son’s) He still makes monster truck sounds, wants to watch the videos I took on my phone, look at the photos, and talk about it. It’s a memory he cherished. I know we had a little nervousness at first but I know our next trip to hopefully Monster Jam 2017 he will be revved up and ready to go with excitement! Sadly due to our travel schedule we can’t go to the other Tampa show on February 5th but you still can!
Oh and one really cook thing for adults….use the right hashtags on your photos and one of your favorite drivers might even follow you or like your photos! Just speaking from experience 😉
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.