January 30, 2017

Monster Jam 101: A First Timer's Guide to The Show

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion on this blog, as well as keeping you up to date on the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

On Sunday, I went to my very first Monster Jam with my son. At five years old, he is a monster truck expert: he's been to see monster trucks at the county fair, owns his own toy monster trucks, and counts a monster truck book among his special favorites. He was my guide and together we had a fantastic time!

If you're heading to Monster Jam for the first time, here's what you should know before you go:

Noise. Monster trucks are LOUD. However loud you're imagining isn't quite loud enough. You'll want to protect your ears and the ears of any little ones who are coming with you, and Monster Jam has both earplugs and earmuffs for sale if you forgot to buy in advance. Ear plugs were just $2, and tire earmuffs were $20. 

Come early for the pit party! Pit parties take place in the afternoon before the main event, and if you're new to monster trucks this is a great introduction to the cars and drivers. Tickets were $10 for the two hour long event and they were well worth the extra expense! All eight drivers were there to sign autographs, give high fives, and take pictures with fans, and my son loved the chance to get up close to the trucks. 

I was surprised to learn that two of the drivers in DC were women - Krysten Anderson drove my son's beloved Grave Digger, and Ami Houde drove Zombie (pictured above - and she picked my little guy up so he could high five her truck). 

Don't miss the sandbox, a special spot where little fans can drive toy monster trucks in the dirt - this was a huge hit with my son, who was frankly delighted by the amount of dirt in general. 

Dress for dirt. This is especially true if you're heading to the pit party! Before the show, I asked my son what he thought we should wear to Monster Jam. Very seriously, he told me, "we need to wear brown, like dirt. Or dark colors. Because of the dirt." And you know what? He was right. This isn't the place for your  fanciest shoes or anything you don't want to get a little dirty.There was a bit of mud down on the floor, which if you are a five year old boy means now you have REAL MONSTER TRUCK DIRT on your shoes and you are hoping it stays on forever. 

Souvenirs. I don't know about you, but when we head to an event, I always wonder what's for sale and how much it's going to be to pick out a souvenir. I was very pleased to see the merchandise at Monster Jam ran from $10 for a Hot Wheels monster truck toy (my son loves these!) to $40 for a much larger truck. I will warn  you to beware the lure of the Grave Digger cotton candy, which comes with a mask and surprised me at $20.

The main event. So what do they actually DO at a monster truck show? As we were taking our seats I realized I had no idea what the trucks were actually going to be doing. 

Monster Jam turns out to be a series of events, including freestyle, donuts, and wheelies - that last one was our favorite on Sunday. The drivers also get out of the big trucks and compete on ATVs and motocross scooters, which I wasn't expecting.

Monster Jam puts on a big, noisy, fun show, and I'm so glad I had this special day with my little boy. Monster Jam will be back in the DC area for shows in Baltimore in late February - don't miss out!  

January 9, 2017

Giveaway: Win 4 Tickets to Monster Jam!

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion on this blog, as well as keeping you up to date on the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

Happy Monday! Ready to end your January with a monster sized bang? Then you'll want head to the Verizon Center January 28 and 29 to see Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL!
What's that? Not a monster truck fan? Need a little convincing? My son, who turns five this month, is a monster truck expert and he's sharing his top three reasons monster trucks are awesome with you:

1. They go vrooom vrooom FAST!
2. They look cool!
3. They go over huge jumps!

You're convinced now, I can tell. Monster Jam will be performing at the Verizon Center on:
  • Saturday, January 28 @ 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 29 @ 1:00 p.m.
In addition, Pit Parties (on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) give fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket along with Pit Pass required for entry.

The AMSOIL series can only be seen in select cities across the country and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam.  Washington D.C. fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. These premier athletes vying to be the nation’s capital champion are:

  • Grave Digger
  • El Toro Loco
  • Pirate’s Curse
  • Shark
  • Alien Invasion
  • Zombie
  • Monster Mutt Rottweiler
  • Blue Thunder
*Trucks/drivers subject to change

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet in distance and up to 35 feet in the air.

Tickets start at $15 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com and the Verizon Center box office.

And...I've got four tickets to give away for the Saturday, January 28, 1PM show! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Contest closes at midnight on January 15. Good luck!

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January 1, 2017

Make it a monster of a new year with Monster Jam!

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion on this blog, as well as keeping you up to date on the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

 Happy New Year! Did you make a resolution to have more fun this year? Maybe you resolved to try something new, or to spend time with the ones you love. If you did, then do I have a deal for you...because the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented  by AMSOIL is coming to the Verizon Center at the end of this month, and you won't want to miss it!

My son, who turns five this month, is a vehicle aficionado, and monster trucks are near the very top of his list of extremely awesome things on wheels. He has his own mini version of Grave Digger, and we are very excited to take mini Grave Digger to meet the real Grave Digger at the end of this month.

Next week I'll be bringing you the chance to win 4 tickets to Monster Jam, but if you can't wait to get in on the monster truck action, you can use the code ICE to save $5 on tickets through January 20.

June 13, 2016

Simple, Easy, Awesome: An Evening with Comcast and XFINITY

We've been Comcast customers for as long as we've lived in Maryland (which is quite awhile). And I didn't think much about our cable service until a few months ago, when our old cable box quietly stopped working. When the replacement arrived, I was surprised to see a fancy new display that didn't look a thing like our old cable, and so I did what any reasonable person would do: I avoided using it because it looked confusing and complicated, and I didn't really have time to sit down and figure it out. 

Recently, Comcast and XFINITY invited me and several other local bloggers to their Silver Spring store to learn about XFINITY's latest offerings. 

 Photo courtesy of XFINITY

Friends, you better believe I accepted that invitation in the hopes that I would go home knowing how to work that fancy cable box. Not only did I learn how to work my TV again, I also learned about XFINITY's latest high-tech offerings, which go so far beyond the cable, internet, and DVR you may be thinking of when you hear the name XFINITY.

The woman who led my group in our first demo said XFINITY's goal in creating new services is to make things simple, easy, and awesome, and that really became the theme for the evening. XFINITY is making life at home simple, easy, and awesome with XFINITY Home.

XFINITY Home is part high-tech peace of mind, part household helper. Wish you could turn off that lamp you left on downstairs without getting out of bed? Wish you could do that when you're miles away from home on vacation because you just now remembered you left that darn lamp on? With a few clicks, XFINITY Home lets you do just that.

It can also help busy parents monitor when kids leave and arrive home from school when cameras are added to the package. XFINITY Home also works with equipment from companies such as Nest and August, and more partnerships are in the works. 

The fancy new box that perplexed me for longer than I'd like to admit is XFINITY's X1, which is so much more than just a DVR and cable box. Want to restrict your kids to family-friendly fare? Welcome to Kid Zone, where you can find children's programming paired with Common Sense Media ratings and reviews to help you decide which shows are right for your family. 

Sports fans can access a wide range of stats right on the screen, and those stats update in real time as games progress. My husband is a huge fan of this feature!

Love movies but can't decide what to watch? X1 lets you search by actor and by many popular movie quotes. Using the incredibly awesome new voice command remote that pairs with the X1 box, you can speak into the remote and watch the results pop up onscreen. In our demo, "you can't handle the truth!" produced both A Few Good Men and a round of applause. At home, both of my children (ages 4 and 7) have delighted in calling out their favorite shows and watching them appear on the screen. 

I left the XFINITY event amazed at the range of products the company offers and ready to take advantage of the features on the box I once dismissed as "too tricky." Each of the bloggers I chatted with that evening said they had no idea XFINITY was so much more than cable, and at least a few left with appointments to upgrade or add services. 

If you're interested in learning more, connect with XFINITY online here!

Disclosure: Comcast Beltway and XFINITY invited me to a special blogging event to learn more about their product offerings in the DC area. I received a tablet and a gift bag in exchange for my honest opinions. #xfinitymoms #ad