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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!