We received complimentary admission to facilitate our review.
A few weeks ago, our family attended our very first Monster Jam show. We love trying new things, and as a mom of a truck-loving boy I was excited to experience his joy once he saw all of the cool trucks. Don’t feel bad for his big sister because he’s been dragged along on many of her escapades as well. And she enjoyed the day too, we all did.
We came prepared. Our kind neighbors lent us their protective headphones and we dressed warmly. The venue was the Prudential Center in Newark, which is an indoor facility, but I assumed it would be ventilated and chilly. We arrived a few hours before the show for the pit party. The pit party is an opportunity for fans to meet the drivers, see the trucks up close and engage in other fun activities. This was the highlight of the entire event so make sure you spend the extra few bucks for the pit party.
The kids enjoyed getting signatures and taking photos with the drivers and checking out the trucks. We had fun chatting with them and getting to know where they were from and getting a feel for their personalities.
Once the pit party was over, the floor was closed to guests as the crew prepared for the show. It was around noon at this point, so we grabbed lunch upstairs since we had an hour to burn before the show started.
The show kicked off and the lights were dimmed. Drivers spun around in their trucks for an exciting (and loud) start. The drivers would then compete in several different categories. Just before each truck would compete, the drivers were introduced and we learned about their backgrounds and hometowns followed by a brief live interview in the stands. We got into the spirit and cheered for our favorites. Even with the limited space in this venue, there were some impressive tricks to be seen.
And the winner was…
Monster Jam Truck Show Tips
- Bring noise cancelling headphones – The trucks are extremely loud. I am glad we had headphones for the kids, but I wish mom and dad had them too!
- Be prepared to spend – Most venues will not allow outside food and drink, so on top of souvenirs and fan gear, bring some extra cash for sustenance. Parking can also be steep.
- Attend an outdoor show if you can – Outdoor venues will provide more room for the drivers and less fumes to breathe in.
- If you attend at an indoor venue, bring face masks. I left this show with a killer headache.
- Make sure you buy pit show passes – And if you do, bring something for the drivers to sign. Program books were available for purchase.