How to put 4 yr-olds to bed. – Courtesy of Monster Jam

The boys were excited about Monster Jam from the moment I explained it to them. In fact, all I had to do was mention trucks, and they were in.  They ARE little boys…I shouldn’t have expected anything less. Not to say that it was something little girls couldn’t enjoy.  In fact, we met a friend, and his daughter there for the event.

 

Step 1: Strap them in their carseats, pick up Grandpa, and head to the Pit Party.

 

The Pit Party isn’t as exciting as it sounds. It has two sections.  The first is an area for younger kids.  They had a bounce house obstacle course.  A coloring station where young artists could Crayola the heck out of their favorite truck’s logo. Team mascots roamed around to pose for photos.  They even had a sand pit so your little ones could recreate their favorite monster truck moments with cars of their own.  I think that the area is good for at least a couple hours of activity, based on how short attentions spans range (of the kids AND the parents). 

 

 

Step 2: Check out the autograph section.

 

The second area of the Pit Party was where all of the trucks made their homes until just before race time.  Looking for an autograph from your favorite driver? This is where you wanted to be.  The lines were a bit long.  This coupled with the fact that my sons, both 4, don’t really follow the sport or care who the drivers are, made this their least favorite activity.  It was fun seeing boys and girls a little older than my twins get excited about shaking hands with their idols. Maybe in a few years this will become one of their favorite parts of the Finals, but not now. 

 

 

Step 3: Watch the parade of trucks heading into the stadium.

 

This was the first time that the twins got a chance to see – and hear – the trucks in action.  They clapped, and waved, and pointed at some of the characters they recognized. (Scooby Doo, and El Toro Loco seemed to be their favorites…because… animals.) Waiting for the parade to start was also a good opportunity to grab a bite to eat.  No balanced diet here.  Carne Asada fries?  Don’t mind if I do!

 

 

Step 4: Head inside to watch the main event.

 

My recommendation is that you delay this until the Last. Possible. Moment.  We didn’t know how long it would take to get our seats, so we sat down about an hour early.  Again…with attention spans of toddlers, it was to be expected that they got bored quickly.

 

 

Step 5: Watch a 1:15 of the action before you make the long trek back to the car, and head home. 

 

They loved watching the big 4-wheelers come barreling down the lane.  They also liked the pyrotechnics that randomly went off. Noise?  With the ear protection we picked up at Bass Pro Shops, it didn’t even phase them! 

 

 

 

 

Once home, from the last bathroom trip and final goodnight until dream time?

 

12 minutes. 

 

They even slept in an extra 30 minutes the following morning!

 

Thanks, Monster Trucks!

 

Want to see some more photos from the Monster Jam World Finals? Check them out below! 

 

 

Have you ever been to see the Monster trucks?  What was your favorite part? 

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Zelenka

Kevin Zelenka is a Freelance writer, Dad Blogger, and the stay at home father of twin toddlers. You can find him playing with his sons at his home in Las Vegas, spending time with his wife, and every once in a while at the golf course.