Admit it, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about….those monsters. Formerly known as your children, but grumpy and grouchy… transformed by too many days cooped up in the house ( thank you sub freezing temps and snow that won’t quit,) by the inability to do lots of the things they would like to do because their body just won’t cooperate (thank you JA) and by the absolute knowledge that everything contained in your home is boring (we’ve already played that 50 times and everything on TV is a rerun.)
Or at least, please humor me and tell me I’m not the only one.
I have a house full of “monsters,” and I need to come up with a solution fast. What’s a mom to do? Fight fire with fire of course. Not quite an eye for an eye, but a monster for a monster.
Last night we were lucky enough to be gifted with tickets to the Monster Truck Jam in our area. It was something completely different. It was an event that a JA kid could easily do, (other than the cold walk from the parking lot to the arena, it just involved sitting in our seats) it was inside, and it definitely a fun time.
It was actually our very first time ever to an event like this. I was a little skeptical going in, thinking that the boys would have a WAY better time than I would, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found it very entertaining, and I noticed everyone around us was having a pretty great time too. It was very, very family oriented, with plenty of breaks for trips to the bathroom or concessions, plus more interactive than I had imagined, with drivers even coming up into the crowd to give away pictures, autographs and merchandise.
The one thing I didn’t expect was the noise. I knew it would be noisy, but wow. This was in an indoor arena and it was deafening. Luckily the concessions carry both earplugs and over the ear protection if you didn’t think to bring your own. The ones that looked like monster truck tires were adorable, and seemed to work well enough that even the toddlers seated around us were comfortable enough to enjoy the show.
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure what the show was going to be until after we got there. My vision was based on the snippets that I had seen on the TV commercials, but I found the actual show to be much more.
Yes, there were some really cool monster trucks (our favorite was the Zombie, but we saw Max-D, the Gravedigger and others like NEA pictured above) racing, smashing cars, and performing amazing jumps, but there were also quad (4-wheeler) races, motocross stunts, giveaways, and the Megasaurus.
What is a Megasaurus you ask?
It’s a really cool riot control-type tank vehicle that transforms (yes, just like a Transformer) right before your eyes, into a T-Rex look-alike, steel-ripping, car-chomping creature. It was almost mesmerizing watching him rip up a full-sized car into shreds. I have to admit, that was one of MY favorite parts of the show. Click on the link below if you’d like a sneak peek. (I hid it in case you would rather see it for yourself in person!)
When it was all over, we had a very hard time believing that it had been two hours! It was interesting and engaging, so the time seemed to fly by.
Best thing though? My monsters had quit their grumbling, and we had a great time watching these Monsters and their rumbling instead.Just like the megasaurus transformed back into the tank, my monsters transformed back into boys after this welcome change of pace. Its kind of cathartic watching things get smashed up after all! It was a really fun, family evening, that was perfect for the JA kid itching for something to do, that wasn’t too physically taxing. We lucked out with free tickets (disclosure, I did get free tickets in exchange for this review, but the opinions expressed are truthful, and my own) but it was such a good time, I would have happily dished out the moola as a paying customer, knowing what I know now.
If you are in the Chicago area, and want to attend one of the shows this weekend, I have a deal for you. You can still get tickets through Ticketmaster for the remaining shows at Allstate Arena in Rosemont for 30% off! Just use the code MOM. If you live elsewhere, but would like to give it a go, check out the US Family Guide and US Family Coupons to see if there is a special offer in your area. We had a great time, and if you check it out, I think your family will too.
Have you been to a Monster Jam? Have you attended any other events that were especially great for your JA kids? Let me know in the comments!