Disclosure: I received media passes for my family from Feld Entertainment for this event. All opinions expressed are my own.
The noisy trucks. The screaming fans. The smell of exhaust mixed with nachos and cotton candy. It was all pretty amazing, but all of it together was not anything close to the thrill of watching my almost five-year-old's eyes get bigger and bigger as each new truck roared its way onto the track. This was the second time he's been to Monster Jam (read about the first time) and I think it's safe to say it's something he will never want to miss.
If you've never been to a Monster Jam show before, I'll tell you upfront - it's way different than a lot of other entertainment experiences. It's LOUD (bring ear protection), the arena lights are up for the whole show, and you never know what might happen when the trucks are out!
The show began with a race of all the trucks, then the speedsters and ATVs. My son was fascinated by every bit. He kept asking what the names of the trucks were and pointed out as many details as he could. It was a test of my lip-reading skills, since we were both wearing ear protection! He was way too engaged in watching the show to pause for a photo with mom (and who wants to smile on command?).
There was a lot of audience interaction and some giveaways for passes to next year's Monster Jam. The announcers kept the event moving right along, in spite of some calamities like a zombie arm flying off a truck and a couple of trucks landing upside down!
The second half of the event was full of freestyle, donuts, and wheelies. It was really fun to predict what the judges would score each truck on their performance. Scooby-Doo took the title for the night. My guy would have liked Grave Digger to win, but he says that his favorite trucks are "all the puppies" so we were pleased with the outcome!