My son is a future monster truck driver in the making!! Or, at least thats what my little five year old aspires to do when he grows up! I have to admit that as a family, we really enjoy going to Monster Jam events!
|Pit party prior to a January 2013 Monster Jam event in Detroit, Michigan.|
We were waiting in a LONG line to get an autograph from the Grave Digger driver.
|Detriot Monster Jam - this driver was near us so we snuck a picture. |
Unfortunately my son was off using the restroom but his sister was able to get into the shot
|Monster Jam 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan|
Much smaller venue but it's near our hometown and still a fun event.
|In Grand Rapids, Michigan you wait in one line to get autographs from all the drivers (way cool)!|
|This driver was really happy to take pictures!|
- We like the food and entertainment. Plus my husband could sneak out for some adult time while the kiddos slept. Probably not the adult time you are thinking of when it comes to Las Vegas!! No gambling, drinking, nudity, ... Just some fun comedy shows and concerts. It may also be hard to beleive but Las Vegas can be very kid friendly - as I shared in a previous blog post post.
- My mom and step-dad were spending the winter in Arizona. We hadn't seen them in months! So, we decided to surprise the kids by having them join us at the Grand Canyon.
- Monster Jam was hosting the World Finals in Las Vegas!!! We just had to make sure we attended at least 1 day of the weekend long event! The event took place on Friday and Saturday (already announced changes for this in 2014). We attended the Saturday event.
Here is our Monster Jam World Finals XIV 2013 experience:
There was soooo much going on for this day long event!!!
|There were a ton of these guys around for pictures!|
|We decided to wait in line to get autographs from the main Maximum Destruction (MaxD) driver.|
We successfully got autographs from Tom Meents and all the other MaxD drivers!
|For $5 per kid they could play around in some inflatables for a while.|
|Monster truck rides!!|
|After watching the trucks for a while, we really hoped we got on this one (you don't get to pick - it depends on what truck is ready when you are in front of the line). The driver of this truck really seemed to be having fun on the track.|
|We got to ride the truck we wanted!! We were on it with a group of really fun people. |
It was by far the best part of the activities!!!
|They had some awesome trucks to look at.|
|There were a lot of these around. |
You could buy them there if you wanted and you could play with them on a track they had set up.
|We colored and decorate signs for our favorite drivers - FREE.|
|I saw this in the movie "Waking Up in Reno"! I was so excited to finally see it in person.|
My kids LOVED it!!
|There was a huge entertaining area for Grave Digger, Son-uva Digger, and Grave Digger the Legend. However, there were only two times of the day set for autographs and I know my kiddos would not last standing in line again, for hours, to get more autographs. So, we missed out on that opportunity.|
|An auction hosted by some of the people from "Storage Wars".|
|Waiting for the parade to start.|
|Finally time for the big event!!!! |
Yes - the sun was in our eyes for a little bit but it was gone before the event started.
|For $5 you could rent these chairs. They made for better seating and you could just leave them at your assigned seat when you were done. We did not rent them but a couple that left early gave us theirs to use for the rest of the event.|
|Ready to cheer on our drivers!|
|Three hour time difference and on our first full day of vacation.... |
It was no surprise that my little ones didn't last through the entire event.!
It was a very memorable experience!!!