This past weekend I took my family to see Monster Jam at the Capital One Arena. It was our second time seeing the show and it did not disappoint! Last year was our first time going to the show and I was honestly a bit skeptical. I didn’t think I would enjoy it but wanted to give my kids the experience anyways and surprisingly I ended up loving it! This year was no different and I especially enjoyed watching my 16 month old son be completely mesmerized by the monster trucks. It really is a unique experience that is great fun for the whole family!
Monster Jam 2019 in DC featured eight different trucks: Bad News Travels Fast, Barbarian, Dragon, Grave Digger, Monster Mutt Dalmation, Pretty Wicked, Scooby-Doo, and Stinger Unleashed. My girls were excited to see that 3 of the drivers were female. Their favorite truck of the day was Scooby-Doo driven by Linsey Read. She was amazing and very entertaining to the crowd when she flipped her truck a couple times!
The athletes each took a turn competing in different competitions including speed, wheelies, donuts, and freestyle. The audience then has the ability to vote and score each driver from your own mobile device. My girls got really into this and loved participating in the voting our phones! I couldn’t believe some of the tricks they were doing with their massive trucks at approximately 12 feet tall and wide. The tires are 66 inches and weight at least 10,000 pounds. The trucks can travel up to 100 MPH and they can fly up to 125 to 130 feet out at up to 35 feet in the air. The most exciting part of the show was when Stinger Unleashed caught on fire. The driver jumped out and men ran over to the truck with extinguishers and put it out quickly. It made me nervous for a minute but they seem to have had it all under control, thankfully!
This is an amazing show that’s really an experience your kids will talk about for a long time. We brought our five and seven year old daughters and our 16 month old son and they all loved it! All of the trucks have fantastic designs and paint jobs, and the drivers do a good job of getting the audience involved and cheering. I was really impressed by the power of the trucks, as well as the skill of the drivers.
A few tips before you go: Noise cancelling headphones area must for both adults and children. You can find some on Amazon that don’t cost too much and work great. Make sure to wear coats if it is cold outside because the arena is ventilated for the event. You aren’t allowed to bring in your own food or drinks.