This past weekend I took my family to see Monster Jam at the Capital One Arena. It was our third time seeing the show and as usual it did not disappoint! The first time we went to Monster Jam, 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 2 year old truck obsessed son be in complete awe by the gigantic monster trucks. It really is a unique experience that is great fun for the whole family!
Monster Jam 2020 in DC featured eight different trucks: Alien Invasion, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Max-D, Megalodon, Monster Mutt, Soldier Fortune, and Zombie. My kids all loved the Monster Mutt and my girls were excited to see a female driving Soldier Fortune!
The Monster Jam competition is comprised of 5 main events:
- Timed Races through an obstacle course showcasing the driver’s ability and the truck’s agility.
- The Two-Wheel Skills Challenge for drivers to perform stunts that bring at least two wheels into the air.
- Performing Donuts requires the drivers to rotate the truck as many times and as quickly as possible.
- Head -to-Head Racing along a prescribed course.
- Freestyle driving allowing the drivers to show off all their best tricks and stunts.
The audience then has the ability to vote and score each driver from your own mobile device. 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.
This is an amazing show that’s really an experience your kids will talk about for a long time. We brought our six and eight year old daughters and our 2 year old son and they all loved it! 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. The lines to get into the arena are long, so arrive early!
Don’t worry if you missed all the Monster fun this weekend because Monster Jam is returning to the area with shows in Baltimore Feb 28 – Mar 1.