Remember how I told you that I didn’t know Little Monkey would want to see Monster Jam? Well… this weekend I made the mistake of taking Baby Boy, Little Monkey, the hubs and my brother all the way in the freezing cold to Monster Jam, only to find out that I was a day too early and my tickets were actually for the following day. DOH!! Little Monkey was NOT pleased. Full on meltdown followed by yells of ” I want to see Monster Trucks!”. We promised a visit to a friend’s place in exchange and this bought us an extra night. Yesterday Little Monkey and I went with a friend of mine to watch Monster Jam and see what the fuss was all about. Monster Jams with kids is quite an experience… I was surprised by how many kids were in attendance – all ages too!
If you’re driving give yourself plenty of time. Since we rarely drive it took us a while to figure things out but finally found parking at the Intercontinental Hotel down the street ( Valet parking is only $15 an hour which is cheaper than the $40 we saw at most parking lots!). The Toronto Maple Leaf Monster Jam show took place at the Rogers Centre this past weekend and was approximately 2.5 hours long. We missed the first hour unfortunately but the kids in front of us were sure to tell us how awesome it was. We watched in amazement as the ginormous trucks did high jumps and wheelies … oh yes quite a few flipped too. I was holding my breath until the drivers got out. The Scooby Doo flip was the one that freaked me out the most but I was so glad when the driver, glad in pink, got out of her vehicle unharmed.
Little Monkey looked on with glee. I was very surprised by the fact that she wants to go back next year with Baby Boy. You can expect very loud noises, reverberations and a fair bit of fumes so be ready for that. The noise levels affects each kid differently and it’s hard to say what to expect but here’s a few tips I picked up along the way.
- Noise Cancelling Headsets are a must! Bring a good pair, not just the toy stuff. I have misplaced our Baby Banz but luckily the hubs lent us his Bose ones and they worked fabulously!
- Bring snacks and milk for the little ones. Line-ups can be long at the concession stand and we brought raisins which we pulled out when Little Monkey did her usual “I’m bored!”. She’s rarely bored but hungry during these times I’ve noticed
- As with all events, leave 10 minutes before the end if you want to avoid the mad dash as everyone leaves the stadium
- Go for a walk in the fresh air after the event. There’s a lot of fumes and it’s to be expected. Just air those lungs out after the event
Honestly, I didn’t think I’d like Monster Jam – just was not my thing. However, I will be going back because it was actually quite entertaining and Little Monkey, dressed in her princess shirt, liked it quite a bit. If you’re anxious about the noise or the fumes, check out Arriba Restaurant at the Renessaince Hotel because you can watch the whole thing from the restaurant. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon at all; watch the Monster Jam sessions, enjoy some cocktails and good eats. I haven’t been here myself but I’ve heard good things. If you have kids with sensitive years or infants, I think the restaurant is definitely the way to go. Can’t comment on how the experience would differ but I guess there’s one way to find out!
Have you been to Monster Jam?