If your family is anything like mine, then there is bound to be one or more people in it who absolutely LOVE thrills, spills and engines! We have two in our family – both Alex (7) and Paul (45) adore anything to do with cars, trucks, aeroplanes – in fact anything to do with noise, petrol and engines. So when we heard that Monster Jam was coming over from the USA, and would be storming into Coventry, we knew that this was a great opportunity to get up close with these impressive machines. We were delighted to be offered tickets to go and see the show AND to go to the Pit Party beforehand – which made Alex’s day.
If you haven’t heard of Monster Jam before, then head over to the post I wrote before we went to see the show, which has everything you need to know about them! But essentially, Monster Jam is an adrenaline packed show featuring trucks which are 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide, doing flips, wheelies, donuts and races for 2 hours! Perfect for any petrol, machine loving member of your family!
Monster Jam Pit Party
When we first arrived at the Coventry Rioah Arena, we headed straight for the Pit Party with absolutely no idea what we were in for. Unsurprisingly the heavens had opened and it was a very wet party we joined, but it was really exciting to see the Monster trucks up close and personal.
Essentially the Pit Party was a display of the trucks which you could stand right next to, some food stalls, meeting the drivers, lots of music and stands where you could buy merchandise. The kids both loved getting really close to the trucks – Estelle decided that the WonderWoman Monster Truck was her favourite, with Alex favouring the Zombie one!
Pit Party Top Tips
- If the weather isn’t great, don’t arrive too early. You have about a 2 hour period to be part of the pit party and it’s all outdoors!
- Don’t panic about buying merchandise in the Pit Party – there are loads of stalls all over the place and they often had a much smaller queue.
- If you haven’t brought ear defenders with you, then this is a great time to buy them – and you WILL need them!
Monster Jam Arena
The Monster Jam arena was an absolute mud fest! We spent the first hour or so (we took our seats early) absolutely fascinated with the use of diggers and spray paint to turn what is originally a football pit, into a Monster Jam playground. Alex was utterly riveted by the transformation – which was good as it was a cold, wet wait! But utterly worth it.
Once the actual show started, I think it would be safe to say we were glued to our seats for the whole 2 hours. Watching these huge 12 foot high Monster trucks doing jumps, donuts, wheelies, racing each other and more was brilliant. It was LOUD though. To the extent that we had originally thought we only needed ear defenders for the kids, but were beyond pleased we’d bought them for ourselves too!
Not only that, but half way through everything changed, and we were in the middle of the most incredible motorbike stunt show! Bike after bike flew through the air, with the riders precariously balancing on the seats, doing flips in mid air and doing handstands while controlling the bikes. It was mouth dropping and definitely the thing that Paul enjoyed the most! (I’ve had to work very hard to persuade him that he absolutely can’t try any of the stunts himself!)
All in all it was a brilliant day out! I was impressed that it really did last for a whole day – a few hours at the Pit Party, then a bit of lunch, then 2 hours for the show, made it really worth the hour’s drive to get there. Even Estelle, who isn’t a huge fan of big trucks, said it was a great day out and she really enjoyed herself!
If you’d love to find out more about Monster Jam, check out their website here.
Disclosure: We were sent review tickets to Monster Jam in return for an honest review. We only review things that we genuinely love, and all opinions are our own.