Anyone headed to the Monster Jam monster truck show at the Tacoma Dome? This a review from the 2015 show, but it still has lots of great info. and tips if you’re wondering about taking your kids to this monster truck show in Tacoma.
Both my boys are big monster truck fans, but this was the first time we’d been to a show, and we definitely weren’t disappointed.
If you’ve never been before, the monster truck part of the action involves the trucks with their giant wheels going over bumps and other obstacles. They compete to see who can navigate a lap the fastest and with the most style-think jumps with big air! It’s not complicated-just super fun for kids and kids at heart!
Trucks and drivers include locals as well as fan favorites Grave Digger and Son of Grave Digger (2015 show).
In addition to the monster trucks there are quad races and motorcross. The acrobatic motorcycle jumping was one of the boys’ favorite parts of the show. It was truly mesmerizing (and a little scary to watch)!
The announcer keeps things moving with some good natured trash talking between competitors and plenty of invitations for the audience to cheer, boo, and stomp their feet.
It runs about two hours with a short intermission in the middle. It honestly seemed much shorter to me, which is a sign of how fun it is for the audience.
There are a few things you should know before you go!
- Bring ear protection. I seriously cannot emphasize this enough. These trucks are LOUD. If you don’t own any you can pick up a pack of disposable earplugs at Lowe’s for about 3.00 or invest in the headphone style you can get at Sportsman’s Warehouse and many other places. That’s Henry sporting his above-we helped him put them in correctly, and he was good to go! On our visit there were also some vendors selling earplugs outside of the Dome for 1.00, but bringing your own is a better idea. Do NOT try to watch this show without protecting your hearing and that of your children. You’ve got that, right?
- In addition to the noise, there are vibrations and some dust in the air in the lower levels. This is all part of the fun, but probably means it’s not an outing for anyone sensitive to such.
- 2018 Update-There is a lot of construction going on near the Tacoma Dome. Be sure to go early enough to deal with this and be prepared to pay for a close in parking spot. There are some other parking ideas here.
- Go early. You will need to allow time to park, get through the brief security check, and find your seats. If you want to eat beforehand, there are lots of inexpensive choices in the food court at Freighthouse Square or the Harmon is always kid friendly. We’ve also heard good things about Elemental Pizza. For 2018 the Stacks Burger food truck will be on the plaza after the 7PM shows Friday and Saturday.
- There are souvenirs and snack items for sale. The cotton candy that came with a truck holder thingamajig seemed popular. As is typical, all of these are on the pricey side. At intermission, you’ll be encouraged to purchase a flag or program you can wave to help judge the freestyle contest. My boys found waving their coat sleeves worked fine (I know-I’m super cheap).
- You can see all the available tickets here. Discounted child’s seats are usually the least expensive. At one time, Ford dealers had discount tickets. I’m not sure if that’s still the case.
- You might also enjoy the official Monster Jam site. It has a fun section for kids.
If you go to Monster Jam, or if you’ve been before, I’d love to hear your reviews and tips, too!
Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to facilitate this review. I was not otherwise compensated.