Monster Jam Triple Threat: A Totally New Experience


Never would I have imagined that my four-year-old son’s monster trucks could be brought to life to such a degree, and within such a spectacular venue. We attended the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series at Sacramento’s new Golden 1 Center last night not really knowing what to expect, as my family had never attended anything like this before. Luckily we came prepared with earplugs, which proved to be a wise choice because these machines were loud! Loud and fun!

We were introduced to eight monster trucks and their premier athletes right from the start. Blasting into the arena onto a dirt track with such magnitude and velocity, I honestly forgot where I was. My kids were equally as mesmerized, watching these gigantic machines flipping up into the air, doing wheelies, doughnuts, and landing many times upside down or in other death-defying positions.

My son’s favorites were of course all of them, but Scooby Doo and Grave Digger were the most talked about. My daughter loved Monster Dalmatian, who’s driver is female.

Having seats that were close was amazing because we could see and feel the momentum of each truck, not to mention seeing the exhaust and dirt made us feel like we were part of the show.

Getting to see the athletes after the show was also very thrilling. Families lined up to meet them were stretched half way around the arena. I would say a majority of the audience were families with children. I was surprised to see almost as many girls as boys, all equipped with earplugs of course…and with eyes filled with anticipation, excitement, and a respect for athletes who challenge themselves and push limits!

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is currently at Golden 1 Center through Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. You can purchase tickets here.


By guest writer Annie Fairburn


Monster Jam: An American Experience

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Sitting on the lower level of the Sleep Train Arena, we were close to the action and noise on the dirt-covered floor.  We took our two oldest kids with us and didn’t tell them where we were going until we got there.  The expressions on their faces were priceless when they realized that we were going to the Monster Jam truck rally.  We could hear the trucks well before we actually got into the arena.  Next time we will make sure to bring earplugs.

My family had never been to a truck rally before and had no idea what to expect.  For me, the show seemed to start off fairly slowly with races in much smaller vehicles.  The crowd roared when the actual monster trucks entered the competition.  Although the several different types of smaller vehicles were interesting and fun to watch, the monster trucks’ wheelee and freestyle segments with their slinging dirt and roaring exhaust were what we had all come to see.  My son and oldest daughter were riveted by the giant trucks flying through the air.
New Earth Authority’s Travis Groth left the ground accompanied by the gasp of the entire audience.  We were all instant monster truck fans when his truck crashed and landed upside-down.
My daughter was disappointed that Zombie won the donut competition when El Toro Loco obviously put on a better showing.  The crowd’s cheering for Kayla Blood was immediately followed by booing the judges.
Although she liked the roaring engines and flinging dirt of the donuts, her favorite part was the freestyle competition and Morgan Kane’s perfect score in Grave Digger.  The giant green and black truck flew back and forth over the dirt ramps and crushed cars all while deafening us with the roar of exhaust.  My Danish born wife said, “Now I feel very American.” with a huge grin on her face. We will definitely be doing this again.
Monster Jam will be at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena this weekend only with one show tonight at 7:30 pm and two shows tomorrow at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. For tickets, click here.
By Jed Christian
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Win Tickets: All New Monster Jam Competition Comes to Sacramento

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Each January for the past several years, Sleep Train Arena has rolled out the dirt and hosted America’s favorite monster truck show, Monster Jam featuring world-famous monster trucks such as Grave Digger, Blue Thunder and El Toro Loco. We’ve all been thrilled by the engines roaring, the trucks racing, the amazing jumps and the overall competition. If you and your kiddos have been thrilled as much as we have, then you are in for a treat as Monster Jam rolls back into town with even more of what we love.

Get ready for new tricks and more competition from your favorite teams. New this year, Monster Jam will add speedsters and ATVs to the mix, creating new and exciting entertainment for monster truck fans. And make sure you get your pit passes and arrive early for Party in the Pits where you will meet the drivers a see your favorite truck, up close and personal.

What: Monster Jam

When:  Jan. 29, Jan 30, and Jan. 31, 2016.

Where: Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena

Admission: $10 for kids ages 2-12 (select seating), $20-$50 for adults, $15 Opening Night discount tickets (select seating), and $10 for Pit Passes. Buy tickets here.

Win Tickets: Would you like some tickets? We’ve got a family four-pack of tickets to give away to one of our lucky readers. Here’s what you need to do to be eligible to win. Answer this trivia question correctly in the comment section below by 5pm on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2015: What Monster Jam truck/team consists of all female drivers?

A winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Good luck!



Start Your Engines: An Afternoon with the Trucks of Monster Jam

By Kari Miskit

Before we even walked through the doors of Sleep Train Arena, the sounds and smells made it clear that we were in for some excitement. Engines roared and exhaust hung in the air as the woman at the door scanned our tickets. My son turned to me with wide eyes and a big grin, “Mom – this is going to be AWESOME.”

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I’ve seen the commercials for Monster Jam for years but never quite imagined I’d ever attend a show myself. That is, until a certain little guy came into my life. If your kids love fast cars and motorcycles, big trucks, and of course dirt, then Monster Jam is for you. The show features several sections, including races and freestyle competitions, intercut with motorcycles and side-by-sides. The pace of the show is steady enough that younger kids can keep up, and my preschooler was engaged by most all of the competitions…expect when the popcorn and slushy vendors walked by.
One of my favorite parts of the show was when the audience was encouraged to wave T-shirts, towels or whatever they had with them to symbolize support for certain drivers – getting spectators involved, especially excited kids, is always a good idea.
The winning drivers are interviewed after competitions, and all were earnest when they addressed the crowd, which is a great thing for parents who are trying to teach their kids about good sportsmanship. It’s also a nice touch that winning drivers hand out their plaques to younger audience members – yet another way that the show’s organizer’s work to interact with the crowd.Sam Monster Jam
As I mentioned, the roaring engines you hear even before entering the building persist for most of the show, so ear protection is a must. We borrowed kids’ protective earmuffs from a friend, and the adults in our party sported earplugs throughout the show. Cool souvenir earmuffs are also available on site. There’s one intermission, and it’s fairly short, which is good news for those of who need the action to keep coming before our little companions get restless.
As we were heading back to our car, my son stopped and said, “Mom, I want to come back here again!” When I said we could, he stopped and headed back for the doors, “You mean, right now?!” So, all in all, I’d call the afternoon a “roaring” success.
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We’re Giving Away Tickets to the 2015 Monster Jam at Sleep Train Arena

Grave Digger 1Some big, bad monster trucks – those of little boys’ dreams – will soon be rolling into town. The 2015 Monster Jam will be putting on three thrilling competitive performances January 24-25 at Sleep Train Arena. You’ll see Monster Jam favorites Grave Digger, Zombie, Destroyer and others show off their moves as they race around the arena, jumping over huge mountains of dirt, and rolling over cars. Their engines will roar, the crowd will go wild, and all the little boys in attendance will think they have died and gone to monster truck heaven!

Shows are 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Saturday, and 1:00 pm on Sunday, with pit parties starting at 11:30 am before each 1:00 pm performance. You can also see a couple of the trucks up close and personal for FREE on Friday, January 23. Grave Digger will be on display at UTI (Universal Technical Institute) in Natomas from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, while Destroyer will be on display at Big O Tires in Elk Grove from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Would you like to win tickets to the show? We’ve got a family 4-pack to give to one of our lucky readers. It could be you! So, here’s what you need to do to qualify. Answer this trivia question correctly in the comment section below: What famous monster truck started out competing as a mud bogger? A winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Good luck!

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Win Tickets to this Weekend’s Monster Jam!

Grave Digger in SacramentoIf you heard some loud “roars” in Natomas this morning…I hope you weren’t alarmed.  It wasn’t that of ferocious lions on the loose, but the roar of truck engines!  The Monster Jam is in town this weekend, and the trucks are coming in to Sleep Train Arena throughout the day today.  We joined UTI for a free open house this morning and met up with the most iconic truck of all time, Grave Digger and his driver Carl Van Horn.  He’s there until 2pm, so you still have time to get over there for pictures and autographs!

And if you don’t yet have tickets to this weekend’s event, well you are in luck.  The nice Monster Jam folks have given us 2 Sunday Family Passes + Pit Passes (to meet the drivers) to give out to our readers.  To be eligible, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us who your favorite Monster Truck is.  A random drawing will be held tomorrow (1/18/13) at 2pm.  Good luck!

Autographs with Grave Digger Driver

Weekend Family Fun

This weekend you’ll find Monster Trucks at Raley Field, Kings Basketball at the Sleep Train Arena, a Festival of Trees at the Automobile Museum, a harvest festival to begin your holiday shopping and many more fun activities your family will enjoy!

11/16 -Sacramento Kings vs. Atlanta Hawks – The Sacramento Kings take on the Atlanta Hawks in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena (formerly Power Balance Pavilion.)

11/16 -17 – Monster X Tour at Raley Field – The Monster X Tour will include racing, wheelie contests, and freestyle competition, as well as myriad side acts including Moto X freestyle, trophy truck and demo cross. The list of participating monster trucks, which is subject to change, includes BigFoot, Time Flys, Detour, Fired Up, Super Stomper, El Perro Loco, Rock Star, California Kid, and General Lee.

11/16-18 – Kids & Company Gallery Adventures at the Crocker – Wildly amusing and surprisingly educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages five and older (and the adults that tag along with them) in a fun and playful manner.  Free with Museum admission. This program takes place every first and third Sunday of the month.

11/16-18 – Sacramento Harvest Festival at the Cal Expo Pavilion – The Sacramento Harvest Festival, one of the largest indoor arts and craft shows on the West Coast, will return with over 24, 000 handmade arts and crafts. This year marks the 40th Anniversary Tour for the Harvest Festivals. Attendees can browse original art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, toys, specialty foods, home decor, and more. Throughout the weekend there is live entertainment, strolling performers, artist demonstrations, food tastings, a hands on KidZone, and fabulous prize drawings.

Plus, anyone who brings a canned food donation for Elk Grove Food Bank Services will receive $2 off admission

11/17 – Family Activity: Things that Slither at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – What has no arms or legs and smells with its tongue? What can lose and re-grow its tail? Learn about the life cycles, predators, prey, habitats, and defenses of reptiles. Meet a resident reptile up close!

11/17 – Hands-on-History: Trapped in the Mountains at Sutter’s Fort – In the winter of 1846-1847 over 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snows. We know them as the Donner Party, but the travelers included individuals and many different families. Did you know that the snowbound emigrants lived in two separate camps almost five miles apart? Sutter’s Fort was their destination and became their only hope of survival. Rescue parties of volunteers were assembled at the Fort, mules and packs were gathered, and a variety of food supplies were packed for the rescue. Few people are aware that the second relief party carried 100 pounds of cocoa and 400 pounds of sugar among other more mundane staple items.

View replicas of rarely seen original documents and hear the mysterious and haunting stories that have fallen through the cracks. Visitors will be able to pack a wagon or write in their journal with a quill pen, or make a corn husk or rag doll and create their own pioneer souvenir item. Come to the Fort and hear why there continues to be so much discussion about the Donner Party.  Cannon Demonstrations will be held at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

11/17-18 – Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright at the Discovery Museum – This weekend is all about big cats at the Discovery Museum. Start out by viewing the cat corner in the Bone Zone exhibit. Kids try on tiger costumes and make big growls for the camera. Watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in the Doctor’s Office play space. The classroom has Daniel Tiger coloring sheets, mask making, and tiger-themed freebies to take home (as supplies last).  Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older. Tiger slide show in our planetarium at Noon & 2pm for all ages.

11/18 – Family Activity: Great Gobblers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center -Beards, wattles, and snoods—what strange things to see on a bird! Look and listen for wild turkeys as you explore their world on this guided walk through the Nature Preserve.  All ages welcome.

11/18 – Festival of Trees at the California Automobile Museum – Join for a fun-filled evening that the entire family can enjoy. View the beautiful trees decorated and displayed by local merchants and organizations. The shimmering trees are the backdrop for this magical evening. You will be thrilled by the excitement of the auctions and raffles. Mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be incredible live music, all in a fairytale-like atmosphere. Make this evening the most enchanting evening of the season!

The festival will feature “A Taste of Northern California” surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas. Some amazing items will be auctioned off including family vacations, weekend getaways, fun and exciting kids items, great gifts, and more. Generous, talented groups and individuals from businesses, civic groups, churches, families, and friends in the community have donated their time and talent to decorating Christmas trees and wreaths that will be raffled off during the event.  Remember, this year’s Festival of Trees will be benefiting The Birth Connection.

11/18 – Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets – The Sacramento Kings take on the Brooklyn Nets in this basketball game at the Sleep Train Arena.

11/18 – BusyKidz Grand Opening Celebration – Join in for the official ribbon cutting! BuzyKidz will have music, face painting, activities, snacks, a craft sponsored by Lakeshore Learning, and of course, all of BusyKidz to play in.