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One Family’s Personal Journey With The March of Dimes: Greenville, SC

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Looking for a way to give back to the community this spring? The March of Dimes Greenville, SC March For Babies event will be coming up at the end of April. Find out about what this organization does and how you can help!

Originally published in 2016, this piece has been updated with information about the 2024 March of Dimes March For Babies event. This year’s events will be on April 26th, 2024 in Greenville, SC and on April 20th, 2024 in Spartanburg, SC

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2024 Spring Kid-Friendly Festivals in Greenville, SC

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Planning your spring calendar and don’t want to miss any of the kid-friendly spring festivals in Greenville, SC this year? Pack up the kids because you’ve got some amazing options for great family memory-making. Here’s your ultimate list of the best kid-friendly spring festivals in the Upstate.

Spring Festivals Greenville SC

Kidding Around Greenville events calendar for Greenville, SC

See what’s going on this month with our calendar of events near Greenville, SC!

Check us out in the latest edition of InSouth Magazine, where you will find more information about spring festivals in Greenville, SC, along with wonderful articles, business profiles, and more for the Latino community in the Upstate!

Spring Festivals Planned for 2024 Near Greenville, SC

Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Saturday, March 16, 2024 | NOMA Square | 10 am – 8 pm
Lots of wonderful Irish entertainment is planned and the festival is for all ages. The parade starts at 10 am. FREE
Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Hub City Hog Fest

Friday, April 12 – Saturday, 13, 2024
Friday 12 pm – 11 pm | Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm

During the festival, teams will be competing in categories including brisket, ribs, wings, and butts. The food prepared by the competition teams can be sampled at different times, while supply lasts. There will also be live music and regional food trucks to enjoy.

iMAGINE Upstate

Saturday, April 6, 2024 | 11 am to 5 pm
The iMAGINE Upstate Festival is one of the most popular spring festivals. This event centers around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities that would make the biggest nerd – a fun one of course – jealous. There are high-tech gadgets and 3D printers, drone races, robots, rocket launchers, and virtual reality exploration, and more. Add live music and food and it’s a day well-spent with the family. FREE
iMagine Upstate Kidding Around Review
iMAGINE Upstate

Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee

Saturday, April 6, 2024 – Sunday, April 7, 2024 | Village Green
Local vendors, music, art and family entertainment. FREE
Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee

Happy Cow Spring Shindig

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | Happy Cow Creamery
Celebrate Happy Cow and local vendors at this inaugural festival from 9 am – 4 pm. There will be giveaways, vendors, food trucks, and music.
Spring Shindig

Cornbread & Collards Festival

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | Fountain Inn | Noon-6 pm
Enjoy a free concert from Mac Arnold and the Plate Full of Blues and enjoy the traditional Southern food of cornbread & collards in lots of different ways. The event will also feature a spring market.
Cornbread & Collards Festival

Spring Means Babies

Saturday, April 20, 2024 | Split Creek Farm
Love baby goats? This is the festival you need to attend! Split Creek Farm will have samples of their award-winning cheese and amazing goat milk fudge plus lots of local vendors and of course, baby goats. $8/adults, $5/kids, free/kids 2 and under.
Spring Means Babies

Baby goat at Split Creek Farm

Spartanburg Spring Fling

Friday, April 26, 2024 – Sunday, April 28, 2024
Friday 5 to 10 pm | Saturday 11 am to 9 pm | Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm
Lots of live entertainment, food, and vendors plus a Family Fun Zone and cycling race. FREE entry, cost of food and entertainment extra.
Spartanburg Spring Fling

Greer Goes Global: International Festival

Saturday, April 20, 2024 | Greer City Park | 11 am to 4 pm
The highly attended annual international festival is celebrated in downtown Greer. Event-goers will have the opportunity to learn about more than 40 different countries and get a taste of their country’s cuisine from vendors and food trucks! There will be a children’s area, that will include arts and crafts from different cultures. FREE
Greer Goes Global: International Festival

Italian American Heritage Festival

Saturday, April 27th, 2024 | Downtown Fountain Inn | 12 pm – 6 pm
Embrace and celebrate Italian heritage at this festival! There will be lots of delicious food, beer & wine, food demonstrations, Italian memorabilia, crafts, and games for the entire family to enjoy.
Italian American Heritage Festival

Pickens Azalea Festival

April 26, 2024- April 27, 2024 | Pendleton Street downtown
Hundreds of local artisans, vendors, food and family entertainment happen at this festival that has been going on for 30 years.
Pickens Azalea Festival

Spring Into Art

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 10 am – 4 pm
Sponsored by the Simpsonville Arts Foundation, this festival will have kids activities, food vendors, live music, chalk art, and art demos. It’s free to attend.
Spring Into Art Festival

Duck Derby

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | Falls Park | 2:30 pm
Seeing 10,000 rubber duckies racing down the falls at Falls Park is quite the spectacle. The festival is actually a big event to raise money for local charities and incorporates food, a giant duck mascot wandering around taking photos with kids, fun crafts for the little ones, and music. Here’s KAG’s story on the Duck Derby, which explains how it all works. FREE
Duck Derby

duck derby Greenville, SC

Rhythm on the River

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | Dolly Cooper Park, Powdersville | 12-8 pm
This event sounds like it is going to be a blast! Dolly Cooper Park, in Powdersville, is nestled at a bend in the Saluda River–hence the “Rhythm on the River!” There will be live music from The Fortunate Sons, as well as food trucks, local vendors, and a kid’s zone. FREE
Rhythm on the River

Artisphere

May 10, 2024 – May 12, 2024
Probably the most anticipated spring festival in Greenville, Artisphere lives up to its reputation as one of the very best events in the Southeast. But it’s awesome for kids too! They have an entire area aptly called Kidsphere full of kid-friendly activities, building blocks, and STEM-related and hands-on exhibits. There are also several performing artists that are exciting to watch for all ages. FREE
Artisphere

Artisphere Greenville SC

Greek Festival

May 17, 2024 – May 19, 2024 | St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Greenville
I have a slight obsession with Greek pastries, especially the honey-drenched baklava, so I was more than happy to go to the Greek Festival last year and search it out. I was not disappointed. Not only was the baklava sweet and delicious, but the music, food, and kids area were enjoyable and entertaining. This festival immediately went on my to-do list for the spring of this year. The food is amazing – oh hi, tasty gyros! – and the music was lively. There is an admission charge and we’ll update it when it’s announced.
Greek Festival

Greek Festival Greenville SC

Gallabrae

Great Scot! Parade | Friday | May 24, 2024 | Main Street, Greenville | 6 pm
Greenville Scottish Games | Saturday | May 25, 2024 | Furman University, Travelers Rest
The Scots are back in full force and will keep you busy during Memorial Day Weekend! Join in on the fun, wear your tartans, and immerse yourself in Scottish culture including Celtic Music, Military Salute, Border Collie exhibition, British Classic Car Show and lots of more. This is a ticketed event.
Gallabrae

Do you have a favorite Upstate Festival? Let us know in the comments.

Everything you need to know for spring in Greenville, SC

Need more fun this spring?

Check out the Upstate’s Guide to Spring! It’s full of things to do and family fun.

Check out this list of spring festivals in Spartanburg, SC!

Spring Fling in Spartanburg

Don’t Miss the Reedy River Duck Derby in Greenville, SC

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Have you seen the Duck Derby in Greenville, SC? No, it’s not a giant bathtub with thousands of rubber duckies – it’s the 20th Annual Reedy River Duck Derby! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Reedy River Greenville, it is certainly a bucket list item if you live in the Greenville area. The 20th Annual Reedy River Duck Derby is set for Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 2:30 pm. The entire event is from 11 am – 4 pm with the duck race starting at 2:30 pm.

The Duck Derby is not only a fantastic way to spend an afternoon but it’s also a great way to support wonderful charities.

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10 Inexpensive Things To Do This Spring Break

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Searching for cheap things to do for spring break? Spring Break fun doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are plenty of things to do in the area and at home that will quickly fill up the downtime during the break and even better, don’t require a ton of energy or planning. Plus, they won’t break the bank or require a road trip. Read on to discover ten cheap things to do for an affordable spring break.

Things to do for cheap indoors, like building a tent!

Looking for more about spring break in Greenville? Go to our Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in Greenville, SC for things to do, local travel, and more.

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iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival: The Interactive Festival You Won’t Want to Miss

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Has your family visited the STEAM festival, iMAGINE Upstate?  iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival is a free, interactive festival held annually in downtown Greenville. The 2024 iMAGINE UPstate Festival will be on Saturday, April 6th, 2024 so head to Main Street from 11 am to 5 pm. The outdoor festival is free, family-friendly, and will inspire your kids (and you) to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

iMAGINE Upstate

The festival features more than 75 interactive exhibits and stage shows along Main Street in Downtown Greenville. The festival stretches from Main Street and Court Street and ends at Main Street and River Street. Free parking is available at the Richardson Garage and W. Washington Parking Deck. Trolleys will shuttle visitors throughout the festival. Or, ride the bus with your kids (they will think it’s so cool!) You can follow the Real-Time Bus Tracker app to find out where the bus is and where to be picked up and dropped off.

Thank you to iMAGINE Upstate for sponsoring this content.

Featured Exhibits at iMAGINE Upstate 2024

There will be dozens of exhibits from local organizations and companies that are grounded in STEAM backgrounds, including BMW Manufacturing, GE, ScanSource, World Explorers, and so many more! You can find a full list of sponsors and exhibitors on the iMAGINE Upstate Festival website. Exhibitors will have unique STEAM based demonstrations, crafts, and hands-on learning opportunities that will engage both you and your children. All of the activities are free, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of thinkers, tinkerers, and brilliant minds!

Coolers, pets, skateboards, skates, and bikes will not be allowed in the festival area. This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free festival too.

iMAGINE Upstate Festival
Some of the fun happening at the festival

Some of the Exhibitors to Visit at iMAGINE Upstate 2024

Kyocera-AVX : How do Electronics Work?

Take a look at science and technology and their usage in electronics by observing physics and the relationship between electricity, magnetism, power storage, and more!


Dodge Industrial: Friction!

See if you can fight the friction on different surfaces. Can you dodge a windmill to get your golf ball into the hole? Ever wonder how a conveyor belt works and maintains an optimal speed? Find out at this exhibit.


NCEES: Build an Earthquake Resistant Structure

Learn about why earthquakes happen and engineer a structure to resist an earthquake.

Food Trucks at iMAGINE Upstate 2024

There will be food trucks on-site at iMAGINE Upstate, including HipBurger, Luckei D’s Cafe, The Snickering Coyote, and Clare’s Creamery. You can find everything that the festival has to offer, including additional information, on the iMAGINE Upstate interactive map. And don’t forget to visit the Info Tents to pick up your free goodie bag and brochure with site map.

Find more information on the iMAGINE Upstate website and the iMAGINE Upstate Event page.

The event will happen rain or shine.

About iMAGINE Upstate
iMAGINE Upstate fueled by ScanSource is a program of the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative and part of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics Science (SCCMS) at Clemson University. Its mission is to create meaningful experiences that promote a culture of lifelong learning and professional growth with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), innovation, and entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina. For more information visit www.iMAGINEUpstate.org and follow on Facebook and @imagineupstate on Twitter. #iMAGINEif

Also, see our list of the best family festivals in Greenville this spring.

The BEST List of 2024 Easter Egg Hunts: Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for the perfect Easter Egg hunt in Greenville, Spartanburg, or Upstate, SC? We have an amazing list of egg hunts, Easter bunny photos, Easter farm events, crafts, and all sorts of kid-friendly 2024 Easter events in the Upstate SC area. Bookmark this list!

Easter egg hunts in Greenville, SC and the Upstate


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Your Ultimate Guide to Kids Night Out: Greenville, SC and Spartanburg, SC

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Looking for events that provide childcare for kids for a kids and parent’s night out? Greenville, SC, and Spartanburg, SC have some fantastic options for parents looking for kid’s night out events. These organizations offer kid’s night out events where you can drop off your kids for a few hours so you and your significant other can have a date night, girl’s night, or shopping trip!

Parents Night Out / Kids Night Out events near Greenville, South Carolina
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(2024) Get a FREE Photo with the Cabela’s & Bass Pro Shops Easter Bunny!

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Have you visited the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Easter Bunny? Your child can get a free photo with that famous rabbit, the Easter Bunny. Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops will host the Easter Bunny in March 2024. We have everything you need to know about this opportunity for free family fun and memory-making at Cabela’s.

Free easter bunny photo at Cabela's
Cabela’s Easter photo from reader, Laura N.

We are answering the 4 biggest questions about visiting the Easter Bunny at Cabela’s in 2024:

Special thanks to our readers who provided some adorable photos of their children with the Easter Bunny from previous year’s events!

Will the Easter Bunny Be at Bass Pro Shops in 2024?

Yes! Guests who would like to receive a free 4 x 6 professional photo with the Easter Bunny and your family or adorable kids, can do so this year at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops.

No Plexiglass for 2024: The Easter Bunny will not be behind plexiglass this year. Also, you can expect to find more details on Cabela’s Easter Event Page.

Free Cabela's photo
Free Easter Bunny Photo from reader Angela G.

The Free Photo

The photo is a professional 4×6 photo, printed free by Cabela’s & Bass Pro Shops. This is not just a photo op with mom or dad behind the cell phone camera. Mom and Dad can even get in the photo, too! We love opportunities for free fun and memory-making. Free holiday photos are definitely a rare treat for families.

Easter Bunny: Bass Pro Shops Schedule (2024)

Reservations open on March 16th, 2024 for appointments for Saturday, March 23rd, 2024, and Sunday, March 24th, 2024. Additional appointments will be available 7 days in advance. Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s typically has the Easter Bunny visit for two weekends before Easter. The full schedule will be available when registration opens.

Do check with your local store as the times may vary from store to store! 

Family with the Easter Bunny
Free Cabela’s Photo from reader, Ashley V.

How do I register my kids?

Registration to see the Easter Bunny at Cabela’s will open on March 16th, 2024.

Yes. You do need to register in advance to visit with the Easter Bunny at Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops. The registration link for visits and photos with the bunny, all free, will be found on the Cabela’s Easter Event page.

Can I get more than one photo?

If you really love your photo, you can purchase packages with additional photos starting at $15.

The Cabela’s & Bass Pro Easter Bunny Photo Packages are:

  • High-Resolution Digital Image Download: $15
  • Basket Package: 1 5×7 and 4 wallets: $15
  • Jelly Bean Package: 1 6×8, 2 5×7, 2 4×6, 4 wallets and a digital image: $20

Have you visited Cabela’s for photos?

More Free Things For Kids and Families

Where can you find free kits and workshops for kids?

Here’s our list of stores and venues that offer totally free things to do for kids.

Looking for more? Did you know Cabela’s also hosts Santa at Christmas time, and you can get another free 4×6 professional photo of your kids with Santa? It’s true. Read all about in our review of Santa at Cabela’s. Then mark your calendars to check back for a registration date in November.

 

All You Need to Know About Monster Jam (Review)

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Needing a great Monster Jam review to help you decide if you’re up for this epic show? Monster Jam is back for 2024, and is going to blow your kid’s mind! Maybe your life is ready for some thrilling entertainment or maybe you need something that is perfectly safe for you, yet still feels a little dangerous. Or, perhaps you just have some kids who LOVE anything with an engine and wheels? Try Monster Jam! Here is everything you need to know about the show!

Review of Monster Jam
  • Complimentary tickets were given to make this Monster Jam review possible. All opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links and has been updated with 2024 dates and costs.
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Monster Jam: Review and What it is!

Monster Jam is a live sporting event competition featuring seven monster trucks. It showcases the trucks’ abilities to crush cars, fly through the air, and spin. Monster Jam typically involves three main events:

  • The wheelie contest: judges score the trucks on the most impressive jump over a line of three cars
  • Truck racing: trucks jump over the line of cars while trying to be the first to cross the finish line
  • Freestyle: each driver is given 60 seconds to perform whatever stunts he wants; this event is also scored by judges

These trucks are massive at approximately 12 feet tall and wide. The tires are 66 inches and weigh 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 an experience your kids will talk about for a long time.

The performance previously also included dirt bike and quad bike (four-wheeler) stunts and races.

Check out our video review: Monster Jam

What Happens During Monster Jam (A Monster Jam Review)

Monster Jam is a unique experience! We brought our five-year-old son, who was very excited to see the huge trucks. All of the trucks have sensational designs and paint jobs, and the drivers do a good job of getting the audience involved and cheering. I must say that I was truly impressed by the power and ability of the trucks, as well as the skill and daring of the drivers.

After each of the three events, the winning driver was presented with an award, which he then gave to his “biggest fan” in the crowd. I noticed that kids who had made signs for their favorite truck were easy for the driver to spot. So if you want the chance to bring home a (free) memento, make a sign! (Souvenirs are available for purchase in the lobby, if you want to be sure to have something to bring home.)

Honestly, though, my favorite part of the show was the dirt bike stunts. The bikers sped up a ramp and then executed impressive aerial acrobatics before landing. The dirt bikes only made one appearance, but I think we would have loved to see more of them.

Note: Our Monster Jam review was based on the Greenville, SC show. The show is pretty consistent across arenas, though slight variations in programming may occur.


TIPS: Know Before You Go to Monster Jam

1 – Monster Jam is LOUD. Like, you can hear the trucks from outside the stadium if you’re standing across the street. Ear protection is a must.  The music is loud, the engines are loud, and the announcer is loud.

2 – Get ear protection before you go or buy them at the arena. You can find affordable ear protection muffs for children at a sports store such as Dick’s Sporting Goods or on Amazon (see a list of ear protection options). Many parents I know recommend using both earplugs and earmuffs. It is really ear-splitting loud and you can’t be too careful protecting your children’s ears.

3- If you have a child who is sensitive to loud noises, don’t take them. The rumbling is crazy loud and can scare smaller kids or those sensitive to this type of noise.

4 – Sometimes between events, the momentum dips and kids can lose focus. You know your kid and if sitting for a longer period of time is hard, perhaps consider this event for when they are older.

5 – It’s chilly because the arena needs to be ventilated (no one wants to breathe in all that exhaust) so be prepared with a scarf, heavy jacket, etc.

6 – Try to get your tickets before you arrive for the event. The longest lines at the arena are the box office lines. Plus, you’ll save a lot of money in Ticketmaster fees if you buy direct at the arena.

7 – Do bring: cash for parking, cash for anything you might buy at the arena, a camera, and a sign for your favorite truck. Do not bring food or drink. Only clear bags are allowed in the arena.

8 – Sometimes one of the Monster Trucks will show up in a public place the day of the first show. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we will post where and when it is if that happens. It’s free!

9 – Anyone ages 2 and up needs a ticket so plan for that when purchasing tickets.

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Greenville, SC Monster Jam 2024

How long is Monster Jam?

In Greenville, SC, the show we attended officially began at 7:00 pm, but there were pre-show activities for at least 30 minutes before the show began. The show concluded right before 9:00 pm. There is a 15-minute intermission when “construction” trucks smooth the dirt arena and move the crushed cars. (This may have been the most fascinating part of the show for my son.)

Pit Party

The Pit Party happens on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am. To attend the Pit Party you must have a ticket to the 1 pm show, as well as an add-on ticket Pit Pass. At the Pit Party, you will walk down on the arena floor and get to view the trucks up close, as well as meet drivers. There’s an opportunity for photos and autographs. Pit Party passes are $20/each.

There are also post-event Meet & Greet tickets available for $40/each after each show.

The 2024 Monster Jam Show in Greenville is:

  • Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at 1 pm (Pit Party at 10:30 am)
  • Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, April 7th, 2024 at 1 pm (Pit Party at 10:30 am)

Tickets start at $25, Pit Passes are $20, and are sold at The Well Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000.


Columbia, SC Monster Jam 2024

How Long is Monster Jam?

Monster Jam will be in Columbia, SC at the Colonial Life Arena. The show will start at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, or 7:00 pm on April 6th and 7th, 2024. Guests can come an hour early for pre-show activities that are included in your ticket, including Monster Jam Trackside which includes competition previews, behind-the-scenes activities, opening ceremonies, and giveaways. Part way through the show, there is a 15-minute intermission where the dirt is smoothed by construction trucks and crushed cars are removed. The entire show takes around 2 hours.

Pit Party

If you’re looking for an extra special experience, you can purchase Pit Party tickets along with your admission ticket. The Pit Party in Columbia, SC is on April 6th, 2024 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, and again on April 7th, 2024 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

The Pit Party gets you up close and personal with the monster trucks! Guests can meet their favorite drivers, get autographs, takes photos with the trucks, and play in the Pit Stop Play Area. The play area will have inflatable slides, a remote-controlled truck course, new photo opportunities, and more. Pit Party passes are $20/each.

There are also post-event Meet & Greet tickets available for $40/each after each show.

The 2024 Monster Jam Show in Columbia, SC is:

  • Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at 1 pm (Pit Party at 10:30 am)
  • Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, April 7th, 2024 at 2 pm (Pit Party at 11:30 am)

Tickets start at $20, Pit Passes are $20, and are sold at The Colonial Life Arena, through the Ticketmaster.com and by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000.


Who should go to Monster Jam?

I noticed a lot of kids at the arena, and it is definitely a kid-friendly show. I wouldn’t recommend the show for very small children, but everyone that I saw from 4 years to 75 years enjoyed the event. (If your child is frightened by roaring engines or cars getting smashed, then Monster Jam is not for him.)

If you want to see the trucks up close, consider buying your tickets for Saturday with the Pit Pass add-on. This special pass will allow you to go into the Pit with the drivers and see the trucks up close before the show.


Monster Jam FAQ :

Kidding Around Team members have been many, many times to Monster Jam, reviews are from experience! Here’s our quick and helpful FAQ.

How long is Monster Jam?

Monster Jam is about 2 hours start to finish, but that’s not including any preshow activities, finding your seat, getting snacks, etc.

Is Monster Jam appropriate for a 3 year-old?

Monster Jam is loud. That can be kind of scary for young kids. Every kid is different. While we generally wouldn’t recommend Monster Jam for families with young kids, you might consider them ready to go if they are willing and able to keep ear protection on and aren’t afraid of loud noises. If you’re looking for a hard number, we’d say age 4 and up.

Is Monster Jam worth it?

Monster Jam is definitely fun for families, even if huge trucks aren’t normally your thing. If tickets are something your family can afford, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

What do I need to know about taking kids to Monster Jam?

Check out our Monster Jam Tips section.

Hopefully, our Monster Jam review helped you decide to attend this awesome experience!


Curious About Monster Truck Drivers?

Learn more about Monster Jam star Linsey Read!

linsey read at monster jam