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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!

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(2023) Celebrate the 4th of July Near Greenville, SC: Fireworks, Events, and Battlefields

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Are you looking for a fun 4th of July activity for the family or to see spectacular fireworks? Greenville, SC, and the Upstate area have some of the best celebrations around! If you’re looking for Upstate fireworks displays, you’ve come to the right place. Plus, we’ve come up with a few other ways to celebrate this memorable holiday as well with your family.

Whether you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Independence Day with kids or love fireworks, Greenville, SC has a celebration near you. You can catch a baseball game with the Greenville Drive before the fireworks on the fourth, plan a picnic dinner with the family, or celebrate Independence Day with an epic firework display at over a dozen different places.

Our list includes fireworks in Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, Anderson, Oconee, and Western North Carolina.

July 4th Events and Fireworks, Greenville, SC

Please double-check the event before you go. Some have changed plans last minute and while we are doing our best to keep this list updated, we cannot guarantee the event information. Events are listed in date order.

This article includes:
Fireworks Displays and Events Near Greenville
Firework Shows and Events Near Spartanburg
Fireworks and Events Near Pickens
Firework Shows and 4th of July Near Anderson
Firework Shows in Oconee
Fireworks and Events in Hendersonville and WNC
Revolutionary War Battlefields and Alternate Ways to Celebrate Independence Day
Where to Buy Fireworks Near Greenville, SC

We also have a list of Fireworks Displays in Columbia, SC

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Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend Near Greenville, SC: Events and Things to Do

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Looking for family-friendly celebrations and Memorial Day events? Greenville, SC has several that honor and celebrate the military members in our family and community who have passed. Most people also have a long weekend to enjoy and will be looking for things to do near Greenville, SC this Memorial Day. Our list includes ceremonies and salutes, plus fairs, family events, and fun things to do.

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Opa! Greek Festival in Greenville, SC is Back

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The Greek Festival in Greenville, SC is one of the most popular festivals and is coming soon – which means awesome food, lively entertainment, and vendors with beautiful, traditional Greek items. The 2023 Greek Festival is happening at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Greenville, SC on May 19-21, 2023.

Greek Festival in Greenville, SC

The 2nd Annual Fountain Inn Italian-American Heritage Festival is Happening in April 2023

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The second annual Fountain Inn Italian Festival is on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. Are you thinking about attending the festival? We have the schedule, the vendors, and all the details you need to plan your day to have an incredible time at the Italian-American Heritage Festival.

Fountain Inn Italian Festival

About the Italian-American Heritage Festival in Fountain Inn, SC

The quick facts:

  • Saturday, April 29th, 2023 from 12 pm to 6 pm
  • Main Street, Fountain Inn
  • Free Admission

This Italian-American Heritage Festival was a huge success for its inaugural year in 2022. This year’s festival seems to be giving the same amount of excitement, if not, more. There will be music, food, drinks, shopping from vendors, and activities. Last year there was a 50/50 raffle, corn hole tournament, and even a spaghetti eating contest! We’re so excited to see what 2023 holds—the committee says it will be bigger and better!


Your Ultimate Guide to Parent’s Night Out: Greenville, SC and Spartanburg, SC

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Looking for events that provide childcare for kids for a 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 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