A first monster truck show is an exciting time for a kid! Here are a few tips that I compiled after taking our boys to their first show. This post contains affiliate links via the Amazon Affiliate Program which, when purchased through, add no cost to the consumer but help support this site.
I grew up with one sister, and I never realized how long the list of “things I had never done growing up” was until I became the mom of triplet boys. Attending a monster truck show was near the top of the list. With three elementary aged boys around, monster trucks are a part of my every day life. I’m fairly certain that there are two monster trucks (complete with a nearby ramp) on the corner of my bathtub right now. When I heard about the Hot Wheels Monster Truck Live show, I asked my boys if they would be interested in attending. Their answer was a unanimous “Did you even have to ask?”
Since this was their (and my!) first monster truck show, I wasn’t certain what to expect. If you are heading to your first monster truck show (especially the Hot Wheels Monster Truck Live show) any time soon, here are a few things I discovered.
#1 Have ear protection for the entire family. What ear protection is best for a monster truck show? I purchased these ear muffs for the triplets. The boys are 6 with normal size heads for a kid, and these ear muffs fit well. My husband was surprised that they muffled the loud noises so well. All three of my boys stated that they were a comfortable fit. My husband and I wore the ear plugs that fit into the ears. They were sufficient, but there were still some times during the show that I would have liked to have something more substantial.
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live did have ear protection for sell at the show.
#2 Allow extra time for a pre-show or a post-show. I’m not sure how I missed the memo, but the Hot Wheels Monster Truck Live show had a pre-show several hours before the actual show. Kids could get photos with drivers or in front of their favorite monster truck. Luckily, the drivers also had a time for signing autographs after the show, as well.
#3 Eat before attending. I was surprised at how long the show was. I definitely felt like we received our money’s worth! That being said, be sure to feed the kids a good meal before heading to the show. Otherwise, the snack station at most coliseums can be pretty pricey!
#4 Check the facility’s bag policy. Most places have a clear bag policy along with restrictions on what may be brought into the arena. Double check the coliseum’s web site for their policies on items that can be brought to the show.