10 Tips for Going to Monster Jam with Kids

The action-packed motorsports experience for families returns to Allstate Arena on March 1-3.

Monster truck fans, get ready to rev your engines! Monster Jam, the adrenaline-charged motorsports experience, returns to Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 3. 

Quick details about Monster Jam

  • Date: Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 3; show times vary
  • Cost: Tickets start at $20 per person. Children under 2 years old are free. 
  • Parking: Parking is $25 per vehicle. Lots open two hours prior to the event. Tailgating is not allowed. 

Photo credit: Feld Entertainment

Fans will be on the edge of their seats as they watch world-class drivers show off their racing, wheels and freestyle skills. Watch as 12,000-pound monster trucks race, perform wild tricks and go head-to-head in the event championship. Fan favorites including Grave Digger, Megalodon and Scooby-Doo will be competing. 

Monster Jam will host five shows over three days — Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 

Each show will last approximately two hours, but there are plenty of exciting ways to squeeze even more monster truck activities into your day. Read on to discover some tips and kid-friendly activities that will make your family’s Monster Jam show a thrilling, all-day experience. 

Tips for going to Monster Jam with kids

Photo credit: Feld Entertainment

  • Fans ages 2 and older must have a ticket. Children under 2 must sit on their guardian’s lap. Pro tip: Visit your local Great Clips location to scan a QR code for 20% off select tickets. 
  • Personal bags are not allowed at Allstate Arena. Bags for diapers or medical needs are permitted but must be no bigger than 12” x 12”. 
  • Selfie sticks, iPads and action cameras are not allowed, so be sure to leave the tech at home or stashed securely in your vehicle. 
  • Be sure to show up early! Monster Jam Trackside begins approximately one hour before the event start time. Trackside activities include giveaways, competition previews, behind the scenes moments with the pit crew and more. 
  • Wear ear protection to protect your child’s little ears against loud noises — it’s not a bad idea for parents, either! If you forget your ear protection, ear plugs are sold at the concession stand. 
  • Celebrating a special occasion? For $50, your family can display a VIP Fan Message on the Jumbotron — perfect for birthdays, group outings and other celebrations. 
  • Sensory bags and weighted lap pads are available at no cost for fans with sensory processing needs. A guardian must leave an ID to check out these tools. 

More things to do with kids at Monster Jam 

  • Get hyped for the show at the Monster Jam Pit Party. See the trucks up close, meet the drivers, get autographs and take pictures. The Pit Party requires an additional $20 ticket per person.
  • For the ultimate post-show experience, take your monster truck fans to the Driver Meet & Greet. The experience includes photos and autographs with the drivers in a private event space, as well as a souvenir checked flag. The post-show meet and greet requires an additional $40 ticket.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Chicago Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for Chicagoland families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.

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