A guest post from L.W.
Heading to the Maple Leaf Monster Jam for the first time a few years ago, I was absolutely floored by the whole experience. All of my expectations and biases of the whole Monster Truck culture were thrown to the floor. The energy of the crowd, the announcers, and the roadies, lead to a night of bone rattling adrenaline, and no-nonsense fun. We are not what I would consider a “Monster Truck” family – we watch shows like Dr. Who and build up our kids vocabulary with supreme nerd references to awesome Japanese animation series, therefore I walked into my first Maple Leaf Monster Jam with a little bit of a snobby chip on my shoulder. I thought that the crowd would be full of mullets and handle-bar mustaches, but my preconceived ideology of the Monster Truck Culture was … to use a terrible pun… crushed to smithereens.
Having never been to a live show as a child I grew up only watching those fantastically mock-worthy commercials on Detroit Television. But, when I walked into the building, apart from the immediate smack of the overwhelming sound, the fans and the crowds were people from all walks of life, there for the same reason as I, to enjoy some seriously awesome fun, by watching some seriously awesome machines.
Last year, I decided to attend my second Maple Leaf Monster Jam and took all three of my kids, and a family friend, who joked that we couldn’t be going to the Monster Truck show on a Saturday, because he thought it only happened on SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY (I’m betting your read that in that Monster Truck announcer voice, didn’t you). He was also surprised by how much raw, energy filled, fun the whole experience was. My boys got caught up in the competition and loved every moment. The roar is real, the trucks are amazing pieces of machinery, and there are these fantastic interludes with ATV stunts and Motocross stunts that gave my kids way too many ideas to make Mommy nervous when they become teenagers. In the end, I’m thrilled that I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and introduce my kids to something that I would have never thought to introduce them to! The world is full of so many amazing experiences and allowing children to live in those experiences, regardless of our own bias, helps them to become well rounded adults. I honestly never would have made the connection between Monster Trucks and encouraging free thought and choice with my children… but you never know what connections lay out in this vast, amazing world.
Maple Leaf Monster Jam will be rolling into the Rogers Centre in Toronto for performances on January 17 & 18, 2015. Visit the show website for full tour details. Want to hear the roar of the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Trucks in person? Enter to win tickets below:
Enter to WIN 4 tickets to the Maple Leaf Monster Jam show in Toronto
Enter to win tickets to the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Show at the Rogers Center in Toronto on Saturday January 17, 2015 at 7:00pm. Open to GTA only. Ends January 9, 2015. Enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.