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Monster Jam is back THIS WEEKEND!!

I’m not going to lie. When I found out I was pregnant with another boy, my heart sank just a little, and all my hopes and dreams of tutus and tea parties went out the window. But once the thought of being a boy mom became my reality, I’ve embraced every aspect of it…all the dirt, the wrestling, the dinosaurs, trains, planes and TRUCKS. So. Many. Trucks.

My boys building tracks for their trucks at the Monster Jam Pit Party

So it’s no surprise that when Monster Jam rolls into town, with their 12,000lb trucks and their world-class athletic drivers, that we will be there! And who says that trucks are only for boys? I like big trucks and I cannot lie, and love that this event has become a family tradition of ours. The sights, sounds, smells, and excitement at the event are so much fun for everyone. The Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. It is truly impressive to watch.

Our whole family enjoys the event! Although baby Levi did not love his ear muffs ūüėõ

So here’s what you should know!

WHAT:             Monster Jam is quite possibly the most action-packed motorsports experience in the world today! This high-octane event features the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement!

WHEN:             Saturday, February 15, 2020
We were so grateful to be hosted at the February 1st show, but if you missed that event, you have another chance to see it THIS SATURDAY at 7pm!

WHERE:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Petco Park –¬†100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
The Pit Party will take place at the Lexus Lot, across the street

TIPS:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†When you see all the photos of the kids wearing ear protection, it is not to make them look cute. The kids (and even some adults) NEED ear protection, especially if you are seated on a lower level, close to the action. Ear muffs, noise cancelling headphones or ear plugs are all good options. Yes, they are sold at the event, but you’ll pay a premium, so it’s a good idea to put in an Amazon order, stop by Home Depot, or borrow a set from your neighbor to bring along.

Dress warm! You guys…the event starts at 7pm and is OUTSIDE. You will be sitting down for most of the show, and/or standing in a line somewhere, so it is crucial that you dress appropriately!

A full list of allowed items can be found on the Petco Park website, but a few that might stand out to you are strollers, backpacks, (sealed) water bottles/juice boxes/milk cartons, snacks, banners (it’s fun to make one at home before the event), and blankets.

Parking. Parking can be challenging and expensive. Make sure you bring cash, as many places do not accept a credit card. Arrive as early as possible to try and snag a spot at the self-parking lot on 6th & K ($15), or pay just $5 more and valet park at the Marriott for just $20. Or, expand your adventure and hop on the MTS trolley!

Trucks AND tractors?! Count us in!

PIT PARTY:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†At the¬†Monster Jam¬ģ¬†Pit Party, you can see the massive trucks up close, meet your favorite drivers, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly activities. It‚Äôs an unforgettable part of the Monster Jam experience where lifelong fans are born. The Pit Party is open from 2:30 PM ‚Äď 5:30 PM¬†(Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry; located in the Lexus Lot) and includes family fun such as mini-monster trucks, a bounce house/slide, an opportunity to make a banner, build a wooden monster truck model (extra fee required), watch demonstrations, and buy official merchandise.

FEATURED TRUCKS/DRIVERS:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Grave Digger¬ģ¬†driven by Morgan Kane;¬†Son-uva Digger¬ģ¬†driven by Ryan Anderson;¬†¬†Max-D‚ĄĘ¬†driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco¬ģ¬†driven by Kevin Crocker;¬†Megalodon¬ģ¬†driven by Cory Rummell;¬†BroDozer‚ĄĘ¬†driven by Team BroDozer;¬†Monster Mutt¬ģ¬†Dalmatian¬†driven by Cynthia Gauthier;¬†Bounty Hunter¬†driven by Jimmy Creten;¬†Scarlet Bandit¬†driven by Dawn Creten;¬†Jester¬†driven by Matt Pagliarulo;¬†Kraken¬†driven by Nick Pagliarulo;¬†Wolf‚Äôs Head¬†driven by Kristen Hope;¬†Xtermigator¬†driven by Roy Pridgeon

**Truck line-up subject to change 

Making a banner at the Monster Jam Pit Party

TICKETS:        Ticket prices start at just $15! Pit Passes available for $15 each; Pit Party Early Access Pass pricing starts at $35 each

 Tickets and Pit Passes now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the Petco Park Box Office.                                                  

**ticket prices subject to change ‚Äď venue/ticketing fees may apply

Your Thrill-Loving Kiddos are Going to LOVE This Weekend’s Supercross!

Has your child already been to the new Sweetwater Bike Park?

Photo credit: Sweetwater Bike Park


If, like my son, you’ve got a thrill-loving biker in the family, then this weekend’s Monster Energy Supercross is a must-see. The most competitive and highest-profile motorcycle racing championship in the world is coming to Petco Park this Saturday, February 8!

Photo credit:Feld Entertainment

Monster Energy Supercross is the world’s preeminent off-road motorcycle racing championship featuring the most talented endurance athletes competing on custom designed tracks launching up to 30 feet in the air and covering distances of up to 90 feet all while navigating obstacles and each other on 225-pound motorcycles. Oh yeah!

Photo credit:Feld Entertainment

We’re especially looking forward to this year‚Äôs¬†FanFest with its backstage pass to the inner workings of the sport. It opens at Noon on race day, and features something for everyone with autograph sessions, a Supercross Virtual Reality experience and in-and-out access to the track to watch the afternoon practice and qualifying sessions.

Photo credit:Feld Entertainment

Want to be part of the action? Join us this Saturday, February 8th! Tickets start at $20 for the race and $10 for FanFest.

Monster Energy Supercross Tickets at Petco Park

Saturday, February 8 @ Petco Park

Gates Open / Practice & Qualifying: 12 p.m.

FanFest: 12 p.m. ‚Äď 6 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies: 6:30 p.m.

Racing: 7 p.m.

Mom-tip:  Get FREE FanFest access by recycling a can of Monster Energy drink at the event! (event admission required for entry)

Can you imagine your child’s trip to the bike park after attending this weekend’s Supercross? I’m just a bit nervous to see what Gage tries to pull off. ūüėČ

Family Fun in February

February is one of my favorite months in San Diego! There are minimal crowds, fabulous deals, exciting events, and overall spectacular weather. Some of our favorite, local events also take place this month. Our event calendar is packed full with family fun, as usual, but a few of our top picks in February are listed below.


San Diego Museum Month

Feb 1 – 29, Participating Museums

Oliver’s favorite museum is the Fleet Science Center!

Hopefully you are already familiar with this amazing annual promotion, and this is just serving as a reminder to you, but if you’re new to San Diego Museum Month…well, well, well…you are in for a treat!¬† San Diego area residents (and visitors) can pick up a¬†Museum Month discount pass at any of the libraries, Macy’s stores, or Hilton hotels listed at the bottom of this link. The pass is free, covers up to 4 people, and can be used at several museums throughout the month. Present your pass at any participating museum to receive¬†50% off the cost of admission!

Wondering which museum to check out? Here are a few of our favorite museums to visit with kids:

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Fleet Science Center (Galleries only)
Japanese Friendship Garden
Living Coast Discovery Center
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Museum of Making Music
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat)
The New Children’s Museum
USS Midway Museum


 Monster Jam! 

February 1 & 15, Petco Park

Monster Jam is such an exciting, action-packed family adventure!

This is one of our favorite, action-packed events ever, and this year I can’t wait to take my truck-loving 21-month old along with us! This month, Monster Jam returns to San Diego for two¬†high-octane events featuring the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement. Monster Jam is the big leagues of motorsports competition, where 12,000-pound trucks and the world-class athletes who drive them tear up the dirt with gravity-defying feats. Engineered to perfection, the legendary Grave Digger¬ģ, Max-D‚ĄĘ, El Toro Loco¬ģ¬†and many more push all limits in Freestyle, 2 Wheel Skills Challenge‚ĄĘ and Racing competitions. testing their agility, speed and versatility.¬†¬†The 2020 season is highlighted by¬†four San Diego debut truck appearances¬†including¬†the¬†including the first-ever diesel-powered truck¬†BroDozer¬†(inspired by the popular Discovery Channel TV show ‚ÄúDiesel Brothers‚ÄĚ) plus¬†EarthShaker, Wolf‚Äôs Head¬†and¬†Saigon Shaker.¬†¬†From unbelievable action to unexpected thrills, this is full throttle family fun!

Brick Fest Live¬ģ – LEGO¬ģ Fan Experience

February 15 & 16, Del Mar Fairgrounds

Baby Levi in awe over the LEGO castle at Legoland!

The #1 Touring LEGO Event in the country is coming to our city!¬† Over A MILLION LEGO¬ģ Bricks are On Display and Ready for Play! LEGO¬ģ lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live¬ģ LEGO¬ģ Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain.
Hands-on LEGO¬ģ Attractions and Activities Include:
‚ÄĘNeon City and Glow Gallery: See LEGO¬ģ art shine under black-light and add your custom creations to the most unique LEGO building experience Brick Fest Live!
‚ÄĘBrick Fest Speedway: Build, Race, and Win! Watch your custom-built LEGO¬ģ derby car zoom on 35-foot long timed-tracks!
‚ÄĘGuinness World-Record Setting LEGO Mosaic: Build your part of Brick Fest Live‚Äôs Mystery Mosaic.
‚ÄĘInspiration Stations: Add to mind-blowing, life-sized LEGO¬ģ builds and make them your own with more LEGO¬ģ than you’ve ever seen.
‚ÄĘVideo Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO¬ģ video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO¬ģ title head-to-head.
‚ÄĘMini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.
‚ÄĘMosaics: Using a colorful variety of 1√ó1 LEGO¬ģ bricks, create your own mosaic tile and be part of the show!
‚ÄĘShopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from the many merchants in attendance.

Daniel Tiger Live

February 29, Balboa Theater

At 5.5 years old, Daniel Tiger is STILL one of Oliver’s favorite shows ever

“Won‚Äôt you be my neighbor?”¬†Daniel Tiger and all of his friends from the beloved PBS KIDS television series are hopping aboard Trolley to San Diego with¬†DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE!¬†Along with “O” the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, Mom and Dad Tiger and many more, Daniel Tiger will take live audiences on an interactive musical adventure to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with music, dancing, laughter and¬†“grr-ific”¬†surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.


Kid’s Night Out!

Multiple Dates & Locations

Oliver and his buddies, Mikey and Charlie, enjoying their time at KidVentures

OK did you know this is a thing? You can DROP. YOUR. KID. OFF at several of the top, kid-friendly hot spots around town, and head out for…whatever you want! Multiple venues such as the San Diego Zoo, Kidventures, The Playground, San Diego Gymnastics, the Fleet Science Center and more, offer a Kid’s Night Out, which typically happen on Fridays or Saturdays anywhere from 4-10pm. Costs vary, but typically run about $25-$60 per child (most offer sibling discounts) and include dinner, snacks, movies, games, activities and endless fun. Win win for everyone involved! Check out our local events calendar to find a Kid’s Night Out that works for you…there are even a few happening on Valentine’s Day!

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