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Crash Boom Bam at Monster Jam! (Jan 2023)

Monster Jam Trucks Petco Park San Diego Parent Tips for Kids

Crash, Boom, Bam at Monster Jam! Needless to say that ALL of my boys were mesmerized. 💥 (Click link here to watch Instagram reel video.) 💥 @monsterjam #monsterjam


If you've never taken kids to Monster Jam, there are definitely some things you'll want to know before you headphones for kids are a must, save mega money and pre-pay for your parking space, skip the pit party, eat before you go and grab your treats before you take your seats. Read on for more tips to have a fun Monster Jam experience.





Snapdragon Stadium in Mission Valley

2101 Stadium Way, San Diego, CA 92108

Directions, parking & transportation - here

Bag policy - here



📆 Jan. 7-8 & 14-15, 2023

Tickets range from around $28-$150. Stadium seating all have amazing views, even the cheap tickets from the 2nd or 3rd level towards the ends, so don't hesitate to buy these. You can see these views from my Instagram reel linked above.

Buy tickets in-person to save on service fees at the box office (Wed-Fri 10-5) or online

Monster Jam website



$35-$45 onsite 😵

$5 roundtrip when you take the trolley! MTS Info 🚋

$FREE. There's very limited side street parking near the Mission Valley Library on Fenton Pkwy + Rio San Diego Dr. with about a 15 minute walk over, most likely these spots will be taken so be prepared to pay onsite.

There aren't any other pay lots or otherwise nearby. Don't park at Costco, Lowe's, etc. or you'll be towed.



Eat BEFORE you go. It’s cheaper and no lines.

The nearest shopping center 1 block away on the corner Friars Rd. + Northside Dr. has McDonald's & Sushi Kuchi (inside & outside seating).

Further into the shopping center is Costco's food court outside, IKEA's cafeteria upstairs (inside only), Island's Burgers (inside seating only), Pho Ca Dao Vietnamese restaurant (patio seating), Oggi's Pizza (inside & outside seating), IHOP (inside & outside seating), Starbucks (inside & outside seating), Dragon Chinese Cuisine & Jalicso's Mexican (both have inside seating, but you can walk around and find benches nearby), Coldstone Ice cream.

On-Site: Batch & Box, Best Pizza and Brew, Cali BBQ, The Crack Shack, Everbowl, Gaglione Brothers, Hodad's, Sandbar, Tarantino’s, and The Taco Stand

No outside food/drinks, except for 1 factory sealed water bottle or empty thermos max 32oz.



I opted for the nosebleed seats on the 2nd level (still great views!!!) towards the end, far end row, under a wheelchair row and we basically had this entire section all to ourselves. 🙌



These are a must for kids! I actually wished I had my own. Bought ours from Amazon about $15 ea (reuse them for air shows, etc.!) or rent them $30 ea.

We have this one and this one, both have lots of cute colors and styles. These fit babies ages 0-2.

(These are Amazon affiliate links where I earn a very small percentage of each item purchased with this link. It's roughly about $0.30 or something, but it's all appreciated and helps me keep paying for this website so thank you in advance.)



Last Year (2022 at Petco Park): We paid $20 extra but nobody checked our tickets. We just walked in. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Long lines to meet the drivers, but you can see trucks and take pics without waiting in line. They had $20 wood-build-your-own truck activities and another kids ride-on truck area. Cool to see but okay to skip, imo.



Here's all the gear that might help to make your adventure more smooth and enoyable.

Noise Cancelling Headphones: These are a must for little kids. You can rent them when you purchase your ticket and on-site if available. The link here is what we have approx. $15 and you can use them for Air Shows, Super Cross and every year if you return to these events. (These kids sizes actually fit my small head as well.)

Clear Bags: There is a clear bag policy at Snapdragon Stadium. You can bring in small purses/clutches, etc. with a max size of 4.5"x6.5", but for anything larger it must be a clear bag with a max size of 12"x6"x12". The link noted here is for 12"x6"x12" clear backpack. (This is also the size requirement for Pechanga Arena if you're going to see Disney On Ice.) ;)

Rain Ponchos: Sometimes it rains in January and Monster Jam at Snapdragon Stadium is a "rain or shine" event. Hey, it might actually be more fun to watch the Monster Trucks slip and slide in the mud!

Rain Boots: These are great quality kids rain boots from sizes toddler-big kids and come in all kinds of fun colors.

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