Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monster Jam® event {review}

My family and I would like to thank Monster Jam® for inviting to attend their Bay Area event at Levi's Stadium. We had a fun time and enjoyed the show. All photos and videos used in this post were taken by Maribel Reyes, we ask that you email us first to request permission to use them. Opinions are 100% ours. 


Monster Jam® was at Levi's Stadium last Saturday, along with Grave Digger, Metal Mulisha, Scooby Doo, Monster Mutt, Toro Loco, Max-D and more. It was an event to remember for sure, full of great family fun, monster trucks and awesome drivers.


The event began at 7 p.m. sharp, with fireworks and monster trucks. The crowd cheered their favorite drivers and monster trucks all along. This was definitely a family friendly event, because most of the spectators we saw were families with kids of all ages; we even saw a few families with babies in their carrier on the concourse enjoying the show.


Before Saturday we had only seen Monster Jam® on T.V. or on their YouTube Channel, so this was our first time watching it live and although we had seen it on screen we weren't sure what to expect. All the drivers truly love their fans. Just seeing Metal Mulisha's monster truck driver Todd LeDuc run through the grandstands to greet his fans and let a little boy holding a big homemade sign saying "We love Metal Mulisha" hold his trophy and greet him for a few minutes was proof of how much they love their fans. 

The show also featured speedsters as they raced around the dirt filled stadium, did you know that it took 500 truck loads of dirt to fill up Levi's Stadium in preparation for Monster Jam®? That's 1.5 million pounds of dirt {in case you were wondering}. The first 10 rows of the grandstands all around were covered in protective plastic to prevent dirt damage and so you wouldn't get any dirt from all the stunts the drivers performed. We sat a few rows above this and didn't get any dirt on us.


If you're wondering if you should take your family to see Monster Jam®, I highly recommend it specially if you love trucks and stunts. One of our concerns for the show was the noise level, I mean it does get pretty loud at times for little ones; since we are race car fans we were certain they'd be selling protective ear muffs and/or ear plugs and sure enough the protective ear muffs run $20.00 each but they are well worth the money since they protect your hearing. The noise is not constant like a race car event, but it's important to protect your ears. 


After the first set of monster trucks racing through the course it was announced that Grave Digger {one of our favorite Monster Trucks} had technical damage. We were a little sad about it since it was going to be one of the highlights of the evening for us, but when the freestyle part of the event started we soon found out he would be joining in on the fun and boy was it fun!


Our favorite part of the entire show was the freestyle section, mostly because each Monster Truck is given 90 seconds to show off all around the stadium doing stunts and performing solo. It is truly a sight to see a monster truck jumping over 6 cars, dirt ditches and even empty containers. A few of the trucks flipped over landing on the roof and amazingly managed to flip back over by moving the tires. 


After this event our family can't wait to attend next year's Monster Jam®, in fact there were several announcements on the jumbo-tron screen for March 2016 in Las Vegas and our 9 year old daughter kept asking if we could go. 

Monster Jam® 2015 is still on tour and you can check if there will be an event near you on their official website.  I do know that up next they will be in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Illinois to mention a few. For more Levi's Stadium event videos visit the Stroller Adventures YouTube channel. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Monster Jam® at Levi's Stadium

My family and I will attend the Monster Jam® event in Levi's Stadium, we were invited to enjoy the event which will facilitate our review in addition we will be sharing information on the event. Pictures of the Monster Jam® trucks contained in this post are my own as well as the small story and opinions reflected in this post. The video and logo are owned by Monster Jam®

It was 2008, my daughter was at the time 3 years old and we were at an all girls playdate when the host a spunky 3 year old girl brought out a plush Grave Digger® to play. She began imitating engine noises and talking about this fun event she had attended with her dad that past weekend. My daughter saw it and began asking to go there and talking about you guessed it, Grave Digger® and Monster Trucks!


While living in Costa Rica looking for cars on YouTube and monster trucks, our then 4 year old son could not believe his eyes when he saw Monster Jam® videos online. He kept making revving engine noises and when at a local artisan market he saw a wooden made monster truck of Toro Loco® he went completely gaga over it.


In fact, in May 2014 Monster Jam® was on tour in Costa Rica and we went to a special event at our local shopping mall to see Monster Jam® trucks. Our son was so excited he couldn't believe that right there in front of him was the same Monster Trucks he had excitedly watched online. The event was open to the public in anticipation to the main event at the local soccer stadium. Tickets sold quickly and when we tried to buy them the ticket sales booth system crashed. 


Imagine how excited we were to find out Monster Jam® would be in Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium and we would be back in town to be able to attend. 


For the first time in Santa Clara on Saturday April 11th, Bay Area motor sports fans can see Monster Jam® trucks battle it out live at Levi's Stadium. This event is priced right for the whole family with Super Value seats starting at just $20 {advance purchase only}.


The line-up includes 17 different trucks, weighing 10,000 lbs each! Our personal favorite Grave Digger® will be driven by the legend Dennis Anderson. Amongst the trucks will be:

El Toro Loco®, Captain's Curse®, Scooby-Doo, Monster Mutt®, Metal Mulisha, Mohawk Warrior, Lucas Oil Crusader®, Team Hot Wheels®, Monster Energy, Wrecking Crew, Avenger®, The Patriot and Titan will pump up the crowd with breathtaking stunts and the awesome spectacle of “rock-and-roar” that will bring fans to their feet cheering for more!

Fans may come early on Saturday to enjoy the "Party in the Pits" pre-show experience -which gives you access to view your favorite trucks up-close, meet the star drivers for autographs and take photos. *Saturday event ticket and Pit Pass required for entry; Pit Pass available to purchase for $10 each.


WHEN: 

Saturday April 11th, 2015
Pit Party Scheduled from 2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Event Time: 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Levi's Stadium - 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054

TICKET PRICING:

Levels: $20, $30, $35, $40 (Gold Circle) and $60 (VIP)

Kids tickets: (age 2 - 12) available for 50% off on select seating - prices range from $10 - $20 (price listed is advance purchase only; not valid for VIP seating levels; limit 2 discount kids tickets per one adult ticket purchase)

Total Access Pass Fan packages available for $135 each
Lunch with the Champions fan packages available for $190 each
Pit Passes available for purchase for $10 each




Tickets are now on-sale and available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit The Visa Box Office at Levi’s Stadium. *above ticket prices are advance purchase only; all tickets priced $3 more day of show.  Tickets subject to convenience, service & handling fees. 

SPECIAL TICKET OFFER:

$5 Off Adult tickets coupons and Pit Passes available from participating Metro PCS locations from March 13 - April 11. (While supplies last)


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Change is the only constant...

It was 1992, we were all listening to our Science teacher. He was showing us how change is the only constant while mixing different chemicals and materials. We had a divided class that stated it applied to life and the rest opposing this by stating life wasn't science. Fast forward to today and I'd say he was right, change is the only constant in life. We are always changing, evolving and growing be it physically or mentally. What we liked yesterday or since we were kids is now what we dislike and what we disliked while growing up we now like. Take for example zucchini, it was the vegetable I didn't like right along with broccoli and asparagus and now they're some of my favorite so much so that I try to incorporate them in most meals - have you ever had scrambled eggs with zucchini? delicious!


A month ago we were packing up our home in Costa Rica, preparing to leave friends that had become family to reunite with family and start a new chapter in our life back in California. We were excited for the change, because it meant we would be a 6, 8 or at the most 10 hour drive from grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and so on. We were excited because it meant we would be home. "Home is where the heart is", it's so true. Our hearts were here with our family. 

Our last day in Costa Rica came with its own set of challenges, I got food poisoning and it wasn't fun at all. The worst I've ever experienced, it was so bad I had to have 3 different medications injected into my body in addition to another 3 pills. I was determined to not be left behind to recover and so Saturday morning I woke up got ready with as little energy as I had since I hadn't eaten anything for the past 12 hours, walked into the airport and had them wheel me to the nearest red cross station explained what was going on and 2 little magical pills later we were on route home. 



We arrived to cold {I believe it was 48ºF} and rainy weather to the Bay Area, our toes were purple within a few seconds of walking under the rain in flip flops. After 2 years of living in 80ºF weather with 95% humidity,  our bodies had become accustomed to the tropics; flip flops, shorts and a tank top were all we ever wore and what we had in our suitcases. Luckily, family was there to welcome us equipped with weather appropriate clothes. Within 12 hours my body finally started feeling better from the food poisoning. 24 hours later we had finally settled into our new temporary home and had began planing for the week ahead. A week that would be packed with school registrations, doctor visits, shopping for our new car and house hunting!

Moving back home seems like an easy task, I mean it is after all where you lived most if not all of your life before. At least that was what we thought, but somehow living abroad changed us and shopping for groceries was overwhelming.... So many choices! For one item there are at least 10 different options to chose from. You need to buy milk, ok well there's rice milk, almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, cow's milk, goat's milk, soy milk, low fat, nonfat, whole milk and the list goes on. We at our home drink cow's milk, 1% is what we usually buy however I couldn't help but notice all the different options. 

As the guy at the local starbucks responded when I was ordering a kids' milk: "what kind of milk? almond milk, soy milk, low fat, nonfat, whole, organic? which one?" He paused as I looked like a deer in the head lights, he then said: "not enough options miss?" I smiled and just said "too many! I just want regular milk..." Now he smiled back and said in amazement: "really!? we usually get complaints that we don't have enough options! just earlier a customer over reacted because I didn't have cashew milk!" 

We take such little things for granted, I remember when there were never enough options and now I think there are way to many. These are the comforts our beautiful country offers us, you don't like something? well guess what, you don't have to settle you can always get something else. 



Change is the only constant and as such we are going through change, re-adjusting to life back home and while going into this re-adjustment period Stroller Adventures will go through changes too. This blog will reflect the changes we are going through. I will still share about Costa Rica, because I do have so much more to share about it and the beauty it has but I will also be sharing local events, occasionally I will have reviews {as always only choosing what our family likes and finds useful}, of course I will continue to talk food because I enjoy cooking and a good meal just like the next person and I have not quit my fitness/weightloss journey I did however take a break while preparing for our move and I'm ready to jump back on board. 

And there are also the small changes we will be making to make this space reflect more of me. Did you check out the new header? It was designed by my good friend Kelley from The Grant Life, she is awesome!