We headed back to Scottsdale last weekend for a little fun. We started with monster trucks on Saturday and then switched to food trucks on Sunday.
The boys had a blast watching Monster Jam at Chase Field last year, so I jumped at the chance to take them again. This time around our seats were amazing – essentially front row!
Not that any seat has a bad view with the jumbo screen showing all the action. Action like Grave Digger flipping and crashing in the finals vs. Bounty Hunter.
I recorded the replay and shared it on Instagram when it happened.
Crashes seem to be common and a part of the show, so no one was actually injured. And of course the boys thought it was pretty exciting.
Are you thinking about taking your kids to Monster Jam? Check out my Monster Jam Tips below.
1. Bring ear protection – it’s VERY loud. Even Peter and I wear earplugs.
2. Pick one or two trucks to root for – it adds to the fun. Grave Digger is a crowd favorite but let your kids pick one that appeals to them. McGruff, Batman and Team Hot Wheels are always kid favorites.
3. As with any show or event consider the show time and bed times. Monster Jam didn’t start until 7pm which is late for Elliot. We did stay longer than last year, not cutting out until part way through the freestyle competition. It was only 9:30 but Elliot had enough excitement and was OUT despite the noise and bright lights.
FYI Tucsonans – Monster Jam is headed back to the Tucson Convention Center March 7th-9th. And there will be afternoon shows which I recommend for little ones.
Street Eats Food Truck Festival
We are not food truck aficionados – they exist, right? We’ve been to a couple of small Tucson food truck round ups so we decided to check out the Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale. Street Eats was much different from our previous food truck experiences. It consisted of over 50 food trucks, a kids play zone, live music, cooking demonstrations, and a VIP area.
The food truck festival was a two-day event and since we didn’t attend until Sunday, I had the benefit of other people’s experience to help plan our visit. My biggest tip is to arrive early with admission tickets in hand. There were HUGE lines to buy admission tickets and the festival only became more crowded as the day wore on.
We arrived shortly after opening and visited the kids zone first. If we were going to wait in lines, I didn’t want them to be for silly kids rides. The kids zone is not free and each ride/bouncy thing costs anywhere from $1-$5 each. Just set a budget and expectations with your kids and you can avoid spending a fortune. We only spent $8.
You receive map of the food truck locations when you arrive which can really help you with a plan of attack. Peter and I chose to wander a bit and see what food caught our eye. Peter ended up with Pancit from Hey Joe and I enjoyed a Satay Skewer with Indonesian fried rice from Satay Hut. Both dishes were delicious.
Personally I really wanted a cupcake but the one cupcake truck I saw wasn’t open (They were actually pulling up as we left :-() Instead I opted for a banana cream pie bite and boys enjoyed ice cream.
Overall we enjoyed our experience, although it wasn’t cheap when you factor in admission costs and kiddie rides. The food we did purchase was reasonable though. The festival sells $2 tokens to use at the food trucks but I’d skip the line to buy the tokens and stick with cash. Every food truck readily accepted it. 😉
Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Scottsdale
We only stayed one night in Scottsdale and I liked the Holiday Inn Express Suites so much that I was a little disappointed we didn’t stay Friday night as well. It’s a very family friendly hotel with plenty of space in the 2 room suites to spread out. With 2 TVs, a microwave, mini fridge, free breakfast and (surprisingly) free happy hour, it was exactly what we needed in a place to unwind between our adventures. The location in Old Town Scottsdale was also very convenient to both Chase Field for Monster Jam and Salt River Fields for Street Eats.
Overall a comfortable place for families to stay in Scottsdale with the added value of a prime location, free breakfast and free happy hour! I would stay there again.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Experience Scottsdale and Feld Entertainment. As always, all experiences and opinions are my own.