Kids love trucks. Big trucks, small trucks and even high-octane monster trucks. And there’s a good reason why. These beasts on wheels are an engine-revving, dirt-churning, car-crushin’, high-flying blast for truck lovers of all ages. Race through our guide to where to see, hear, smell, touch, and even ride in monster trucks!

Washington State Spring Fair: April 16-19, 2015

During the Washington State Spring Fair, kids (and adults) can experience the thrill of riding in a real tricked-out monster truck. A pro monster truck driver will take you for a white-knuckled spin in Zombie Tracker – performing stunts with YOU in the truck. Afterwards, everyone gets a photo opp with Zombie Tracker (and hopefully you won’t be as green as the truck). Rides available April 16, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; April 17, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; and April 18, noon-4 p.m. Rides cost $7 (cash) per person.

Monster Truck Show: In addition to riding in monster trucks, you and your crew can watch monster trucks battle it out in heart-stopping races and freestyle on April 17 – showing off amazing stunts. Different trucks join the circuit each year – look out for Bounty Hunter, Knucklehead, Enforcer and Double Trouble (owned by identical twin brothers from Gig Harbor). Psst! Be sure to stick around after the show for the terrific fireworks display.

Pit Party: Get up close and personal with monster trucks and meet their drivers (maybe score an autograph too). The Motorsport Mayhem Pit Party takes place before the Monster Truck Show and is exclusive to ticket holders. It’s like going backstage at a rock concert – but here it's the trucks that are the stars.

Good to Know:  If your kiddo is a real gearhead, check out the rest of the Washington State Spring Fair’s Motorsport Mayhem event, including SLAMFEST Demolition Derbies and Auto Alley.

Insider Tip: Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance; tickets include gate admission to the Spring Fair.

Washington State Spring Fair
Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Ave. S.W.
Puyallup, Wa 98371

photo: Helen Walker Green

Good to Know
Monster truck shows are LOUD, so make sure your kiddies have ear protection (highly recommended for grownups too). Ear plugs are fine, but we’ve found ear muffs work best for kids as they don’t fall off so easily. Psst! If you forget to bring a pair, most shows have them for sale near the concession stands.

What is your family’s favorite monster truck experience? Tell us about it in the Comments below.

— Helen Walker Green