Crazy hot summers in Miami. I spend a lot of time in the summer fantasizing about *how awesome* it's going to be taunting friends in other parts of the country in January. When I'm not immersed in these fantasies ( "Oh Jean, you're snowed in and miserable? I'm sorry, but I've gotta run. The kids need help applying sunscreen for our day at the beach in the middle of January...") I am on an endless search for kid-friendly activities that defy our summer heat and humidity. I have to admit, Monster Jam would have been off my radar (the girls have zero interest) BUT, when I saw this discount for Monster Jam at the BankAtlantic Center this weekend it occurred to me that the BankAtlantic Center is air conditioned, and this would be some serious fun for a lot of kids. One tip I read repeatedly on parenting message boards--if you don't want to shell out the big bucks ($20 - $30) for a pair of the "cool" truck-themed, hearing protection headphones, make sure to bring your own pair of kid-sized earplugs or protective headphones --the kids will need them.
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