In the age of social media, email and everything digital, receiving a package in the mail—the real, old-fashioned mail—is exciting for kids. The anticipation of discovering what’s inside is a thrill, especially when they know a package is making its way through the mail just for them. Subscription boxes can offer an opportunity to introduce a new discovery, hobby or activity for your little ones and can make it easier for parents to dress or feed their kids.
From science and reading to cooking and crafts, subscription services are a fun, easy way to treat your kids. It gives them something to look forward to each month, and each box offers new activities and interests for your kids to explore. Kid-friendly subscription boxes are also a time-saver for parents, since they regularly deliver toys, crafts, clothes and meals straight to their homes, saving families time and stress. Here’s a roundup of our favorite subscription boxes for kids to get your family started.
Clothing Boxes for Kids
If you can’t find time to shop for your kids’ clothes (or if you simply can’t agree on what to buy), a clothing box might be the answer. It’s a monthly, seasonal or anytime treat for both you and your kids! These 3 subscription services offer hand-picked clothes customized for your little one.
Rockets of Awesome. Take a quiz about your kids’ styles, and the stylists at Rockets of Awesome will hand-pick 8 seasonal pieces just for them, ranging from sizes 3-12. Preview the selections and receive the box for a $20 service fee. Pay for what you keep and return the rest for free. The service fee will go towards any items you keep and if you decide to keep all 8 pieces, you get everything for $150. The best part? You can work with the stylists to refine your selections as your kids’ tastes and styles evolve.
Mac & Mia. Get your kids involved in the process and take Mac & Mia’s style survey together. One helpful question on this survey: Anything to avoid? If your little one doesn’t like buttons, zippers or the color blue, you can filter them out so you won’t receive any items with these features. From there, let your stylist do the work. Keep what you like out of the 6 to 9 options and send the rest back for free.
Kidbox. Kidbox is a personalized style box for newborns to 14-year-olds. Similar to the other services, you take a style survey for your kids, which includes likes and dislikes as well as what they need most in their wardrobe. For $98 per box, you’ll receive 6 to 7 pieces in the mail 5 times a year, any of which you can return for free. A benefit of using this service? For every box you keep, Kidbox will donate new clothes to a child a need.
Educational Boxes for Kids
What better way to add a new twist to learning than with a monthly surprise? Get kids excited with a subscription service that’s creative, fun and educational.
Little Passports. Inspire kids to travel, learn about new cultures and explore the world around them. Choose from Early Explorers (ages 3-5), World Edition (ages 6-10), USA Edition (ages 7-12) or Science Expeditions (ages 9+). Payment plans vary by package, and each contains age-appropriate activities, from trading cards and faux souvenirs to 3-dimensional models and online photo albums.
Kiwi Crate. Geared toward kids who love science, art and creative pursuits, Kiwi Crate is all about hands-on learning for kids up to 16 years of age. Choose a box based on your child’s interests and age and receive everything you need to complete a fun project, starting at $19.95 a box. Each package comes with all the materials you need, detailed step-by-step instructions, supplemental ideas online and more.
Steve Spangler Science Club. Designed for kids ages 5-14, this science-inspired service celebrates STEM experiments with easy-to-follow instructions for a wide range of projects designed by science guru Steve Spangler. Fizz, pop and bubble your way to problem-solving skills for $9.99, $19.99 or $29.99 a box, depending on the package you choose.
Craft, Cooking & Meal Boxes for Kids
Is your kid curious about what’s going on in the kitchen or spending most of their time coming up with new crafts? Encourage them to play around with these boxes that get kids thinking creatively and using their hands. Looking for a mealtime solution for your kids? Try pre-prepared, nutritious meals from Nurture Life to help make lunch or dinner a breeze.
Green Kid Crafts. Created by an environmental scientist and a busy working mom, this subscription box includes everything from crafts and eco-friendly projects to books and magazines. All you have to do is choose your age range and let the learning and fun begin. Starting at $17.95, your little ones will get the chance to try out several STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) projects each month. Bonus: They have a siblings option for families with multiple kids.
Kidstir. Whether your kids are new to the kitchen or are seasoned cooks, Kidstir offers a range of recipes, kid-sized tools and fun games and activities all about food and nutrition. Each cooking project teaches kids about different flavors and new foods while encouraging healthy choices and creating a connection to what we eat. The service starts at $12.95 a month.
Nurture Life. With planning, shopping, prepping and cooking, creating balanced, nutritious meals for your family can be difficult with busy schedules. Nurture Life delivers freshly made, nutritious and balanced meals for babies, toddlers and kids straight to your door. Simply provide your kids’ ages and dietary preferences and receive a week’s worth of meals in an insulated box. Meals stay chilled until you put them in the refrigerator, and when you’re ready to eat, just reheat and serve. Ingredients are the most important part of Nurture Life’s meals—that means no artificial ingredients, trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. Baby meal plans start at $35 per week and toddler meal plans start at $47 per week.
Kids subscription services make it easy to inspire your kids to learn, get involved and discover new passions—all it takes is a box full of surprises. Looking for more fun subscription box ideas? The Bump also rounded up their top picks here. Sign up for one (or more) and turn each month into a celebration of learning, excitement and fun.