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Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2015

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Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - box

Surprise Ride is a monthly subscription service for kids ages 6-11 that sends toys, activities, and all kinds of goodies curated around a monthly theme. This is the perfect age range for my kids, so we were excited to give it a try!

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - inside

The Subscription: Surprise Ride

The Cost: $29.99 per month (free shipping), or $24.99 per month on 6- or 12-month subscriptions

COUPON: Use code BESTGIFT5 to save $5 off your first month!

The Products: A variety of toys, activities, and other treats for kids centered around a theme

Ships to: US only

Good to Know: You can purchase past boxes in their shop while supplies last!

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - theme

This month’s theme is Italy! Hooray! My kids have never been (yet), but I have. It’s one of my favorite places in the world.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - info

This is the information card that details everything included.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - snack

Plentils, Margherita Pizza Flavor – Value $2.84

We’ve tried Plentils in a Surprise Ride box before, so I kind of wish they had sent something else. These are better than the sour cream & onion ones they sent before, but no one in our family is really into them.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - toys

Mini Italian Flag and Mini Soccer Hacky-sack – Value $1 each?

I couldn’t find either of these online specifically, so I am guessing at the value. They are kind of dollar-store fare, but I think they are meaningful little inclusions in this package.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - book

Monday With a Mad Genius by Mary Pope Osborne – Value $4.99 on Amazon

One of my favorite things about Surprise Ride is that they always send a book for the kids! We have received books from the Magic Tree House Series in subscription boxes before, and they are a big hit with my kids. From Amazon:

“In Monday with a Mad Genius, travel with Jack and Annie to Italy in the Renaissance, a time when every new morning brought with it the promise of artistic and scientific wonder. There, they meet none other than Leonardo da Vinci! Now available in paperback with all-new backmatter full of activities.”

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - drawing supplies

One of our two crafts this month was to draw Italian architecture with charcoals. I have to admit, I thought this was a pretty tall order for a seven-year-old. These are the supplies and instruction booklet that were provided.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - drawing

My son actually got really intimidated and then frustrated working on this drawing. He’s a true artist, methinks. I think it turned out pretty amazing considering his age! I know plenty of adults who would not have done as well.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - trivet-supplies

The second project was to create a pizza trivet out of plaster! What a cool project idea! We were especially excited about this project because this is the time of year we are busy thinking of presents we can make for our loved ones for the holidays.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon October 2015 - trivet

Unfortunately, this is how it turned out. It looked perfect in the mold when it dried, but when I turned it over (carefully), it came out in chunks.

The Verdict: This was not our best Surprise Ride. It had a lot of promise, but that trivet was a big disappointment to my son. I’m sure this month was just a fluke because he normally loves Surprise Ride. Next month’s package will be better.

What do you think of Surprise Ride?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

4 Comments

  1. Aw, that’s so sad! The picture he drew was really good though!

    • Thanks K!

  2. My kids just did not like surprise ride. My son spends a lot of time at a really good art camp on breaks. The projects are similar but without the excellent art teachers. Maybe the fault lies with the instructor 😉

    • LOL, probably.

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