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Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2016

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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.)


The Subscription Box: Surprise Ride

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


Use code BESTGIFT5 to save $5 off your first month


For a limited time, use coupon code YEAR50 to save up to $50 off an annual subscription to Surprise Ride subscription box (regularly $299.88).

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

Ships to: US only

Check out all of our Surprise Ride reviews and the Kids Subscription Box Directory!

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


This month’s theme is “Rockets!”


This is the information card that details everything included.


That’s It. Fruit Bar – Value $1.67

Surprise Ride always sends us a healthy snack, and they’re usually pretty yummy, too!


Rocket Science by Deborah Lock – Value $3.99 on Amazon

One of my favorite things about Surprise Ride is that they always send a book for the kids! This one seems to be just the right level for my younger son, age 8. From Amazon:

“Enter the lab of Professor X. Ploder as his assistant on a top-secret assignment: designing and testing a spy’s pocket rocket. Then discover all about the science of rockets through practical experiments that you can try at home.

Level 3 is for children able to read on their own. The stories are exciting and captivating in order to develop the child’s own desire to read. More text and more complex sentence structure are presented, with information spreads to help develop the reader’s general knowledge. The choice of subject widens to match the broadening of children’s experiences and interests.

Whether your child is learning how to read or wants to practice and improve his or her reading skills, DK Readers have the right story for developmentally appropriate reading at home. This innovative range of graded readers combines a highly visual approach with stories that children will want to read. Easy-to-read stories for beginning readers with word repetition progress to stories with rich vocabulary and more challenging sentence structure. There’s a DK Reader for every child!”


Surprise ride always sends a fun toy or two every month that supports their theme. On the left is a cool model space shuttle. On the right are some little foam rockets and a hand launcher. This was easily my 8-year-old son’s favorite thing in the box! These little rockets go far and fast!


One of our two projects this month was this little kit to launch your own rockets by mixing a mild acid and base. This was a great inclusion! Unfortunately, my sons have both done this project so many times thanks to subscription boxes, they weren’t really interested in doing it again right now. Maybe they will want to do it when the weather gets nice again.


Our second project was to make a rocket picture frame. Cool! These are the supplies they included. We only had to supply water. They even included a platic disposable apron to keep my boy from getting paint on his clothes! How thoughtful!


They also included this fun paper plate to use to mix paints.


This is my son’s completed rocket frame! He hasn’t chosen a picture to put in it yet, but I think it turned out great!

Verdict: We are big fans of Surprise Ride! I think this month’s theme was very cool, if a little common for kids’ subscription boxes. Surprise Ride has just spoiled us with their unique themes in the past! The crafts are usually fun, and I love that they include a book, a snack, and a little toy or two every month to support the theme.

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.
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1 Comment

  1. We just received our third Surprise Ride box, and I have been nothing short of impressed each month! My parents got a subscription for our 6 year old for her birthday, and it has been such a fun gift.

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