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My Pretend Place Subscription Box Review – May 2015

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My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Box

My Pretend Place is a quarterly subscription for kids who love to get into costume! I was so excited to learn about this subscription! Both my sons love playing in costume. Our costume box is actually much bigger than our toy box!

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

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Inside

The Subscription: My Pretend Place

The Cost: $50 per quarter, shipping included

COUPON: Use coupon code pretend to save 30%

The Products: Every quarter, My Pretend Place sends a dress-up package that centers on a theme and includes a costume, plus books, crafts, activities, and even food! PLUS, in the months that there is no quarterly box, they send little goody boxes with activities and treats!

Ships to: US only

Ships via: Fed Ex

Check out all of our My Pretend Place reviews!

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Extras

My Pretend Place sent us a package in April for my boys, but this month, they asked me to review their quarterly gender-neutral package. The theme for the gender neutral package is Pirates!

These are items that come standard with every package from My Pretend Place: a thank-you card, a big magnet, and a handle plus some stickers to decorate the box so it can be kept for storage. I love when childrens’ subscription services encourage us to re-use the box!

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Book

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long – Value $13.02 on Amazon

It makes me so happy to get a kids’ book in a subscription box! This looks like a great book, and it got 4.5 stars on Amazon! I love having new books to read with my little boys.

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Treasure

This is a DIY treasure chest! It comes with paints, a brush, and instructions. This was a big hit at my house, but now the problem is which son gets to keep it…

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Costume

Here’s the main event – the pirate costume! My sons absolutely love dressing up like pirates! This one is very well made. It says for ages 3-6, but my 7 and 9 year old sons both fit into it fine.

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Hat

This pirate hat is pretty well made for a costume piece, which is great because I think the boys destroyed their old pirate hats!

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Sword

My boys also love foam swords, and they don’t have one that’s curved and pirate-specific like this one. The loot pouch is a nice touch, too!

Verdict: My sons absolutely love My Pretend Place! This is the third costume box we have received from them, and I think all three boxes were very well curated. My boys have always loved playing pirate, so I think they will get a lot of use out of this one. I have to say, though, I’m not sure how gender-neutral it is. I don’t know if little girls would be totally excited to receive this costume or to play with it. I think the value of this particular package is definitely there. A well-made costume with multiple accessories could easily be $35-40, so combined with the book that covers the cost of the box. Plus the treasure chest craft is really nice and is something they can keep for quite a while if they like. Additionally, My Pretend Place sends small packages with little treats on the months that they do not send the big costume package. That adds a lot to the value, in my opinion, as it keeps the kids interested in their costumes from month to month.

What do you think of My Pretend Place?

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. They should have included stickers that don’t show a child, or else included both a boy and a girl. The book looks super cute, but it’s about a boy too. That makes two representations of a boy pirate in the box and nothing at all to represent a girl pirate, so it fails at being gender neutral.

    • I agree. My 5 year daughter likes to play pirate but I can hear her saying “why is it a boy? I thought girls could be pirates.” At least they tried.

  2. My girls play pirates with their brother as well. 🙂

    Costume suggestion for My Pretend Place:
    My 5 year old son would love a king/prince costume! His sisters regularly dress up as princesses and he is lacking a good costume to use to play this with them. (He currently alternates between pirate, castaway, knight, superhero-of-the-day for this role but told me he wishes he had a king/prince costume.) 🙂

    • Yep, that would be a good one, chris!

  3. This is one of my first times recognizing a children’s book in a box but I LOVE that book! It’s one of the favorites of the girls I babysit and they have tons! And it’s one of my favorites too 🙂

    • Awesome!

  4. As a girl, I remember playing pirate all the time and loving it as a kid! Girls can be pirates or astronauts or whatever they want to be 🙂 Although it would have been nice if they had a little girl pirate sticker to attach to the treasure chest.

    • LOL, good to know, Angela!

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