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Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2015

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Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon - May 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 - May 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: Save $5 off your first box with coupon code BESTGIFT5

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 - May 2015 - Theme

This month’s theme is Sailing! The kids and I just got back from vacation, and we spent a surprising amount of time traveling by boat on our trip, so this theme was perfect! On the back of this card is a list of the contents.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon - May 2015 - Popcorn

This month’s snack is popcorn with *sea* salt. Get it? Anyway, this was gone in about 10 minutes.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon - May 2015 - Tote

This little tote bag was absolutely the cutest, most adorable, tiniest (about 4″ x 4″) little tote ever! Of course this made my sons kind of hate it. But that’s ok, they were able to give it to one of their new friends on our vacation! She loved it!

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon - May 2015 - Sailboat

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but this is actually a working model sailboat! The boys put this together with another new friend on our trip, and they had a blast blowing it around the bathtub!

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon - May 2015 - Knots

I think every child should have a knot tying kit like this, it’s such an important basic skill to know! They boys actually played with this quite a bit on our epic car ride.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon - May 2015 - Message Bottle

Also included this month was this little message in a bottle kit. What a fun idea! I think I was intrigued by this concept when I was a little kid, and the boys thought it was awesome too! I am just a little concerned about pollution, and this bottle is plastic… So… we’re still thinking about what to do with it. We might keep it and re-use it in a scavenger hunt or something.

Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon - May 2015 - Funny Fill-in

I was completely thrilled to see this book included in our package! It’s a lot like Mad Libs, but instead of just asking for ‘noun’ and ‘verb’ it sometimes asks for more erudite things like ‘continent’ or ‘sea mammal.’ I love it! The kids had a blast with it too. My younger son had never played this kind of game before, and he was giggling like mad!

The Verdict: This is our second month of Surprise Ride and so far I think it’s wonderful! They really, really pack a lot of things in each package for the cost. The curation is also spot on! They do a fairly good job keeping everything gender neutral, and it’s all really interesting stuff that the kids like. My sons are 7 and 9 years old, but I think this would definitely work for children throughout their suggested age range of 6-11. I was actually kind of astounded at how much these activities kept the kids busy during our trip! Awesome!

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. My previous comment from the day the entry posted is not here. I noticed that day about half my comments showed up. Here’s an updated comment. I ordered the Surprise Ride Summer Survival Kit which arrived yesterday. Easy ordering and fast shipping. I ordered that because I could see the activities. I did not know at the time they offered previous kits at a non-subscriber price.

    We looked over the kits and are impressed. My 6 year old can’t wait to start. I’ll be ordering the May kit if he likes the summer kits.

  2. This looks like a lot of fun. I ordered the summer survival kit for my 6 year old which is on its way. I can’t wait to see what he thinks of it.

  3. After vacation are you going to go back to showings pictures of the finished products? I really look forward to seeing your kids’ creativity through these types of projects. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Dashy! Yes, I will for sure.

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