Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2015
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: Surprise Ride
The Cost: $29.99 per month (free shipping), or $24.99 per month on 6- or 12-month subscriptions
COUPON: Use code WELCOME15 to save 15% off your first box!
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!
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.
This is the information card that details everything included.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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