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Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2016


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

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


use coupon code SIX15 to save up to $15 off a 6-month subscription (regularly $155.94)!

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 Whales! My eight-year-old is completely obsessed with whales. It’s always a surprise with Surprise Ride, that’s for sure!


This is the information card that details everything included.


Original SeaSnax – Value $2

I’ve tried SeaSnax before – they’re very unique! My son tried them this time, but he didn’t like them. I’m pretty sure they’re not for everyone.


National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Whales – Value $3.99 on Amazon

My son instantly consumed this book and started asking me all kinds of whale trivia. He loved it! Plus it got 4.5 stars on Amazon. They state:

Over the course of their 70-year lifespan, sperm whales will easily travel the circumference of the Earth in search of food and the need to breed and find a mate. Males will travel as far north as the Bering Sea and as far south as Antarctica in order to find enough food to sustain their ways of liveóup to 700 squid a day! Along the way, these massive beasts battle 30-feet-long giant squids, and each other, to sustain their ways of life.


Surprise ride always sends a fun toy or two every month that supports their theme. On the left is a blue whale squirt toy. On the right is a shell whistle, but it actually sounds more like a pipe than a whistle. My son really liked both of these toys.


One of our two projects this month was to dig for sea fossils! These are the supplies that were provided. My son has done these before, but he likes this type of activity. It’s really funny to watch him chip away at the little block and then switch to the brush when he hits something.


These are the two fossils he found. The supplies also included this magnifying glass to look at the details of the little fossils, plus a guide pamphlet to learn more about what you’ve found. Neat!


Our second project was to create a whale watching bag! These are the supplies that were provided. We didn’t have to supply anything for this one.


This is my son’s completed bag. Basically, he had to pull out stencils of different kinds of whales from a booklet, place them, and then color them in with fabric markers. We both really like it! It’s a good size for him. I don’t know when he will go whale watching, but you never know.

Verdict: We are big fans of Surprise Ride! They do such a great job curating a fun experience around a unique theme every month. This month’s theme was a huge hit with my eight-year-old! I have to admit, I like exploring these boxes with him and watching as he discovers and creates. Surprise Ride delivers a lot of fun and education for a very reasonable price every month!

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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.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids, Surprise Ride Reviews| Tags: surprise ride | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. If he likes whales there is an awesome show about the evolution of whales called Morphed:when whales had legs. It is on YouTube. It might be a little hard for him to understand on his own( I am showing it to my ninth graders and they have questions) but still pretty cool!

    • Wow, Tristian, thanks for the tip!

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