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Surprise Ride Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 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, and they love it!

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

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This month’s theme is all about MARS! Mars is such a wonderful, iconic source of wonder and imagination!


This is the information card that details everything included.


National Geographic Readers: Mars – Value $3.99

The picture on the front of this book totally captured my son’s imagination, and he actually enjoyed reading about Mars and learning about the rover. Thank you, National Geographic! And good call, Surprise Ride!


Astronaut Cinnamon Apple Wedges – Value $5.10

This is the first time we’ve had astronaut food that wasn’t ice cream. These were super tasty! My sons both loved them, and I also tried one even though they do have added sugar. I like that the ingredient list is “apples, sugar, cinnamon.”


Surprise Ride always sends a couple of toys to go along with the theme. This month’s toys are a little underwhelming considering the theme. To me, they don’t have to be really high-end toys, I just think they should be something that encourages play. A bracelet does not encourage play with my kids. The alien is cute, but not super play-tastic or anything.



The space sand they sent is an entirely different story. My son and I both got a little obsessed with it, and we even drew in Daddy and big brother with our fascination. These were the supplies they sent to play with the sand (the first of this month’s two “activities”).


The space sand is supposedly just like the sand on Mars: water-repellant. You can see here that water just beads up on the surface of the sand. It doesn’t sink down like water does in regular sand.


This is what happened when we added the sand to the beaker of water. Dry sand is floating on top of water. There’s something you don’t see every day!


When we kept adding sand, it finally sank, but it’s so water-resistant that it just formed a little dry column in the water. So different!


Eventually we had to stop messing with the space sand and work on our other activity. These are all the supplies that were needed to build our own alien, except for a little water.


Here’s my son’s completed Martian! THREE HEADS! This was a really unusual craft – we’ve never done anything quite like it before. The things that look like styrofoam peanuts are actually made of corn. They’re kind of like flavorless cheese puffs. You can wet them and stick them together, and they stay stuck! The other fun part of this story is that our lab ate all the leftover pieces! I love a handy clean-up!

VerdictSurprise Ride is so fun! This month, the toys were a little bit of a dud, but the activities were positively engrossing. The book and snack were also both awesome! Surprise Ride always picks such fun themes, and they’re always a total surprise. We love that!

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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 | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Dang! Someone beat me to it, but my sweet Siamese cat is crazy over those biodegradable packing peanuts. I have to toss those in the garbage before he gets ahold of them, and my Lab is fighting to eat them as well! Maybe they should put in a little cheesy flavor iand include as a bonus item?! Hehe I’m always thinking about more bang for my buck….

  2. Ah, cornstarch peanuts. My cats eat those whenever I get them as packaging material…(cough, cough, Boxwalla).

    • My KIDS eat those whenever we get them Lmao! The cats mostly lick them.
      This seems okay…having grown up going to Air & Space frequently, I KNOW it could be way more cool, though! ? I don’t get the box, and that is why. I just think it seems like….”Uhhh, close enough.” KWIM? I’m not trying to be rude about it, I do think the stuff is mostly neat! I’m just not sure how to say it better.

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