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Surprise Ride Subscription Review + Coupon – November 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 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: U.S. only

Good to Know: You can purchase past boxes in their shop while supplies last!

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This month’s theme is all about polar bears! It’s always a surprise with Surprise Ride!


This is the information card that details everything included.



Surprise Ride has started including a note to parents with tips and advice on the included projects and items. I like that they give you an estimate of how long each project will take! That’s really helpful.


Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne – Value $3.33 on Amazon (retail price $4.99)

My eight-year-old is a huge fan of the Magic Tree House series! Unfortunately, he had already read this one, but he loved it, so he is still happy to have a copy. From Amazon:

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade seriesóthe Magic Tree House!

It’s icicle city . . .

when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to the frozen Arctic. Luckily, a seal hunter on a dogsled lends them warm clothes. Unluckily, they get stuck on cracking ice. Will the giant polar bear save them? Or will Jack and Annie become frozen dinners?



Bearly Cold Polar Bear Freeze-Dried Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Sandwich – Value $3.99

My son absolutely loves freeze dried ice cream for some reason, haha. And cookies & cream is his favorite! So obviously he really enjoyed this.


Surprise Ride always sends a couple of toys to go along with the theme. They have been including rubber bracelets lately as one of the “toys,” which my kids are not that excited about, but I’m sure lots of kids love them. They also seem like they might be a fun thing to collect. My eight-year-old got immediately obsessed with this water ring game!

Activity #1: Polar Bear Habitat


Our first project was to create a polar bear habitat. These are the instructions that were included.


These were the supplies that were included. Nothing else was needed from home.


This is our completed polar bear habitat. It is conceptually very cool, but it doesn’t work as expected, unfortunately. I think it’s kind of cool as-is; it’s kind of like a snow globe, but with blue and clear water beads instead of snow. We added water beads and water to the container and then tossed in the plastic ice floe and the bear. The beads were supposed to expand and float the bear and the ice, but they sank to the bottom instead.

Activity #2: Polar Paw Coaster


This is the instruction card for our second project, which was to create a polar bear paw coaster.


These are the supplies that were included, and again, we needed nothing additional from home.


We drew the paw design on the wooden base and then glued white pom-poms on the design. Then we filled in the rest of the base with blue pompoms.


Here’s the coaster in use!


This is the completed coaster. It turned out great! I love when my kids make their own housewares and various other supplies. It’s always so special when they get to use them later. This would also make a great gift for one of the relatives.

Verdict: Surprise Ride is awesome, and this month was no exception despite one of the projects not working out as expected. It may easily have been some flaw in our execution of the instructions. Although the kids are not into the rubber bracelets, my younger son loved the book and the water game. Plus the coaster turned out great! Surprise Ride is always a fun surprise!

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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.

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