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Surprise Ride Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2017

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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: $24 a month + shipping, or $20 a month + shipping for 6-month subscriptions, or $19 a month + shipping for 12-month subscriptions. Shipping is $5.95 a box.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: For a limited time, use coupon code LOVE10 to save $10 off your first month

COUPON: 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: U.S. only

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This month’s theme is all about magnets! My kids never seem to be excited about boxes with the magnet theme, but they always wind up having the most fun with them!


This is the information card that details everything included.



This month, Surprise Ride included these two cards as sort of a parents’ guide. They are really helpful in letting parents know what to expect from the included activities.


Amazing Magnetism: A Science Chapter Book by The Magic School Bus by Rebecca Carmi – Value $4.99

My kids love the Magic School Bus! We actually used to subscribe to their science club box a couple of years ago! This book is the perfect reading level for my nine-year-old, too. From Amazon:

Get ready for some serious science fun when the Friz takes on the most attractive topic of all: Magnetism!

Hi, I’m Carlos – one of the kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class. I know Ms. Frizzle thinks of some weird ways to teach about science, but challenging Mr. O’Neatly’s class to a science contest was her craziest idea to date. Mr. O’Neatly’s class always wins everything!

The contest topic was magnetism, and we hadn’t even started our unit yet. The Friz said she thought we’d have a natural attraction to the topic, but nothing could have prepared us for what happened next. Wait til’ you hear about this!


Stretch Island Fruit Strip – Value $0.37

My kids love fruit leather, and it’s healthier than some options they might choose, so I’m okay with that. It’s super sticky!


Surprise Ride usually sends a couple of toys that go along with the theme, so I was a little surprised myself this month to see only this solid blue slap bracelet included. The boys weren’t too excited about it, to be honest.


Our first project was to create a magnet painting! These are the instructions that were included.


These were the supplies that were included. We needed nothing else from home.


My son’s first step was to place this magnetic ball on one side of the canvas…


… and this magnet on the other. The two pieces hold each other firmly in place on either side of the canvas.


The next step was to put a little paint on the canvas.


From there, my son just dragged the magnet along the underside of the canvas, and it pulled the ball (and the paint) all around the top!

Here is the painting in action!


This is my son’s completed magnet painting. Very abstract! I think more than anything, it was a fun activity that taught him a bit about the uses of magnets.


This is the instruction card for our second project, which was to create a travel tangram game! I like that the instructions are so well illustrated.


These are the supplies that were included, and again, we didn’t need anything additional from home.


My son’s first step was to put the shapes guide on a sticky magnet sheet and then cut the sheet to fit. He then put the guide on the inside of the travel tin.


Then he laid out all his shapes on the second sticky magnet sheet.


His next step was to cut the shapes out of the sheet and place them in the tin.


This is the completed magnetic travel tangram game!


My son decided first to tackle the swan puzzle.


This is his completed swan! How fun! This is actually a pretty neat game. It teaches a lot about geometry on a slightly more advanced level. I love when the end products of kid crafts are things they can use again and again.

Verdict: Surprise Ride is awesome! I was a little disappointed that they seem to have scaled back on their toys, but I think the activities this month more than made up for it. My nine-year-old really likes his new tangram game! Surprise Ride is always a fun surprise!

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.

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