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My Pretend Place Review + Coupon – December 2017

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My Pretend Place is a 3-month subscription cycle for kids who love to dress up and play pretend which is one of my kids’ all-time favorite activities. My Pretend Place lets you choose between boy, girl, or neutral costume categories to receive in your subscription box. You have the option for monthly or quarterly deliveries.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

About My Pretend Place

The Subscription Box: My Pretend Place

The Cost: $56 + free shipping

COUPON: Use code playtime to get 20% off your first theme!

The Products: My Pretend Place sends a themed box that includes a dress-up costume, book, craft or activities, and/or sometimes even food! You can choose to receive a box every month or quarterly.

Ships to: U.S. only, via UPS and USPS

My Pretend Place December 2017 Review

Our theme is Magician!

One very cool thing that My Pretend Place does is include a letter to the child. The letter is from a fictional character and helps initiate the play/pretend scenario. The letter introduces the magician-in-training to the theme and gives an idea of what fun is ahead. I like that it gives kids some practice reading, too. My 9-year-old daughter, 7-year-old son, and 6-year-old daughter all love this theme!

Melissa & Doug Magician Role Play Costume Set – Value (Retail $29.99) currently $20.97 on Amazon

This is a magician costume with accessories. It includes a magician’s cape, hat, wand, and magic tricks. The costume is machine washable.

The costume set says ages 3-6, but my 9-year-old daughter can still wear it.

It comes with a booklet revealing the secrets for how to perform several magic tricks which is VERY INTERESTING to all of them.

Here is my daughter performing The Floating Wand trick.

Fair Warning: Skip ahead one photo if you do not want to know how this trick is done.

We have the classic Rabbit In The Hat trick…

There are other secrets and tricks in the booklet that I won’t reveal here.

Rabbit Magic – Retail Value $16.99 (found here for $7.58)

We love getting books in subscription boxes! This is a fun book that keeps kids’ attention throughout and shares a lesson. Here is Amazon’s synopsis:

A distinctive palette and a large cast of adorable rabbits adorn a lively story told in very few words. When a magic trick goes awry, the magician M. Lapin becomes a sad rabbit while his rabbit assistant, Houdini, becomes the star of the show. After trying increasingly spectacular tricks, Houdini realizes that someone else wants and deserves the spotlight, and in his most amazing trick ever, he restores M. Lapin to his former self. Generosity and teamwork—and of course magic—take center stage in this delightful debut.

My daughter is a first grader and can read the book herself.

Sticker Sheet – Retail Value $1?

Sticker fun!

My daughter carefully thought through how she wanted to arrange her scene. I love that this subscription box allows kids to use their imaginations to learn while having fun.

The best magicians have more tricks up their sleeves.

Melissa & Doug Magic in a Snap! Hocus Pocus Collection Retail Value $14.99 (found here for $14.19)

This set of Easy-to-Master Professional Caliber Tricks is aptly named. There are 12 pieces in this trick set including a magic coin bag, cash case, ball and vase, and a magic tube.

It comes with easy to follow instructions.

My kids learned how to perform each trick in a couple of minutes without my assistance. I think younger kids could do this as well with a little help from an adult the first time or so. Here’s the trick:

They are actually pretty impressive tricks.

My Pretend Place includes a significant amount of Melissa and Doug items in their subscription boxes which is great because these are always well-designed and built to last.

Extras – Retail Value $1?

These are items that come standard with every box from My Pretend Place: a thank-you card and some stickers to decorate the box so it can be kept for storage.

We also received a magnet. I love that the box itself is reusable! My kids can easily keep their items for a theme together and grab the whole box to take on the go if they want to.

Here is the magician costume in action!

Verdict: My Pretend Place is great! They are extremely consistent in delivering a wonderful, imaginative play package for children ages 3-6+. (My oldest daughter is 9 and still loves this box.) The curation is excellent and stimulating and the contents are high quality.

The retail value here is $63.97, which is higher than the $56.00 cost of the box. Free shipping and the time it would take to hunt down these items separately and put them together into a cohesive theme which, to me, bumps up the value even more. Their website also has more themed craft and play ideas and kid-friendly recipes. And My Pretend Place offers free returns so this subscription box is essentially risk-free. (I can’t imagine they receive very many returns. This is one of my family’s favorite subscription boxes and they’ve done it again with the magician theme!)

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Order by 12/15 to ensure holiday delivery!

Coupon – Use code playtime to get 20% off your first theme!

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Written by Chris Acree

Chris Acree

Chris is a moderator on the MSA forum. Her current favorite subscription boxes are Box of Style, RawSpiceBar, Julep, and My Pretend Place although the list changes frequently. She cannot resist a spoiler.

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. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. How fun!! Super adorable videos😆

    • Thank you! They love this! 🙂

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