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The 19 Best Subscription Boxes for Kids – 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards

If you are in the market for a kids subscription box, we've got your back! With literally hundreds of options out there, we know it can be overwhelming to choose a perfect fit. Whether you are looking for a clothing subscription to avoid hitting the mall with your tot, a craft box for rainy days, or a toy subscription to help avoid mid-aisle Target meltdowns (we know all about those), you have come to the right place. These are the boxes that real users love, the boxes they love to gift to others, and the subscriptions they recommend to friends. Some long-time favorite kids' subscription boxes top the list, but this year they’re in good company with some newer monthly boxes that are also worth checking out.

In other words, if you haven't jumped on the kid subscription train, there is no time like the present to hop aboard!

Every year, we ask our readers to share their top recommended subscriptions of all types. Then we ask our experts to share what they know about each subscription to make it easy for you to know which subscription is right for you. Below, you’ll find our insights for shopping kids subscription boxes, and see readers’ top choices for toys, crafts, clothing, book, food, fun, and educational boxes for kids.

What To Look For When Shopping Kids Subscriptions

Age Range - Do you have a 3-month-old and a toddler? Is your 6-year-old a genius? Some subscriptions are one age fits all, but others are very age-specific. Be sure to check out all box options to choose the one that fits best with your child's age range and/or skill level.

Past Boxes - Did a kids' snack review catch your eye? Did you hear about a kids' art box on the radio? While not all subscriptions have the option to purchase past boxes, it never hurts to check out an old box through one (or 10) of our fabulous reviews. From experience, we have come across a box that has one amazing month to three not-so-great ones and vice versa, so a little research can go a long way.

Practicality - Is this subscription practical? Will it benefit my child in a meaningful way, or will it collect dust on the TV stand? Will it save you time and energy, or will it cause you to stress? These are questions to ask yourself when shopping for kids' subscription boxes as everyone's needs are different.

Overall Value - Are the items in this subscription worth way less than the box? Do you score a mega discount on brand name items by purchasing this kid subscription monthly? Overall value is an important aspect of subscription boxes, and if it's just not there for you, that box may not be the right fit.

The Most Popular Kids Subscription Boxes

Read on for our reader’s recommendations for the best kids subscription boxes currently available. If we missed anything, drop us a comment. If you’ve tried one of these services, be sure to leave a quick review (even if you had a poor experience — your review can help other readers avoid subscription remorse).

1. KiwiCo Crates

Best Kids Subscription Box Overall

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What's In This Kids Hands-On Educational Box?

KiwiCo offers several boxes filled with fun activities for every age and interest. The company focuses on learning through exploration; kids build their knowledge of engineering, tech, and art through hands-on experience. Every crate includes detailed instructions for tackling the project, and KiwiCo’s excellent online resources provide additional guidance. If you are looking to enhance your child's education through play, this is one subscription you can count on. Each KiwiCo crate is tested by experts and helps kids become creative problem solvers.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

KiwiCo offers at least one box for each age range, and adults can get in on the fun, too. You’ll look forward to each delivery — while this kids subscription box focuses on education, every project is interesting, engaging, and most importantly, fun!

Suggested Age Range:

There's a KiwiCo Crate for every age from 0 to 100. Choose Panda Crate (0-24 months) for babies ages to explore and discover. Koala Crate (2-4) is ideal for toddlers with play-focused activities. The Kiwi Crate (5-8) offers science and art activities, while Atlas Crate (6-11) addresses geography and culture. Doodle Crate (9-16) is for aspiring artists or choose Tinker Crate (9-14) if they’re into engineering. There’s truly something inspiring and activity-focused for everyone, including Eureka Crate (12-100) and Maker Crate (14 to 100). They also have a new Yummy Crate (6-14) launched in November 2021 for learning about cooking!

Pros

  • Includes great education projects
  • Monthly shipments keep kids engaged
  • Contains all necessary supplies

Cons

  • Projects could be messy
  • Some supervision may be required
  • Subscription will renew if not fully canceled; be sure to cancel and not skip

What Our Readers Say:

"We've been getting KiwiCrate for 4 years now, first KoalaCrate, then KiwiCrate, and now my older kids get the DoodleCrate. Every single one has been fantastic!" - Meeks

"STEM oriented activities that are always age appropriate even as they grow. My son adores his monthly package and loves the hands on learning!" - Kathleen E.H.

"These are fantastic. We get the Stem boxes for ages 9-13. They are fun and give kids a sense of accomplishment for creating a machine or other working device.!" - Kristy L.

Shipping:

KiwiCo ships to the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, and Military (APO, FPO, DPO) addresses for free. Monthly subscription crates can also be shipped to numerous international countries for an additional charge.

Starting at $24.95
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2. kidpik

Best Clothing and Styling Subscription Box for Kids

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What's In This Kids Clothing and Styling Box?

kidpik started out as a girls’ clothing subscription service, but they now offer options for boys as well. You’ll complete a quick style profile, then kidpik will send eight items that mix and match to create different head-to-toe outfits (including shoes) packaged as a special gift. There’s no styling fee, no monthly subscription fee, and no commitment whatsoever. I do want to note, however, that a $20 temporary authorization is issued at the time of sign-up and before each subsequent box ships to validate your card. This amount will not be charged to your account and is typically released within the same day (depending on your banks' policy).

As every parent knows, kids can be fussy about their clothes (you mean the skinny jeans they said they wanted last week are just not cool anymore?!) You can update your child’s style profile at any time, and if you receive something that doesn’t work, send it back within 7 days for a refund. The kidpik selection features high-quality shoes, garments, and accessories designed to create multiple mix-and-match outfits.

You’ll only pay for what you keep, and if you keep the entire shipment, you’ll get a 30% discount.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Kids who love exploring style — and parents who don’t want to make frequent trips to the department store. kidpik is affordable, helpful, and easy. There’s even a little surprise for kids tucked inside each shipment, completely free of charge.

Suggested Age Range:

Girls and Boys sizes 2T to 16, roughly 13 years and below.

Pros

  • An online quiz along with a personal stylist will personalize your order
  • Customers receive multiple complete outfits per subscription box
  • Customers can exchange for another size for free

Cons

  • You cannot choose individual items
  • You can return items but not exchange them for different styles
  • No options for baby clothing, only toddlers and kids

What Our Readers Say:

"So happy kidpik carries boy's clothes now - good quality and value." - Ashlea

"Clothing is trendy, modest and fits perfectly!" - Raindrop

"My daughter LOVES kidpik! She is excited to see what is in her box as soon as it is delivered." - Meagan

Shipping

Kidpik does offer free shipping but is currently only available within the 48 Contiguous United States and Military addresses.

Starting at $0.00
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(That's not an error! There's no fee if you don't want the clothes in your box, so you will be out $0.00 if it doesn't work for you.)

3. Lovevery

Best Developmental Toy Subscription Box for Babies and Toddlers

Baby Montessori toys from Lovevery subscription.

Image from our review.

What's in this Developmental Toy Subscription Box?

Lovevery is a play kit subscription that delivers stage-based products to your door. This kids subscription box grows with your child; each new box includes research-based products on target with developmental milestones, accompanied by an in-depth activity guide for parents. The products and information in each Play Kit were informed by published research in the field of child development and reviewed by specialists from multiple disciplines. The kits are tailored to your child’s age, arriving every two months for babies (larger Play Kits for toddlers arrive every three months). The stage-based approach is intuitive for parents, and the toys are awesome — many feature high-quality woods, which gives them a pleasing aesthetic (even when they’re strewn all over your living room).

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Younger kids will love Lovevery. The sooner you start this subscription service, the better the potential benefits, but the company provides an easy way to match your child with the appropriate Play Kit via a simple form.

Suggested Age Range:

0 to 4+ years.

Pros

  • Well curated and thoughtful
  • All toys are designed by child development professionals
  • Lovevery is committed to safety and sustainability

Cons

  • No items can be purchased individually
  • It is a little spendy

What Our Readers Say:

"Lovevery goes above and beyond in both the quality of their products and their customer service as well!" - Ellie

"Lovevery is amazing! They send montessori-friendly toys for ages up to 3. We ordered our first box when my daughter was 1 and she was enthralled with each item. She still plays with all of the items and it's amazing to see her progress." - MSA reader

Shipping:

Lovevery ships to the United States and Canada for free.

Starting at $80.00
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4. FabKids

Best Kids Clothing Membership

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What's in This Kids Clothing Box?

FabKids is a kids clothing subscription for boys and girls that was created to help busy parents discover the latest fashions for their kids all while remaining on a budget and having limited time to shop. FabKids realized how difficult it can be for most families to make time throughout the week to actually shop and that most stores have outrageous prices for apparel. As such, the company presented a solution to the problem by having its team of expert stylists find and share the most popular, fashionable clothing for kids that are all available at an affordable price.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

FabKids is specifically for parents that prefer to buy children clothing monthly at a discounted cost. Choosing to sign up for the monthly membership does come with a monthly fee (that you use towards any purchases), but also gets you major discounts as well as VIP perks.

Suggested Age Range:

Girls and Boys sizes 2T to XXL (Big Kid 18)

Pros

  • Offers seasonal collections and limited-edition items
  • Options come in an extensive size range
  • Multiple clothing and shoe styles available - casual, dressy, sporty, etc.

Cons

  • Limited selection of items for boys
  • Popular sizes tend to run out quickly
  • Some categories, such as sleepwear and bottoms, tend to have fewer choices available

Shipping

FabKids orders over $59 in the United States and over $79 in Canada ship for free.

Starting at $39.95
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5. MEL Science

Best Science Exploration Subscription Boxes 

Image via our MEL STEM review.

What's in this Science Exploration Box?

If your child loves science and performing hands-on experiments, you’ll want to check out the kids' subscription boxes from MEL Science. With options for different age groups, this subscription box for kids is ideal for ages 5 and up. Starting with MEL STEM (5-9+), each box includes fun buildable projects to explore with MEL’s interactive app. Next is MEL Physics (8-14+), this box introduces lessons from the laboratory to teach the principles of physics. Then in the MEL Chemistry box, learners (10-16+) can explore 2-3 science activities and DIYs per kit; all ingredients and instructions are included for child-safe chemistry experiments. MEL Chemistry takes science out of the classroom, and while the kits use technology to make the experience more engaging, there’s a strong focus on hands-on learning. In addition, MEL Med (14-99+) has debuted as the first medical subscription for teens, giving them the opportunity to practice at home with professional tools, and diagnose patients in a virtual hospital. Really with this subscription, the possibilities are endless.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Any child aged 5 and up. Your kiddo doesn’t need a strong interest in science to get started — MEL Chemistry’s kits provide plenty of inspiration.

Suggested Age Range:

MEL STEM is recommended for ages 5 to 9+, MEL Physics 8 to 14+, MEL Chemistry 10 to 16+ for, and MEL Med 14+.

Pros

  • You have multiple options
  • Well organized and educational
  • Engaging for many hours

Cons

  • You are unable to purchase individual kits
  • Adult supervision may be required
  • Things could get messy

Shipping:

MEL Kids ships to the United States for free.

Starting at $29.90
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6. Universal Yums

Best Snack and Culture Box for Families

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What’s In This Tasty Subscription Box?

Universal Yums sends a box of snacks and treats from a different country every month. The products that are selected are unique, and often extremely hard (if not impossible) to find in the United States. Also included each month is an interactive guidebook to steer your adventure – including trivia, games, recipes, culture, and more. The contents of the boxes change each month as they highlight the best snacks from each featured country. However, you can always expect a mix of flavors: salty, sweet, spicy, and fruity. Only authentic snacks from the featured country are included in this box. Packed with 10-12 snacks each month, you and your family are sure to enjoy a trip around the world from the comfort of your own home.

Which Kids (and Adults) Will Love This Subscription:

If you and your family have a sense of adventure, then this box is for you.

Suggested Age Range:

This subscription is great for children that have experience with solid foods all the way up to adults.

Pros

  • You now can order more of your faves in the Yum Shop!
  • Families can experience a sense of culture through food without any prep
  • Most packages are large in size, so they can be shared

Cons

  • A few countries have been visited more frequently than others
  • You may not like all items
  • Boxes may contain allergens

Shipping:

Universal Yums ships to the United States for free. Boxes can be shipped to Canada, U.K., Australia, and Israel for an additional charge.

Starting at $26.00
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7. Little Passports

Best Kids' Subscription Box for Learning About Other Cultures

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What's in This Kids Cultural and Geographical Box?

Little Passports introduces lessons in culture, geography, and STEM, inviting hands-on discovery for kids aged 3 to 13. Each box focuses on themes that blend science with world knowledge. Your child will learn about other countries and cultures, and they’ll love the experience. Subscriptions begin with an introductory kit filled with informative materials, games, and activities. Subsequent kits include experiments and souvenirs, suited to meet the developmental stage of the subscriber. Move between subscriptions as your little one grows. All of these kids' subscription boxes are affordable, and they offer a creative way for children to explore the world around them.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Little Passports offers options for different developmental stages, though their projects are a little simple for older kids (in other words, we wouldn’t pick these up for most teenagers). The kits aren’t gendered, and any child interested in world cultures should have a blast.

Suggested Age Range:

Early Explorers Edition is recommended for ages 3 to 5, Science Junior Subscription 5 to 8, World Explorer Edition 6 to 10, USA Edition 7 to 12, and the Science Expedition Subscription 8+.

Pros

  • Educational and fun
  • Well curated with interesting themes
  • Engaging for children as well as adults

Cons

  • Some adult supervision may be required
  • Not all necessary supplies are included
  • It's a bit on the pricey side

Shipping

Little Passports subscriptions ship free to the continental United States.

Starting at $27.95
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8. Pusheen Box

Best Cute Subscription Box with Pusheen-Themed Goodies

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What's in This Adorable Pusheen-Themed Box?

Pusheen Box is a quarterly subscription box that features beloved Pusheen the Cat in its exclusive merchandise. Made famous by her animated comics, GIFs, and stickers on Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, and other platforms, Pusheen is an adorable tabby cat that brings smiles and laughter to people of all ages around the world. In this box full of rare special edition items, you’ll find useful items like Pusheen clothing, accessories, electronics, toys, stationery, and more! Readers love it for their kids and themselves, as Pusheen universally brings fun and function to all ages.

Which Kids (or Adults) Will Love This Subscription:

Fans of Pusheen (and anyone who likes cute cat merchandise).

Suggested Age Range:

All ages (grown-ups welcomed and encouraged!)

Pros

  • Includes rare first-edition items
  • Well-curated and adorable themes (the Pusheen Winter 2021 box was one of our faves!)
  • Unexpected and fun

Cons

  • Some have found the quality not as high in recent boxes
  • Shipping has been delayed in the past
  • You are unable to purchase past boxes

What Our Readers Say:

"Pusheen boxes are a great mix of cute and practical. My daughters love Pusheen, and I love that most of the items can be used in daily life." - Jennifer

Shipping

Pusheen Boxes ship to the United States for $6. Shipping to other countries, including Japan, is available at an extra cost.

Starting at $43.95
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9. OwlCrate Jr

Best Kids' Book Club with Fun Themes

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What's in This Fun-Themed Kids' Book Box?

OwlCrate Jr is a book subscription box for younger readers 8-12 years of age. It’s the younger sibling of the original OwlCrate, which offers YA literature along with an assortment of bookish goodies. OwlCrate Jr provides the same magical literary experience, with careful curation to ensure that every subscription box will delight and inspire your middle schooler. Each OwlCrate Jr box includes a new hardcover book and 3 to 4 extra items. That might mean author-signed bookplates, stationery items, fan accessories, additional books, games, or other delights. The emphasis is on imagination, and Owlcrate excels at delivering the magic. Limiting screen time can be tough — here’s a simple way to get your kid to put down the tablet and pick up a book.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Imaginative middle-grade kids who always need something to read. Owlcrate Jr provides a truly magical experience, and subscribers can always upgrade to the original OwlCrate as kids get older.

Suggested Age Range:

Kids 8-12 years old.

Pros

  • Includes fun and unique items
  • Signed bookplates are common
  • You can shop past boxes and individual items

Cons

  • You may receive a theme you don't care for
  • Shipping has been delayed due to supplier issues
  • They don't have a subscription for younger children

Shipping

OwlCrate JR Boxes ship to the United States for $8.99 per box. Shipping to other countries, including Canada, is available at an additional cost.

Starting at $29.99
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10. Groovy Lab in a Box

Best STEM Science Activities Box for Kids of All Ages

Groovy Lab in a Box picture of box amid a variety of crafts.

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What's in this Groovy Lab Kid Box?

Groovy Lab in a Box is a monthly kids' subscription overflowing with science experiments for early explorers. Choose from the Young Creator series, designed for kids 4-7 years old, and the STEMist series, developed for kids 8 years and up. Both of these subscription boxes give kids ways to naturally develop their engineering skills. They’ll address interesting problems and find brilliant solutions — while having fun, of course! All boxes include hands-on projects and engineering design challenges. Kids also receive a lab notebook, which allows them to document their findings and learn more about the topic. Subscribers also receive access to an online portal with in-depth resources for more learning.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Kids who love tackling unique problems will get hours of fun from Groovy Lab in a Box. It’s a great way to develop STEM skills, and parents will have plenty of opportunities to help out.

Suggested Age Range:

Young Creator series is recommended for ages 4 to 7, STEMist series is for 8+.

Pros

  • Boxes are created by educators
  • They align with Next Generation Science Standards
  • Gets kids excited about science

Cons

  • Adult supervision or assistance may be required
  • Directions are sometimes confusing
  • Internet access is necessary for the online component

Shipping

Groovy Lab in a Box subscriptions ship to the United States for free. International shipping is available at an additional cost.

Starting at $29.95
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11. Amazon Prime Book Box

Best Book Subscription Box for Kids

What's in This Simple Book Subscription For Kids?

Sometimes, we forget that Amazon started as a bookstore. The Amazon Prime Book Box delivers level-appropriate hardcover storybooks to children ages 0-12 years at 40% off the list price. The service can be scheduled for deliveries every 1, 2, or 3 months. For babies up to 2 years old, each box contains four unforgettable board books that stand out to Amazon editors. Age brackets 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9-12 years receive boxes with two hardcover books; the selection ranges from new releases to classics, so you’ll get plenty of gems. Building your child’s library with books tailored to their reading level opens them up to a whole new world of experiences while fostering their love of literature. Parents can preview the books and make edits, so you won’t have to worry about receiving books that you already own — and Amazon makes returns easy.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Amazon Prime Book Box is appropriate for all children up to 12 years old. The low pricing makes this an excellent value, but if your child is a voracious reader, you may need to open multiple subscriptions to give them enough reading material.

Suggested Age Range:

0 to 12 years.

Pros

  • You can choose your delivery frequency
  • You can swap selections
  • It's easy to sign up

Cons

  • You can't select book topics
  • Doesn't provide options for children older than 12

Shipping

Amazon Prime Book Box ships to all subscribers in the United States for free.

Starting at $19.99
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12. Hoppi Box

Best Baby Box for Eco-Friendly Toys

What’s In This Toy Subscription?

Hoppi Box is a quarterly subscription box that sends high-quality and full-size toys curated for your child’s age. Dedicated to helping parents nurture their child's early development through play, these boxes are designed for children ages 0 to 4 and contain 4-5 high-quality toys that encourage learning. Toys are thoughtfully selected by a group of childhood experts to help enrich your child's development at each stage. All toys selected are eco-friendly, sustainable, BPA-free, and are safe for your child.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

This box is designed for babies to toddlers up to age 4 and honestly, have you ever met a tot that didn't love toys?!

Suggested Age Range:

Ages 0-4.

Pros

  • No more toy aisle meltdowns!
  • All toys are chosen by child development experts
  • High quality and safe items

Cons

  • Toys cannot be personalized based on gender
  • Children age out
  • It's a bit spendy

Shipping:

Hoppi Box ships to the United States for free.

Starting at $75.00
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13. Stitch Fix Kids

Best Kids' Styling Service

Stitch Fix Kids little boy wearing dinosaur print clothes, jumping over a toy.

What's offered in this Kids' Styling Service?

Stitch Fix Kids is a personal styling service from Stitch Fix. Each Fix contains 8-12 stylist curated pieces that are picked with you and your child's preferences in mind, based on a quiz. Your kids will also get a personalized note from the stylist. It's a great way to conveniently shop for kids' clothes without leaving your house. Try everything on in the comfort of home and return what you don't want via their prepaid return shipping label.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

This subscription is for families that are looking for help in discovering their one-of-a-kind taste and style when it comes to clothing.

Suggested Age Range:

Stitch Fix carries children's clothing in sizes 2T up to 14.

Pros

  • You can choose your price range
  • You don't have to go to an actual store
  • They feature a lot of popular brands

Cons

  • They don't offer slim or husky sizes
  • You have to pay the styling fee
  • Prices can add up each month

Shipping:

Stitch Fix currently ships to the United States and the United Kingdom for free.

Starting at $20.00
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14. Kidbox

Best Baby and Kid Clothing Subscription Box

Kidbox subscription box boys clothes

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What's in this Baby and Kid clothing subscription?

Kidbox is a kid’s clothing box that “combines cool brands, meaningful savings, and a mission to clothe children in need.” Kidbox ships 7 boxes a year (spring, summer, summer bonus, back to school, fall, winter, and New Year) but they will notify you before they ship in case you want to skip a box, change your child’s sizing, or even their style preferences. You also have the capability to choose different shopping options as well. Now offered are a 5-item baby box, 6-item Kidbox mini, 8-item Kidbox class, and 10-item deluxe box.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

This subscription is for parents and kids alike that want hand-selected apparel shipped to your door without the hassle of going to the store, all while helping children in need with each purchase.

Suggested Age Range:

Currently, Kidbox offers clothing for babies in a variety of sizes including 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months. Girls' clothing is offered in sizes 2T-16, and boys' clothing is offered in sizes 2T-18.

Pros

  • Easy to return and exchange
  • Multiple style options
  • Vast size selection

Cons

  • Slim/husky sizes are not offered
  • Not very specific in style quiz
  • Fewer brand names than expected

Shipping:

Kidbox ships to the United States for free.

Starting at $0.00
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15. Girls Can! Crate

Best STEAM Projects Box for Empowering Girls

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What's in this Girl-Driven STEAM project box?

Girls need role models to inspire their abilities and motivate their minds, and that’s exactly what Girls Can! Crate delivers. This monthly kids subscription box features fun, educational activities focused on positive female role models from around the world. Each crate includes an activity book with the story of that month’s fearless leader (think activists, coders, and archaeologists). You’ll also get 2-3 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities or experiments along with props for play and learning. Future fearless female leaders love this subscription box designed just for them! A portion of all sales goes towards non-profit organizations that empower young girls, and we love Girls Can!

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Founder Megan Goodman started the service in 2015 to show her daughter that women are innovators, creators, and leaders. Since then, this service has rapidly grown — and has likely inspired thousands of young girls to challenge harmful gender stereotypes. This box would be perfect for any young ladies inspired to make the world a better place.

Suggested Age Range:

5 to 10 years.

Pros

  • Educational and well thought out
  • They donate 10% of proceeds to girl-based organizations
  • You can purchase specific crates in their shop

Cons

  • It's a bit pricey
  • Some items may be lacking in quality

Shipping:

Girls Can! Crate ships to the United States for free and to Canada for an additional $10.

Starting at $18.50
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16. Creation Crate

Best STEM Subscription Box for Young Scientists

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What's in this STEAM scientist box?

Creation Crate is a subscription box designed to teach electronics to teens and adults. Each month, you’ll receive the necessary components to tackle a new project. Subscribers can visit an online portal to view instructions and learn more about what they’re building. We love that each Creation Crate focuses on a single skill; as kids progress, the projects increase in difficulty. If you’re raising a little programmer or engineer, you won’t want to miss this subscription.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

The Creation Crate is intended for ages 12 and up (and yes, adults can learn quite a bit from these projects, too). You’ll also need access to a computer with a USB port, and you’ll need the internet to view all of the instructional materials.

Suggested Age Range:

12 years and up.

Pros

  • Detailed and specific
  • Well curated and thought out
  • Excellent customer service

Cons

  • Slightly intimidating
  • You need computer and internet access
  • Adult assistance may be required

Shipping:

Creation Crate offers free shipping on your first purchase.

Starting at $30.00
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17. We Craft Box

Best Kid-Friendly Craft Subscription Box for Younger Kids

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What's in This Kids Craft Subscription Box?

We Craft Box is a monthly subscription box providing craft supplies for children ages 3-9 years. Each box comes equipped with all the materials and instructions needed to complete 2-3 crafts based on a themed story. The stories are imaginative enough to keep kids interested — and the crafts are absolutely adorable. We Craft Box includes enough materials to allow a parent or sibling to join in. That makes this a great way to schedule family time.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

We think that any younger child will love We Craft Box, but if you’re not sure whether it’s the right subscription for your family, check out the company’s website; you can purchase individual boxes to see how the service works.

Suggested Age Range:

3 to 9 years.

Pros

  • Really cute and well thought out
  • Fun for the entire family
  • Monthly-themed

Cons

  • They do not accept returns
  • Some adult supervision may be required
  • It could get messy

Shipping:

We Craft Box ships to the United States for free and to Canada for an additional charge.

Starting at $34.99
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18. STRONG self(ie)

Best Empowering Subscription Box for Girls

Strong Selfie box assortment

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What's in This Empowering Subscription Box for Girls?

STRONG self(ie) is a quarterly box geared toward tween and teen girls. The goal is empowerment, and to that end, each box contains inspirational, positive products focused on health, beauty, and beauty. Deliveries might include accessories, stationery, lifestyle items, or deluxe snacks; the quarterly themes help young girls navigate their lives and build their self-confidence. Parents also receive helpful advice and guidance — useful for making those sometimes-difficult middle school years more manageable. The STRONG self(ie) site notes that “moments matter,” and your subscription will help you and your child navigate the little (and big) moments with ease. Choose from the three boxes described below — all act as inclusive toolkits for strength and wellness.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

These make excellent gift subscription boxes for girls! Just choose the age-appropriate box plan and the girl in your life will receive focus group tested products that inspire confidence and lets her know that she's enough.

Suggested Age Range:

The Tween box focuses on girls 7 to 12, the Teen box focuses on ages 13 to 17, and the College box focuses on women ages 18 and up.

Pros

  • High-quality items
  • Great value
  • Fun and empowering

Cons

  • They don't offer returns

Shipping:

STRONG self(ie) ships to the United States for free.

Starting at $38.00
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19. Sensory TheraPLAY Box

Best Sensory and Tactile Therapeutic Toy Subscription Service

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What's in This Sensory Therapy Kids Box?

Sensory TheraPLAY Box is a sensory toy subscription box designed specifically for children with autism and sensory processing needs. Curated by a licensed pediatric occupational therapist, each box includes an assortment of toys, fidgets, crafts, utensils, and other sensory goodies. Equal parts fun and therapeutic, the items provide hours of enjoyment each month. For teens and adults, there is a quarterly Sensory Box edition designed with the same principles.

Which Kids Will Love This Subscription:

Children who have different sensory needs will love Sensory TheraPLAY. We love that this box is specifically designed for children with autism or sensory needs but it's also suitable for children of all abilities.

Suggested Age Range:

Toys are appropriate for most children aged 5 to 9 years old, but this box is well-suited to a diverse range of ages depending on the child’s independence and developmental abilities.

Pros

  • High-quality items
  • Fun, useful, and unique toys
  • Curated by an occupational therapist

Cons

  • Items may need to be used under parental supervision
  • Shipping is not included

Shipping:

Sensory Theraplay Box ships for additional costs depending on zip code.

Starting at $40.95
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Kids Subscription Once You’ve Picked

Once you’ve picked out the right box for you, follow our steps to help make sure you make the most of your new subscription.

  • Check for coupons before buying. There’s often a deal to be had if you know where to look, and you’ve come to the right place. Here at MSA, we have the best coupons around. Keep an eye on our feed for money-saving special deals, and always make sure to check in with our reviews and subscription directory for the best coupons before buying.
  • Personalize your subscription. Many kids' subscription boxes allow you to update your profile with your child's preferences and likes/dislikes. Want only Nike athletic pants? Does your child hate screen tees? Make sure to update your subscription so you're matched with the best options for you.
  • Take advantage of online supplemental videos. Not only do online supplemental videos offer a great visual, but a lot of times they offer extra info not included in the physical box. Universal Yums, for instance, offers a playlist of country-specific music to munch along to when snacking through the box!
  • Check out brands' social media pages. As a subscriber, brands want to keep you around, so check out their social media pages for contests, polls, and giveaways for your chance at free merchandise! (I scored a bonus Universal Yums box this way not too long ago!)
  • Use your rewards and do those reviews. Some subscriptions offer rewards to long-time subscribers, especially if you leave reviews! Don't let those rewards expire - get that free gear!

Factors We Considered When Reviewing These Kids Subscriptions

This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices, and we can confidently recommend the subscriptions above since we’ve researched and reviewed them all. Factors we considered when reviewing these subscriptions include:

  • Price - While we wish money was no object, the truth is that price is a key factor for most people when picking out the right subscription boxes for their kids. Our list includes options to suit a variety of budgets.
  • Customer Reviews - We know kid boxes better than anybody, but our opinion isn’t the only one that matters. We value the thoughts of the MSA community, and we’ve designed this list with their feedback in mind. Readers are encouraged to leave their own reviews on our brand pages, and their input has helped shape this list.
  • General Engagement - Are your kids talking about this subscription after they receive it? Did they bring their homemade catapult to school for show and tell? We want to share the best, and if our own kids aren't enjoying themselves while using these subscriptions, then we have ourselves a situation.
  • Safety - Our kids are our world, and their safety is our number one priority. Does the MEL Chemistry set include explosive chemicals? No. Does the Hoppi Box pride itself on sending eco-friendly and BPA-free toys? Yes. While some kits do contain items that could cause injury in the wrong hands, (accidents do happen) these boxes when used correctly are safe and fun.

 

That wraps up our list of the best kid's subscription boxes! Which ones are favorites for your kids?

Becca Peterson
Becca Peterson

I am a wild and crazy mom of 2 boys and work in the public education system. I love all things outdoors, beauty, crafts, and food. And absolutely adore my high school sweetheart! 


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176 comments

Jennifer

I don’t think Kidpik includes special gift surprises in the packages anymore – at least, my daughter has never gotten an extra gift in the three boxes (only one kept) that we received.

Cancelling is also a bit confusing/hard. I thought I had cancelled, but ended up with a box yesterday, turns out I was just on a 24 week cycle. So I will need to email them to cancel.

Overall, I have not found them a good value. There is no discount at all unless you keep “everything” – and it’s only 30% if you do. For example to keep my last box, even with the discount, would have been $130! And just to keep the outfit and shoes I liked best would have been close to $90, since you don’t get a discount unless you get it all. And since it’s all Kidpik brand, they can set prices how they want to begin with. Sometimes the quality and style matches that price, but sometimes it doesn’t come close.

By comparison, Kidbox contains a mix of their own brands + name brands, there is a smaller discount even if you don’t keep the box, and the total discount for keeping a whole box can be well over 75-80% depending on if you get the already half off box during one of their half off sales. (E.g. 10 items for $55, when the retail might end up close to $300)

Styling has been hit/miss. The box we got yesterday was actually styles great, minus a pair of rhinestone skinny jeans like every other kid’s clothing box has been including. Unfortunately, the fit was really off, and sizing exchange wouldn’t have helped there. And the inclusion of a filler item she couldn’t use at all, an adult size pair of “one size” sunglasses, it didn’t make sense to keep the box.

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Becca

Jennifer, thank you so much for commenting! I really appreciate the specifics and found them super helpful!

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John

hurrah! was looking for kids subscription boxes, for related content please visit here https://friendlytoybox.com/

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Chelsea

My FAVORITE kids box that I recently discovered is beTWEEN the Bookends. It’s a book box for kids but also includes bookish and lifestyle items. It was created by a middle schooler, too. So cool! I think they have for picture books through middle grade, and options for boys and girls. I get it for my 9 year old and she’s obsessed

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Becca

That sounds amazing Chelsea! My son is 9 and would love that. I’m definitely going to check it out- thanks for the tip!

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Emily Ann Williams

I appreciate your listings and descriptions as a great grand mother I am saddened by Kiwi going totally computer shutting out those of us not very savvy with this system. In the past I was able to set up my two annual orders on the phone however now I must wade through their myriad of many programs with no advice and only a computer robot to answer questions. I will have to find another resource or no program at all due to robotics taking over their system.

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Hannah

Thank you for this! It’s amazing to have these sort of things available.

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Janae

Would love to do KiwiCo! I’ve done adult craft boxes & think my kids would love KiwiCo

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tassnime

thanks for the helpful information shared.

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tassnime

Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

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tassnime

thank you for all your efforts

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tassnime

thanks for sharing this blog post..

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tassnime

Great, thanks for sharing this blog post.

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tassnime

It’s a good web site, Thank you.

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Frank

This is not meant to be sarcastic … But under the Kiwi.co the first subscription box..
“including Eureka Crate and Maker Crate for ages 14 to 104.” Age 104? No pun intended… Just thought it’d be funny…

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Tiffany

The wooden toys from KiwiCo Panda Crate have not been durable. Please use them with caution. I Just signed up for the Junior Green Kids Crafts! I look at the reviews on MSA but only now saw that they have a junior version. One other Ive tried is Experience Early Learning from Mother Goose Time. We’ve tried the toddler version, and my boys love it.

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Erica

Why is Ivykids kits not on here, it is better than slot of these. It is a teaching tool.

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Ferahtia.Fs

Thanks so much for the informations

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Mike

Excavating Adventures is great for the rock and fossils loving kids. My seven year old son loves it and Little Passports!

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Josh

I wanted to say thank you for posting this. My niece is going to love it this xmas.

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simon

Thanks for sharing useful Information. I appreciate your Content
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Elizabeth

I have such a great idea for these box companies and MSA. Would you ever get the “best of” to work with MSA and have parents buy a package that includes one of each box every month, for the discounted prices?
It would be such an amazing birthday/holiday present, and a way to try out each box and get a feel for which ones the kids and family want to subscribe to full time!!
The same could be done for every category: makeup, skincare, clothing, crafting! It would take so much stress off a new sub addict, not having to choose only one box! And it would really even the playing field for indie or new company subs.
Thanks for reading!
Love to everyone at MSA! Stay safe!

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Jennifer

Do you mean like a sub that rotates through the boxes, or one where you get 10+ boxes a month to try? That might be a lot, lol…

But it would be interesting to have some way to easily compares subs, like the one company that packs up different brands of diapers for newborns so you can try out which one works best.

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Audrey

I think THAT is a fantastic idea!!!!! I know my sister and i would each be interested in that! Great idea Elizabeth!!!

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Lacey Volk

Love this idea!

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Cynthia Folsom

My grands have loved Reading Bug Book Box, but I guess it did not make your list.

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nassim

I love the look of the Owlcrate box.

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Anna

Cool!!! Thank you for this. For me Mel Science and Bitsbox are the best!

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Niki

😩 My MIL has been asking for a subscription to buy for our daughter forever but these are all so expensive. She only wants to spend $10-$15 a month to replace her old Minifig subscription. If anyone has any ideas please feel free to let me know!

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Amanda

Toucanbox it’s $15 a month and sends 2 crafts projects a month.

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Lacey Volk

Is she into stickers by chance? Pipsticks https://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/2018/05/pipsticks-pro-club-petite-review-coupon-may-2018.html and STICKII https://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/category/stickii-reviewsare two popular sticker subscriptions that are around the $10-15 price point.

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Mary

Aw, my pick didn’t make the list. My kids love the Coffee and a Classic kids’ box (which I found through MSA!).

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Fiona A

Eat2Explore need to be on this list!! My kids love this box, it’s educational and the recipes are fabulous.

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Lenika R Mcclain

They no longer do the Minechest it is a Tee shirt subscription now that comes with a pen. My boys loved thier boxes but was real sad when it ended.

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Ferahtia_Fs

Merci beaucoup pour vos efforts

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Ferahtia.Fs

Thanks so much

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