We’ve always been fascinated by the idea of subscription boxes. While this has been around in the US for quite some time, its relatively unheard of in the Philippines and is just growing in popularity in New Zealand. We’ve decided to start exploring it just recently. Since we’re pretty fond of travelling as a family, it is only appropriate that our Jellybean’s first subscription box be travel-related. While there are only a handful actually based here in NZ, we did find some good ones in the US that even offer free shipping. Here’s our top pics for her travel and advnture subscription boxes:
1. Little Passports– This one of the first true travel-related subscription boxes for kids. We love it so much! We’re planning to get this very soon for Jellybean. There are three subscription types: Early Explorers, World Edition and USA Edition. Pricing varies depending on your subscription but as an example, if you go with Early Explorers for 12 months, it only goes for $14.95 a month — you pay a one-time fee for all 12 months + the delivery fee to your location. It looks like the characters change depending on your subscription, for the pre-schooler version, the characters are Max, Mia and their dog Toby. The World Edition, which is recommended for ages 6 to 10, has Sam and Sofia as the characters. The welcome kit comes with a suitcase, stickers, a world map, a bag tag. The monthly package comes with an activity booklet, souveniers, trading cards, letters, photos and more.
2. Surprise Ride – This montly subscription offers pre-planned activities to cover arts, STEM, geography and history. Boxes iinclude supplies, instructions, a snack, fun facts and more. It is designed for kids aged 6 to 11. The website also has boxes that are sold as Single Rides. They have some country boxes like Costa Rica, Italy, Paris and Australia. Then there’s packaged adventure boxes like Ancient Egypt, Amelia Earhart, A Day at the Beach and more.
3. Junior Explorers – This another cool one. It’s a mission-themed subscription. You can do a monthly subscription for $19, a 3-month subscripiton for $49, 6 monthly missions for $95 and 12 monthly missions for $185. Each month, the program sends a Mission Kit to prepare little explorers for their monthly mission. This includes activities, collectibles and cool facts about the ecosystem. There is also an online part which can be accessed with an unlock code sent with the Mission Kit. Some missions done in the past include the Arctic, Serengeti, Amazon and more. It’s great for kids aged 5 to 11.
4. KiwiBop Postcard Pals – I think this is the easiest and the cheapest one to start with. Monthly subscription is only $3.99 and payment can be made via PayPal to make it recurring until you decide to unsubscribe. For Jellybean, this is what we’re starting out with just to see if she can already appreciate receiving mail at this age (she’s now 4 years old). When you sign up, you will get a welcome kit, followed by 4 postscards a month. This is meant to engage their reading skills and teach them about the world. Since I’m a new member, I get to give my friends 10% off if they decide to subscribe, just use this link: http://kiwibop.refr.cc/K448XV8
There you have it! Some great exploration/adventure/travel-themed subscription kits. We can’t wait to receive our welcome pack. If you subscribe to any of these, we’d love to know more about your experience.