9 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids – and Grandkids

If you’re like I am, year after year, I’m at a loss of what to buy the kids and grandkids for birthdays and holidays. I recently ordered my first box subscription for myself and thought what a great gift idea it would be for kids. 9 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids – and Grandkids explores nine different subscription boxes for toddlers up to the age of tweens.

Subscription boxes run from monthly up to a year. Most can be canceled at any time. I think one of the fun parts is the anticipation of the next box coming in the mail. When I was young, you know before bills took over life, I used to love getting mail.

Subscription boxes can be a good alternative when the weather is bad, and the kids can’t go outside to play or ride their bikes.  If you live nearby them, you can make this a grandparent/grandchild activity.

When you’re contemplating whether you should buy monthly subscription boxes for kids and grandkids, you might be surprised by the number of options available – from science to crafts to books and so on.

Monthly Box Subscription Tips

When looking for a gift box, keep the person you’re buying for likes and dislikes in mind. Make sure it’s something they would like and not necessarily you – I think I might be guilty of this lol.

Also, keep the age of the child in mind – you don’t want to get something that would be too young or too old for who you have in mind.

If you have more than one child in a family to buy for, you might have them share depending on their age gap.

Below are 9 of the More Popular Subscription Boxes – Sorted by Age

Little Passports Early ExplorersCurrent Price or To Purchase – Click Here


Recommended For Ages 3-5

This box will take the little ones on an excursion each month. Early Explorers is packed with fun and educational themes, including landmarks, music, animals, food, art, oceans, natural wonders, world coins, space, world discoveries, dinosaurs, science, celebrations, habitats, transportation, insects, sports, and more!

In the first package, you’ll receive a fun orange suitcase, a wall-sized world map, souvenirs, activity booklets, stickers and tags to decorate your suitcase, and letters and photos from your new pen pals Max and Mia and their dog Toby!

There is also a premium product that comes with a book, which is a higher price.

Subscription can be canceled at any time.

Customer Review: My 3-year-old son absolutely loved Little Passports; he was eager to open his package each month. He learned so much from his monthly packages, from knowing all the continents to all the famous landmarks around the world, and even food from different countries. Little Passports helped him make real-world connections, which, as a teacher, I know are so important for future learning! Although we finished the kit, he still likes to revisit what he has learned about.

Highlights Puzzle Club- Kids Puzzle Books

Highlights Puzzle Book


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Recommended For Ages 4-7

Also an option for ages 7+

Do you remember Highlight magazines? I used to love them. Now there is a subscription box that contains two magazines a month. This seems more like a subscription that comes in a large envelope, not a box.

  • Two Age-Appropriate Books provide brain-building activities for both kids and grown-ups.
  • Three Sticker Puzzles in Each Book strengthen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
  • A Wide Array of Puzzle Types exercise many of the skills kids use in school.

Subscription can be canceled at any time.

Customer Review: Wonderful for 4-year-old great-granddaughter. She loves the stickers that get put in the “find” picture. Entertains her for quite a while and a good learning tool also.

Orange Art Box

Orange Art Box - Subscribe Now

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Recommended For Ages 5-12

Subscriptions are available for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.

Every Orange Art box is designed with a feature project and multiple smaller projects.

Every month the recipient will be receiving a box containing themed art projects to have fun creating with.

From the Orange Art Box website – “We will be sending projects with ideas on how and what they can do with the supplies that have been sent to them. Our boxes are to help inspire, and we can’t wait to see what your artists create!”

It can be canceled at any time.

iBbeautiful Subscription Box for Tween Girls


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Recommended For Ages 6-12

Also has another age option of 12-15

This is a fun box that comes with 4-6 items a month.

  • Items can include jewelry, accessories, fun school supplies, nail and hair care, yummy lotions + soaps, etc.
  • Boxes are curated around a monthly message of confidence-building, helping young girls realize they are beautiful just as they are!

Customer Review – I’ve already given this box a 5-star review, but I just heard from my daughter at camp that she and her friends are still having a great time with this gift. It’s a total winner!

Bitsbox – Coding Subscription

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Recommended For Ages  6 – 12

Monthly subscription. 

This subscription for coding sounds like it would be so much fun.- I’m thinking of getting it for myself lol. 

The subscription starts with level 1, with no coding experience is necessary.  There is even an adult guide to help the grown-ups, and email support is available.

The progression is coding from examples to inventing the child’s own app.

The coding projects teach kids how to make various projects ranging from greeting cards to video games.  The apps will also work on phones and tablets.

It comes with an Apper Keeper to help keep materials organized.  The binder will hold six months’ worth of projects. 

Also included are stickers and a sticker chart to mark progress.

What you need – a keyboard and a computer (laptop or desktop) running Chrome, Safari, or any modern web browser.

You can cancel, but if you want to be sure to do so before any pending shipments. 

What do the boxes cover:

Box 1: Coordinates & Basic Commands

  • Introduces 2D coordinates
  • Stamp, Fill, and Text Commands
  • Welcome Card
  • Apper Keeper Binder
  • 12 Animal-Themed App Projects
  • Stickers
  • Grown-up Guide

Box 2 – Variables & Simple Methods

  • Teaches Variables
  • Move, Rotate, and Size Commands
  • Dividers for Apper Keeper Binder
  • 13 Robot-Themed App Projects
  • Progress Stickers
  • Grown-up Guide

Box 3 – Conditionals & Interactions

  • Highlights Conditional Statements
  • Tap and Drag Functions
  • 11 Fantasy-Themed App Projects
  • Progress Stickers,
  • Grown-up Guide

Box 4 – Functions & Timing Commands

  • Demonstrates the Concept of Custom Functions
  • Repeat, Delay, and Tap Commands
  • 9 Flight-Themed App Projects
  • Progress Stickers
  • Grown-up Guide

Customer Review – Purchased the first subscription box for my 9 year old son. So far, it seems I finally found something he can get passionate about! He was able to navigate and create an account on his own and has the desire to hop on every day to work on his next project. Will definitely continue the subscription so far.

Boss Club – Entrepreneur

Boss Club

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Recommended For Ages – 6-14

Also another option for ages 11-18.

There are five choices of businesses to choose from

  • Homemade Dog Treat
  • Bath Bomb
  • Cake Pops
  • Fudge
  • Soap

This is a great box that goes step by step of producing a product, naming your company, pricing, packaging, advertising, and then selling.

Each kit comes with everything needed for an entrepreneurial experience: raw ingredients, packaging materials, advertising flyers, and a step-by-step curriculum.

The lower end of the age range will require more adult supervision, but children at the upper end of that range will be able to do the kit fairly autonomously.

This box is not a subscription that comes monthly. It’s one box, and then you can purchase refill items.

30-day money-back guarantee

Customer Review – I think we hit the jackpot!! My husband and I are entrepreneurs and hope one day our kids will be too. Thankfully Boss Club has eloquently put together a box that teaches children how to successfully start their own business. Boss Club guides them each step of the way. My daughters are so excited! I absolutely love how it got the girls creative juices flowing! My girls can’t stop talking about it!

Groovy Lab in a Box – by Academics in a box

Groovy Lab in a Box

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Recommended For Ages 8+

The boxes are full of everything you need to learn about and do hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments.

Everything that is required of an activity is included in the box. 

Included in the box is a Lab Notebook, where the recipient can read about that month’s topic, perform investigation activities, and document their findings. They will investigate, brainstorm, plan, build, test, and redesign their own creations.

Also, receive access to the special “Beyond…in a Box” online learning portal.

Cancel five days before renewal subscription. Gift subscriptions cannot be canceled.

Little Passports Science Expeditions

Little Passports Science

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Recommended For Ages – 9+

Each month the subscription packages contain everything you need to continue your STEM discovery with action-packed experiments that allow you to launch your own air-powered rocket, build a car that’s powered by the sun, and much more!

In the first Science Expeditions package, you’ll receive:

  • Signature Blue Tote Bag
  • Science Lab Notebook
  • Forensic Science Experiment Kit
  • Fingerprint Analysis Card
  • Ink Pad
  • A Booklet With More Fun Games and Activities

Themes include Forensic Science, Caves & Crystals, Hydrology, Optics & Vision, Rockets, and more!

Subscription can be canceled at any time.

Customer Review – I bought The Science Exploration for my then 9-year-old granddaughter for Christmas last year. The first box came in time for me to wrap to put under the tree. She and her mom have enjoyed doing the experiments each month. Her favorite so far has been finding the DNA of a strawberry!! Highly recommended the Little Passports.

Think Outside

Subscribe at Think Outside Boxes

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Recommended For Ages 9-14+  Younger ages with parental help

This box is unique in that it is geared toward the outdoors.

The purpose of the box is to provide children with knowledge and skills to improve their confidence and appreciation of the natural world.

Monthly themes, such as navigation, shelter building, or star gazing

The first box comes with a lightweight packable daypack. You have the choice of pink, blue, or orange. 

Each box includes:

  • 3 to 5 pieces of quality outdoor gear
  • Water-resistant resource cards
  • 24+ page educational booklet
  • Hands-on activities
  • Challenges to do as a family

You can cancel the subscription at any time.

Customer Review – “My boys have been out exploring about every other day. We just tell them to go wherever they end up and look around, get rocks, watch butterflies, whatever they think of. They’re having a blast with it. And it’s the only time they get along!”

Is A Subscription Box in Your Future?

With the variety of subscription boxes available, there seems to be something for every type of interest. Monthly subscription boxes for kids and grandkids seem like an answer to the problem I have year after year of what now to buy the grandkids. I hope that in reading, 9 Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids, that you found one that is perfect for the child in your life.

Do you have any experiences with subscription boxes for kids? Any subscription boxes that you love? If you do or have any comments or questions, please post in the comment section below.



2 thoughts on “9 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids – and Grandkids”

  1. This is such a fun way to purchase gifts for others! I’m going to be excited to order this gifts for the holidays!! thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Tristin,

      Thank you for reading this article and taking the time to post. I, too, think it would be so much fun to receive a box every month or even one as a gift.
      After you purchase please come back and post how you liked the process. Have an amazing Holiday Season.


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