Subscription boxes are a busy parent's best friend.
You're juggling work, kids, and extracurricular activities on a weekly basis — you don't exactly have time each week to whip up fun activities for you to do together. But what's the alternative? Sticking your kid in front of an iPad for hours on end? Nah.
That's where subscription boxes come in.
Some of the best kid-friendly subscription boxes are the ones created by parents, for parents. There are tons of boxes out there that can act as your monthly helping hand. Box themes are seriously diverse, so you're bound to find a subscription that seems like it was made for you and your family: Read more...More about Parents, Coding Toys, Mashable Shopping, Gifts For Kids, and Subscription Boxes
BEST FOR FUTURE ENGINEERSTinker Crate
Each month, Tinker Crate comes filled with a new, innovative physics project to do, a blueprint of how to do it, access to online video tutorials, plus a Tinkerzine book with tons of extra experiments and activities.
BEST FOR FUTURE CHEFSFoodstirs
Foodstirs is the DIY baking kit that teaches kids valuable baking skills by making desserts that are (almost) too cute to eat.
BEST FOR FAMILY GAME NIGHTFinders Seekers Mysteries
Your kids may not get to experience the greatness that is Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego on a computer from 1996, but Finders Seekers Mysteries is basically the subscription box equivalent.
BEST FOR CRAFTY KIDSWe Craft Box
It's basically Pinterest for kids.
BEST FOR ADVENTURE-SEEKERSLittle Passports
With the help of characters Sam and Sofia, kids will go on global adventures in these world-traveling subscription boxes.
BEST FOR CHARACTER BUILDINGWonder Crate
Wonder Crate wants to teach kids the importance of honesty, empathy, hard work, forgiveness, and more things that aren't exactly on a school syllabus.
BEST FOR THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO HAVE FUNSlime Box
Yes, this box is exactly what it sounds like.
BEST FOR PICKY-EATERSVeggie Buds Club
Parents who weren't blessed with non-picky eaters turn to the Veggie Buds Club — the subscription box that makes healthy snacking fun.
BEST FOR WHEN THE MALL IS JUST TOO MUCHFabKids
If your family doesn't have the time or the patience to drag the little ones to the mall, just have new threads show up at your door each month with FabKids.
BEST FOR MOMS-TO-BE21 Bundles
New moms will receive four to six items catered toward whichever month of the pregnancy they're in.
BEST FOR ECO-FRIENDLY FAMILIESThe Honest Company
An Honest Company subscription lets you get all the baby-safe, natural products that you want — and only the ones you want.
BEST FOR FINE MOTOR SKILLSMrs. Grossman's Sticker Club
BEST FOR BOOK LOVERSGiftLit
BEST FOR BUILDING STEM SKILLSSTEM Club Toys
Handpicked by STEM experts, your kid will receive a toy each month that encourages learning about science, technology, engineering, and math through playing.