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14 kidfriendly subscription boxes parents will love

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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. 

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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...

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BEST FOR FUTURE ENGINEERS

Tinker 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.

  • Age: 9+
  • Theme: Science
$16.95 from Kiwi Co.

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BEST FOR FUTURE CHEFS

Foodstirs

Foodstirs is the DIY baking kit that teaches kids valuable baking skills by making desserts that are (almost) too cute to eat.

  • Age : 7+
  • Theme: Baking
$22.01 from Foodstirs

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BEST FOR FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Finders 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.

  • Age: 10+
  • Theme: Mystery solving
$27 from Cratejoy

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BEST FOR CRAFTY KIDS

We Craft Box

It's basically Pinterest for kids.

  • Age : 3-9
  • Theme: Arts and crafts
$25 from Cratejoy

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BEST FOR ADVENTURE-SEEKERS

Little Passports

With the help of characters Sam and Sofia, kids will go on global adventures in these world-traveling subscription boxes.

  • Age: 3-9+ depending on subscription
  • Theme: Travel and culture
$12.95 from Little Passports

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BEST FOR CHARACTER BUILDING

Wonder 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.

  • Age : 4+
  • Theme: Kindess and values
$23.96 from Cratejoy

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BEST FOR THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN

Slime Box

Yes, this box is exactly what it sounds like.

  • Age : 3+
  • Theme: Playtime
$12 from Cratejoy

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BEST FOR PICKY-EATERS

Veggie 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.

  • Age: 4+
  • Theme: Healthy eating
$19.95 from Cratejoy

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BEST FOR WHEN THE MALL IS JUST TOO MUCH

FabKids

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.

  • Age: 1-16
  • Theme: Fashion
$29.95 from FabKids

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BEST FOR MOMS-TO-BE

21 Bundles

New moms will receive four to six items catered toward whichever month of the pregnancy they're in.

  • Age: Adult
  • Theme: Expecting mothers
$35 from Cratejoy

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BEST FOR ECO-FRIENDLY FAMILIES

The Honest Company

An Honest Company subscription lets you get all the baby-safe, natural products that you want — and only the ones you want.

  • Age: All ages
  • Theme: Eco-friendly
$79.95 from The Honest Company

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BEST FOR FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Club

$10.95 from Cratejoy

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BEST FOR BOOK LOVERS

GiftLit

$35 from GiftLit

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BEST FOR BUILDING STEM SKILLS

STEM 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.

  • Age : varies based on subscription
  • Theme : STEM learning
$19.99 from Amazon

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