Summer Camp in a Box: Great Subscription Boxes for Summer Vacation

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While some parents are excited for summer time to come (meaning there’s no more waking up early to prepare for all the things their kids would need in school), there are some who are really terrified not looking forward to it. The kids are going to be at home for at least three months, so Moms and Dads are trying to figure out of ways to keep their little ones busy this summer. The good news is, there are a lot of subscription boxes that offer great activities you and your kids can do this summer, and we’ve come up with a list of those we know you’ll enjoy. Without further ado, here’s our Summer Camp in a Box list!

Kiwi Crate Family ($19.95 Per Month)

These awesome subscriptions for kids are age-level and interest-specific, and an awesome way to spend time with the kids this summer while expanding their knowledge of the world around them!

Only through 6/30 – Save 30% on your first box of any crate in the KiwiCo Family – Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, Doodle Crate, and Tinker Crate – with code FUNPACK PLUS get a free bonus Fun Pack gift – a summer activity book, crayons, and playing cards!

Doodle Crate – The Craftiest Member of the KiwiCo Family

Read all of our Doodle Crate Reviews to find out what you’ll be getting in this box! Every box includes creative and fun projects for BOYS and GIRLS and inspires young makers to learn new crafting skills and express themselves creatively. It’s like a summer art camp in a box! Every crate includes all the materials and inspiration for DIY projects that encourage kids to tackle new challenges and gain creative confidence! Doodle Crate is designed for kids ages 9 to 16+ and tested to ensure that the projects are fun and inspiring.  This box is also probably the best craft subscription box, even for adults!

► Take 30% off your first box. Use coupon code MS30.

Kiwi Crate – The Original!

Every box includes creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) projects designed to be perfect for your kids ages 5-8! Every month will have a new theme, with all the materials and inspiration for kids to build, make, and develop their creative confidence. Quality materials, hands-on learning, and 2-3 projects to build every month. You’ll also receive “Explore!” Magazine, with additional information, stories, projects, and crafts, as well as a great library guide so you can check out books to go with the monthly theme. Crates are tested by kids to ensure that they are developmentally appropriate, fun and universally liked by both boys and girls. What a fun way to spend summer days doing Kiwi Crate projects! See all our Kiwi Crate Reviews to find out more about the crafts and activities in each box!

► Take 30% off your first box. Use coupon code SHARE30.

Koala Crate – The Youngest Member of the KiwiCo Family

Read all of our Koala Crate Reviews to find out what you’ll be getting in this box! Every crate includes all the materials and inspiration for projects related to a theme such as colors, transportation or safari. Crates are designed to give preschoolers exposure to new materials and new concepts that encourage hands-on learning and fun. Koala Crate crates is designed for children ages 3 to 4 and tested by kids to ensure that they are developmentally appropriate, fun, and universally liked by both boys and girls. Summer will never be boring again for your toddler when you have Koala Crate projects to do.

► Take 30% off your first box. Use coupon code MS30.

Tinker Crate – The Maker Member of the KiwiCo Family

Every box includes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects designed to be perfect for your kids ages 9-16+! Tinker Crate inspires kids to explore and learn about science, engineering, and technology—and have fun doing it. Every month, you’ll receive new crate to help kids develop a tinkering mindset and creative problem solving skills, which is a great way to spend their summer vacation. Tinker Crate is tested by kids to ensure that they are tinker-able, fun, and super-awesome. We especially love the well-produced Tinker Zine with accessible and fun science information, background, and extension projects! See all our Tinker Crate Reviews.

► Save 30% off your first box. Use coupon code MS30.

KidStir ($19.90 Per Month)

If your kids love cooking, then KidStir is the best box to give them this summer! Let your little chef explore, learn, cook with the recipes and tools from this subscription box. Each kit they receive monthly is a new chapter added to their new cookbook! Take a look at our KidStir reviews to see more about all the recipes we’ve received before.

See other Kids Cooking & Kitchen Subscription boxes in our directory here.

Darby Girl ($19.00 Every Other Month)

For sure, your little girls love to create projects about almost anything girly. Why not get them a subscription box from Darby Girl? Each box contains materials that are inspired by the newest trends, which they can use in making accessories, room decors and more, during this summer vacation. Read our Darby Girl reviews to find out more about this monthly subscription.

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Spangler Science Club ($29.99 Per Month)

Bring Science Camp right to your home with Spangler Science Club subscription box. Get hands-on science experiments delivered right to your door each month to make your kids be more creative and be more excited about science. You can visit our Spangler Science Club review to find out what activities we’ve done in the past months.

► Save $10 on your first box! Use coupon code  SCIFUN15.

Surprise Ride ($29.99 Per Month)

Surprise Ride is a theme-based monthly subscription box designed for kids 6-11. Each box comes with fun projects, which is also sometimes themed based on travel experience – perfect for summer! Everything is well-thought-of, too, since they even send you extra materials like paint in case you’ll run out! Read all our Surprise Ride reviews here.

► Get $15 off a 3 month subscription. Use coupon code  GIFT3.

BitsBox ($40.00 Per Month)

If you have a techie kid, BitsBox will help you quench your kids thirst for coding and making fun apps. Let your kids enjoy the world of coding through activities via a very informative booklet, fun apps, trading cards, temporary tattoos, stickers, and a lot more. Read our Bits Box reviews to see the apps and skills we’ve tried!

Visit our Coding & Programming Subscriptions for Kids directory to find similar boxes.

Awesome Pack ($44.99 Per Month)

End your summer days with a board game every night! Awesome Pack brings fun for all ages and genders with its amazing array of family items (besides the board game). So if anyone gets bored with the board game, there’s always another activity you can all do. Read all our Awesome Pack reviews here.

► Save $5 off your first month! Use coupon code Hellosubisawesome.

Cooper & Kid ($65.00 Per Quarter)


Cooper & Kid brings fun activities which Dads can explore with their kids. Each box comes with products designed to make bonding time between Dads and kids more enjoyable. Get creative in building projects, and make bedtime stories more hands-on. This box is absolutely a great way to spend quality time with the kids, especially this summer.

► Save $15 off any Cooper and Kid purchase. Use coupon code  HELLODAD.

Bramble Box ($27.95 Per Month)

Bramble Box is one of my kids’ all-time favorite boxes. It comes with a monthly theme (music, post office, or anything under the sun), which is designed by parents to provide fun learning for kids ages 3-7. Do imaginative play with your kids this summer, it’s guaranteed educational and enjoyable at the same time. Checkout our reviews of all the Bramble Box we received to see our previous projects!

► Get 30% off any subscription! Use coupon code  Hellosub30.

Girls Can! Crate ($29.95 Per Month)

Be inspired and be empowered by fearless women who helped make the world better through Girls Can! Crate. Each month, you’ll receive a crate with 2-3 hands-on project, activity book, props, etc., which follows a monthly character trait theme. This box also helps nonprofit organizations so you can help empower other girls, too. Take a look at our Girls Can! Crate reviews to see more about all the past activities we did before.

► Save 25% on your first box! Use coupon code  HELLO25.

M is for Monster ($40.00 Per Month)

M is for Monster offers 3-5 fun themes per month, so you’ll have plenty of ideas for your next summer project with your little kids. The box is designed for toddlers and pre-K children, so they can learn the basics through play activities. Read our M is for Monster reviews to find out more about this monthly subscription.

► Save 20%! Use coupon code hellosub.

Ivy Kids ($39.00 Per Month)

Ensure a solid foundation in Literacy, Science and Math for your children with each Ivy Kids box you subscribed for them. The box is designed for children ages 3 to 8 years old, and each activity was created to make sure that you’ll have a great bonding and learning time with your kids. You can read our past Ivy Kids reviews to find out what activities we’ve done in the past months.

Check out our other Kids Educational & Learning Subscription Boxes in our directory!

Love with Food ($19.95 Per Month)

Love With Food Deluxe Box sends 16-20 gourmet or artisan snacks and food items every month – and donates food to the hungry with every box sold. Perfect snacks to eat when you take a break from all those activities from the fun boxes above. See all our reviews of every Love With Food box (classic, deluxe, and gluten-free). You can also check out our Love With Food Spoilers Page to see what’s in it next month!

►Save $20 on any 12 month plan! Use coupon code  HELLOSUB20.

►Save 40% on your first deluxe box! Use this link to get the deal.

► or get the Gluten-Free box 50% off – just use this link!

Kids Prize Pack ($25 Per Month)

Another box to get this summer for your little ones is Kids Prize Pack. All the fun items you’ll receive follows a monthly theme so they’ll enjoy reading and playing at the same time. There’s always fun through literacy and imagination! See all our Kids Prize Pack reviews to find out more about this subscription box.

► Save 10% on your first month. Use coupon code  MARKETPLACE2016.

Reading Bug Box ($32.99 Per Month)

Reading bedtime stories is a fun nightly routine, and you can make it more enjoyable by subscribing to a subscription like Reading Bug Box. You can even pretend everyone’s around camp fire since this subscription comes with a read aloud book that the whole family can appreciate. You can read all our Reading Bug Box reviews here, plus check other Kids Book Subscription Boxes in our directory here.

► Save 25% on your first box! Use coupon code BUGBOX25.

School days are over soon so better hurry up and get a box – or two!

Add any of the boxes above to your subscription box wishlist here (or check for box spoilers!) or see more lists of the best subscription boxes!


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  • Jennifer

    I like this post! I am going to look into the Bits Box for my oldest. I did subscribe to Uppercase for her, planning to keep it just for July & August. She starts middle school in September! I would second Darby Girl and Darby Smart for crafting boxes.

    We love the Faber-Castell water-color colored pencils. I thought about that when I saw the brand in your Kids Prize Pack picture.

    • Brandy

      Oh what an exciting time! The kids are wild about all the F-C art products but those are especially great for creating a picture and then making it a watercolor!

  • Sherall

    Little Thinker Box is a good one too. My son gets it and he loves it! It is also a little more affordable than some of the others. 🙂

    • Brandy

      Another great box! It’s on a different list we have coming up!