Summer Camp at Home. How to keep the kids busy all summer? Summer activity, learning, and fun comes in a box too – not just at camp! There are a lot of subscription boxes that offer great activities your kids can do this summer, and we’ve come up with tons of options for alternatives to traditional summer camps we know you’ll enjoy – all tested by us and our kids! They’re all great ways of keeping them busy while all the summer camps have been canceled – we all know that it’s impossible to social distance kids! Get ready for camp in the backyard (or the living room!) and tons of summer activity boxes with hands-on, tactile experiences! Check out all the boxes full of arts & crafts, science experiments, trips to the backyard and around the world, tinkering with electronics, learning to code, and more!
Our cred? Not only have we reviewed literally thousands of boxes, our kids (ages 2-11) have too! These are the ones we think will get you through this season of virtual summer camp!
Last Updated: June 6, 2020
The Best Summer Camps in a Box!
Camp in a Box – Summer Camp Kits
Here’s a few options for summer camps in a box – a great big box of activities that will provide a virtual camp experience for a week or more!
Camp KiwiCo will feature four different sessions of hands-on activities, videos and content, each geared for different age groups. Each session is meant to cover five days, with a few hours of activities and content each day.
Take advantage of KiwiCo’s no duplicate crate policy by signing up for 40% off your first box (plus the free shipping benefit!), then picking up packs in the store!
And hey – don’t forget the five-pack SLIME PARTY!
Little Passports World Edition
Summer Camp in a Box: World Edition ($124.95)
Bring camp home this summer—and keep your kids engaged in learning activities—with Little Passports’ 6-day camp packages, featuring World Edition or Science Junior. In our Summer Camp in a Box, campers will learn about the world around them through hands-on activities and online content, all created to keep kids active with a unique camp experience. Whether it be from the kitchen table, backyard, or living room, your child will discover, learn, share, and grow.
Get access to 5 bonus classes led by experts every afternoon! Sign up to buy the Camp Cratejoy Activity Bundle ($165) with 5 exclusive activity kits containing all the materials campers need for these can’t-find-anywhere-else classes and worth $250+ in value.Get all the supplies (plus bonus crafts and goodies!) sent straight to your door for 1 themed box per day:
Science & Community: Save the Oceans with Club SciKidz Labs
Arts & Crafts: DIY Grass-Head Caterpillar with Curiosity Box Kids
Culinary Arts: Campfire Cooking with Little Sous
Technology: 2 Green Energy Projects with Creation Crate
The Arts: Guided Unicorn or Horse Drawing with Guide Dots
Camp Cratejoy is a fully immersive, online summer camp over 5 days in June designed to share joy and connection with kids at home.
Summer 2020 Bake-A-Camp ($199.99)
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to spend the summer learning in the kitchen with the Baketivity Bake-a-Camp virtual camp! Bake-a-Camp is a great way to boost your baking skills with an immersive, family-friendly online summer camp 4-week program in each box.
Each box contains four themed Baketivity kits featuring exclusive Bake-a-Camp recipes. Each week’s kit will take your mini-baker through progressively advanced recipes and techniques—building skills and hands-on experience in the kitchen.
Little Passports Science Junior
Summer Camp in a Box: Science Junior ($149.95)
These STEM kits allow you to host a science Summer Camp right from your kitchen table. You will receive everything you need to keep your camper engaged for six days, 3-4 hours a day. Additional digital content is available to extend your camp experience.
Outschool offers live online classes for kids age 3-18, conducted over video chat.
Outschool Camps are classes that meet two or more times a week covering a huge range of topics from Summer Reading to Lego Engineering Camps all from the comfort of home! This summer is a great opportunity for your learner to develop new passions and forge new friendships with virtual online summer camp!
Ok, now it’s getting real! That’s not nearly enough for activities all summer long! What we really recommend is picking up subscriptions to as many boxes that the kids will enjoy! They’ll come at regular intervals, and you can cancel your subscription when they’re no longer needed (or keep it if you fall in love!). Plus, you’ll be able to score all those first month discount coupons (TIP – that KiwiCo coupon? You can use it to start as many subscriptions as you want! Perfect if you want to grab Doodle and Tinker, or if you have multiple ages of kids – get one of each!)
Science, Stem, & Steam
MEL Chemistry by MEL Science
MEL Chemistry is a monthly AR‑powered STEM subscription box from MEL Science intended for kids ages 9-14. You can subscribe to the box for $34.90 each month. Each monthly kit contains 2-3 science experiments with enough materials to try it twice, plus step-by-step instructions. All the experiments are designed for home use.
Kiwi Crate by KiwiCo
Every Kiwi Crate 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!
Green Kid Crafts
Green Kid Crafts is a monthly arts and crafts subscription for kids. Each themed box includes 4-6 projects that involve Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math (STEAM) plus a 12-page magazine that contains instructions and explanations. Materials are green and eco-friendly! They currently have 3 subscription types available: Junior Discovery Box Subscription for ages 2-4 ($24.95 a month), Discovery Box Subscription for ages 5-10+ ($24.95 a month), Sibling Box Subscription for ages 2-10+ with two sets of each project kit ($44.95 a month).
The June, July, and August boxes will have a Backyard Summer Camp theme! Grab a 3-month subscription to get all 3!
Save 50% on your first box! Use coupon code HELLOSUB50.
MEL Science Kids
MEL Science Kids is a monthly AR‑powered STEM subscription box from MEL Science intended for kids ages 5-10. You can subscribe to the box for $24.90 each month and you’ll get science-themed projects plus a visual explanation of the underlying scientific principles. This subscription uses an app for an AR (augmented reality) science explanation. Each monthly kit contains hands-on experiments, activities, building sets, educational comics, and a unique piece of a great story!
Get 25% off your first month! Use coupon code HELLO25.
Tinker Crate by KiwiCo
Every Tinker Crate 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!
Spangler Science Club
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. Each month you’ll receive a box filled with the science tools and resources needed to conduct more than a dozen experiments and take-it-further challenges that combine the perfect mix of critical thinking, tinkering and fun.
Bitsbox is a crazyfun subscription box that teaches kids how to code!
Perfect for curious kids ages 6 to 12 years old
New projects arrive every month.
Each box introduces a new computer science concept.
Kids build apps on the Bitsbox website; the apps they build work on any mobile device!
Eureka Crate by KiwiCo
Eureka Crate is made especially for kids ages 14 and up, and each box includes engineering projects, science and math principles, plus a whole lot of fun! Every month, you’ll get to work on an engineering project (examples are desk lamps, or electric pencil sharpeners, or anything that’s really useful), plus it comes with detailed step-by-step instructions. You also get the Maker’s Guide and a design challenge that will take your project knowledge to the next level.
Annie’s Young Woodworkers Club is a monthly subscription that provides woodworking craft kits for kids 7-12 years old. For $19.99 each month plus $5.95 shipping ($6.95 in Canada), you will receive a kit that contains materials and instructions for making home accessories, jewelry, or even holiday treasures. Aside from creating a useful item, kids will also learn and master real-world building skills!
Arts & Crafts
Maker Crate by KiwiCo
Maker Crate is the arts and crafts crate that is perfect for teens (and grownups, too!) Let them discover new art and design tools, gain creative confidence to turn their artistic vision and plans to reality. Each crate introduces us to a new technique, plus they also let us get a look at some real-world applications and history! You can get an engineering project, high-quality materials and instructions, Maker’s Guide, and a design challenge in each box. So, whether you’re 14 or 104, you will definitely enjoy exploring with this box!
Koala Crate by KiwiCo
Every Koala 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 is 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.
Doodle Crate by KiwiCo
Every Doodle Crate 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.
Craft Box by Fashion Angels
This is a quarterly subscription box focused solely on craft kits. Choose one month for $50 (incl. shipping) OR a full year for $180 pre-pay (includes shipping and 4 boxes). The value of the contents is $110+ and each box will have 7-10 full sized kits. New curated collection of crafts kits will be included each quarter.
Get 10% off your first order! Use coupon code JUNE10.
Paletteful Packs subscription is specially curated for art lovers! The box contains the best art supplies delivered monthly to your door. Every box includes everything that you need to create a masterpiece. They currently offer two types of boxes: Young Artist for children ages 8+ and Premier Pack for adults, whether beginners, professionals, or anyone in between.
Save 10% on your first box. Use coupon code 10HOORAY.
We Craft Box
We Craft Box is a craft subscription for kids. Each box comes with a themed story to inspire your children, and 2 to 3 prepared kids crafts with multiple blanks so parents or siblings can craft along. All materials are included (with the exception of scissors).
Get $5 off on your first box! Use coupon code HELLO5.
Around the World
Atlas Crate by KiwiCo
Atlas Crate is all about geography and culture! Made for children between ages 6 to 11 years old, their boxes initiate a spark in kids’ sense of adventure and curiosity, inspiring them to see themselves as citizens of the world. Each box includes hands-on projects related to the featured country, which also often teach new STEAM concepts. Instructions are also easy to follow and kid-friendly! Plus, there are collectible cards and stickers to create a special keepsake book that your child can keep!
Little Global Citizens
Little Global Citizens is a monthly subscription designed by a team of experienced travelers and educators for kids ages 3-7. Each month, you and your kids will get a curated box that includes items like child and adult guide to a new country, a carefully sourced book, toy or collectible, 2-4 hands-on crafts (supplies included), 2-4 cultural activities including family games and musical activities (supplies included), and dinner party theme. The box costs $38.95, and a sibling add-on of $10.95 per month.
Save $5 on your first box with coupon code FIRST5!
Start your adventure around the world! Universal Yums is a snack box that will take you on a fun ride around the globe is Universal Yums! Every month, they’ll take you on a journey to a new country and try on new exciting snacks. The products selected are delicious, unique, and often extremely difficult (or even impossible) to find in the United States. Each box also comes with an interactive guidebook to steer your adventure – including trivia, games, recipes, culture, and more. There are 3 sizes of the boxes which are the Yum, the Yum Yum, and the Super Yum box, just choose which fits you best!
Get $5 off your first month when you sign up for a Super Yum Box subscription! Use this link to get the deal.
Cooking & Food
Having a Raddish Kids membership means you’ll be able to get a monthly cooking kit, digital bonus recipes and activities, and access to an online community. Kids can also enjoy seasonal, global, and holiday themes while learning new culinary skills. Also included in each box is a collectible apron patch and a kitchen tool!
Get $20 off on a 12 month membership! Use coupon code CHEF20.
Get a FREE Apron with 6+ month membership! Deal applies automatically, just visit and subscribe.
Get $15 off on a 6 month membership! Use coupon code ATHOME.
Kidstir is a kids’ monthly cooking subscription box that aims to help your child learn age-appropriate cooking techniques while building a cookbook. You get a themed cooking kit sent to your door every month. Every box includes 3 recipes and accessories – 2 kid-sized tools and a special extra. If you sign up for the 12 month plan then your first box comes with a great recipe binder (shipped separately) to store all the recipes in so you can revisit your favorites.
Yumble Kids understand that kids have different tastes and nutritional needs, so they offer meals tailored specially for them. This weekly subscription service sends pre-prepared meals, so parents can just heat them up and then serve. The meals are great for SUMMER CAMP!
Get free shipping on every delivery + save up to 25% on meals! Deal applies automatically, just visit and subscribe.
Each themed box from Little Sous is brimming with screen free, culinary, hands-on fun: cooking lessons, recipes, food science and creative activities, stickers, a jumbo coloring poster, word games, puzzles, and a kid-safe kitchen tool sourced from top culinary brands.
Get a Bonus Opinel Le Petit Chef Set with annual subscription!
Nurture Life takes note of your kids’ age and dietary preferences before preparing your orders, ensuring that they get exactly what they want and need! Subscribers can choose from a variety of freshly-made, nutritionally balanced meals made and portioned for Babies 10+ months, Toddlers 1-4, Kids 5-10 and Kids 11-18, as well as family meals and sides! To keep things fun, they change menus weekly! Each insulated box contains a week’s worth of ready-to-eat meals. When it’s mealtime, parents just have to warm the meal in your microwave or oven and serve!
Get free shipping with a $59 order, save 5% with a $79 order, and 10% with a $99 order, only when you subscribe. Deal applies automatically, just visit and subscribe.
Eat2Explore is an educational food and culture explorer box. Each box includes easy-to-follow recipes, pre-measured spice/sauce mixes for each recipe, shopping list, brochure, activity sheet, country sticker, flag pin, and a collectible. Discover the joy of cooking, tasting & exploring new world cuisines and cultures from the comfort of your home!
Other Awesome Stuff for Summer Camp at Home!
Indoors or out!
Those are all the Best Boxes and Subscriptions for Summer Camp in a Box! Which ones are you getting?
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