Kids Imagination Comes Alive – Surprise Ride Review

In a world that is filled with hi-tech, battery-operated toys with lots of bells and whistles, I like it when my kidlets to play with toys that encourage them to use their creativity and imagination, just like I did when I was their age. a daily basis you can find my kids on any number of fascinating adventures. They make up incredible stories where they ride dinosaurs, battle space monsters, jump over mountains, build magic castles and they even have super heroes save princesses from evil witches.  Sometimes mom even gets to join in – mostly I get relegated to the monster or evil witch parts, but every once in a while I do get to be the fairy godmother!

So when a box to review Surprise Ride, a monthly subscription box that sends kids aged 6-11 a surprise box of activities with all the tools they need to explore and try something new, showed up on our doorstep the kidlets were excited to see what adventure they’d be taking.

Every month Surprise Ride sends out a new and carefully curated box of materials tailored to a specific theme. These are fun hands-on projects for kids that range from art and science to food and geography – such as how food is made with a cheese-making kit, learn how birds fly by sculpting a super hero bird, sample music by building a homemade ukulele, or being transported to the culture of another country.

Our box was focused on ancient Egypt and going on an archeological dig. It came with a design your own adventure bag with themed stencils, papyrus paper and an actual sand pyramid to dig. There was also some yummy gourmet falafel chips to snack on and chamomile tea (made with chamomile flowers from Egypt). It also came with a handy informational guide to teach your kids all about the theme of the month and our first-ever Flat Stanley book where he travels to Egypt.


My kidlets learned about the boy king — King Tut, fun facts about the building of the pyramids, created their own hieroglyphics and devoured the Flat Stanley book (which has resulted in multiple trips to the library to get more of that story collection!).

I my daughter’s favorite part though was doing the archeological dig on the sand pyramid! It came with it’s own digging tools and brush. It took her a while, but she discovered her own ancient treasure!


What I liked about our Surprise Ride box is that it took the hassle of me having to run around and gather all the different items to make a fun adventure (and lesson) on Egypt. It really got my kidlets to use their imagination, they started to pretend they were Indiana Jones-type characters on the search for great treasure and artifacts.

The way Surprise Ride works is just like other monthly box programs out there. You can sign up for a amount of months, such as a three (3) month “Excursion” plan for $89 which would be great for the kids for summer! They also offer other options ranging from a one time box to a six and 12 month subscriptions.

Now it’s your turn to share.  If you could create a subscription box yourself, what would it be target and what would be inside?




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For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was not compensated for this post, but did receive a complimentary Surprise Ride box to review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.

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    • TheHarriedMom says

      My kids are still playing with this box – 2 weeks after they did the initial projects. They keep taking them out and exploring with them.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’ve heard of Little Passports -that’s a different culture every month, right? Surprise Ride is just that – you don’t know what it will be month to month – one month like ours it was studying a culture, the next month it could be building birdhouses!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      Yes, it’s a great grandparent gift! I just love that it makes the kids use their imagination and creativity and they’re not doing something mindless – they’re also learning and having fun.

  1. says

    What an awesome idea for a box subscription! It’s like getting a present in the mail for kids AND moms lol Me and my son love doing crafts together, we like to buy build kits, and this weekend we’re doing tie dye shirts!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      It really is. I had fun with the kids as they did the projects here. I was the excavation foreman on their pyramid project… was lots of fun.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I know what you mean. It seems like there is a subscription box for everything these days – kids and pets included!

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