12 Kid-Approved Subscriptions for a Summer Camp in a Box

Updated by Timothy Paradis

For many kids, summer camp is the highlight of summer vacation. Now that the coronavirus is throwing a wrench into our usual summer fun, we've set out to create a virtual camp that gives kids ages 6-12 a unique camp experience that follows all the rules of social distancing.

Join Camp Cratejoy for either a free, interactive morning camp, or an all-inclusive program that includes bonus classes led by expert virtual camp counselors and activity kits with all the supplies you need that show up right to the front door. It's a fun way to make sure your kiddos can still enjoy a day camp filled with education and entertainment!

We've teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, ZACH Theatre, and LEANSQUAD to recreate the magic of summer camp right in your own home, giving young campers a weeklong summer camp experience that will have them engaging in plenty of hands-on learning. Join in for some summertime fun, exploring science, art, cooking and more at Camp Cratejoy!

DIY Kids Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Art and Craft Box

DIY Kids Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Art and Craft Box

From $29.99 per box
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What could be more fun for your little ones than some quality crafting time? Keep it stress-free and fun with the We Craft Box, a monthly craft kit that delivers an amazing hands-on experience that combines a unique story with fun projects. Created for kids between 3-9, there's no need to prep – just open and get to it with all the materials, tools, and step-by-step directions you'll need!

Shipping: First box ships within five business days. Renewals occur on the 11th. Subsequent boxes ship on the 1st of the month. Free Shipping for US orders! Order for your little crafter today! All subscriptions come with a printable card!

“I send this as a gift to my great niece and nephew. Reports are that they love this box and can't wait for it to arrive each month. I am so appreciative of crafts and entertainment away from screens. My niece says that the supplies alone are worth the price. Thank you.” – Donna H.

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

From $28.95 per box
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This monthly subscription box combines science experiments and art projects to provide educational, imaginative, and creative activities for developing the whole child. All needed eco-friendly materials are included for up to 6 projects per themed box. Boxes also include a 12-page educational magazine jam-packed with puzzles, games, book recommendations, and additional project ideas related to the monthly theme. Green Kid Crafts makes a great gift and is perfect for ages 2 through 10.

Shipping: We are shipping on schedule! Free Shipping for US orders! Your order is shipped from our facilities between 1-4 days of being placed, and you will be notified with details. Subsequent boxes ship monthly from your first order.

“First box was a complete delight for the two 3-year-olds in my care. They were completely engaged with the art/science/exploration materials for several hours. The families appreciated that everything included is recyclable. I loved that everything I needed was in the box and I could see them learning as they played. It's just what I hoped for.” – Tyra M.

Baking fun!

Baking fun!

From $49.41 per box
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Simplifying the baking process from start to finish, each kit contains pre-measured whole-food ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions to create picture-perfect cakes, pies, and cupcakes for all to enjoy!

Shipping: Orders placed before the fourth of the month will ship that month's box. Orders placed after the fourth of the month will receive the following month's box. Don't hesitate to reach out to let us know when you want to begin!

“These ginger cookies were fun and easy to make. They came out perfectly! They were soft and delicious, and I really liked the added touch of the white chocolate and sprinkles.” – Kelsey S.

Escape the Crate: An Escape Room Adventure shipped straight to your door.

Escape the Crate: An Escape Room Adventure shipped straight to your door.

From $26.50 per box
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Escape the Crate brings high-quality riddles, puzzles, and the curiosity to crack codes into the home. These games can be played solo or in a small group of up to six. Reviewers love the length of game play and the ability to select different levels of expertise. These escape room creators are a fan favorite.

Shipping: ALL ORDERS SHIP OUT WITHIN 2-4 DAYS OF BEING ORDERED! We are a bi-monthly subscription, meaning we ship every OTHER month. That means if you order a 2 month subscription, that is for only 1 box.

“It took us (three adults) about 3 hours to do "Escape the Gold Rush Robbery" and we all enjoyed ourselves, finding the puzzles pleasantly challenging but not frustrating.” -Kj. L

Music Library

Music Library

From $48.33 per box
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You want your child to have access to the arts, to be surrounded by things like books and music. So what about a subscription box that combines those two things? With the Music Library subscription, each month your child will receive a new children’s book with the intention of introducing them to a wide range of styles of music and different musicians.

Shipping: Orders received after the 5th will ship the following month. If inventory allows, we will ship orders placed after the 5th with the current batch. If we sell out, purchases made after the 5th will ship on/about the 20th of the following month. Shipping, tracking and insurance are included in the cost of your subscription (Within the US).

“I love this subscription so much we've kept it for a couple of years now. Each box comes with an informative and beautiful picture book, instrument, activities, guide pamphlet, and a code to access the online videos and resources related to the subject. We turn it into 3 to 4 days worth of music lessons. I recommend this subscription to all my homeschooling friends. I'm not a musician or music teacher myself, so Ms. Shanan takes the guesswork out of planning a music curriculum.” – Joanne C.

Electronics (12 Projects ANNUALLY)

Electronics (12 Projects ANNUALLY)

From $104.97 per box
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It's never too late to learn new skills! While there are many tech gifts on the market, Creation Crate definitely ranks high on the cool gifts list in the STEM world. This unique gift will have him learning new skills in electronics, coding, circuitry, and engineering with monthly or quarterly hands-on projects. Each project includes an online course with video tutorials and step-by-step instructions. The perfect gift for gadget lovers looking for a new techy project.

Shipping: Your first box will ship on the next Tuesday or Friday. If you purchase a: Monthly subscription, you will receive your next box every 30 days. Quarterly subscription, you will receive your next box every 90 days. Semi-Annual subscription, you will receive your next box every 180 days. Annual subscription, you will receive your next box every year.

"I bought the 12 project box. I've made a few of the projects, and so far they've been fun! Glad I decided to check it out. My favorite so far has been the mood lamp--I'm currently working on a battery operated version that I can take to work once I'm back in the office. - Rachel C.

Level One: Discover Art (Ages 4-7)

Level One: Discover Art (Ages 4-7)

From $34.91 per box
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Using an evolving curriculum and high-quality full-size art supplies, Guide Dots strives to help kids connect the dots on their way to unlocking their creativity and building confidence in their artistic abilities. Every child will find the freedom to create with easy-to-follow paced lessons and straightforward online videos that guide them through projects, like drawing unicorns and horses, and help them view the world with boundless imaginations.

Shipping: Guide Dots ships out the first box (Our starter kit) immediately upon order. After your first box, you will receive your follow-up boxes each month around the 10th of the month. For holiday gifts, order by December 12th to receive your box before December 24th. Any orders placed after this December 12th may not arrive in time for the holiday.

"We really love the box. Excellent customer service. My kid is so excited to learn drawing and painting each time. Thank you so much!" - Lei H.

Messy Play Kits monthly subscription

Messy Play Kits monthly subscription

From $41.58 per box
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It's time to give your toddlers a hands-on experience to remember with Messy Play Kits and Sensory Bins. Perfect for kids ages 3 and up, choose the Messy Play Kit for science, sensory toys, and art activities, or the Sensory Bin, a themed selection of reusable materials and props for imaginative tactile play, like water beads, scoops, and small toys.

Shipping: We ship on the 8th of every month.

“My son loves this subscription! When we got our first box he was so excited to start playing. I ordered this based on the suggestion from someone that he might be acting out because he was sensory seeking. I honestly never thought of the connection, but he seems to not be hitting as much. He plays with it almost daily, and it’s actually kind of fun. He’ll sit in my lap and stick his feet in it, he’ll use the tweezers or get a measuring cup/spoon to scoop out the little treasures, he’ll pour it and runs his hands through it. We have the alphabet box and so we’ll discuss the letters and the sounds they make or he’ll pick up a pom pom and we’ll talk about the colors of them and what two colors make another color. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next box holds!” – Tiara B.

###Interested in seeing the expanded camp experience? Check out our on-demand camp activities .