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

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!

1. Spangler Science Club


Price: Starts at $18.33/month

What Campers Get: One of the silver linings to come out of our present-day pandemic is that it has thrust the importance of science back into the forefront. Problem-solving and data-driven critical thinking skills can inspire young minds to see the world through STEM-focused lenses. Spangler Science Club teaches the value of the scientific method to kids between the ages of 5-12 with science experiments and challenges, while helping them build their very own mini lab!

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. around the 6th or 21st of the month, depending on which kit is ordered

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2. We Craft Box


Price: Starts at $25.00/month

What Campers Get: For many of us, summer programs and arts and crafts go hand-in-hand. Giving young kids the chance to explore color and use their imaginations is what the We Craft Box is all about. Designed as an open-and-go box, every craft kit is guaranteed to be stress-free fun for kids between the ages of 3-9. Each box centers around a friendly story and a coordinating theme, delivering 2-3 kits with all the tools, supplies and step-by-steps needed to get right to it!

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. beginning on the 1st of the month

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3. Green Kid Crafts


Price: Starts at $19.98/month

What Campers Get: Add a layer of creativity into the mix with STEAM projects from Green Kid Crafts, a monthly box that focuses on the importance of merging science and art! Designed for 2 specific age groups, preschoolers between the ages of 2-4 and kids 5+ get a box brimming with hands-on DIY projects and activities. Focused on fun scientific principles, like flight or color, kids will explore age-appropriate lessons and activities, complete with eco-friendly supplies and simple instructions.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within a few days of ordering, with renewals shipping around the 2nd week of each month

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4. Red Velvet NYC


Price: Starts at $45.75/month

What Campers Get: Explore a world of culinary arts with each monthly from-scratch baking kit from Red Velvet NYC. Perfect for kids who are either new to baking or those with more experience, they can unpack a premium baking kit to bake 2 restaurant-quality treats. From cupcakes and cookies to tarts and pies, each DIY dessert is prepared from the comforts of your home kitchen using pre-measured ingredients, easy-to-follow recipes, and pro tips and tricks.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. to arrive on the 1st Thursday of every month

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5. Escape the Crate


Price: Starts at $26.50/every 2 months

What Campers Get: A perfect way to have some summer fun with tweens and teens is with a bimonthly subscription to Escape the Crate. Bringing an at-home escape room adventure that can be played with groups of up to 6 people, each box unlocks a world of challenging gameplay. Enter a new reality filled with stimulating and thought-provoking puzzles, mysterious riddles and ambiguous clues, as you work together to make an escape!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of the month, every other month

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6. Club Scikidz Labs


Price: Starts at $28.95/month

What Campers Get: Teaching children all about saving the oceans or exploring the solar system, kids will head out on a monthly science expedition with Club Scikidz Labs, a monthly box that allows kids ages 7+ to explore a variety of science-related topics and careers. Nurture a special parent-child or sibling bond with a summer packed with hands-on STEM and creative engineering projects, mini science labs, and experiments.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. within 2 business days from ordering, with renewals shipping on the 26th of each month

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7. Little Sous Creative Cooking Boxes


Price: Starts at $22.99/month

What Campers Get: Creative Cooking Boxes from Little Sous set out to create fun memories in the kitchen, while giving kids the tools and skills they need to become more independent. With themed kits, like this summer's special-edition Campfire Cooking box for Camp Cratejoy, your littles will open to find a kit that includes 1 kid-friendly kitchen utensil, recipe cards, a step-by-step cooking lesson, other food-focused science and art activities, and a jumbo ready-to-color poster and vinyl stickers.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 10th of each month

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8. Creation Crate


Price: Starts at $29.99/month

What Campers Get: From electronics and computer programming, to engineering and green energy, Creation Crate is a unique STEM box that's dedicated to teaching new skills and helping children gain valuable experience by providing a solid starting point and tracking their learning and progress over time. Each box brings hands-on electronics and coding projects, along with access to an online classroom filled with step-by-steps, video lessons, tutorials and bonus challenges.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from Canada within 3-5 business days from ordering, and then every 30 days thereafter

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9. Guide Dots


Price: Starts at $30.00/box

What Campers Get: 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: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 4th of each month

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10. Messy Play Kits


Price: Starts at $34.00/month

What Campers Get: Your little one will love learning -- and getting a little messy -- with Messy Play Kits. Every month, kids receive 3-5 unique, fun activities in science and art that helps build on kids' sensory needs and motor skills. Founded and curated by an early education teacher, Messy Play Kits designs each activity to foster play-based learning.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on or around the 8th of the month

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