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My kids love projects. Love them. I have to give credit to Micah’s mom, their Mimi. She does an incredible job of bringing arts and crafts and little activities for them to do every time she comes to visit. She’s taught them to love to create and use their imagination, and we’re always looking for new ways to do just that. That’s why we were so excited to find Surprise Ride. It’s a children’s subscription box that offers a surprise monthly adventures, including activities that encourage creativity, a perfect fit for our kids!
how does surprise ride work?
Surprise Ride is the creation of sisters, Donna & Rosy. If you’re a Shark Tank fan, you may have seen them introduce the sharks to this subscription box! Each one is inspired by one of the fun, easy, and creative DIY projects they used for entertainment when they were children. A monthly subscription will cost you $29.99 per month, and shipping is always free! You can pay up front for 6 or 12 month plans to save even more! If you want a one-time box, you can purchase one of the available themes for $34.99 in their online store. Some of the available themes include Birds, Mars, Whales, Costa Rica, Rockets, and – Zander’s pick – Kid Boss! Each box contains two activities, a book, a snack, fun extras, and instructions. Boxes are geared toward children ages 6-11.
My little kid boss
Zander was so excited to get his box! I let him look on the Surprise Ride website and pick which theme he wanted. He’s only 6, but he’s already such a little entrepreneur. He loves coming up with ways to make money and actually saves it! Needless to say, it was not a big surprise when he chose the Kid Boss theme, a box that teaches kids how to set up their own lemonade stand! Duncan’s ‘World’s Largest Garage Sale’ was this past weekend, and – lucky us – one of our neighbors was having a sale. It turned out to be the perfect weekend to set up the stand!
Activity #1: Create a Chalkboard Sign
What’s included: Wood Board, Chalkboard Paint, Foam Brush, Paint Dish, Apron, Easel, Chalk, and Eraser
Step 1: Paint the Sign!
Step 2: Design and attach the easel!
Step 3: Enlist the help of little bro! #trafficstopper
Activity #2: Make and Sell Lemonade
What’s Included: Natural Lemonade Mix, Stirring Spoon, Cups, Sales Report, and Pencil.
Step 1: Make the lemonade!
*Only one packet of lemonade mix was included. We had to add a second packet to make this size pitcher… because, you know, we expected a LOT of customers! They did include instructions on how to make fresh lemonade if you needed more. We might try that next time. We also bought extra cups; the box only came with a few.
Step 2: Setup the stand!
Doesn’t he look official with his clipboard? He was so excited!
Step #3: Bring in the customers and sell the lemonade!
He had a few helpers! He’s in for a rude awakening when he realizes they don’t work for free…
Lemon Burst Mini Cookies Snack
Freaky Fact or Fiction Inventions Book
Kid Boss Temporary Tattoo & Kid Boss Clipboard (You can see these both pictured above; the tattoo is on his hand.)
I was so proud of Zander. He woke up early on Saturday and was ready to work. He did (almost) everything all by himself. He learned how to make lemonade, count money, give change, provide customer service, and manage employees (really difficult employees at that)! In the end, the kids made $29, 58 cups of lemonade sold! Good thing we bought extra cups!
We will definitely be ordering another Surprise Ride in the future… and maybe a couple as gifts too! If you’re ready to try one with your kids, please enter our giveaway! Your first one could be FREE!