16 Geeky Subscription Boxes to Satisfy Every Obsession in Your Family
Geeky, techy, science-loving family? Check these subscription boxes out.
There seems to be a subscription box for just about everyone, from family pets to grandparents. And fortunately for us geeks and our geeky kids, there are tons of cool kits and nerdy, sciencey, DIYish subscription boxes, too.
Some of these are fun, educational boxes loaded with science experiments, computer programming lessons, or DIY projects. Others are just-for-fun celebrations of geek culture. We love them all, though inquisitive minds might be better off with a Kiwi Crate rather than a Loot Crate, if you get our drift. Here is a roundup of our favorites.
Loot Crate offers subscription boxes that focus on particular themes, and they're all perfectly geeky. Past crates have featured themes like the antihero, power, and quest.
November's is "Magical," featuring items from Doctor Strange, Game of Thrones, and more. The standard crate costs $14 a month, plus an unspecified shipping and handling charge, and promises to deliver at least $50 worth of goodies (four to six items).
Kiwi Crate provides some pretty amazing hands-on projects for kids ages 5 to 8. Each project revolves around art, science, or engineering with step-by-step instructions that are easy for kids to do. Each crate also comes with a magazine that has tons of ideas for extending each month's play.
Pay by the month, and each box costs $20; but if you sign on for six months, the price drops to $18.50 a month, and if you commit to a full year, it falls to $17 a month (but, like with all the crates in this roundup, if you want to cancel, be sure to do it by the cut-off date or you've just agreed to buy another batch of crates).
Tinker Crate, part of the Kiwi Crate brand, is aimed at kids aged 9 to 16+. Each month, your kid can create an awesome DIY STEM-themed project.
Standard crates run $20 a month plus shipping; as with Kiwi Crate subscriptions, the more months you prepay for, the cheaper each month's box is.
Bitsbox's tagline is: "A subscription box that teaches kids how to code!" Awesome! Targeting kids ages 6 through 12, Bitsbox provides a wealth of materials for kids to look through. They decide on an app they want to program, and then head to the Bitsbox website. There, your kid types in the app's name and learns how to tweak the code to make it their very own.
Digital downloads cost $20 a month, but you can upgrade to boxes that arrive in your mailbox for $25 a month. That's the version we'd opt for; even in this day and age--or perhaps because of it, there's something magical about getting something in the mail.
Genius Box delivers at least three complete STEM projects to your door every month. The included activities and experiments are geared toward 8- to 11-year-olds, and each reflects the month's current topic.
You can buy one box for $25 bucks (with free shipping), or you can set up an automatically renewing three-month subscription for $24 a month. (Again, beware of the "automatic" part of the renewal policy, as it can get expensive if you're not careful.)
Creation Crate is a box full of everything your kids (ages 12+) need to construct an electronics project, including an Arduino-compatible UNO R3, components, and an instruction booklet.
Prices start at $30 monthly and drop to as low as $22.50 a month, depending on the length of your subscription.
If your kids love video games, sci-fi, or nerd culture, Geek Fuel will probably be very popular at your house. Boxes start at $18 a month and range downward to $14 a month for a 12-month subscription), and they offer toys, comics, collectibles, and random junk that any geek would love.
While Geek Fuel is similar to Loot Crate in many ways, it has one unqiue difference: Every Geek Fuel box is guaranteed to include a t-shirt.
Nerd Block pricing ranges from $20 a month plus shipping (for a single month, recurring) to $16 a month plus shipping (for 12 months, recurring). The boxes contain licensed hand-picked merchandise from popular franchises inspired by TV, video games, and internet culture.
There are a half dozen or so subscrtiptions to choose from, each one specializing in a specific aspect of nerd culture like horror, arcade, sci-fi, comics, and more.
Spangler Science Club
The Spangler Science Club promises to inspire the next generation of scientists—your kids. Prices start at $30 a month (as a recurring monthly charge) and extend to $25 a month (as a recurring 12-month subscription).
Whichever way you subscribe, shipping is free. Each monthly box includes tools and resources for conducting several hands-on science experiments associated with a particular theme, such as kitchen, air, science magic, potions, or chemistry.
Most of these boxes are aimed at geeks, nerds, gamers, DIYers, and kids in general. But StemBox is unique: It delivers hands-on STEM projects for girls ages 7 to 13, plus inspirational info on some of the brightest STEM women throughout history. Each monthly box includes safety gear, labware, and components to complete an experience, and cool science accessories.
If you pay month to month, the boxes cost $36 each; if you prepay for three months or six months as a block subscription, the price drops to roughly $29 or $28 a month.
Little Passports are a super cute way for your kids to learn about their world. You can tailor these educational subscription boxes to your child's age (four different age group boxes are available), and each comes with materials for exploring a new theme, country, state, or science topic.
The cost depends on subscription length and level, but they generally range from $12 to $18 per month.
DIY Happy Kits
If your kids are into DIY action, DIY Happy Kits are definitely up their alley. These kits have everything kids need to create awesome crafty projects each month. Subscriptions range from $25 to $110 depending on the number of months in the subscription.
DIY Happy Kits deserve special commendation for not using an automatically renewing subscription system. So if you lose track of where you are in your subscription, you don't risk finding yourself automatically signed on (and charged) for another stretch of months equal to the length of your first subscription.
Green Kids Crafts
Green Kids Crafts have nicely put together boxes packed with enough materials to create five to eight different science, technology, engineering, art, and math projects.
Suitable for kids aged 3 to 10, these subscriptions range from $20 a month (one month, recurring) to $18 a month (one year, recurring).
The 1UP Box is a gamer's delight. Each box guarantees a $40 value of gear perfect for geeks and gamers, spread across six to eight items in each box. The box also includes a different t-shirt each month.
Plans start at $13 bucks a month plus $7 shipping and handling and drop to $12 a month plus S&H for a six-month automatically renewing subscription.
If your child is a future astronaut (or loves learning about outer space), check out Space Scouts. Each month, your child (age 6 or older) will go on an adventure through space, learning about one particular area in the cosmos.
Each month's box is priced at $12 plus $3 shipping, but if you sign on for a multiple-month subscription, the price per month drops slightly (to a little over $11 a month plus $3 a month shipping for a 12-month recurring subscription).
Magic School Bus Young Scientists Club
Fans of Ms. Frizzle and her Magic School Bus will find a lot to like in her Young Scientists Club.
Aimed at scientists ages 5 to 12, each kit has its own special theme and contains materials and info to complete a generous handful of experiments. Kits ship out once a month for $20.