Last Updated: November 22, 2021
I’m sure you’ve heard of Kiwi Crate by now! They are one of the top kids subscription activity boxes. KiwiCo has crates for “STEM, STEAM, and Science Kits for Kids” age 0 through 16 (or 104 as they say). But their most popular crates are the Kiwi Crate: Ages 5-8 and the Koala Crate: Ages 2-4. They’re almost always running a KiwiCo promo code, but their best sale of the year is their Black Friday sale! Here’s the latest:
Latest KiwiCo Promo Code: LEARN30 for 30% off first box
Other Recent Kiwi Crate codes:
- EARLY – 1, 2, or 4 Months FREE depending on subscription length for the KiwiCo Black Friday Sale
- KIWI612 – 1st Month FREE on any 6 to 12 month subscription – ends Oct 4, 2020.
- FALL50 – 50% off of your first month’s subscription box – ends Sep 26, 2020.
- Learn30 – 30% off first box – ongoing
- Happy10 – 10% off store purchase (not subscription)
- MERRY – 1, 2, or 4 Months FREE depending on subscription length for the KiwiCo Black Friday Sale
Our Experience with Kiwi & Koala Crates
So far we have gotten three koala crates. (Check out my full Koala Crate review post here). The first one was a Color Mixing theme. It was by far our favorite and set the bar pretty high! And this was perfect timing for our two year old’s interests and ability. The box included a color mixing kit with plastic beakers, stir stick, and paper dye for some water play; a jingle color dice and felt colored circles for an active game; color memory game cards; and a book. He loved it and still plays with parts of it six months later. We use the beakers and stir stick with food color drops outside in his mud kitchen. Which makes for much easier experimenting for him, since we’re not hovering to make sure water doesn’t go everywhere like inside.
The second kit wasn’t very interesting to him. First, I think some of the concepts were just too advanced for where he was at. And also the kit had some counting and tracing things that just didn’t interest him. The third kit was a jungle theme. I would rate it our second favorite, as he really enjoyed the active “building” part of making a jungle tree and hanging the animals up. Overall, KiwiCo does a great job with these kits. However, all kids are different and in different learning areas at different ages, so some kits will just be more of a hit than others.
We took a break from Koala Crates this summer, as we’re outside and busy adventuring. But I’ve already signed us up for a subscription to auto-start in the fall. This will be a nice addition to more indoor time, and activities for after morning preschool.
Kiwi & Koala Crate Pricing
Normal pricing for KiwiCo subscription crates are $19.95/mo. Their promo info usually says “Saves $9.95/mo” but all that’s referring to is if you buy a specific box from their shop it’s $30. So really the first price break for buying multi-months is at 6 months, which saves you only $1.45/mo, so $18.50/mo or $16.95/mo if you do a year. So if you’re planning to do a full year it might make sense to do all at once. You can also sign up during a promo, do some boxes, take breaks and pause during holidays, travel, or whenever you aren’t using them and then re-subscribe when you’re ready.
I signed up during the Kiwi Co Black Friday sale last November and paid $34.80 for a 3 box subscription. That’s $11.60/box. We had the first box arrive in January, and then took a break in April. Our next subscription starts in September at the normal rate.
Kiwi Crates as Gifts
Kiwi Co crates are also a great gift. If you’re a grandparent or aunt or uncle, you can gift 1-3 months if you don’t want to sign up for an ongoing monthly expense. I have gifted these a few times a year to my nieces. For parents, it’s nice to have a box of activities to pull out and do on certain days. It’s also a great gift suggestion if you’re trying to cut down on toy clutter and endless gifting from loving family! :)
Have you tried a crate from KiwiCo yet?
Note: Frugal Bon Vivant is part of the KiwiCo affiliate program, so we may earn a commission if you shop through our link. However, we were not paid for this post and did not receive any kits for free to review.