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My Completely Honest KiwiCo Review (plus get 40% off your first box!)

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Interested in KiwiCo reviews — or maybe specifically a Kiwi Crate review (since that’s the most popular box)? If you’re interested in trying a KiwiCo box for your kids, check out my completely honest thoughts below! And be sure to scroll to the bottom to get a promo code for 40% off your first box!

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Completely Honest KiwiCo Review

What is KiwiCo (formerly Kiwi Crate)?

If you’re looking for some really unique ways to keep your kids entertained, I highly recommend KiwiCo!

In case you’ve never heard of KiwiCo, it used to be called Kiwi Crate but after expanding and adding on so many different types of boxes, they rebranded to be called KiwiCo.

KiwiCo is a monthly subscription service that offers kid’s educational projects, crafts, and activities on different themes. You can get a subscription for as low as $16.95 per month — including shipping. Each box includes all the materials to make a fun hands-on project (or 2-3 simpler projects, depending on the box!).

KiwiCo subscription boxes delivered

What age range is it for?

The original Kiwi Crate was designed for kids ages 5-8, but they’ve now added on so many different options!

KiwiCo offers monthly crate subscriptions for various ages:

  • Tadpole Crate for ages 0-3 years (Explore & Discover)
  • Koala Crate for ages 3-4 (Play & Learn)
  • Kiwi Crate for ages 5-8 (Science, Art, & More)
  • Atlas Crate for ages 6-11 (Geography & Culture)
  • Doodle Crate for ages 9-16+ (Art & Design)
  • Tinker Crate for ages 9-16+ (Science & Engineering)
  • Eureka Crate for ages 14-104 (Engineering & Design)

The two most popular crates (at least in our house!) seem to be Kiwi Crate and Tinker Crate, but I love that they have choices for different ages and preferences!

Kiwi Crate and Tinker Crate Boxes

My Honest KiwiCo Review

If you’re looking for completely honest Kiwi Crate reviews, I’m here to tell you that my kids have been using KiwiCo for years and absolutely LOVE it. They received it as a gift one year and loved it so much that they continued requesting it as a gift each year after that!

I have fond memories of them running to the mailbox in excitement and anticipation to see what would be in this month’s Kiwi Crate box.

I still remember how much Silas loved the very first Kiwi Crate box we received in the mail! He made a glow worm from a sock and named it “Billy Butler” after one of his favorite Royal’s baseball players.

Kiwi Crate Glow Wormworking on a Kiwi Crate activity

Since we’re a family that has never had a lot of toys, the KiwiCo boxes have been a great fit for us. It’s really nice that they’re mostly consumable and don’t contribute to toy clutter around the house.

I also really love how hands-on, educational, unique, and entertaining they are. And they always have really great instructions for kids (and parents) to follow.

Even as they’ve gotten older, they still really enjoy getting the boxes in the mail. (And I love that KiwiCo has now added on some really cool boxes for older kids!)

Working on KiwiCo Projects

In fact, we recently received a Kiwi Crate and Tinker Crate in the mail and ended up taking it with us on our family vacation in Utah.

Our nieces and nephews loved working on the projects together and all gave it a thumbs up! (How’s that for an honest Kiwi Crate review? 😉) It was so much fun and such a great way for them to all do a hands-on activity together!

KiwiCo STEM Projects
Tinker Crate Mechanical Bird

How much does Kiwi Crate cost?

The one negative thing I have to say about KiwiCo is the cost. (But be sure to scroll down for a coupon code to save on your first box!)

While my kids have absolutely loved their Kiwi Crate boxes, we’ve always received them as gifts from grandparents. And I do think that they’re a little bit on the expensive side — especially if you’re on a tight budget.

Most of the boxes cost $19.95 per month and you can get them for as low as $16.95 per month if you buy an entire annual subscription at once.

{The Eureka box costs even more at $29.95 per month or $24.95 per month if you purchase an annual subscription.}

This is why I think a KiwiCo subscription is a GREAT idea for grandparents as birthday or Christmas gifts! And you can purchase different lengths of subscriptions, depending on your budget — one month, three months, six months, or an entire year.

KiwiCo Boxes

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Have you tried Kiwi Crate before? If so, what was your experience?

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  • Leah says:

    We have had a kiwi crate subscription for over a year. I’ve found the projects to be fun and almost all very well done. Creative and not boring! We use them on rainy days! As the subscription is a little pricey, we’ve asked the grandparents to give it to our kids (1 box plus sibling add on) as a gift- so I have never had to cancel. I will say that the Kiwi Crate app has been a great source of other crafts that we have made recently, it’s free!

  • Jenny says:

    We used to have Kiwi Crate and we miss it! Time to sign up again, but for which box? 😉 I am loving your detailed, honest reviews for this and Stitch Fix! How fun!

  • Brittany says:

    I’ve had it for over a year and have received great service. I was overseas and mail took longer than normal, when I didn’t get a box on time they apologized and sent another. Even after I received both they told me just to keep them. When I moved back to the states I had no issues PAUSING my subscription, wasn’t billed the following month, and received an email asking if I wanted to resume or cancel my subscription 🙂

  • Jody says:

    Thank you so much for your honest review

  • We have subscribed to Kiwi Crate for more than two years and I just signed my daughter up for the new Koala crate (she’s 3). I think out of the 30ish crates we have received, only 1-2 have I felt were not worth the price. The projects are really thoughtful, the materials are great and it is something our family looks forward to every month.

  • Angi says:

    I had Kiwi Crate for a year or so. Loved it but outgrew it so cancelled. I didn’t have any problems cancelling at all. They responded right away and I never got charged for a single box after I requested them to stop.

  • Alison S. says:

    Just fyi… can purchase Kiwi Crate kits from Target. I have never purchased one, but after reading your review I might give a kit a try…..from Target. 🙂

  • Colleen Larkins says:

    We have subscribed on and off to Kiwi Crate for over 2 years. Last year we cancelled it because we wanted to save some money. At that time they took a while to get back to me. However they refunded my money and I still got a crate.

    We resubscribed earlier this year and got it for 6 months. After the 6 months we decided to cancel the subscription until after Christmas (since it will be a gift for our son). I sent one email and got a response within a day!

    I think they have heard the complaint and made changes to serve the customer better.

  • Colleen Larkins says:

    This is what we did and we loved it!

  • Karen says:

    We’ve been getting Kiwi crates for almost two years now and we love them! My daughter looks forward to getting her “craft kit” every month. I love that she can often figure out how to do things herself even though she can’t read yet.

  • Pam says:

    We had a subscription a few years ago and my son really loved them. If there was nothing going on he’d ask to do a project from his “boxes.” However, now that he’s older, I find we don’t have the time to complete the projects due to school, sports, and family time, so I cancelled it and we work on the projects from previous boxes we didn’t finish here and there when we have free time.

  • Celia says:

    We got a subscription as a gift, but i really felt it would be better for children older than mine, (4,2).

  • Thanks so much for letting us know about your positive experiences!

  • Thanks so much for recommending Green Kid crafts. I may look into signing up for that to see what we think compared to Kiwi Crate.

  • Nikki says:

    I bought several subscriptions for my entire family’s kids for Christmas presents. As this is spendy, I did not want to continue forever. I cancelled by calling the customer service number. You don’t get a person, just a recording that requests you leave a message and include the name of the cancelled(child) subscription and reason for canceling(not really comfortable with this being mandatory) but it was effective. I cancelled all but my own son’s subscription and it was effective that month. They really could work on this but the crates are a life saver when you need something (NOW) to do inside. He loves em. I especially recommend the tinker crate, amazing hands-on science made so they can understand it and use it.

  • Paul Nelson says:

    Thanks Crystal, for great review.

    Both my son and daughter were equally interested in the spin art project with cardboard rings, vials of paint and loved taking turns spinning the tops and creating fun psychedelic art. They also loved experimenting with the “color separation lab” where we got to mix different colors and see how they changed and morphed right before our eyes.

    Kiwi Crate really was a fun way for us all to be involved in something creative and also learn a little something along the way.

  • Paige says:

    I have received 2 crates in the last 2 months and really like them. My daughter is almost three and we enjoy doing the projects together. I am a working Mom so sometimes on the weekends I am not sure what we can do together on days we don’t have plans and these crates are perfect. I enjoy the kits and the bonding time with my daughter when we use them.

  • Thanks so much for that tip!

  • Travis says:

    Thanks so much for the review

  • Jeremy says:

    Thank you for doing this.

  • Beth JK says:

    I’ve usually had pretty good response from their customer service. I tend to buy year-long subscriptions and just request that it be a “gift subscription” that doesn’t renew. I’m used to subscriptions being a little wonky on a monthly basis and I hate dealing with them. Not to mention, of course, that year-long is usually a much better deal.

    My family has two kids and two subscriptions, which has also made things a little odd where we have accidentally gotten two kiwi crates instead of one kiwi and one koala (the 3-4 yr box that we have ordered). However, they have always fixed the issue and allowed us to keep the accidental box, which is good, since kids rip into the boxes as soon as they see them.

    In general, I recommend the company and the boxes. We’ve always loved them and found them highly worth the price. Customer service isn’t perfect, but it is equal or better than the average subscription customer service that I’ve seen in other companies.

  • Kiwimom says:

    If I order both of my children a tinker crate will they get the exact same thing each month in their boxes?

  • Stephanie Eakins says:

    I have been sending Kiwi crate to my niece (who just turned 8 in August) off and on since last Christmas. She LOVES it so I just ordered her a 12 month subscription for her Christmas present this year.
    I liked having the option to pick and choose when I sent them to her and I fortunately never had any issues (as long as I went into my account prior to the due date).
    I also like having the option to pick and choose between the crates since she is getting closer to 9.

  • Betty-Kay says:

    I ordered the Tinker Crate today for my son. I was a bit distracted and accidentally ordered TWO 1 year subscriptions, which cost a little of $400. Oopppsssss I emailed customer service immediately. They responded the same day and canceled my order and voided the charge. We haven’t gotten our first crate yet, but I was very happy with their response in the same day.

  • Meg says:

    Thank you so much for sharing about your positive experience! -Meg, MSM Team

  • Jo Anne says:

    I have 2 grandchildren ages 9 and 10. If I order them both Tinker Crate, will they receive the same projects each delivery?

  • Camille R. says:

    My son loves the Tinker Crates. We started receiving the kits in August and they have been a huge hit. My son loves reading all the information and putting the projects together. He is learning so much. We have had great experience with customer service. One of the boxes we received were damaged from the rain. I emailed the company and they shipped out a new one within a few days. Overall we love it 🙂

  • Darlene Irvin says:

    Absolutely. How much of the project can a kindergartner handle?

  • Matthew says:

    We have 10 year old twins (girl and boy) that get Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate. The projects are well designed and executed and my twins seem to have no issues doing the activities. We have never had a problem with shipping or had a need to contact customer service. My daughter seems to enjoy her Doodle Crate projects more than my son enjoys the Tinker Crates. She’ll do her project the day it arrives, he usually waits for a rainy day or until we remind him about it. Overall, it’s a unique way to give a gift once a month.

  • Shirley Looney says:

    I didn’t see the option for 9-16

  • Angela says:

    Kiwi crates are amazing! Such a great quality of materials. Everything is working once assembled and booklets are full with information and ideas. I have a problem with storage thought. We accumulated so many boxes and finished projects and my son refuses to get rid of any single bit. Do you have any system for storage?

  • Emily says:

    We’ve been getting these crates monthly since June. I have three kids, 11, 9, and 7; so I get three boxes each month. LOVE them!!!! Materials are all prepped, instructions are clearly written, and my kids get VERY excited about each project. My oldest son’s last project had a light that didn’t work properly, so we emailed the company and we were immediately sent a replacement box free of charge. These projects have stirred creativity, problem solving, curiosity, and a love of learning in my kids; worth every penny.

  • Nicole says:

    Is the appropriate for a 10-11 year old girl?

    • Meg says:

      There are various boxes for different ages/preferences, so I’m sure you can find a great fit for her! -Meg, MSM Team

  • Ace1234 says:

    Hi. We really like TinkerCrate at our house.

    I ordered two 3 month subscriptions as Christmas gifts last year: TinkerCrate for my son, 12 at the time, and DoodleCrate for my daughter, 16 at the time. I opted to have the crates delivered in January, February and March. All of the crates arrived on time and included terrific projects. My son really liked his but my daughter was not as excited. The projects were interesting, but she was not interested in them if that makes sense. She discovered she is more of a sketch, draw, paint artist, so she gave her crate#2 (make a leather cover for a journal) and crate#3 (string of lanterns, I think) to the 12 year old who was quite delighted with this development.

    I ordered a 6 month subscription when my son’s 3 month subscription ran out. Our packages arrived in good shape, on time and with the necessary materials. My son looked forward to their arrival, and would want to build immediately whatever had been sent. The directions were clear enough to allow him to work independently which worked out well…. once, at a park program, I accidentally nailed a birdhouse to the work bench, but I digress 🙂

    As I said, we like TinkerCrate here. Our experience has been very positive. My son has been campaigning for renewal for Christmas.

  • We were gifted two sets of crates last Christmas, another for a birthday last year, and then all four of my kids were gifted three months again this Christmas. We have had really good experiences with all of our crates. Of course, some have been better or liked more than others. The ones we got this christmas did not get used as much as others in the past. I’m not sure yet whether it’s because they were mixed among all the other Christmas gifts or if it’s the actual projects. Overall though, I recommend this service IF you are going to get a 3 mo subscription or more. Otherwise, I’m not sure it’s worth the money unless you have plenty of money to spend and aren’t very crafty yourself. I do think the Tinker crates and the Kiwi crates are better than the other lines. But what is received in all the crates is age appropriate and neat things my kids are always excited about! Also, I did call customer service last year before ordering the first crates and had a good experience with minor wait times. They were knowledgeable and helpful. We’ve never missed a delivery. I highly recommend!

  • Patricia says:

    We had a subscription for about a year. In that time there were two boxes that did not come with all of the materials. This was very frustrating because my son could not complete the projects and I felt like it was a waste of money. Luckily it was easy to cancel the subscription.

  • s says:

    1. Are they projects that can be reused? 2. Would materials in a project kit for a 6 year old, be a hazard to a younger sister 2 years old? I don’t want to send a gift subscription that might put a hazard to the younger sister. Maybe I should wait until the 2 year old is older?

    • Jen says:

      There are going to be things in the house that will be a danger to the 2 year old – that’s just a fact of life, and where adult supervision comes in. I’m guessing that the 6 year old already has things that fall into the “hazard” category, like Legos, or Play Doh. Even marker lids or crayon bits can be a choking hazard. My suggestion would be to get the 6 year old age-appropriate gifts, and trust the parents to be mindful.

  • Christen says:

    If I want to purchase this as a gift, can the first box be sent to me so I have something to wrap and give or will the gift be just the subscription?

    • Jordan says:

      I would think you could have the first box sent to you, and then change the delivery address in the account so the rest get delivered to the gift recipient. I would contact their customer service to be sure and I’m sure they can give you a more precise answer! -Jordan, MSM Team

  • Michele says:

    Beware- I ordered a three month subscription for my nephew. He loved it but they sent an email to them (not me saying if you don’t cancel it will renew). Because I gave them their email to track their gift I can’t get in to cancel and their isn’t a number to call…..I HATE when you buy a three month subscription and in very fine print it says it will renew automatically.

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