It can take a lot of work and effort to keep a child entertained (heck, it can take a lot of work and effort to keep an adult entertained!). While it’s tempting to aspire to “do it all,” sometimes it just makes more sense to outsource some of the more time-consuming aspects of being a parent. For instance, what if you could get the benefit of child development experts who were willing to put together hand-picked, after-school (and all year long) activities just for your child? If that sounds wonderful to you, then check out these subscription box services. Each is tailored to kids’ learning and growth (as well as fun and entertainment)—and each will give you just that much more time for you.

1. Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription service that plans your after-school activities for you. Each month introduces a different theme, and adding extra kids to your package is easy.

  • Age: 3-7 years
  • Website: http://www.kiwicrate.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KiwiCrate
  • Free Trial: Yes (sign up here)
  • Refer a friend: Get a $10 credit for each friend you refer who signs up
  • Per-month cost: $16.95 – $19.95 / month (depending on duration)
  • Subscribe: http://www.kiwicrate.com/join/
  • Features: New theme every month (dinosaurs, gardening, space, etc.); add additional materials for a second child for just $9.95; boxes are designed and tested by child development experts; sign up for extra DIY ideas and special offers by entering your email on the homepage.

2. Little Passports

Little Passports is a monthly subscription service that teaches kids ages 5-12 about the world they live in through monthly activities.

3. FabKids

Fab Kids takes all the stress (and expense) out of back-to-school clothes shopping. You can subscribe to two different packages to assemble outfits and matching shoes at half the price of brick-and-mortar retailers.

  • Age: 2-12 years
  • Website: http://www.fabkids.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveFabKids
  • Free Trial: No, but you can skip any month.
  • Refer a friend: Yes. You get points for every click-through generated by your friends via your personal link.
  • Per-month cost: $42 per outfit (with shoes) or VIP membership gives you VIP discount pricing and 50% off retail prices plus rewards points.
  • Subscribe: http://www.fabkids.com/index.cfm?action=signup.main
  • Features: Get a $15 outfit just for taking the free online style quiz plus free shipping on your first order; earn rewards points by referring a friend, making a purchase, or posting reviews; also take advantage of extra online discounts and sales.

4. GiftLit

GiftLit offers a monthly book club service—for kids or adults or both—where literary experts hand-pick the selections each month. You can also substitute another book for any selection in your monthly club packet.

5. Spark Box Toys

Spark Box Toys offers a fun, innovative idea in kids’ playtime—rental toys. Toys are cleaned and sanitized before shipping. All toys selected are supervised by expert curators. Parents don’t have to put up with the clutter caused by discarded toys, and any toy can be bought for a discount.

6. Green Kids Crafts

Green Kids Crafts delivers an unprecedented number of crafts each month—three!

6 Subscription Boxes for Great Savings on After-School Activities!