Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

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Gifts that Keep Giving

Some gifts give all year round. By subscribing to activity boxes, storytelling services, magazines, or museum memberships, you can provide a unique gift no matter what your budget is. These gifts are especially suited for aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other long distance relations to give.

Magazine Subscriptions
A magazine subscription delivers fun and learning throughout the year. Our award winners offer something for everyone. Learn more about the value of a magazine subscription here.

Museum Memberships
Some of the best gifts don't come in boxes. A museum membership is one of those gifts. We asked Suzanne McCaffrey, Director of New Media at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, to tell us about all of the ways a museum membership can be used throughout the year. Added bonus? By purchasing one you'll be supporting a nonprofit institution within your community.

Also try these terrific Parents' Choice Award winners that offer subscription services:

Magic Town Magic Town
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.

Magic Town bills itself as a virtual world based on popular children's book characters. In our review of the website, we were charmed and intrigued by the illustration style, the navigation design, the intelligent interactivity, the narration, and the ability to customize each child's visits. Putting the child in control of which stories to read and activities to explore is a very compelling feature. As of this review, the subscription collection of more than 100 stories includes tales both old and new: digital originals, retold Fairy Tales, and popular titles licensed from publishers. Subscription pricing includes a customized profile for up to four children is quoted at $11.99 per month, $59.99 for six months, and $74.99 for a full year.

BabbaBox BabbaBox
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
BabbaCo, $29.99

BabbaBox is a creative and educationally-themed package of fun delivered to your doorstep monthly. Customers may sign up for a monthly or annual subscription and will receive a box of activities to explore a theme through crafts and activities, books, digital downloads and more. Additionally, there is always a surprise gift tucked inside for the parents. Monthly themes have included gratitude; sun, moon and stars; and polar explorers.The themes are interesting and the activities are engaging for both parents and children.

Kiwi Crate Kiwi Crate
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Kiwi Crate, $19.95

Kiwi Crate delivers new all-inclusive art projects to your family each month, each of which comes packed nicely in a kid friendly cardboard crate. Everything you need to complete the projects described is included. The projects are perfect for children ages 3 to 7. Some examples of the projects include making "stained glass" using layers of tissue paper, decorating flower pots and planting seeds, and making a firefly that glows. The instructions are easy to follow and perfectly geared towards young children.

Tales2Go Tales2Go
Ages: 3 - 12 yrs.
Developer: Tracey Weil   Developer: William Weil  

Tales2Go is for any parent who has ever trembled at the mere thought of the question "Are we there yet?", for any child who loves to read but gets carsick, for readers who struggle, for the vision-impaired, and for anyone, of any age, who loves listening to well crafted and expertly performed stories - and wants to hear them whenever the mood strikes. With more than 1,400 titles and still growing, this could be the year's best entertainment buy. For $99.99 you can get instant, unlimited access to the T2G app on up to five Apple iOS devices - in any combination of iPhone, iTouch, or iPad - for a full year. For the bean counters and budget minders, that's $19.99 per person per year. Still not sure? Then take the Tales2Go app for a free 30-day test drive.

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