Junior Explorers is a fun, educational subscription box for kids 6 to 11 that allows them to explore the natural world. They’ll learn about wildlife and ecosystems, as well as the importance of protecting them.
Junior Explorers sends your child on a new “mission” each month, which is comprised of both physical materials as well as exclusive online content. The mailed portion includes collectibles, activities, animal facts, and more. They’ll also receive a password to access the online portion of their mission. This will allow them to play games, solve mysteries, and even earn rewards.
What’s really neat about Junior Explorers is what they refer to as “Mission Giveback”. As your child earns points online, they’re converted to dollars and at the end of every mission kids get to choose which nonprofits (such as World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy) receive their donation. I love that!
Subscriptions are $19/month (plus $2 shipping), or less with multi-month commitments. (Look for an exclusive 50% off coupon code at the end of this post!)
Let’s see what’s in my Junior Explorers Welcome Kit!
The goods were shipped inside of a big cardboard box with a standard mailing label on one side and a Junior Explorers sticker on the other. The box is to be used by your child to hold all of the materials they’ll receive in the coming months.
Everything for our very first mission was stuffed into this big envelope. It also included our special mission code (which I’ve blurred out) to access the online content.
Okay, I lied. This water bottle obviously wasn’t stuffed into that envelope. (But I promise, everything else was!) Hydration is an important part of any adventure, so this bottle was included for just that.
A letter from Kia & Kyle (your child’s exploring partners) welcomes them to the Junior Explorers club. There’s also an official ID card for them to sign, as well as a wristband and pin. (I oh so cleverly used the wristband to cover up the mission password used to gain access to the online content for the first month.)
A checklist was included which listed everything inside the welcome kit and how to use each item.
A giant map (which was actually larger than I could easily photograph) gives your child a great visual of the biomes of the world.
Stickers were included to decorate the box that the welcome kit was mailed in. Your child can then use it to store materials from future month’s missions. There was also a handy field guide and some temporary tattoos.
Here’s a peek inside the field guide. Very informative!
The online part of the mission was pretty cool. You log onto the Junior Explorers site using the info included in your mission packet and your child can then choose an avatar to use in the game. You’re taken to a little clubhouse where you meet Kia & Kyle, who tell you more about that month’s mission.
Next, you need to pack your gear. A list of items at the top of the screen lets you know what to grab. As you hold your mouse over each item in the room, a little pop-up tells you what it’s used for. Just drag the specified items to the boxes at the bottom to pack your bag.
To learn more about the biomes, you’re taken to a digital version of the big map you received in your kit. It’s fully interactive and tells you about each biome and the animals that live in them. Clicking on an individual animal brings up another window with some fun facts about it (shown above).
After soaking up all the knowledge on the previous page, you’re taken to a fun multiple choice game to see how much you’ve learned. The questions were pretty challenging, and I was embarrassed by how many I didn’t know the answer to. I guess I didn’t spend enough time on that dang map…
Once you’ve completed the last game, you’ll receive your very own Junior Explorers Mission Biomes certificate of achievement! Woohoo! 🙂
Note: I did notice that I wasn’t given an option to donate to Mission Giveback at any point in the mission, but was informed that it only applies to the months after the initial welcome kit. I just wanted to point that out in case anyone else was wondering why I didn’t include that in the online review portion.
I was really impressed with my first Junior Explorers kit. Obviously my girls are still too young to enjoy it (I don’t think a 2 1/2 year old would really grasp the whole “biome” thing), but I could totally see the value in a subscription like this. I love how it teaches children about animals and the environment in a fun, interactive way that makes it more exciting for them. The online portion is great too, since it’s so interactive… Plus it’ll make you feel a little less guilty about giving your kids “screen time” if it’s something educational.
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Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.
Is the box worth it without internet access?
You definitely don’t *need* online access to enjoy the subscription. The online portion isn’t mandatory or anything. They still send plenty of physical materials like collectibles, activities, etc. Maybe give it a try with the 50% discount and see how it goes? 🙂
I tried this and had a lot of trouble from, didn’t get the right adventure from them, didn’t get all three months that we subscribed for, customer service took forever to get back to us… And as for the content itself, it is in my opinion not worth the full price.