It’s about time you get your FREE kid magazines by mail. If your kids are like mine, they probably LOVE checking out the fashion, home improvement, or car magazines you’re subscribed to, right?
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Yeah, probably not.
Many of the free magazines I featured in the other post were geared toward grownups.
However, with this post, you can get free magazines for kids without spending a cent.
Free Kid Magazines by Mail
The following companies will send you physical copies of magazines directly to your doorstep.
- LEGO® Life Magazine– If your child is between the ages of 5 and 9, you can get them a FREE subscription to LEGO® Life Magazine. Just sign up for an account, or log in to your child’s existing LEGO account (if they have one).
- Netflix Jr Magazine – For households who subscribe to Netflix, you’d love the digital and printed magazines free from Netflix Jr. This free kid-friendly magazine comes with stories, games, stickers, crafts and other surprises for young kids. They’re delivered by mail or sent to your e-mail digitally FREE. Don’t miss out on issues – they’re sent out bi-monthly until supplies last. Netflix also announces this via newsletter, so subscribe to get first dibs every time new issues are available.
- Pathways Science Mag – NIGMS provides free copies of Pathways and Findings magazines in PDF and print formats. Pathways is a science-focused magazine designed for grades 6 through 12. These free kid magazines by mail is only offered to US orders.
- Babybug – If you’re looking for magazines fit for preschoolers (or younger), the Babybug magazine is exactly the mag you should check out. Stories and poems come with bright illustrations. Plus all the pages are perfectly fine for little ones to explore on their own. As of August 2022, you can get 3 free issues if you subscribe to a year’s worth of Babybug (or other magazines from the publisher).
- Animal Wellness – Perfect for pet lovers, this magazine features everything about keeping animals healthy. Subscribe here to get one free issue delivered straight to your home.
- MagnifiKid! Magazine – This magazine is centered around Christian living, so expect bible snippets, prayers, readings, coloring pages, and other similar content. You can get a complimentary issue for filling out the form here.
- EverBright Kids – This magazine is designed to make learning history interesting to kids 5 to 12 years old. There are activities, games, science projects, challenges, and plenty of fascinating stories. You don’t get it free, but it’s almost free at just $1 for the first issue.
- The Week Junior – This weekly print magazine tackles everything from news, science, animals, nature, sports, entertainment, and puzzles. Ideal for kids 8 to 14 years old, subscribers receive an issue every week. If you subscribe today, you get SIX risk-free issues and a free “Out of this World” puzzle magazine.
The following magazines currently do not offer Free Kid Magazines by mail, but follow them anyway.
Their websites are useful enough with plenty of good resources that kids will be just as satisfied.
- Sports Illustrated Kids – This digital tween magazine is for big kids who are into sports.
- Young Rider – From need-to-know facts about horse care and training to fun stories about real youth and riding adventures. Young Rider is full of entertaining and educational articles for youth who love horses. Print and digital versions are available.
- Humpty Dumpty – There aren’t many free toddler magazines around, but this award-winning magazine is aimed at children ages 2 to 6. It’s an activity book with stories, mixed with kid-friendly ads, educational spots, and other reading material that promotes their creative growth. Sometimes, the publisher offers a trial subscription on social media. Make your kids join the cover contest – this could also lead to free printed magazines for your kids.
- Jack & Jill – This is from the same publisher as Humpty Dumpty, except this magazine is geared towards kids ages 6 to 12. Try to be featured in their new “All About You” section by sending in your kid’s personal essays, poems, fiction, jokes, art, and letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Jack and Jill, P.O. Box 88928, Indianapolis, IN 46208.
- Clubhouse Jr. Magazine – This Christian magazine reinforces biblical values for children ages 3-7, promotes family bonding, and encourages reading skills.
- Highlights Magazine – This kid-friendly magazine is perfect for little dreamers. It offers a monthly dose of positive encouragement, giving kids inspiration and challenges with every story and “highlights.” Print and digital copies are available. This brand has 3 other kid magazines:
- High Five Magazine – made by childhood experts for preschoolers’ never-ending thirst for brain teasers, stories, and questions.
- Hello Magazine – This magazine is made for babies and toddlers – who says there’s a minimum age to begin reading?
- High Five Bilingüe Magazine – For kids who want to learn Spanish (or English), this magazine is written for kids ages 2 to 5 and features fun and engaging stories in Spanish and English.
- OwlKids – This Canada-based publishing house is home to several kid-focused magazines, including two for toddlers (Chirp Magazine and StoryBox Magazine), two for middle-schoolers up to 9 years old (Chickadee Magazine and AdventureBox), and two for tweens (OWL Magazine and DiscoveryBox). All magazines offer age-appropriate content with stories, jokes, inspirational pieces, and other early-learning activities.
- Thomas & Friends – For kids who love trains and everything about Thomas & Friends, did you know that there’s an official magazine all about this beloved show? Subscribe to the Thomas & Friends site so you could get in on any upcoming promotions (the issues are sold on Amazon so freebies are rare).
- Fun for Kidz – Inspiring both boys and girls with stories written specifically for 6- to 12-year-olds. There are features about science, arts & crafts, puzzles, comics, and interesting stories. Aside from the main Fun for Kidz magazine, there are also sub-magazines like “Boys Quest,” which is specific for boys interested in cartooning.
- Whizz Pop Bang – This British science print magazine for children has been inspiring and teaching kids since 2015. Get to enjoy plenty of science news, puzzles, experiments, and other information that will inspire any budding scientist age 6 to 12 years old.
- Stone Soup – Stone Soup has been around since 1973. It is one of the best literary magazines focused completely on kids age 13 and under. It is 100% authored and illustrated by kids, so if you have a budding writer or artist, this magazine can inspire them with their art. This mag is available in print and digital copies.
- Brainspace Magazine is a phenomenal science-based magazine for kids, tweens, teens age 8 to 14 years old. It tackles thought-provoking topics from Earth sciences to biology, technology to space, math, and more. There are no free kid magazines by mail right now, but Brainspace has a perpetual 15% off sale.
- Girls’ World: If your tween girl (ages 6 to 12) is obsessed with celebrity lifestyle, fashion, crafts, and other Hollywood content, Girls’ World magazine can be their go-to mag.
- Make Magazine: This magazine is geared toward older kids (9 to 18 years old) who are interested in engineering, tech, and sciences. You’ll read experiments, tested projects, in-depth reviews and interviews, inspirational stories, and plenty of skill-building tutorials that they can replicate at home. Available in both print and digital copies.
Companies usually send e-mails about these promotions or announce them on social media.
It’s good to be updated once they offer free trials or subscriptions, so make sure to subscribe to their newsletter, or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms.
Free Kid Magazine Digital Issues
You can get these free digital kid magazines.
Note that most of them require you to sign-up at no cost to you.
- National Geographic – Nat GEO actually has two magazines aimed at kids – Nat Geo Kids and Nat Geo Little Kids. Both National Geographic kid magazines have printed and digital versions. What’s great is that if you claim 3 months of free digital access, you’ll be able to access over 40 issues!
- Ranger Rick – If your kid loves animals, don’t skip Ranger Rick’s magazine subscriptions. They have several kid-focused magazines, including the original Ranger Rick, followed by Ranger Rick Jr., Ranger Rick Cub, Ranger Rick Zoobooks, Ranger Rick Zoodinos, Ranger Rick Zootles, and Ranger Rick Zoobies. The digital copies of these magazines are FREE, but the printed versions require a paid subscription.
The Bottom Line
My own kids love receiving free kid magazines by mail – it makes them feel a bit grown up.
For those looking for experiences instead, this guide on finding free classes for kids, free audiobooks and discounted Disney plus subscription (for students) should help you out.