The PICAXE is great, but on a breadboard, you'll like it even better. Many handy features make the AXE Stack more useful than just plugging your PICAXE into a breadboard!
Surface mount PICAXE? You bet! All the power of the PICAXE-18X in a tiny 300mil SOIC.
The PICAXE-28X1 IC is a tiny single-chip computer that you can program in a graphical flowchart-like language or easy to learn BASIC. The 28X1 is a newer revision offering expanded memory.