Best Family Subscription Boxes for Fun & Unplugged Bonding

Updated by Timothy Paradis

Although you’re always looking for more family time, between work, school, and extracurricular activities, it can be hard to figure out how to bring your loved ones together for some quality bonding experiences. Remember: You don't need to drop a pretty penny and jet off to a different country or take a deluxe trip to spend time together as a family. To show you that fun activities can be simple and stress-free, we're coming at you with family subscription boxes that make serving up daily QT easier than ever!

No matter what your family looks like, whether you’ve got little ones who are bouncing off the walls, game-obsessed teens, or a "family" of friendly roomies, we’ve got some of the best subscription boxes that specialize in bringing fun for all age groups right to the front door. From mystery challenges and DIY craft boxes to international candy clubs and baking kits filled with pre-measured ingredients that are perfect for foodie families, these subscription services are perfect for gathering the whole family together for screen-free fun.

Try an Adventure-Based Subscription Box

You may be aware of the more typical subscription boxes, which come every month stocked with games, foods, or crafts of various kinds. However, when it comes to engaging the whole family, adventure-based kits are becoming more and more popular.

Adventure boxes, true to their name, are set up to take your family on an adventure of some sort, meaning rather than playing with the items in the box, it’ll encourage you to explore, create, create, and maybe even solve a mystery. Escape the Crate, which gives you the tools to create your own escape room at home, and Finders Seekers Junior Explorers, which encourages children to explore the natural wonders of the world, are both excellent examples of adventure boxes that the entire family will enjoy.

Reading Bug Box for Babies & Toddlers

Reading Bug Box for Babies & Toddlers

From $19.00 per box
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Gift your child the joy of reading with the Reading Bug Box. Each month they’ll receive 3 hardbound children’s books curated by the staff of the award-winning Reading Bug Bookstore.

Shipping: Reading Bug Boxes ship between the 15th-20th of each month. Please email bugbox@thereadingbug.com should you need an earlier shipment and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

“I sent this to my niece for our brand new member of the family. She loved it!! Very high-quality items wrapped up beautifully!! It even arrived before Christmas which was an unexpected surprise!! Thank you so much. I’m renewing!!” – J G.

The Conundrum Box - Escape Room Game in a Box

The Conundrum Box - Escape Room Game in a Box

From $27.80 per box
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The Conundrum Box is a new mystery and adventure box that delivers part escape room experience, part choose your own adventure! Each month builds on an exciting narrative with puzzles, clues, and ciphers to crack the case and solve the mystery. Boxes can also be solved as a stand-alone mystery and revolve around a new theme!

Shipping: We ship USPS first class. All domestic orders placed by 12/15/23 will be shipped by 12/16 in order to make USPS's 12/24 guaranteed arrival. Orders placed on or after 12/17/23 will ship the next business day. Arrival by 12/24 not guaranteed. The games come in a branded mailer box with the title of the game on it unless noted at time of purchase.

“Conundrum box deliveries truly clever and unique puzzles every month. I am always impressed by the fun themes and props and everything they do to increase the immersive experience.” - Christopher B.

Escape the Crate: An Escape Room Adventure shipped straight to your door.

Escape the Crate: An Escape Room Adventure shipped straight to your door.

From $26.50 per box
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Escape the Crate brings high-quality riddles, puzzles, and the curiosity to crack codes into the home. These games can be played solo or in a small group of up to six. Reviewers love the length of game play and the ability to select different levels of expertise. These escape room creators are a fan favorite.

Shipping: ALL ORDERS SHIP OUT WITHIN 2-4 DAYS OF BEING ORDERED! We are a bi-monthly subscription, meaning we ship every OTHER month. That means if you order a 2 month subscription, that is for only 1 box.

“It took us (three adults) about 3 hours to do "Escape the Gold Rush Robbery" and we all enjoyed ourselves, finding the puzzles pleasantly challenging but not frustrating.” -Kj. L

Finders Seekers Junior Explorers

Finders Seekers Junior Explorers

From $25.00 per box
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Finders Seekers Junior Explorers takes the learning of the classroom and turns it into enthralling mystery games, perfect for children of all ages. Designed by the team behind the #1 rated mystery box on Cratejoy, each box contains a fun 4-day itinerary chock-full of activities to get the brain ticking and heart thumping.

Shipping: We ship on the 23rd each month for orders placed by the 21st. For last-minute gifts, we provide a fun PDF gift message that you can personalize and email or print. Shipping is $6 within the US, Canada shipping: $7.95.

“My kids love Junior Explorers and so do I! It's fun to watch them experiment with a puzzle, trying different things and cheering out loud when they finally figure it out. I like learning about different countries and people along with them. So fun!” – Kendra L.

Gaming Guru (Monthly)

Gaming Guru (Monthly)

From $29.99 per box
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One of the best gifts for those who are addicted to board games is UnboxBoardom. Each box contains new games for every interest and experience level. Every month, the box includes something for the gaming guru. Every other month will include a new game for the causal gamer, and every three months the box includes a new game for beginners.

Shipping: Your box will ship around the 15th of your scheduled month. Please order by the end of the previous month to get the current box. NOTE: Gift notification messages will be sent at time of purchase unless specified otherwise in gift message box at checkout.

"Loved getting games each month this winter! It gave my husband and I something to look forward to and it was fun trying out new games we wouldn’t typically pick out!! Great customer service as well!" - Christine S.

Finders Seekers Mysteries

Finders Seekers Mysteries

From $26.40 per box
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Solve puzzles while traveling the world with this thrilling escape room game! Finders Seekers is the perfect gift for puzzle solvers and mystery fans who loves a challenge! Enjoy this game with the family or venture off and uncover complex clues with a single use mystery game inclusive of hands-on and online gameplay.

Shipping: We ship on the 23rd of each month, for all orders placed by the 21st. All subsequent games will ship by the 23rd of each month. For last-minute gifts, we provide a fun PDF gift message that you can personalize and email or print. Shipping is $6 within the US, Canada shipping: $7.95.

“I have been getting Finders Seekers boxes for over a year, and I cannot lie, I'm obsessed. The mysteries are a lot of fun, and they are so much fun to do with friends, especially those that haven't done something like this before. Occasionally, the puzzles are evil (I'm looking at you, Paris box!), but the fact that after a year they can still challenge me is a good thing.” - Rachel C.

Terra Create Craft Subscription

Terra Create Craft Subscription

From $36.00 per box
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The Terra Create Craft Subscription can help you get hands-on with your tweens and teens for a little creative crafting. Every month brings all you'll need to make 1 trendy, gender-neutral project, including natural materials, an illustrated step-by-step guide, and high-quality tools.

Shipping: Kits are shipped via USPS and UPS. Order by the 10th of each month to receive the 1st kit in the same month. Orders placed after the 10th will ship the following month. Need a gift right away? Consider non-subscription kits or other products from our website.

“We received our first box this month. We had enough materials to make 4 wind chimes - not just 2! Beautiful craft - great quality items. My daughter and I had so much fun with this one and are looking forward to many more!” – Susan H.

DIY Kids Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Art and Craft Box

DIY Kids Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Art and Craft Box

From $29.99 per box
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What could be more fun for your little ones than some quality crafting time? Keep it stress-free and fun with the We Craft Box, a monthly craft kit that delivers an amazing hands-on experience that combines a unique story with fun projects. Created for kids between 3-9, there's no need to prep – just open and get to it with all the materials, tools, and step-by-step directions you'll need!

Shipping: First box ships within five business days. Renewals occur on the 11th. Subsequent boxes ship on the 1st of the month. Free Shipping for US orders! Order for your little crafter today! All subscriptions come with a printable card!

“I send this as a gift to my great niece and nephew. Reports are that they love this box and can't wait for it to arrive each month. I am so appreciative of crafts and entertainment away from screens. My niece says that the supplies alone are worth the price. Thank you.” – Donna H.

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

From $28.95 per box
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This monthly subscription box combines science experiments and art projects to provide educational, imaginative, and creative activities for developing the whole child. All needed eco-friendly materials are included for up to 6 projects per themed box. Boxes also include a 12-page educational magazine jam-packed with puzzles, games, book recommendations, and additional project ideas related to the monthly theme. Green Kid Crafts makes a great gift and is perfect for ages 2 through 10.

Shipping: We are shipping on schedule! Free Shipping for US orders! Your order is shipped from our facilities between 1-4 days of being placed, and you will be notified with details. Subsequent boxes ship monthly from your first order.

“First box was a complete delight for the two 3-year-olds in my care. They were completely engaged with the art/science/exploration materials for several hours. The families appreciated that everything included is recyclable. I loved that everything I needed was in the box and I could see them learning as they played. It's just what I hoped for.” – Tyra M.

Celebrate States!

Celebrate States!

From $44.00 per box
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Celebrate States will allow you to support small businesses from all over the country while staying in the comforts of home. A great gift for travel lovers and adventurous souls, each month features a different state, sending small-batch treats and artisan goods from local businesses, along with interactive information and fun facts. Explore and expand your horizons with every box.

Shipping: We will ship your first box between two and five business days of your order. Subsequent boxes ship between the 11th and 22nd of each month.

“As a Geography Teacher, I have been getting this box for over a year and have been nothing but happy! They always have great stuff sourced from each specific state that delights me and/or makes me say “wow! I didn’t know that came from there!”. They also always include great print info about the state like travel brochures, maps, visitor’s guides etc that adds extra information and value. Very worthwhile purchase!! Highly recommended!” – Layne S.

Board Game Beginner (Quarterly)

Board Game Beginner (Quarterly)

From $31.99 per box
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Pull Mom, Dad, kiddos, aunts, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who wants to join in the fun together for a game night featuring family games, strategy games, and party games, too. UnboxBoardom is here with the quarterly Board Game Beginner subscription to help you start building a collection of go-to games that are guaranteed to be entertaining and challenging! Choose from featured games or sign-up to get a surprise every 3 months.

Shipping: Your box will ship around the 15th of your scheduled month. Please order by the end of the previous month to get the current box. NOTE: Gift notification messages will be sent at time of purchase unless specified otherwise in gift message box at checkout.

“Loved getting games each month this winter! It gave my husband and I something to look forward to and it was fun trying out new games we wouldn’t typically pick out!! Great customer service as well!” – Christine S.

SnackSack Classic

SnackSack Classic

From $26.91 per box
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Looking for the ultimate snacking subscription? This box delivers between 11 and 13 surprise snacks every month centered around a fun or seasonal theme. There are four snacking plans to fit different lifestyles: classic, vegan, gluten-free, or vegan and gluten-free.

Shipping: Secure your April SnackSack today, shipping on April 18th! Act fast – limited quantities available until sold out. Don't miss out on our "Mother Earth" theme, celebrating Earth Day with an array of refreshing snacks and spring flavors! Order now to guarantee your spot in this delicious adventure!

“I am enjoying everything that came in my monthly box, there wasn't a bad snack in the entire selection! Also, I love the cute bag to keep my snacks in; it's a really nice touch. I can't wait to see what other delights are in the other months to come.” — Kareema B.

Looking for more subscription boxes for family time? Check out our featured collection Crafting for the Whole Family.