In theory, when we’re all scattered out and flitting between school, work, this, that and the other, we all crave more family time. But now with the global threat of COVID-19 upon us, we're sheltering in place, experiencing a whole lot of family togetherness, and running through our list of fun activities fast!
With everyone on the hunt for a little entertainment and fun, we took it upon ourselves to scour the Cratejoy Marketplace and drum up a little excitement. 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 family fun right to the front door.
Packed with everything from tasty DIY desserts and delicious appetizers, to kid-friendly craft boxes and games to suit all types, these subscription services are perfect for gathering the gang together to spend some good ol’ fashioned quality time. Now’s the time to step away from the screens and have some fun with the people who really matter!
The Best Family-Friendly Subscription Boxes
Price: Starts at $26.50/every 2 months
What’s Included: A great option for roommates, couples, and families with tweens and teens, Escape the Crate offers a great opportunity to break free from this new reality and dive into a world of challenging gameplay. Filled with stimulating and thought-provoking puzzles, riddles and clues, every box brings an at-home escape room adventure that's perfect for getting 2-6 players to join forces and work together to come out victorious!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of the month, every other month
Price: Starts at $20.00/month
What’s Included: There is no specified age range when it comes to enjoying cookies fresh from the oven, making it the perfect family activity! Get your monthly sugar fix with a subscription to the Fresh Baked Cookie Crate, a deluxe DIY baking box that delivers all that's needed to whip up a from-scratch batch of gourmet cookies. Complete with ingredients, baking tools, simple instructions and a mix of cute cookie-themed gift items, all you need is right in the box!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. during the 1st week of every month
Price: Starts at $12.00/month
What’s Included: Vintage-loving families can geek out over popular games and jigsaw puzzles in all their original glory with each monthly delivery from Red Star Vintage. Offering either retro board games or jigsaw puzzles from days gone by, each month delivers an exciting unboxing experience where you'll discover a blast from the past with either a new or gently used vintage game or puzzle, all thoroughly checked and verified to make sure it's original and complete.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 1st-4th of each month
Price: Starts at $18.00/month
What’s Included: Make sure there's a constant flow of new reading material for your little bookworms with a subscription to the Reading Bug Box. Designed for kids up to 13 years old, get a curated mix of 3-4 books (5-6 books for a sibling box) that have been personalized to every child’s age, reading level, and interests. Allow some of the finest book-loving experts to help you grow your own home library of colorful tales.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 20th of each month
Price: Starts at $22.67/month
What’s Included: While we did mention something about powering down the screens, we're not about to ditch family movie night. Now, instead of another round of popcorn in front of the flick, treat the whole family to some healthy and nutritious snacking from SnackSack. With classic, vegan and gluten-free options, this snack box brings a little bit of everything, salty and sweet, with a monthly assortment of between 11-15 full-size goodies, and keeps them coming on auto-pilot.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. beginning on the 12th of the month
Price: Starts at $35.56/month
What's Included: Designed specifically for families with kids 9 and up, the Salty Owl Studio is a great option to spend some quality time with your tweens and teens. Packed in family-size boxes for either 4 or 5 people, unpack all the materials and instructions needed to craft an at-home art project, along with a new game to play, a snack to share, a kid-friendly recipe to make and a monthly movie suggestion for the whole family to enjoy.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 3 business days of ordering, with renewals shipping between the 23rd-25th of every month
Price: Starts at $29.99/month
What's Included: UnboxBoardom is a monthly subscription box that is dedicated to delivering friendly competition for the whole crew! Available in 3 different subscription levels that ship out either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, this game delivery service is all about providing top-quality options at a great price point. Featuring strategic board games, challenging card games, and lively party games, you can pick your favorite from 3 featured selections or opt for a surprise!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 15th of the scheduled month
Price: Starts at $18.95/month
What’s Included: Treat yourself, your littles (and even your fur babies) to delicious treats with a monthly box subscription to Whisk Takers. No need to stress with planning, shopping and prepping, because each box brings an open-and-go, stress-free baking experience. Catering to all baking skill levels and people with special dietary considerations, get pre-measured ingredients and an easy-to-follow recipe to bake cookies, cupcakes and more!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 3-5 business days after purchasing, with renewals shipping on the 15th of each month
Price: Starts at $24.99/month
What’s Included: Keep a special something on hand to combat the inevitable cries of "I'm bored." Craft + Boogie brings a mini party in the mail, sending themed boxes brimming with holiday fun for kids and parents. Centered around both popular and lesser-known silly holidays, open to find 3-4 stress-free DIY craft projects, a Spotify playlist, themed snack recipes, paper products, party supplies and a board game for all to enjoy.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 1st of every month
Price: Starts at $69.99/month
What’s Included: Ideal for families of foodies, Gusto di Roma is a monthly box that will help you spruce up those family-style snack platters with sweet and savory offerings. Sending a curated mix of 5-6 non-perishable, ready-to-eat authentic Italian appetizers, artisanal charcuterie and sweets, along with serving and pairing suggestions, treat the whole crew to some of the finest Mediterranean taste sensations, including olives, pickles, spreads, biscotti and chocolates!
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 48 hours of ordering if ordered by the 20th of the month, or by the 4th of the following month if ordered past the 20th