14 subscription boxes the whole family can enjoy
As summer rolls around, chances are you’ll be looking for activities that your whole family can do together, and what better way to spend quality time together and keep everyone engaged than with a cool subscription box? There are lots of monthly subscription services targeted toward families, including options that are educational, entertaining, or just plain fun!
Whether you want a delivery of toys, crafts, books, or snacks, the following are the best subscription boxes that the whole family can enjoy. Before you know it, everyone will be eagerly waiting for the mailman’s arrival.
1. A book subscription for children of all ages
You can help encourage your children to get excited about reading with the Amazon Prime Book Box. This cool subscription delivers fun books for your kids on a recurring basis, and they have several age ranges to choose from, spanning from babies all the way up to age 12. When we tested the Amazon Prime Book Box, we liked that the deliveries included a mix of genres and unique titles. Plus, you can choose whether you want a box every one, two, or three months.
2. An escape room—in a box!
Escape rooms are a fun activity for the whole family, but they can get pretty pricey. However, you can get the same puzzle-solving experience at home with Escape the Crate, an escape room-themed subscription box. To “solve” each box, you’ll have to work out riddles, crack codes, and discover secret objects using physical clues like news reports, letters, and photographs, and if you want to make it harder, you can impose a time limit. Our tester and her family loved solving the mystery, though the downside is that there’s no replay value in the box.
3. A box of seedlings to start a family garden
Get your family excited about gardening with Leaf’d Box, a unique subscription that sends you live plants four times a year. You can opt to receive herbs or vegetable plants, and you get 10 seedlings per box, all of which are ready to be transferred into an outdoor or indoor garden. The brand also offers lots of educational materials to help teach your whole family about gardening, and as an added bonus, you’ll have fresh produce to cook with all year-round.
4. A fun subscription that teaches kids about different cultures
Even if you can’t necessarily take an international vacation, you can still introduce your children to various cultures with the help of Little Passports. There are different science and geography themed boxes available for children ages 3 to 12, and they contain fun yet educational activities.
The World Traveler box got the seal of approval from our tester’s 7-year-old: “My son, who is easily bored, enjoyed the activities, and it got him to stop asking if he could play video games for an hour and asking about the Great Wall of China and giant pandas instead.”
5. A meal kit that everyone can enjoy
Cooking can be a fun family pastime, and HelloFresh makes it convenient and easy to whip up delicious family-friendly recipes. It’s one of our top-rated meal kit delivery services, and the 20-minute meals are particularly great for families, as they’re quick and easy to make. In fact, one of our testers made a HelloFresh meal with help from his 3-year-old daughter—so there’s no excuse for your family not to help out!
6. A coding box that lets kids build their own apps
Do your kids love playing with smartphone apps? If so, Bitsbox is the perfect subscription box for them. Each monthly box contains hands-on activities that teach real computer science concepts, and kids will be able to build their very own apps with each box. It’s best for kids 6 to 12—no coding experience needed—and we love that you can choose between physical boxes or a digital-only subscription, which costs a little bit less.
7. A kid-friendly baking subscription
You can keep your kids busy in the kitchen—while teaching them the basics of baking—with Baketivity. This subscription box delivers monthly baking projects designed for kids, and it includes pre-measured ingredients and simple instructions. Your kids will have a blast baking treats like red velvet cupcakes, flower cookies, and even soft pretzels, and the kits are accessible for children between the ages of 3 and 10 with adult supervision.
8. A box that sends you board games
Family game night will never get stale with UnboxBoardom, a subscription that sends you fun board games to play. You can choose to receive deliveries every one, two, or three months, and you’ll be able to select one of three different games in each delivery, ensuring you never get something you already own. Past games included in the box include cult favorites such as Photosynthesis, Pandemic, Tiny Towns, and more.
9. Unique art and science crates for kids of all ages
KiwiCo is one of the best subscription boxes for families, as it caters to all ages and interests. There are specific crates for babies, toddlers, young children, teens, and even adults, as well as options relating to science, STEM skills, geography, art, and more. The hands-on activities in each crate are educational and extremely fun, and you can switch the crate you receive at any time, ensuring your children never get bored of the subscription.
10. A cooking box that teaches kids essential skills
If your children love helping out in the kitchen, Young Chefs’ Club will help teach them new skills. Each monthly box has a special theme—such as cheese or cake-decorating—and contains kid-tested recipes and hands-on activities. The actual ingredients aren’t included, but you will get a shopping list that makes it easy to pick up everything your kids need to chef it up. The club is recommended for children ages 5 and up, and the amount of parental assistance required will depend on how old your little ones are.
11. A sticker subscription box for kids and adults
For all the crafty families out there, Pipsticks is the perfect subscription. Each month, you’ll get 15 sheets of amazing stickers to play with, and the brand offers subscriptions for both adults and children ages 3 and up. The Kids Club boxes often contain puffy stickers, scratch-n-sniff stickers, and activity books, and each delivery has a fun theme that will spark creativity.
12. A craft-based box that teaches kids about the world
If your kids love learning about different countries and cultures, Little Global Citizens is another fun subscription box to try. The boxes ship bi-monthly, and each one contains an informational brochure with age-appropriate facts about the spotlight country, several crafts and craft supplies, and a full-size children's book. Our tester loved that everything in the boxes is thoughtful and high-quality, and she even says it’s the best subscription box she’s tested with her kids!
13. A subscription box that delivers monthly science experiments
If your family regularly watches The Ellen DeGeneres Show or spends any time on TikTok, chances are you’re familiar with Steve Spangler, who’s known for his fun science experiments. Well, he has his own subscription box called the Spangler Science Club, and every month, you’ll get a cool kit with everything needed to conduct a hands-on science experiment. One month you might be learning about insulators and conductors, and the next you’ll be making slime art. The kits are recommended for kids ages 5 to 12, and they’re sure to get your children excited about science.
14. A candy subscription box—because who doesn’t love candy?
Both kids and adults are sure to love Candy Club, a subscription that—you guessed it—delivers candy to your doorstep each month. The Fun Box comes with six 6-ounce jars of candy, while the Party Box contains six 13-ounce jars. You can choose from either a sweet or sour candy profile, and you’ll get a delicious selection of treats to enjoy every month.
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