We design our mysteries for kids between the ages of 8 - 13, but with help with reading and clues some are good for kids age 6 or 7. Our "Escape the Master Loop" mystery is perfect to do as a group that can include teens and adults.
Less screen time,
more together time
Make memories with our personalized mysteries where kids are the heroes of their very own story
"I loved being able to give an experience instead of another toy they don't really need. My son loved it!!!"
Why do kids AND parents love Mail Order Mystery?
Get Kids Reading
Our story adventures are designed to make reading fun
Get kids excited about problem solving instead of zoning out on screens
Each mystery contains intriguing objects like cipher necklaces, ancient treasure maps or a safe disguised as a dictionary
Each mystery is personalized, so kids are heroes of their own stories
What age is this for?
What exactly do I get in a mystery experience?
Mail Order Mysteries are stories that are told through a series of letters, documents and clues. The letters are written to kids from the characters, which means that kids are directly involved in the story. Each mailing also contains documents or objects relating to a mysterious event that you will come to understand as the story unfolds. Depending on the mystery you could receive top secret dossiers, newspaper clippings, postcards, maps, keys, necklaces and so on.
How is the mystery sent out?
Each mystery has six installments. You can have them packaged up together and delivered "All in One Box" which allows you to do the mystery at your own pace. Or you can select "Send Weekly" and we'll mail one installment a week for six weeks. You get exactly the same mystery no matter which delivery option you choose. If you choose "Send Weekly" keep in mind that each installment is being sent lettermail with no tracking information and the speed at which letters move through the postal system is not precise, so delivery times can vary.
Is this a subscription where I keep getting charged if I forget to cancel?
Absolutely not! All of our mystery experiences are one time purchases. You pay once for all six installments of each mystery. There is never any recurring billing.
The gift that kids love getting and you'll feel great about giving
My twin daughters were gifted "The Case of the Missing Bigfoot" and loved it! A great mix of easy enough yet challenging. I believe it would be fun for all ages. I felt like a kid again helping them with it (not sure if I was helping, or was I just excited to participate!?). I really think it was neat how you get packages mailed to your home. We couldn't wait to check the mail each day, waiting for our next clues! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun time. We look forward to doing more of these in the future! Thank you so much!
My niece and nephew gave up their screen time for 3 days to plow through their mystery. My nephew is 9 and thought it was 'real' so my sister in law couldn't bear to tell him it was his birthday gift.
Happy to be the cool aunt who gifted their favourite present this year
Best gift ever! She was so excited to check the mail and even called to leave messages to talk about her mystery. So cute.
Both my daughter and I had a blast with this. It was so well done. It is such a great alternative to buying toys that they don't need. Such a cool activity.
And in fact I have. This is the fourth time I have order the "Treasure Hunt!" mystery. I have completed the mystery with my daughter and given as gifts and now doing it with a set of brothers. Their eyes light up when they see the package. I love the educational aspect and the puzzles. It is a great introduction to a host of topics and such a great alternative to a screen!! Mail Order Mystery does a great job with the pay-off of sticking with the mystery.
I cannot recommend them enough. Try them all!!
"Best Christmas present ever" was my 8 year-ol grandson's review. The clues and ciphers were challenging but not overwhelming. The story was fun to follow. The quality of the resources was amazing and the final reveal was a big hit. Thank you!
My six-year-old son is currently receiving Treasure Hunt! mailings. He has received four letters so far. He is very proud that he has been able to decode the secret messages (with a little help from me and his older sister) and is thrilled to know that one of our ancestors was a pirate. He is eager for the next installment, and I have to admit I'm curious to know how the story ends, too!
I bought this for a very adventurous 7 year old who loved it! This is the 2nd one I've bought her from this site and both were amazing! I would highly recommend these.
My 9 year old daughter loved every minute of it and had a difficult time waiting to receive the next mailing. She was super happy and proud when she received the last mailing. Thank you. This is a wonderful product worth every penny. More?
I cannot express enough how incredibly impressed I was with the quality of material. The letters were engaging, funny, and filled with interesting and complex riddles to solve.
My kids would ask, daily, whether I had checked the mail.
I'm looking forward to signing up for another mystery soon.
Great experience for my kid, and really any kid just learning to read and learning how mail works. Had no idea a fancy memento would arrive at the end of it, and the opportunity to send a note to one of the protagonists was a stroke of genius. Real value for the money.
Purchased the Pirate Mystery for my 7 year old grandson. The mystery was solved over a month ago and he is STILL EXCITED about the adventure!!! He visited last weekend and brought over every letter, clue and piece of treasure. We will definitely purchase another mystery!!!
My son enjoyed this so much! It’s usually a hassle trying to convince him to read but he always looked forward to receiving the packages and reading everything included.
This mystery was enthralling! My grandson (age 12) anticipated his weekly mailing, enlisted his friends, was engrossed in his mystery. If you are wondering if this is worth you money, let me tell you, it IS. Do not hesitate to buy this, and I recommend you pace it out over the weeks to let your "detective" have time to work out his clues, and wait for his next assignment. This was the BEST gift he received this Christmas!
My 7 year old LOVED this. All the materials were super high quality - from the crinkled old paper to the hand written calligraphy to the real metal necklaces. I was constantly amazed by the creativity that went into creating the physical materials that were sent. We loved figuring out the puzzles together - they were hard! I will say there is NO way my very smart child could have solved the codes on her own without parent assistance. I would buy this again in a heartbeat for her!