What is Mail Order Mystery?
It’s a mystery "experience" for kids that arrives over six weeks through the mail.
Each story unfolds through a series of mailings. The child gets letters from the characters in the mystery and each letter also contains objects related to the mystery (keys, locks, maps and so on). There are are codes to crack, clues to solve, red herrings and double-crossing characters - all part of an ongoing story that resolves in the final mailing which includes an artifact or collection of keepsakes that are part of the mystery’s resolution.
We currently have a pirate themed mystery called Treasure Hunt!
In June we launched our second experience, a fairy tale themed mystery called The Enchanted Slumber.
Our third mystery, a spy-themed experience will launch later this fall.
We're based in Toronto, Canada. We launched in November 2015 and have shipped mystery experiences all over the world.
Read some of what people are saying about Mail Order Mystery.
What age is it for?
Mail Order Mysteries are for kids between 8 and 13 (that impossible to buy for age when kids don't want more toys and parents can’t get them off screens) but we are also getting great feedback from kids who are younger, older, and parents who tell us that the whole family loves the experience. Children 6-7 years old may need some help with the reading and the clues, but younger kids can be especially fun to experience a mystery with as they tend to buy into the whole story and believe it is all real.
The origin story
The business was born out of my own experience with my own kids. I’m a mom with two boys, age 7 & 10. I wanted to create a storytelling, problem-solving experience that engages kids as completely as the video games they love so much, but without the technology.
I'm writing a review, are there things I need to keep secret?
We are in the mystery business, so try to not give everything away! Some parents enjoy doing the mystery with their kids, so try not to give away the specifics of the plot or how it all ends. But we're not too worried with you describing the experience. And please feel free to post to social media as the installments arrive!
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