If you’re a follower of the blog then you’ve probably figured out by now that we are massive history geeks in this house! One of our favourite kids’ TV shows is Horrible Histories and we’re always visiting historic houses. When I saw an advert for the Mysteries in Time subscription I thought it would be a great one to review. We enjoyed it so much that we’ve decided to keep our subscription going!
What’s inside the box?
The classic pack includes a book, history magazine, puzzles and games, themed bookmark, sticker sheet and timeline sticker. In the first pack there is also a world map and timeline to track your adventures. The bumper pack includes all of the above as well as an activity and a history-related gift. We tried out the classic pack so I cannot comment about the quality of the craft and gift.
The stories are all about siblings Max (11) and Katie (8). They receive a mysterious box one day, from persons unknown. Turns out that it contains a time machine and they have to travel through time, solving mysteries as they go. Not just a clever name!! The book is about 50 pages long and we spread it over a few nights.
The story was very nice, and it was easy to read. My boys (8 & 10) were able to guess the ending of the first Mysteries in Time book relatively early on, but they still really enjoyed it. I was expecting a bit more interaction between the book and the rest of the box’s contents that there actually was. There’s some references to things in the box, the sticker for example, but all of the activities are separate from the story. There’s some really nice illustrations in the book.
My boys are both competent readers and they were both more than capable of reading the book themselves. I was quiet enjoying myself though so read it to them! Lol. Because the Mysteries in Time subscription does include the book, it means you get something you can go back to again and again. That adds more value than a lot of children’s subscriptions do.
The magazine and activities
The magazine is packed full of facts, all presented in a kid-friendly, interesting way. There are tons of them. The boys have both already studied the Egyptians, but they still enjoyed the fact file. There’s also activities such as colouring in, spot the difference and an activity related to the historical period. For this edition it was things like decoding and writing you own hieroglyphics.
Mysteries in Time works slightly differently to other children’s subscription boxes. It seems that every subscriber starts with the same book (Egyptian Adventures) and then you get the books in order each month after that. At the time of writing this review of Mysteries in Time there are 12 books in the subscription series. I’m not sure if you just stop after that or if they are planning on publishing more books!!
There are two subscription options available – Classic and bumper. The classic pack starts at £6.95 and includes a book, history magazine, puzzles and games, themed bookmark, sticker sheet and timeline sticker. In the first pack there is also a world map and timeline to track your adventures. The bumper pack starts at £13.95 and includes all of the above as well as an activity and a history-related gift. If you’re doing a monthly rolling subscription then the packs are £8.95 and £15.95 respectively. I have also found out that you can buy the books themselves for £4.99 each on Etsy. That seems like a good compromise if you like the stories but aren’t that fussed about the magazine and games.
You get a reminder a couple of days before your subscription renews and you’re able to skip a renewal if you want to. It also seems quite easy to cancel the subscription (although we haven’t cancelled ours yet!)
Our Mysteries in Time subscription review
I liked the premise of the stories, and that the subscription will leave us with some books that we can read again. The stories was good, and the magazine was really interesting. It’s a great way for kids to learn about history, and I’m always up for that! A price difference for almost £4 between the books and the pack is quite a lot. I’m not sure if I will continue with the subscription for 12 months – but I probably would buy all 12 books.
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook