Saturday, October 30, 2010

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Do you know what I love about Build-A-Bear Workshop? I love the experience that they give to young children. Everytime my boys go into their shop to choose a bear they leave with the biggest smiles on their faces. Everything about it, from choosing which bear, the sounds they can add. Stepping on the pedal that adds fluff to the bear. Rubbing the bear's heart on their noses and cheeks and making a wish. Choosing the outfits to wear. Everything about the process makes that bear more special and perfect for my children. They absolutely adore making those decisions. Which bear to choose? Which colour top to wear? Which pair of shoes? What to call the bear? My kids live for that. My Littlest in particular loves the part after the bears are stuffed, where he can step on another pedal and give his new bear a 'bath.'

So, this past week, I had the greatest pleasure to go to a wonderful event with Build-A-Bear Workshop. N and the boys and I went, not really sure what to expect and had one of the best days ever. The people at Build-a-Bear Workshop, the people at Publicasity, Estelle in particular were absolutely wonderful to me, to N, to my little boys. They gave us free bears and goodies. They provided us with a wonderful teddy bear tea party. They played games with the children. We saw some fun looking Christmas bears.

The biggest hit of the day with my two boys? Bearemy. Every chance they got, my two were in there for hugs with Bearemy. They could have stayed and played hide-and-seek for hours with him. On the way home, Eldest talked about Bearemy: 'He was a real bear who wore human clothes! And he was THIS big and he played with me and he was my friend.' Littlest said his favourite part of the day was 'Bear-me' with added sad face because he missed him.

Everytime I go into a Build-A-Bear Workshop, I always feel like the staff go out of their way to make my kids feel special. There's always fun new bears and outfits and I'm sure once my kids realise they can do fun things online, they'll never be off the computer. N said he wanted to go back this week and make HIMSELF a Star Wars bear. I feel like this company is definitely doing something right. I feel like it's going to be a very BABW Christmas in our house :) Thank you so much to Estelle for going out of her way to put the smile on my boys' faces.

So that's what I did on my half-term break. What did you get up to?


  1. I love the Build-a-bear Workshop. Have to remind myself that I'm too old to buy myself teddy bears (though it's fine for friends and family to give me teddies as presents.)

  2. I cannot wait till my son is old enough to do this I love this.

  3. Lovely post! I have to admit, I quite want a build-a-bear for myself. I love that you can choose all the different elements. I mean, a personalized bear with roller skates? Awesome.

  4. I have never heard of these workshops how lovely! We went to the cinema a couple of times, saw a fireworks display for Diwali and also attended a little birthday party. It was all really nice. Quite a heartwarming half term xx

  5. Katie - Too old?! Never :) (but I guess it is more acceptable for other people to buy you the teddies instead..)

    Jessica - It really is such fun, I love it there.

    Nigel - It was fun, wasn't it?

    Lauren - I KNOW. I actually have two Build-A-Bears of my own that I bought before I had the children. But now that the boys have caught on, we've got loads. I love that they love it :)

    Emmie - you've never been to Build A Bear? You really should, they're in most large shopping centres. And your half term sounds absolutely lovely!


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