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Make a New Friend at Build-A-Bear Workshop



Disclaimer: I received a gift card to facilitate my trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop. No other compensation was received. Opinions however are 100% my very own.



This is not my first trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop and if you go through my blog, by using my search function, you may notice that I even highlighted my trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop when I visited Canada during Christmas. It's the one place I can go and be the kid that I am. It's also the one place I can go and make a brand new friend. Well although I'm not talking about a flesh and blood friend, I like to consider all my stuffed animal my friends. If you have not taken your little one to experience the joy of making a brand new friend at Build-A-Bear Workshop then I can tell you that you are definitely missing out on the experience of a lifetime. If there is one thing that you should do with your little one this summer, it's taking them to Build-A-Bear Workshop. Trust me, you both would have a lot of fun doing it. Well on to my experience once again.


My Build-A-Bear Workshop store is located at my local mall which most of them are. Unlike the one in New York City that is a stand alone store, the mall ones are just as beautiful. No way can you pass by and not want to go in. Just look at the friends just waiting to be made looking at you through the glass window.

Choosing the friend you want may be the toughest decision that you may ever make in your little life. It took me going from display to display until I chose the two that I loved.


The collection of friends to be made is huge. There are dogs, ponies, bears and while some are themed like the My Little Ponies and Spiderman to name a few, there are a few that aren't. Now that I've chosen my friend, it was time to bring her to life.


This may scare a few of the younger children because it sure did me when I was much smaller. I was too afraid to step on that pedal that made my friend come to life. My sister or my mommy was always the one to do it for me. It makes the sound of a vacuum cleaner which I'm still afraid of and I would always hide behind someone until it was all over. Now that I'm older I'm a lot braver.


You are asked how you want your friend to be stuffed. Do you want him/her to be stuffed hard to stand, or soft enough to be huggable? Since I chose the My Little Pony, I wanted her hard enough so she could stand on her own. She was given to me for my seal of approval which I instantly gave.


Now the next ceremony is such a delight. I got to choose a heart for my friend.The heart ceremony is by far the best part of bringing your friend to life. Each store is different and so your heart ceremony may be different since it depends on the employee. I got to put her heart on my forehead so it would be wise, put is near my ear so we can share secrets etc, then it was time to put her heart in.


Once the heart was in I also included a sound. I had originally chosen the My Little Pony theme song so whenever I press her paw it would play. There are lots of different sounds that you can choose for your particular friend.


Now that my friend was all done, it was time to give her a bath. She didn't need one but I did it anyway. After all you do need to have a bath before putting clean clothes on. At least that's what mommy always say.


Bath time over, it was time to choose her clothing. The clothing department in the Build-A-Bear Workshop store is extensive. You can choose outfits, dresses, underwear, shoes or even stand alone pieces.


I originally chose a two piece outfit but for some reason it didn't look right on my new friend since she had wings, so I decided to just put a skirt on her. She looked amazing with her skirt on if I do say so myself.


Now that she was stuffed, had a bath and was dressed it was time to name her. I was able to give her a name and that meant that she got a birth certificate. There is a special computer just for that and your little ones may need help doing the process but it is very easy to do. This is the last thing that gets done before heading to the check out counter to actually pay for your new friend.


Now that everything was done, it was time for me to take my new friend home. If you're new to Build-A-Bear Workshop I would suggest signing up for their Stuff for Stuff program. You receive coupons in the mail and get rewards based on your purchases. Mommy has been a member for the past 13 years and so knows her number by heart which surprised the employee. I know it surprised me too since mommy forgets everything else, but now I have a new best friend.

My experience was amazing and I would suggest heading to Build-A-Bear Workshop before the summer is over with your little one. You both would love it and you will be gaining memories to remember in the future.


Find your closest Build-A-Bear Workshop store using their store locator or make a new friend by shopping online.

Have you ever been to Build-A-Bear Workshop? What was your experience like? 

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Annmarie John
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  2. My Niece loves horses. She cant wait to get to g ad make a My Little Pony. I think they are cute too!

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  3. I love Madison's choice and admit we too love Build-A-Bear here, too :)

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  4. I have been there a few times with my niece and nephew and I think that would have been her choice as well. She just loves Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony. Maybe this weekend might be a good idea to take her.

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  5. Such a neat place! I didn't know they had My Little Pony now. That was one of my favorites when I was your age, Madison!

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  6. wow I didn't even realize build a bear has so many different options! My little pony! How cool!

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  7. Madison looks like she had a ball. My kids love Build a Bear and I think we are due for another visit soon!

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  8. THose ponies are soooo cute!

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  9. Looks like fun !!!I think this would be perfect gift for my niece and nephew :) Thank you for sharing I never know about this shop :)

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  10. She is so cute! I love Build a Bear because they give lots of proceeds from their sales to charity.

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  11. It looks like Madison had so much fun at Build a Bear! My kids are too old for that now, but they still enjoy looking in the window as we go past at the mall.

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  12. Our first Build-A-Bear experience was about 10 years ago. :) My little sister made a teddy bear (softest bear ever!) and put a heart inside it and stuffing. It was exciting!

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  13. Going to build a bear just never gets old for any little boy or girl. What a fun time you must of had. I wish they would have had something like this when we were little. :)

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  14. This is so sweet! When my son and niece were younger we loved going to Build-A-Bear.

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  15. That is a very nice friend you made there. I love Build-A-Bear Workshop !

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  16. My daughter would go nuts over the My Little Ponies! We haven't taken her to Build-A-Bear yet but I'm looking forward to her first trip!

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  17. So cute! My kids loved Build a Bear when they were little, and this makes me want to go again even though they're grown up now!

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  18. Nice choice with Rainbow Dash!
    As you may know, this was Scarlet's surprise fifth birthday party present. I loved watching her add the stuffing and the heart and the "voice" and pick out clothing.
    It was so special I may cry right now!

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  19. I remember when Build-a-Bear first came to our area. There It was THE place for birthday parties. Fun stuff. :)

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  20. My boys love going to Build a Bear. We have not been in a while though. Your post is a reminder that we need to go.

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  21. Build a Bear sounds like a cool place. I' may just need to check it out!

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  22. My daughter has been asking to go there. When she finds out they have My Little Pony she will flip out!

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  23. This is so cute - we haven't done this - but Build-a-Bear sure looks like a lot of fun!!!

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  24. We've never been to the build-a-bear workshop but I think my son would love it!

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  25. Yes, I've taken the kids several times and they always had fun. I think they still laugh about the names they called their plush friends.

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  26. My nieces love Build a Bear. We always have a great time when we visit. I haven't been to one this summer, but I'm taking my youngest niece next month to buy her an early birthday gift.

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  27. My kids loved Build a Bear when they were younger. We have a lot of the bears at home and they are still so cute.

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  28. My kids have LOVED the MLP Build-A-Bears. They have 2, and were super excited when a friend of theirs brought hers over that they didn't have. They played for a good hour with them that night.

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  29. we always love the brushing part at the end !! build a bear is always fun

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  30. I have never been in a Build-A-Bear Workshop, but I have thought they looked fun. I didn't realize just how in depth the process is to make your own buddy. You did good Madison! :-)

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  31. MY boys always loved build a bear! I do too, they have the cutest thing. I love how they allow my kids to make a wish and kiss the heart going to the bear.

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