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Build-A-Bear: Kid Friendly or Are You Kidding?

When it comes to stuffing bears, bunnies, and all the other plush toys ready for the making at Build-A-Bear workshops, parents seem to have strong opinions. They either are all for introducing the creative process to their kids or they won't even step foot in the store. We can tell where Tom and Suri Cruise stand on the issue, so which camp do you fall into?
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CeciliaBailey CeciliaBailey 2 years
Love Build-a-Bear! I know everyone says the price is their problem. That I do sort of understand but if you know how to do it you'll be fine. When my daughter was little she would buy just the animals. No clothes or anything. They can be as low as $8. For that sized bear/ stuffed animal that is a GREAT price. They can be as high as $25 for the bigger and copy right animals such as my little pony or hello kitty. Still a good price for those. Now she is going to be 3 and has a collection of animals she chooses an animal and takes then in for clothing. Which has the price tag of $5-$20. Sometimes all she wants is a tee-shirt. When she first pottied we took her in and got undies for a few bears. Some days she'll take a dressed one in and get some shoes for it. Yes in the end I might have spent $60 on a bear but it's over 3 or 4 trips.
John14842299 John14842299 2 years
i love this shop for my daughter the only problem i find is that the clothes are so expensive but overall a really good shop
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
I love it. My son is too small now, but I think he'd have fun. Boy oh boy as it is now he has so many stuffed animals that he's not all that interested in. So maybe he won't like it who knows. But I know I want another one. :)
Greggie Greggie 7 years
We take my son a few times a year for new animals, a little more often to get a new hat or shirt for one of his existing animals. It's about $25 each time we go. I think it may not be "original" but for those of us who can't sew, it creates a very personal animal for the child. It's much better (and cheaper) than buying a regular stuffed animals and trying to find baby clothes that fit it. Especially with the costumes or sports uniforms, you can't find those often in bear-sizes.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
We take my son a few times a year for new animals, a little more often to get a new hat or shirt for one of his existing animals. It's about $25 each time we go. I think it may not be "original" but for those of us who can't sew, it creates a very personal animal for the child. It's much better (and cheaper) than buying a regular stuffed animals and trying to find baby clothes that fit it. Especially with the costumes or sports uniforms, you can't find those often in bear-sizes.
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
Cherry, my son has 3 of them. The first one he got in Disneyland, and the other two were gifts for different things. But yeah, to just go "just because", well, I guess Tom Cruise can afford that but I think the average family does it on special occasions only. LOL
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 7 years
My son loves his Snow Leopard and takes it everywhere. He calls it SuperCat. I admit, I was hesitant at first since I have all boys and assumed this was a girl thing. But my youngest son liked stuffed animals so I took him and he loved it. I wouldn't go more than once though...too expensive!
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 7 years
My son loves his Snow Leopard and takes it everywhere. He calls it SuperCat.I admit, I was hesitant at first since I have all boys and assumed this was a girl thing. But my youngest son liked stuffed animals so I took him and he loved it.I wouldn't go more than once though...too expensive!
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
Jessie, we're looking for the people that said "I wouldn't set foot in a build-a-bear" and haven't found one, or is that you? LOL I can see people not CARING about it one way or another, that makes sense, but I think the comment about "Wouldn't step foot in one" is off base. I think more likely than not it's people like Jessie who just don't get the hype.
jessie jessie 7 years
wow....i'm odd lady out i guess...:rotfl:.....just don't see the hype about it at all...but hey...if it floats your boat..go for it! :)
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
LiL, that's how my Mom was with us kids. Now, we didn't HAVE Build a bear back then, but I still have all the stuffed babies my Mom made because they have sentimental value. I do agree that the build a bears, while cute and personalized, aren't original. I would keep the ones Mom made, but I can see myself selling off build a bears if I ever needed to for some reason.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 7 years
I've never heard of anyone not liking it, but I'm personally in the middle... I think it's cute, and a great idea, but I wouldn't get one for my kids because they're so mass produced and unoriginal. It probably helps that I can sew and they LOVE watching their items be created from literally nothing. They can pick out specific buttons for eyes, they rummage through my fabric scraps for clothing to make for them, and they sit on my lap and help push all the buttons, which makes them feel like they're really making it. Plus they get to stuff it. So yeah... I'm neither :) If my kids went to a birthday party there or something I'm sure they'd have a blast and love what they made. Oh and the pacifier idea is just too great for words!!!
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 7 years
I've never heard of anyone not liking it, but I'm personally in the middle...I think it's cute, and a great idea, but I wouldn't get one for my kids because they're so mass produced and unoriginal. It probably helps that I can sew and they LOVE watching their items be created from literally nothing. They can pick out specific buttons for eyes, they rummage through my fabric scraps for clothing to make for them, and they sit on my lap and help push all the buttons, which makes them feel like they're really making it. Plus they get to stuff it.So yeah... I'm neither :) If my kids went to a birthday party there or something I'm sure they'd have a blast and love what they made. Oh and the pacifier idea is just too great for words!!!
Greggie Greggie 7 years
I don't think they're overpriced either. I think it can be if you go with clothes, shoes, dresser, stroller, hats, roller skates, etc, all on one visit. But buying a bear and an outfit is reasonable, considering how personalized it is. If I went to an Angel game and bought an Angel bear in a uniform, it would cost the same but the clothes wouldn't come off. With a Build a Bear, new clothes come often. :)I had planned to put off getting my daughter one, but then I saw the Amethyst bear, which is her birthstone. I couldn't resist. I didn't get any clothes, though. Much as I wanted to get a tiara.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
I don't think they're overpriced either. I think it can be if you go with clothes, shoes, dresser, stroller, hats, roller skates, etc, all on one visit. But buying a bear and an outfit is reasonable, considering how personalized it is. If I went to an Angel game and bought an Angel bear in a uniform, it would cost the same but the clothes wouldn't come off. With a Build a Bear, new clothes come often. :) I had planned to put off getting my daughter one, but then I saw the Amethyst bear, which is her birthstone. I couldn't resist. I didn't get any clothes, though. Much as I wanted to get a tiara.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
by the way, Suri is sooooo cute
skigurl skigurl 7 years
what's not to like?
skigurl skigurl 7 years
what's not to like?
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
i ♥ this place me and my bf made bears for each other one valentines day it was fun! My little sister (12 years younger than me) when she was little LOVED that place.And off topic kinda...that picture of suri above is too cute!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
i ♥ this place me and my bf made bears for each other one valentines day it was fun! My little sister (12 years younger than me) when she was little LOVED that place. And off topic kinda...that picture of suri above is too cute!
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
I think Pop must be in the wrong demographic to find people that don't like it, because I'm with everyone else on here. LOVE that place! AND I LOVE the idea about the pacifier MASONSMAMA! Thanks for the hint! One of my friends is struggling with this herself right now, and I'm giving her this idea! THANKS!
Roarman Roarman 7 years
My daughter loves build a bear. She has about 12 bears and also does the interactive think online. Very cute. My daughter also made a bear for her little brother. And it is not terribly expensive. I mean you can get a bear for $10.
Mommy-of-Three Mommy-of-Three 7 years
I love Build a Bear, all three of my kids have at least 2 of them. I also like the cute outfits they have for the bears. When my daughter was born my sons went and made a bear for her as a gift. It was their own idea and they loved making it just for her.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
I looooooove Build A Bear.....I can't imagine anyone not liking it.I've even gone there alone to stuff them as gifts for my nieces and nephews.I own 2 of them myself and my daughter has 22 bears.I bought her her first one when she was 6 months old.It's such a fun place for kids.I just had a birthday party for my daughter there this past March for 8 of her girlfriends.The price was very reasonable and I had just as much fun as the girls did.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
I looooooove Build A Bear.....I can't imagine anyone not liking it.I've even gone there alone to stuff them as gifts for my nieces and nephews.I own 2 of them myself and my daughter has 22 bears.I bought her her first one when she was 6 months old. It's such a fun place for kids.I just had a birthday party for my daughter there this past March for 8 of her girlfriends.The price was very reasonable and I had just as much fun as the girls did.
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