were given a tour of the Build a Bear premises in Birmingham, at the
Bullring. Sophie guided us through the
process as my boys made up a character each.
She was very patient as they selected from the huge array of different
predictably chose a bunny and youngest picked a Leopard (he is a fan of lions so
this was as close as he could get), so both were very happy with their choices.
Sophie seemed to have a natural way with children;
something she mentioned is part of the hiring process, previous work experience
with children is valued highly by Build A Bear. She asked them questions, took an interest in them and made them
feel special as they went along the stages involved in making up their new
friend. I think this attentive manner
makes a visit to Build A Bear Workshop a magical experience, everything is
tailored in a way children are guaranteed to leave happy and content, clutching
their new friend tightly with a big smile on their faces!
was impressed with the variety of different items at each section. It does make picking hard for children, but
does mean their final choice is quite unique to them, down to what it will
smell like, what sound it can make and what it is wearing.
chose to have beating hearts this costs an extra £4.50 each, but if your on a
budget you can stick to the free fabric heart offered in the price of your
original bear. All the options can run
up the cost, but I think given how much pleasure the experience brings, it is a
worthwhile expense, one they will treasure for a very long time.
was very sweet when the boys added the heart; they rubbed it in different areas
first like their tummy so it would never get hungry and their cheeks so it was
cheeky. I felt it was a delightful
experience and it touched me seeing the enchantment in my boys’ eyes being
involved in their creation. Memories like
this will last a lifetime.
relatively new addition is the SCENTiments, my boys had a whiff of all the
scents and finally settled for Cotton Candy for youngest and Peppermint for
eldest. Priced at £2.50 each I think its quite fun, novel and relatively inexpensive, the smell does come off their toys but it is
not too overpowering. It’s a good thing
neither of them chose the chocolate or I might have had to keep it for
their new friends
have Carroty and Lion in residence now and both have settled in well! Children have a way of losing much-loved
toys but at Build A Bear the ID tracking system can help them be reunited! It’s nice having that extra reassurance, especially when they want to bring them along everywhere we now go!
quality of their friends is excellent; they are soft and cuddly and look built
to last. We had a very enjoyable time,
thank you to Sophie and the rest of the team at Build A Bear for being so welcoming.