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Celebrate Build-A-Bear National Teddy Bear Day

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Celebrate Build-A- Bear National Teddy Bear Day

This week, Build-A-Bear Workshop is celebrating National Teddy Bear Day with a deal you don't want to miss! On Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, guests at Build-A-Bear Workshop can make their own limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day Bear for just $5.50. Look at how cute it is!


Celebrate Build-A- Bear National Teddy Bear Day

Leading up to this exciting week, we were sent to the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Square One in Mississauga to experience the magic of building a bear with a heart. It wasn't long before I kicked myself for not having brought the kids here sooner. The look on my son's face... gah! 

Build-A-Bear Workshop Square One

The first step involved in building a bear is picking out your animal. There is a whole wall dedicated to the dozens of animals from which you can choose. They are all dressed up giving further inspiration for your personalized bear.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Square One

From there, the kids were offered a chance to insert sound which can be activated at the push of a button built into the paw. You can choose from a fun music selection and cool sayings or record your own voice at the sound station.

Build-A-Bear Workshop - Canada
You can also add special SCENTiments disks inside another paw to make your furry friend smell yummy. You can choose from a variety of scents such as strawberry, cotton candy, donut or, my favourite, banana.

Build-A-Bear Workshop - Canada

Then it's off to the stuffing station. This is where the magic happens. The kids each took their turn helping to stuff their animals. The associate who helped them was super friendly and really made it an interactive experience for them. They were asked to each grab a heart and perform a mini ritual to "bring it to life" before placing it inside their teddy. It was so fun to watch and also made it all the more special.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

The next step was the hardest part of all; picking an outfit. With so many to choose from, how could you pick just one? From horseback riding outfits and princess dresses...

Build-A-Bear Workshop

... to Star Wars costumes and more, it reminded me of when my kids were just babes and I could pick out whatever I wanted and they would wear it because they didn't know any different. (Those were the days!)

Build-A-Bear Workshop

My daughter knew right away she wanted to pick out a faux leather jacket and pant set with black and white shoes to match. Even though she is giving her Build-A-Bear teddy to her little cousin, she wanted to go for a BTS (her favourite pop group) look for her black and white dog (her favourite animal). My son chose a brown dog and made a bee line straight for the super hero section to grab a Superman costume.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Then it was time to name their furry friends and print out birth certificates, which is done right at the store. Then at the register, another friendly associate dressed up each Build-A-Bear in their new outfits and carefully placed them in boxes to carry home. From start to finish, it was clear that building your own teddy at a Build-A-Bear Workshop is not just an unforgettably wonderful experience for the kids but also a heartwarming memory for parents, too. 

Build-A-Bear Workshop


If you have never had the good fortune of customizing a bear at a Build-A-Bear Workshop, there is no better time to do so. From Friday, September 8 to Saturday, September 9, I highly recommend you take advantage of their special deal and make your own limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day Bear for just $5.50 (CAD), plus applicable taxes, while supplies last. (Purchase limit of five limited-edition bears per guest.) To learn more about the in-store event and find a nearby Build-A-Bear Workshop location, visit www.buildabear.com/national-teddy-bear-day. You can also follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share your favourite teddy bear or Build-A-Bear Workshop memory with hashtag #NationalTeddyBearDay and @BuildABear.

To help you celebrate Build-A-Bear National Teddy Bear Day, one reader will win a $50 Build-A-Bear Workshop gift card! To be eligible to win, please complete the Rafflecopter form below. Open to Canada only, excluding Quebec.

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Build-A- Bear National Teddy Bear Day campaign and have received special perks. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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55 COMMENTS

  1. Never been thats why I entering the giveaway for Build-A-Bear

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  2. I really love to go to the Build-A-Bear store with my kids since my kids can get their hands on in making the bear and putting a heart in it

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  3. I love that it's a whole experience for the kids. I love watching them get filled with stuffing!

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  4. I love that your child can create their own Teddy Bear and the whole experience sounds amazing. We have never done this before!

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  5. My niece made a build a bear with her sweet son before he past away, so she would always have his voice near.

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  6. we just went last week. my son made. sky paw patrol dog and got a pup pack to go with it

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  7. MY SON LOVES MAKING HIS OWN BEARS AND STUFFING THEM LYNNBEANIE12@GMAIL.COM

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  8. I loved helping my grandkids pick out their very first bear.

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  9. I love to go with my niece she loves it and we always have a good time there!

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  10. I really liked how interactive the staff are!

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  11. I've never been but my cousin is coming from Japan and I'm sure she would love to go

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  12. I have never been there so it would be nice to win.

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  13. I just love how happy my boys are while they are building their bears. It makes them so happy!

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  14. I have never tried it so I would love the chance to!

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  15. My favourite memory was taking my daughter to build her first bear, the excitement on her face I will never forget, it was so much fun and she still has her bear tucked away on her shelf, it is so much fun building them :)

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  16. Both of my kids celebrated turning 3 at Build-A-Bear (in 2007 and later in 2013). My daughter put her soother inside of her bear, and that evening asked for a knife so she could cut it open and get her soother back, LOL.

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  17. Never been but I would love to take my nephew there and help him build a special bear. (Judy Cowan)

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  18. I have never been to Build-A-Bear but I'm sure my kids would love it. My oldest is 5 and my twins are going to be 3 in a few weeks. Would be a ton of fun to take them. :)

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  19. What a great place, my cousin built a bear once, it was great - so personal & exactly how she wanted it to look & be dressed!

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  20. I love how customizable everything is at buildabear. Every child can choose exactly what they like.

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  21. My fave memory would be the first day my youngest was handed his older brothers build a bear. almost 11 year old .My youngest of course wants to make his own so we can pass them on down the generation line. Would love to re read the wishes when they have their own kids to pass them down to.

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  22. What I like about the experience is I can buy a body today but Miss R can go in at another time to stuff and name the bear.

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  23. My best memorie is when my children where younger we always look our children to celebrate there birthdays at build a bear

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  24. I have never done Build a Bear with my kids but I know my daughter would love to. She's obsessed with stuffed animals.

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  25. I have never personally experienced this :(

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  26. My best memories is when we took the kids to the Build A Bear at Disney (t-Rex Restaurant) and they got to build their dinosaurs and how they were asked for their passports on their way home on the plane.

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  27. I love that your child can create their own Teddy Bear

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  28. I have never built a bear but would like to with my granddaughter.

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  29. He just visited Build A Bear as a treat after school shopping was completed.
    jan

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  30. We have seen the stores in the malls and have gone it to take a look but my kids haven't actually built a bear yet.

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  31. when I was pregnant with my daughter, my son got to have a build a bear exoerience, it was incredibly magical and OH so special!!

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  32. I like going in there with my little grandson, while he looks at all the bears and superhero clothes.

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  33. It has been a tradition in our house to take the kids on their 3rd birthday to get a bear of their choice and pick up an outfit to complete the look.

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  34. We never visited Build-A-Bear workshop, it looks like fun and kids love it!

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  35. What I love most about the experience is how personalized it is. My kids have each created one special bear, and they loved picking the bear, the sound for inside, the heart for inside, the outfit, the name etc. It truly was a magical experience for them!

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  36. My build a bear memory was working right beside a build a bear at the mall and seeing and hearing all the kids and how excited they were to be at build a bear. especially when it was a kids b.day party..it was totally adorable

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  37. My daughter kissed the heart and put the heart in her bear.

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  38. My first trip to NYC, we didn't even know what a Build-a-Bear was, but everyone on the trip made one and were so excited by it, like kids in a fuzzy cuddly candy store. Mine was named Marriott, selected after the hotel we were privileged to stay in.

    My next trip, I want to build a bear for my lover in the UK, something to hang onto until he can fly here again. <3

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  39. never been to Build-A-Bear or know anyone who has. looking forward to a visit. thanks

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  40. My favorite memory was the very first build a bear that I made for my kids. AT the time there were no locations in saskatchewan , we were in LA and I saw the store and I made sure I made two for each child. LAter when we as a family were in Edmonton the kids got to go into the store there and get one made. By the time they finally put a store in the city close to me, both the kids were grown. (I still go into it every time I hit that mall)

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  41. I have never been to build a bear. I would love to experience this with my son as he loves stuffies. And I think it would be so cool to see which one he would pick!!

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  42. I have never been there but would love to go, know my boys would love it

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  43. I've never been there but it looks a heck of a lot easier than me sewing bears by hand

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  44. Ami B
    Vuittongrl1975@yahoo.com
    So I've only been there once when my son was about two. He built the bear and when it came to naming him, he pointed to the keyboard.
    7 years later, "ALT" is still his fave. ��

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  45. I love that my daughter can create her own Teddy Bear to her liking.

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  46. I love that you can create a special bear with a personality close to your heart.

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  47. I think it is so awesome that kids can go in and design their own bear.

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  48. My favourite memory is when my daughter visited Build A Bear and chose her special teddy!

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  49. I really like how the whole experience is customizable to the child! Thank you so much for the chance, I never tried it and would love to!

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  50. We loved making one with our oldest. Would love to make one for our youngest

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  51. I heard there is a Build-A-Bear in WEM - quite honestly have never been at one. Ideally gearing up for Christmas giving at the Stollery Children's hospital

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  52. Love the Build-a-Bears, so cute

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  53. I have never done a Build a Bear but it's such a cute idea!

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  54. It's been a while since I've been to Build a Bear, all my grandchildren have them. That's probably why I didn't know that they now have Star Wars costumes. :-)

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