On Sunday the Bird Family went to Cambridge for a very special reason. We had been asked to go to Build-a-Bear to have some fun, meet some lovely people and best of all make bears!!! It was the 30th October 2011 so the staff were dressed in Halloween outfits, I had dressed my children up in their Halloween costumes too because I knew it was the theme for the day. From the moment we walked into the store until the moment we left, the staff were amazing to all of us, they really made our visit special.
We were greeted at door by Dracula who handed the children sweets straight away. Then we met a devil who was working behind the till and he looked after us until the manager arrived. Straight away they interacted with my children and made a real fuss of them. They took the children around the shop and helped them choose a bear each.
Then the manager Holly arrived she was fab and full of energy the children loved her. She could see the children had picked their Bears, Little Bird had picked a dog and Big Bird had gone for a musical Snoopy. So she whisked the children off to the stuffing area. Little Bird helped fill his bear by controlling the foot pedal to the stuffing machine. Little Bird loves pressing buttons and switches so he was in his element helping.
After the bears had been stuffed the staff all got together for a very special ceremony. It was the giving the bear their heart ceremony. They made the children and the parents do a crazy dance with hearts before placing them into the Bears. I don’t mind doing silly things with the kids but I had to laugh as they made Daddy Bird jump around, touch the ground and do a little jig. Needless to say he looked embarrassed but the kids loved seeing Daddy being silly.
Then the children were taken to the Bear Dressing Area where they could try on as many outfits as they wanted, to see which one they liked best. Being a proper little girl Big Bird picked out lots of outfits and made Holly try them on Snoopy. After 3 goes she found the outfit of her dreams. It was the Sleeping beauty Princess dress, it also came with a sparkly crown. It was perfect, but it was missing something and that something was a beautiful pair of shoes. So Holly ran off and fetched all the shoes that would go with the dress. Big Bird picked out a pair of pink party shoes that were the same shade as the dress. Bingo…….. The Princess was complete.
Little Bird had decided on the Army outfit for his dog. It came complete with hat and dog tags which he looks so cute in. There is so many outfits in store to choose from its amazing. Big Bird loves all the little accessories you can buy from the shop. So she purchased some sparkly bows for Snoopys ears and a music player (Build-a-bear ipod).
Once the bears were complete we headed over to Name a Bear where the children got to choose the name they wanted. Big Bird decided to call her dog Emily and Little Bird decided to call his dog Rambo. They both got a lovely certificate and a box to carry the bears home in.
Just before we left the ‘Smurf’ who was working that day asked the children if they would like to work the till. Well they both jumped at the chance, they stood on a stool and got to work. They both loved it and didn’t want to leave.
I can not stress enough how much the children enjoyed their day at Build-a-Bear. The staff were fab but bordering on CRAZY (I think being crazy helps you get a job in there). They really went the extra mile to make us feel happy and enjoy our time with them. Their enthusiasm is contagious and we walked away really happy.
I asked the children once we got home what they thought of the day and they both said they loved it. Big Bird said “I have had the best day and The Build-a-Bear is the best shop I have EVER been to” She has now decided to save her pocket money for when we go again. If you do not live near a Build-a-Bear you can buy the bears, outfit and accessories on line, however there is a small delivery charge.
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