We were given the amazing chance of visiting Build a Bear whilst on our weekend trip to London at the weekend and no one could be more excited than me! Aaron had taken me back in 2007-2008 for me and I came away with ‘Happy Bear’ a delightful fluffy blue bear that saw me through some tough times when I needed a hug! But this time we were there for our little guy, 15 month old Luke!
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As it’s coming up to fathers day, I suggested Aaron has the experience with Luke and I took the photo’s as it’s a perfect father-son activity! Just see the pictures!
Luke LOVES hugging things, he is a very loving little boy so I was excited to see his reaction over getting a personalised hug buddy!
We headed over to Build a Bear at Covent Garden, London and after a quick nap, Luke was ready to go and complete with a smile we entered the shop!
We were greeted by happy staff, full of energy offering to show us round! Off to check out which teddy to get! There were so many! a great range to choose from, ranging from a fully washing machine friendly bear to a bamboo panda and a teddy that donates to Tommy’s the charity! After careful thought we decided that we should have the machine washable one so Luke can take it places and it doesn’t matter so much if teddy gets dirty as we can magically clean him!
After choosing we headed over to display where you could choose a cool sound effect to put inside your teddy, threre’s a whole range of different sounds and you can even record your own voice to go inside! We however went with a new option ( wasn’t there in 2007) which is a heart that when you press the Teddy’s chest it pulses like a real heart! I thought that was adorable and apparently its soothing for small children 🙂
Then comes the fun part! bringing your teddy to life! Children are encouraged to step on a pedal whilst the Build a Bear staff carefully guide the stuffing into the bear! seeing as Luke was too little for this, Daddy got the fun part of pedalling!
Once the bear is stuffed to the correct cuddly mass, Luke was given the choice of two hearts, one red and one tartan to place into the bear to bring him to life! Luke put a red one in after rubbing it on his nose and giving it a kiss! but then the kind lady let him put in another (which made daddy smile as he’s a big Doctor Who fan and he’s now a Time lord bear!!!)
After a final stitch up and a ‘wash and brush’ the bear is ready to be dressed!!! We were amazed at how much cool stuff there is for your new friend!! There were a couple of different ‘Dressing room’ stations, complete with mirrors so you can dress your bear in some cool gear!!
Luke came away with some bear boxers (yes really!!) some cool converse style bear shoes! s
ome matching dungarees (so Luke looked the same!) some cute baby boy PJs, a baseball cap and a surfer suit! his bear also has a pet cat!! When I say it was hard choosing.. it really was! The walls were full of all kinds, from doctor outfits to Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Star wars! It makes you wish you had everything in the shop! but you’d need a room just for your bears clothes!
Once your bear is suitably dressed, you head over to the naming station where you can choose a nifty name for your pal! As it was daddy’s treat with Luke (and Luke can’t talk!) daddy got to pick the name… so ……. BERTY was born! and we were given a birth certificate to take away. You can register your bear online and there’s also a system where your bear has a bar code inside him and if you register him online and he’s ever lost, if someone finds him and returns him to a Build a Bear, he will find his way back to you!! Just like a cat or dog!
All in all we had a fantastic experience! We were treated like VIPs, the staff are so great with children and adapt their approach to suit different ages. Luke had a smile on his face the whole way through and even gave the assistant manager a high five! So if any guys out there would like to do something for Fathers Day this year, why not take the kiddies to Build a Bear, for an experience neither of you will forget!
We are looking forward to many trips back to Build a Bear as Luke grows up and we have the fun of watching his excitement as he will be able to pick what outfits he wants!
|With Luke on the London Eye!|
*Berty the bear and his outfits were given to us for review purposes