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As soon as you walk into a Build-A-Bear Workshop your inner child leaps out and hits you smack in the face!
All those little outfits just hanging there ready for a cuddly friend to wear makes you want to be 6 years old again! So with my own 6 year old in tow we started our own Build-A-Bear experience.
The staff in the Build-A-Bear Workshop® meet you with a smile and are more than happy to help you in any way they can, which is quite handy as there are so many decisions to make, a helping hand is always helpful! First we were asked if we have Built-A-Bear in a workshop before, to which we replied yes, but it was a few years ago. Rosie the Rabbit was the result of that visit.
We were taken over to choose our new friends. Now if you thought the decision of what ice-cream to choose in a cafe was hard, multiply it
Now we had our new friends, it was time to start 'building' them. The next step along the way is the sounds. You don't have to have a sound in your friend, but if you want one, there are a variety of different sounds to choose from. There are buttons to press so you can hear the sound that seems right for your friend - miaows, woofs, roars, laughs, snores and a whole lot more! You can even create your own
Next we are taken to the stuffing machine and this is where the fun really begins!!! First off our little friends were 'micro-chipped' just like a real pet. Each animal has a unique barcode that is attached to their label. This is removed and put inside them, so that if they are ever lost and someone finds them all that person has to do is return your lost friend to any Build-A-Bear workshop and they will reunite you. Once the 'micro-chip' was put in we chose where we would like the sound box. We were told the best place to have it is in a paw because they can move around a bit if they are put in the tummy which makes it a little harder to press, so Smudge had it put in her front paw and Cheeky had it in a hand. Now it was time to stuff, so after being asked how soft we'd like them to be, the stuffing began.
First was Smudge, Jaidyn got to step on the pedal that started the stuffing and kept her foot on it until Smudge was stuffed just right. Then it was my turn, yes I too stood on the pedal to help stuff my new friend. Next it was time to give them a heart. You can have a
Now it was time to fluff up Smudge and Cheeky so we headed to the shower area where they sat under a large shower head and Jaidyn stepped on another pedal which started the shower. Fortunately it is a shower of air (think hair dryer on cool) otherwise they would have
Fancy a bear dressed as Woody? A sheep as Buzz Lightyear? A horse as a chef? A doctor? A fire fighter? There are shoes, glasses, hats, jackets, roller-skates, footballs......the list is endless! After a
You might think that's the end of it, but there's more, because your new friends can come to life online. Bearville is an online community where you can create a character and then using the unique ID number and key code that are printed on the certificates your friend can join you. You have a house and your new friend goes everywhere with you in your backpack! We had a fantastic morning in the workshop, and we can't wait to go back and buy some more outfits, I personally think Cheeky would make a pretty good Darth Vader.....
by Yvonne Holland with lots of help from daughter Jaidyn, age 6
(Yvonne went to the Build-A-Bear Workshop® in the Silverburn Shooping Centre in Glasgow.)
August 14 2012
Ok, so the Pink Lady Apples PR people have been nagging us for weeks to give them a bit of a mention. Well we know most of you like eating and some of you even enjoy cooking - so here are a few apple recipes.