Build A Bear Workshop White Rose Centre
We’ve never been to Build A Bear Worshop before. The kids have always wanted to but every time we’ve been past either they had already chosen a treat or we didn’t have the time to call in. Both kids have asked repeatedly if they can have a Bear but until today we hadn’t looked at them properly.
We headed to the Build A Bear Workshop White Rose Centre to learn more about the Build A Bear Workshop experience. I had seen the bears and we have been sent them for review in the past but I wanted to know what makes Build A Bear so popular.
Upon entry to Build A Bear Workshop White Rose Centre I was instantly struck by the sound of happy laughter, the bright colours and of course toys and accessories as far as the eye could see!
C and LissyLou were both excited to choose their toy, C knew straight away that he wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Michelangelo, and was excited to choose the exact toy ready for stuffing. LissyLou on the other hand took more time to pick which toy she wanted. She was somewhat overwhelmed by the choice but soon decided to pick between the My Little Ponies on offer. My sister also bought a My Little Pony, AppleJack which is the newest addition to the Build A Bear Workshop My Little Pony family.LissyLou struggled to understand that you didn’t take the pre-stuffed toy from the shelf and not one of the toys from the basket that needs stuffing so the kind assistant who was helping let her carry Rarity with her while we queued for the stuffing machines. We ended up queuing around 10 minutes but spent the time looking at the displays and the optional extras for your toy.
You actually get to press the pedal to start the stuffing machine yourself, something that the children really enjoyed. Then for me the best part of the process happened. You choose a heart for your toy and then have a small ceremony in which you rub the heart on your head, heart, cheeks etc and the assistant tells you the qualities you are giving to your toy. This was super sweet and lots of fun, then you pop the heart inside the toy and they are stitched up! You can also choose a scent to be placed inside the toy so it can smell like Strawberry or Bubblegum . I thought this was a really nice idea but probably more suited to one of the bears than a character toy?
Then you can spend some time brushing your toy under the ‘shower’ (air jets over a bath) and then choosing from the many accessories. This is where the cost can start to creep up, I think the toys are very reasonable at around £18-£20 on average and the accessories start very reasonably but of course children will be drawn to the outfits and shoes etc which when added together can add on average £20 for a full outfit. Just bear that in mind when you are thinking of price. A great idea would be to buy the toy as a birthday gift an then ask family to buy the accessories to help share the costs?
I had a little soft spot for the My Little Pony little sisters, at £13.50 they seemed utterly reasonable and adorable too!
The staff at Build A Bear Workshop White Rose Centre were all exceptional, very friendly, very welcoming and most of all great with children. They all looked happy to be there and happy to assist, something that many shops are lacking! I will definitely head back in the future. A very enjoyable experience and a great store. They have new toys coming in weekly so there is always a new friend!
We were gifted our toys and accessories in exchange for this review.