It didn’t take too long for me to ‘crack’ an invite into a mommy-blogging event – little Jackson is only two-and-bit months now and last week we attended our first blog outing together: a Build-a-Bear workshop in honour of “International Have a Party with your Bear day”.
Obviously being new to the whole “mom world” I wasn’t aware of what Build-a-Bear exactly was, so when we arrived at the store (located inside the Toy Kingdom store in Sandton City) I was amazed to find an assembly line for little people to make and build their furry friend. The process allows a child to choose a furry creature (everything from an original bear to a “My Little Pony” or “Finding Nemo” characters) before being stuffed and a specially-selected heart being sewed into the animal. Jackson being far too young to select his animal meant I got to feel like the child for the day in making his bear for him!
While most of the other young guests at the event went for the brightly coloured and themed creatures, I stuck to the original brown bear and chose a Christmas outfit so that I would be able to gift to him on Christmas Day; complete with a beret that I found too cute to not put on!
The French Christmas Bear (if you will!)
What makes this bear so unique is that a visit to Build-a-Bear is about the whole experience; a child gets to see their chosen friend come to “life” during the process, name it (along with receiving a birth certificate) and partake in the whole process. The staff at the Sandton store were wonderful with the kids on the day – they sang songs, coaxed out shy personalities and made each child feel involved throughout the process.
With Christmas and school holidays around the corner, I am sure many parents are wondering what to do during this period. A visit to the workshop is an ideal way to keep the little ones engaged for a couple of hours and return home with a beautiful, personal gift. I also love the idea of using the experience for a party – there are various packages available that allow guests to make up a bear based on a budget, without the hassle of cleaning up the party afterwards!
One lucky Spruce reader stands the chance to win an “Ultimate Experience” with Build-a-Bear! To enter, make sure you are subscribed to Spruce and comment below telling me why you would love to win this prize! We will announce the winner via our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – so make sure you follow us on these platforms!) on Wednesday 29 November. The competition closes on Tuesday 28 November.
If you love the idea of letting your child tailor-make his/her own furry friend and experience all the fun the workshops have to offer then make sure you pay a visit to one of the stores this festive season. Build-a-Bear workshops are based in Jo’burg (Sandton* and Menlyn*), Cape Town (Canal Walk*, Tyger Valley) and Durban (Gateway). For more information on Build-a-Bear, check out their Facebook page and website.
* Located within Toy Kingdom