By now you have heard of Build-A-Bear, a company that literally lets you make a bear in store. What started as making simple bears has evolved into making bears, your favorite cartoon animals and even dressing them up for various occasions. When you walk into the store you can feel the excitement and it is bound to help you make memories you will never forget. Luckily for us, we live in St. Louis where there is now a Build-A-Bear Bakeshop at West County Shopping Center ((mouth-watering delicious)).
Yesterday, we took my oldest to Build-A-Bear to make a bear for her birthday next week. Her eyes lit up the second we walked in and she was struggling to make the most difficult decision of her day- which bear. With over 20+ bears to choose from, including her favorite princess of the moment ((Poppy)), we had to help out a little. So, thinking quickly, we walked her to the wardrobe section and asked her to pick out her favorite outfit. At first she said, Rapunzel, which took us all by surprise because she actually doesn’t love that princess as much as others. Then, she saw the Elsa/Anna costumes for the bears and the decision was made. Once she had her bear, she ran over and chose the shimmery Disney Princess Bear ((yay because this is the one I liked best too)).
Once you have chosen your bear, its time to fill it with stuffing. My daughter absolutely loved standing on the pedal to make the machine swirl, while the helpful employee filled her bear. Make a wish and kiss a little heart to place inside the bear, then she’s all complete. They have various sounds you can also place inside, but we chose not to because if slept with the bear she would play with it all night long. However, the sounds available are absolutely adorable.
Off to the washing and wardrobe station we went. She brushed that cute little bear and got her all dressed. There was a line, so we didn’t make a certificate, but you can print one to commemorate the special occasion.
After Build-A-Bear, we walked by about 10 stores to arrive at our next destination: Build-A-Bear Bakeshop. Everything about this place is absolutely ADORABLE. From the bright colors to the custom sprinkles on the storefront windows, the shop is designed with perfection in mind. When you arrive you can choose from a variety of pre-made bakery items OR you can choose to decorate two of your own cupcakes. The cupcakes are baked at a local bakeshop, Sarah’s Bakery and brought over to the store. The designs on the remade cupcakes were gorgeous, but I really wanted to make our own. I couldn’t decide so we did both. Ooooops.
For $10 you receive two cupcakes (standard sized), 1 jug of milk, 2 types of frosting (you can pick the colors), and endless sprinkles. The icing comes in miniature pre-filled piping bags with the right amount for each cupcake. You can customize everything about your creation because you get to choose your flavors, icing colors, sprinkles, and drink choice. They had the cutest glass jugs of milk from Shatto Milk Company with flavors ranging from strawberry to root beer.
We chose the confetti cupcakes to decorate and delicious strawberry milk. We were walked over to a table to begin our creations. The whole family had a blast trying to decorate the cupcakes, my daughter was smiling from ear to ear. Although, I think her favorite part had to be holding the sprinkles and shaking them all over the place. Once the cupcakes were decorated, we enjoyed the delicious treat together.
All in all, this was a wonderful morning out with my two little one and my mom. We had a blast with a hands-on morning full of creativity. If you are looking for an indoor activity, or just something fun to do with your little ones look no further. Yes, the cost is more than just purchasing a regular bear and cupcakes BUT the memories you make are irreplaceable. If you’re in the St. Louis area, take advantage of the bakeshop because we are the only market to currently have one.
Have you been?? What are your thoughts??