GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Experience and Grand Opening Annapolis

A new Build-A-Bear High Tech store is opening at the Westfield Annapolis this Friday, October 19th and YOU can win an in-store or online Build-A-Bear buddy for your child!

A newly-designed, digital experience Build-A-Bear store at Westfield Annapolis opens its doors on Friday! This local store is one of only six that Build-A-Bear will open this year in select markets across the United States.

The new store merges the hands-on bear-making process with innovative technology designed especially for our iPad-DS-Leapster-loving kids.  There will be large touch-screens throughout the store for children to play games and further customize the creation of their snuggly friends. Take a video tour of these exciting new stores.


My children — from almost-nine-year old son Charlie to stuffed-animal-obsessed-first-grader Eve to thinks-she’s-so-hot toddler Alice — could each go to Build-A-Bear EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and never tire of the amazing experience of creating a favorite stuffed animal. My children regularly ask for birthdays and Christmas gifts a Build-A-Bear gift card, because they love how a trip there is a special day AND a toy.


Eve and Charlie with their Christmas 2010 Build-A-Bear creations thanks to gift cards from grandparents. They created a Yorkshire terrier in Hello Kitty pajamas and an endangered wolf in Star Wars p.j.s, and chose a puppy for each, too.

We are veterans of the Columbia, Maryland and Westfield Montgomery Mall Bethesda stores. The kids have also LONGED to create their own Screech at Nationals Stadium…and thanks to a fabulous season, I think we will just have to do it on our next visit!

So when I told Charlie and Eve that on their day off from school on Friday we would be heading to the grand opening of a new, super high-tech, we-are-so-lucky-to-have-one-near us Build-A-Bear Workshop, they started freaking out with joy.

Fridays festivities include:

  • Special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday to celebrate the grand opening, led by representatives from Toys for Tots and Build-A-Bear-Workshop Chief Information and Interactive Bear, Dave Finnegan.
  • Family-friendly entertainment throughout the day, including appearances by Bearemy, the Build-A-Bear Workshop huggable mascot
  • An opportunity to give back: The first 100 guests on Friday and Saturday will be able to  a special bear for free to be donated to Toys for Tots. (Not to keep, but what a great service project for needy kids — the experience of making a bear for another child to love!)

I hope you will join us!

But even if you already have plans on Friday, or if you live elsewhere, you can still win a Build-A-Bear gift card!

I have one $25 credit for a lucky A Parent in Silver Spring reader winner to use in-store or online.

That $25 can take you far at Build-A-Bear. Small Fry animals are just $10, select regular-sized animals are priced as low as $15, and right now the Cool Kitty and Black & White puppy are available for just $5 with a purchase  — great deals if you have multiple kids, like me. 

To win, leave a comment stating what your child loves about Build-A-Bear,  or if you’re a BAB newbie, why you want to check it out!

For an additional entry, head over to Facebook and “Like” Westfield Wheaton and leave me a comment here stating that you liked.

The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday, October 19 in celebration of Westfield Annapolis store opening!

Disclosure: My children have been invited to review the new Build-A-Bear experience in order to share our honest opinions with readers. No further compensation beyond my kids’ fuzzy friends will be received. Build-A-Bear animals pictured in this post were part of our real lives, not this blog post.


  1. Oh! We don’t have school on friday either and michael would love to do this! He loves build a bear. He loves the fact that he can create an animal, not just a bear, and pick out an outfit!

  2. My daughter loves the fact that she can choose her bear’s outfit from a big selection of cute clothes and accessories.

  3. My 8-year-old loves the endless array of accessories for making her build-a-bears truly one of a kind.

  4. I haven’t ever taken my children to BAB, though they’ve asked to go. I’d love to check it out and see if it really lives up to the hype. My oldest is turning 8 in two weeks–this would be a perfect gift! Thank you!

  5. My kids love EVERYTHING about BABW. While stuffed animals have come and gone in my home, the BABWs are treasured beyond measure. I have one too!

  6. Liked Westfield.

  7. Since we do not have a Build A Bear in Virginia anymore, we have been making monthly trips to Montgomery Mall. The girls like it because it is fun thing to do to catch up with friends we haven’t seen in awile!

  8. My children always enjoy the ‘experience’ of building their bears. Choosing everything. They don’t really ‘play’ with them all that much once home, but they are always sleeping companions and their ‘go to’ for sleepover buddies.

  9. Mine love to put the heart inside and push the button for the stuffing.
    Thanks for offering!

  10. My daughter wants to make one every time we go by a store but she has not been able to do it yet. It looks like fun!

  11. We took my son to BAB for this birthday this year and he was super excited about the Star Wars costumes available!

  12. My kids are out of school Friday as well, sounds fun!

  13. I don’t have any kids, but I have lots of best friend’s that do! I would love to win this for my friend C. She has two little girls…one six and one three years old. They are obsessed with build a bear. They love picking out their clothes and accessories after making their bear and stuffing them with love. This would be a great surprise for them at the holidays!

  14. My girls love to go in to BAB and put together new outfits for their bears.

  15. Kim McNamara says

    My kids love picking out outfits to accessorize their bears!

  16. DDs love picking accessories for their buddies.

  17. It is hard to believe but we have never been to a BAB before. I think it is time we try it out!

  18. I also liked Westfield Annapolis!

  19. My kids love picking out outfits for their stuffed animal.

  20. My children love that they can build their own bear and dress it any way they want. They also love that they can add a sound or song in their bear.

  21. I also liked Westfield Annapolis!

  22. My children love that they can register their bear online and create a birth certificate for it.

  23. I PERSONALLY LOVE Build-a-Bear’s focus on creative play. My kids love all things cuddly and fuzzy.

  24. We have never done it before, but now the kids are big enough ad it seems the perfect gift for their upcoming birthdays!

  25. Helen and Connor love Build-A-Bear. I think their favorite part is picking out all the accessories.

  26. My oldest loves naming her animals from Build-a-Bear and my youngest loves giving them a “bath” in the bathing station. I love watching them build their own creations!

  27. Theresa Cullen says

    We have never been! And the reason… I was afraid that if my 4 year old got a taste….. it would never end. I would love to take her and her brother to this! They would have so much fun.
    We went to the Vermont Teddy Company this summer so it would be great to compare!
    Thanks for posting!

  28. Kevin Cyrus says

    My soon to be 14 year old daughter loves Build-A-Bear simply for the experience of it all. She wants to be a fashion designer so this is her start. Also, I’m all liked up at both Westfield Wheaton and Annapolis.

  29. My three girls LOVE Build-a-Bear because of the snuggli-ness and the clothes. It is also something they often play together and share their animals clothes with each other. Yay, a game everyone likes!

  30. Hey, we don’t have school on Friday either! My daughter went to a birthday party at BABW about a year ago and she STILL sleeps with her bear. And she loves to play the online world during her computer time.

  31. I liked Westfield Annapolis!

  32. Now that my daughter is 3 it is time to visit build a bear. Can’t wait!

  33. I liked westfield wheaton!

  34. Meredith Nassihi says

    We haven’t tried it yet, but my husband has talked about it since I got pregnant! I’m so happy to hear Alice is a fan, that means Camille might be old enough too, finally!

  35. We love Build-a-Bear. It is such a fun, interactive way to get a stuffed animal.

  36. We LOVE BAB!! My daughter loves to create and build different things, from dresses and cakes on my iphone to the Barbie Design dolls and Build a Bear is just another outlet for that creativity in her. We would love to win the GC and see what she’ll create 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Hope all is well with you guys!

  37. My three girls love build a bear and will try to attend opening. Would love gift card.


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