First off, let me say that going to Build-a-Bear Workshop with kids is a truly lovely experience. It’s magical for the small people and they love it. However when you take the kids out of the equation it can be a very different experience.

I know what you’re thinking.  Why would I go to a Build-a-Bear Workshop without my kids, or indeed any other kids that I may have on loan?  Allow me to explain…

When Big was a toddler he made a bear for my Mum and we recorded him saying “Love You Nana.”  Now of course forever preserved in the push of a bears paw.  My Mum’s birthday was coming up and we thought it would be nice for Small to give a bear to Nana and record him saying the same thing. With his speech delays it makes it all the more special to record him saying something.  I knew that the likelihood of me getting him to say it on the day in a busy store was slim to none, so I recorded him at home on my phone.  I then escaped for a spot of shopping without the small people and commenced with operation ‘Nana’s birthday present’.  

So now you know why, here’s why Build-a-Bear workshop without kids makes me cringe. And it all comes down to one thing.  The experience doesn’t change whether you are a child or an adult…

5 Reasons You Should Never Shop in Build-a-Bear Workshop Without Kids

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1 The staff are all really friendly

Why is that a problem?  Well, when you are used to being served by surly looking teenagers who would rather chat to their co-workers than provide you with any level of customer service, it’s very disconcerting.  I’m used to wondering how long it took them to draw those dark hairy caterpillars that I believe are meant to be eyebrows, and if they know how ridiculous they look.  But in Build-a-Bear workshop the staff all smile and talk to you in a sing song voice.  I even witnesses some of them singing and dancing.  All the eyebrows were perfectly normal.  It was weird.

2 You will be the only person in there not accompanied by a child

It feels very strange.  They should have a sign or something.  You find yourself wondering if you can pretend you are with the family in front who all seem to be having a jolly time, and stand a bit closer to them in the queue, just so you don’t look like such a weirdo. 

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3 You will have conversations like this…

Sing Song Voice: “Hello!  Is this bear for you?”

Me: “No.”  I’m 38 and a half.  I’m not in the habit of buying myself cuddly toys.  The last three purchases I made for myself were a julienne vegetable peeler, some anti-wrinkle cream and a bottle of Prosecco.

Sing Song Voice: “Who’s the bear for today?”

Me: “My Mum.” *Cringe

Sing Song Voice: “That’s lovely.  Just to let you know I’m going to pop this barcode inside the bear, and if you scan it and that computer over there and register him, it means that if your Mum ever takes him out and looses him, the person who finds him can take him to any Build-a-Bear Workshop where he will be scanned and reunited with his owner.”

Me: “Erm Ok.”  You heard me say my Mum right?  My MUM.  She’s not really in the habit of taking cuddly toys out and about with her.  I really don’t think there is any chance of him getting lost unless it’s behind the sofa.

Sing Song Voice: “And what are you going to call this little guy?”

Me: “Ummmm I’ll let my mum decide.”  Please God make it stop.  Just stuff the damn bear already.

3 Would you like to kiss the heart and make a wish?

Please don’t make me do this.

4 The birth certificate

Ok I skipped this bit, because I didn’t think my Mum would be bothered, but last time I did this with my kid there were more questions than my tax return!

5 You will also have conversations like this…

Another Sing Song Voice: “Can I interest you in a Build-a-Bear bag to carry your bear home in today?” *Turns to model the backpack she is wearing with a bear’s head poking out the top seemingly looking at me and laughing.  At me.

Still Me:  “No Thanks.”  You are kidding right?  Can you see I am a Grown up?  An ADULT? Why would I want to carry it around like that?  I’m going to look at Bra’s in M&S next and I don’t think it’s entirely appropriate for the bear.  Please just put it in a bag and take my money already.

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This backpack is yours for just £3.  Get it here!


And Yes, I know, I bought a dog, not a bear!



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Claire Kirby

29 Comments on 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Shop in Build-a-Bear Workshop Without Kids

  1. I used to work at Build a Bear and we would get adults in alone all the time.
    Buying presents for loved ones, Valentine’s or Christmas gifts, or even building on to their own collection. It’s really not that strange…

  2. What is so wrong with going to BABW as an adult on your own? I am a 20 year old woman and I have gone there to either make a bear for my boyfriend, or even revisit my childhood. You just sound ignorant, and there was nothing “humorous” about this post.

  3. They are stuffed animals. The gimmicks people fall for are so ridiculous. You end up paying 10 times what you would for any other stuffed bear. Fools and their money…

  4. 35 year of guy from the land down under here.

    Have to say my experience was a different story. Lovely staff and a great experience all around. Just engage and have a bit of fun. Enjoy your life.

  5. Hahaha you should’ve taken the bag for jokes I would love to see an adult woman wearing one of those bags lol. This really made me laugh, thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama (sorry this is massively delayed!)

  6. This made me crease – I can barely stomach this place with kids to be honest, so can only imagine the experience without the kids! Hope your mum liked the bear! Or dog x #coolmumclub

    • My name is Adam Clifford Chadwick who loves build a bear workshop characters but listening to what she says I can relate to it I am down’s syndrome man child aged 40 I have to learn not to spend too much money when I am there it’s really annoying when the staff keep saying you weren’t in the line so I find one that is all done up quickly run to the cash point and pay up then draw out some extra cash back to the pub at my parents house

  7. Kiss the heart and make a wish
    I would have wished for Tom hardy in a bath full of gin and tonic… purely selfish
    This is too bloody funny – never do that again claire. Ever
    Thanks for joining #bigpinklink

  8. I’ve never experienced a trip to Build a Bear but with Christmas just around the corner I have a feeling we can’t avoid it for long! This post really made me chuckle, great gift idea. I’m sure your experience will be well worth it x #thelistlinky

  9. hahah love this what on earth ever possessed you to go into that shop without a child as back up!!!???? thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub my lovely xoxo

  10. This made me laugh so much! The convo about your mum taking the bear out and about – hilarious! I’ve never been to BAB on my own it has to be said, but we did go in there a few years ago with the kids when the Frozen thing was going on, and got fleeced for about £100 by the time we left. #FridayFrolics x

  11. Hahaha I love the thought of you kissing the heart and making a wish! This is hilarious and so true! I once went in there without a child, just to browse, and came out with a bear and three outfits. #fridayfrolics

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