Build-A-Bear Trip

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My loving coworkers put together a collection for a trip to Build-A-Bear so I could make a get well buddy.  For those of you that are adults without children, Build-A-Bear is an entire process of building a friend, generally a bear or some other stuffed creature.

My experience began with choosing the empty hide of my new friend.  I chose the T-Rex from the Build-A-Dino collection.

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The next step, which I skipped, is to choose a sound, music or record a message that will go inside your friend.

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Then, we waited in line for the stuffing portion.  At stuffing time, you can add a scent gland, I chose bubble gum scent.

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Prior to stuffing the animals, you are given a heart.  We chose to color our hearts black with a black sharpie, it’s the goth thing to do.  Here is our helpful associate preparing to help us begin the stuffing process. Just before stuffing, you go through the process of warming the heart, rubbing it on your elbow to give it a sense of humor, rubbing it on your ear to make it a good listener, making a wish and sealing it with a kiss.

Our amazing associate preparing to assist with the filling of the animals.

Our amazing associate preparing to assist with the filling of the animals.

Fluff Machine

Fluff Machine

While stepping on a pedal, the associate makes sure fluff goes to all the right places, and in the right level of hugability.

While stepping on a pedal, the associate makes sure fluff goes to all the right places, and in the right level of hugability.

After the animals are filled, they are sewn shut and ready to go to the next station.

Rex Junior, ready for some scars.

Rex Junior, ready for some scars.

Before leaving, I asked the associate if she could put scars or sutures on my new friend and she said she had never been asked that before, but happily complied and pulled out a needle and thread from a drawer.  She sewed mastectomy scars onto my dinosaur.

Mastectomy scars on my build-a-bear T-Rex

Mastectomy scars on my build-a-bear T-Rex

The next step is to clean and fluff your friend at this station.

Washing Station

Washing Station

Nearly last, pick out some clothes.  They have myriad options.

Feminine Dinosaur options.

Feminine Dinosaur options.

So many options!

So many options!

Even a gi!

Even a gi!

I chose a RAWR hoodie, pastel tutu, stompy boots and some dinosaur printed boxers for those days when you just don’t want to wear a tutu.

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Last step.  Naming.

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Printing out our birth certificates.

Printing out our birth certificates.

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All done.  Very fun.  Very therapeutic.  I highly recommend this for children of all ages. What a great experience.