Last Saturday myself and my kids were invited to the opening of the NEW Build-a-Bear Workshop in Tygervalley Shopping Mall in Durbanville. And what fun we had! The Build-a-Bear experience was just what it promised to be – unforgettable.
My kids had not been treated to a Build-a-Bear before so were in awe of the process – including choosing their own bear, deciding on a sound and filling it with fluff and a special red heart! Selecting the outfit and accessories proved to be a big hit – even my 6 year old son got super excited by the process and selected a very masculine camo bear with a variety of trendy accessories including Skechers shoes and a skateboard!
Build-A-Bear Workshop has outlets in Johannesburg (Sandton City and Eastgate Mall), Durban (Gateway Shopping Centre) and Cape Town (Somerset Mall, Canal Walk and now Tyger Valley Centre) Nearly everyone, regardless of age, has a special fondness for stuffed animals and at Build-a-Bear you can choose from over 30 stuffed animals to make, including bears, dogs, cats, bunnies, monkeys and a series of Beary Limited edition Collectibear animals. My daughter selected the Minnie Mouse and decked her out in the sparkliest of red dresses and high heels – perfect for Christmas Eve dinner! (I know for sure what type of party this little girl will be wanting in April – a Pawsome Party where each guest gets to select their own Build-a-Bear!)
There is something very special about creating your own soft toy friend. They definitely have found a special place in my kid’s lives and our new family members have not been left out of any activity since, including trips to school, a weekend away and even swimming lessons… They have been given so much love in the past week alone and I’m sure there will be much more for years to come! After our wonderful experience I am a firm Build-a-Bear fan and believe that no child should be without a Build-a-Bear and no Build-a-Bear should be without a child’s love!
So in the spirit of Christmas Giving I am pleased to announce that 2 lucky readers have the chance to win a R250 gift voucher to spend at any Build-a-Bear Workshop in South Africa.
1. “Like” Build-a-Bear on Facebook
2. “Like” Becoming you on Facebook
3. Visit the Build-a-Bear website here and leave a comment telling me which bear you would buy with your vouchers (and accessories too if you can make a choice!!)
4. For an extra entry you can tweet or share this competition on Facebook. For example: “Win a R250 voucher to build your “beary” own Build-a-Bear here: https://www.becomingyou.co.za/?p=17272 via @Becomingyoublog”
Remember to leave ANOTHER comment on this blog post telling me you have done so!
Winners will be announced on Tuesday 18 December 2013 and vouchers organised by 20 December – just in time for “Father Christmas” to pay a visit to Build-a-Bear 😉
Images: Kathryn Rossiter