Build A Bear, Break a Budget

August 22, 2006 at 11:27 am (Money)

BuildabearIt’s McDonald’s fault. Back in the spring they had Build-A-Bear as their Happy Meal toy. Okay, so maybe it’s my fault for making too many trips to McDonalds. Regardless, neither of my children had ever asked for a trip to Build-A-Bear until then.

Lest you be unaware of the BAB idea you go into the store pick an unstuffed animal, then you can choose a sound to go in him if you want (cost extra). Then they fill it with stuff according to your "squishness" factor (included). And then the true shopping begins. Different outfits line the walls. Everything you can possibly imagine for their little animal. At an additional cost of course. And then there’s the shoes, and the hats and the sunglasses. And even furniture, seriously. It’s unbelievable.

When you’ve picked out appropriate clothes you get to go to the computer, name your animal and either print out a story or a birth certificate.

Noah’s new friend is Patch, in a Batman outfit. Natalie’s is a koala bear named Superman in a firefighter outfit (can you say tomboy?).

I plunked down my $65 and was not two feet out the store when Noah said. "Mom, Patch really needs roller skates. Can we get roller skates?"

Um, doesn’t Batman fly????



  1. Shannon in Arizona said,

    roller skates???? haaa haaa haaaa poor batman i thought flying was cooler then skating….what do i know? i am sure build a bear will be a stop for us one day….until then i like the heads up…

  2. Stacey said,

    Oh trust me, we know all about that little adventure! When we went to Disneyland Josh wanted to buy an outfit for his dog (looks just like Noah’s) that had a t-shirt, shorts, mickey ears, and gloves! Now he wants underwear for it. It can cost a pretty penny to keep up with those little animals!

  3. Antique Mommy said,

    Is it just me or is reverse-gutting a bear kind of creepy? Not to mention expensive! I am going to great lengths to avoid the Build A Bear store.

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