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Celebrating National Teddy Bear Day + Win a $100 Build-A-Bear Workshop Gift Card!

Celebrating National Teddy Bear Day +  Win a $100 Build-A-Bear Workshop Gift Card!

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“You’re never too old for a teddy bear”.

So true.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!

According to a recent survey, more than half of American adults still have their favorite stuffed animal from childhood. The survey of 2,000 adults, completed by Atomik Research and commissioned by Build-A-Bear, uncovered a number of surprising furry-friend findings, including:

  • The Majority Hugs. Across generations, more than half of all respondents surveyed mentioned they still own a stuffed animal. 40% of respondents sleep with their stuffed animal by their side.
  • Keepsake Teddy. 56% of respondents have owned (and held onto) their favorite stuffed animal for more than two decades. Additionally, more than 70% said they plan to keep their stuffed animal forever (72%).
  • Memories of Comfort. 30% of respondents said a feeling of comfort was the first memory that came to mind when thinking about a childhood stuffed animal, followed by the memory of the person who gave it to them (22%), and the stuffed animal’s appearance (19%).
  • Home is Where the Bear Is. Adults living in the southern United States are most likely to have a stuffed animal (75%), followed by residents of the Midwest (72%) and Northeast (70%).

So, I’m so excited to share that on Saturday, September 9, teddy bear lovers are honoring their favorite furry friends during a holiday dedicated especially to them: National Teddy Bear Day!

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!

In honor of the occasion, Build-A-Bear Workshop is inviting teddy bear lovers of all ages to come in and celebrate with a special deal on exclusive teddy bears during a two-day event (Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9) offering double the furry-friend fun!

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!I was invited to visit the Build-A-Bear Workshop near me (located inside my favorite local mall, Potomac Mills) to take a peek of the new “2017 National Teddy Bear” bear. So I went yesterday and brought along my lovely girlfriend Liza and her two adorable kids, Abby and Moses. We had an evening of fun and the kids made their own furry stuffed friends. I have not been to a Build-A-Bear Workshop in a while, so I was amazed at the variety of fun, new adorable merchandise they’re offering now even adults will love! A huge plus: the staff at the store were all helpful, sweet, and very accommodating.  The kids had a blast during our visit!

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!They each picked their favorite furry friend to stuff… so many to choose from!

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!They also each picked a favorite song they want to stuff inside their new furry friends.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!And they got to choose a nice add-on scent to make their furry friends smell nice and stuffed them with little red hearts.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!They even got to bathe their new furry friends too!

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!And finally, they printed their certificates to take home, along with their cute new furry friends!

Special Offer from Build-A-Bear Workshop

To celebrate National Teddy Bear Day, guests of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can make their own limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day Bear for just $5.50 (USD) / $5.50 (CAD) / £5.50 (GBP), plus applicable taxes, while supplies last. (Purchase limit of five limited-edition bears per Guest.) Build-ABear Workshop will also offer Traditional Cocoa Bear online for $10.50 (USD) / £10.50 (GBP) at buildabear.com and buildabear.co.uk.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear Workshop!In honor of National Teddy Bear Day and the brand’s 20th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in October, Build-A-Bear Foundation is donating 20,000 furry friends to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Foundation will also donate 1,000 furry friends to Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, as well as 6,000 furry friends to Childhood First and other children’s charities in the United Kingdom. Throughout the National Teddy Bear Day celebration on Sept. 8 and 9, guests of U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can also donate to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at checkout.

Join the National Teddy Bear Day Fun!


Throughout the week leading up to National Teddy Bear Day, fans can:

∙ Visit buildabear.com/national-teddy-bear-day/ to learn more about the in-store event and find a nearby Build-A-Bear Workshop location

∙ Follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share a favorite teddy bear or BuildA-Bear Workshop memory with hashtag #NationalTeddyBearDay and @BuildABear.


One of you, lucky Hip Mama’s Place reader, will win a $100 Build-A-Bear Workshop gift card, good to use towards any purchase at a Build-A-Bear Workshop near you!  Contest is open to US addresses only and ends on 09/22/17 at 11:59 PM, EST. Enter the giveaway through the Raffelecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Jocelyn Brown
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. wendy browne
    09/23/2017 / 2:46 am

    I have two now adult kids and a toddler. My first kid had a BAB turtle that she loved to bits. I’ve been wanting to take my toddler to BAB for some time, as he really loves stuffed animals and makes chuckling noises when he sees cute things.

  2. Tabathia B
    09/23/2017 / 2:03 am

    I love the concept of build a bear workshop. I don’t like the fact that everything is so expensive to buy as far as accessories. But I do like that they have sales but wish they had them often. But my daughter is a fan of the store.

  3. Shelby Terwell
    09/23/2017 / 1:47 am

    I’ve never actually been to Build-a-Bear before, but it looks amazing! I’m super excited to take my kids for the first time. I think it will be a wonderful experience!

  4. Christy Keen
    09/21/2017 / 1:25 am

    We love visiting Build-a-Bear, even thou my kids are older now, we still love making bears and giving them to the less fortunate or sick children.
    Just making one child smile or brighten there day is what we love to do.
    Needless to say we have funny building the bear, as we build it with love and we make lots of family memories.

    09/20/2017 / 12:55 pm

    My kids have never been to Build A Bear but we have done some of their boxed kits. I think my 5 year old would enjoy it as much as my 3 yr old. It looks like pure magic seeing a bear or other critter come together. Fingers crossed so I can give them this experience.

  6. amy guillaume linderman
    09/19/2017 / 9:15 pm

    my boys haven’t been to build a bear in a long time….the last things they made were so cute….ghosts with a noise in them. but they have each been asking to make a pikachu. i love the quality of the toys and accessories….love to take them there,

  7. 09/19/2017 / 8:52 pm

    Darn, we missed the National Teddy Bear Day promo. My girls are teens and they still love BAB and still ask to go when they see new additions to stuff. I think they have all the Hello Kitty ones when those came out and a bunch more too.

  8. Deborah Cochran
    09/19/2017 / 5:22 am

    Our kids love Build-A-Bear mostly because they feel the love from their own personalized bears. It’s so cute to see them carefully choose how their bears will look and put so much thought and love into the process.

  9. Marian
    09/18/2017 / 1:40 pm

    We love BABW! My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I’d love to take there to make a Unicorn. She saw it last time we were at the mall and asked for it. BABW is such a fun experience! There are so many cute choices.

  10. Laurie Nykaza
    09/18/2017 / 1:01 am

    The Build-A-Bear Workshop looks like so much fun for the kids to be creative and make their bear the way they want it to be dressed they are all so cute. My daughter has always wanted to make one because it looks like so much fun. It looks like a fun place to take kids for a Birthday party too and let them all be creative creating there special bear.

  11. Samantha Martin
    09/17/2017 / 1:32 pm

    My son loves bears 🙂 <3 This would be a wonderful experience thank yall so much i have a couple nieces would love it to !!

  12. Jillian Too
    09/16/2017 / 10:01 pm

    We haven’t tried Build-A-Bear Workshop. It looks like a lot of fun. Our little guy would love being able to make his own choices.

  13. Jonathan Watson
    09/16/2017 / 9:12 pm

    We are looking to get my daughter her first teddy bear for her birthday! Build a Bear looks like the way to go!

  14. Anita Duvall
    09/16/2017 / 3:56 pm

    Build a Bear always has such cute displays at our Mall Location. The kids LOVE to go and choose something new. The quality of the stuffed animals is so good. They last a lifetime.

  15. Marilyn Nawara
    09/16/2017 / 2:08 pm

    We LOVE Build A Bear. Being able to choose your pet and make it yourself is lots of fun. Great way to spend family time bonding with the grandkids.

  16. Katie Ellis
    09/16/2017 / 1:54 am

    I don’t have any children but I do have a nephew. I would love to take my nephew to make his first build a bear for Christmas. I have given him some of their smaller buddies and he loves them. Also, I love build a bear myself and have many of their stuffed animals. I love the new Halloween build a bears and would buy some for myself too.

  17. Nannypanpan
    09/16/2017 / 12:56 am

    My son loves his build a bear. His little sisters haven’t been. They would love to experience it. Especially now that they have shopkins bears

  18. 09/16/2017 / 12:21 am

    We had our first experience there this past year and my daughter has had her stuffed dog glued to her side ever since. Would love to take her there again (she wants to get 2 sets of roller skates so she can pull her dog on the leash).

  19. 09/15/2017 / 9:26 pm

    My twin granddaughters (18 months) are getting just about ready to start enjoying the BABW experience. They love looking into the store at our mall when we go by. I haven’t taken them in yet because I know they will want to run all around and it will be an event at their age that requires two adults LOL. I loved taking my own son there when he was young and then my nieces and nephews. The kids have so much fun picking out just the right bear and seeing them created and I think that interaction makes them enjoy taking care of their new pal once they get home as well. I happened to be at the mall on National Teddy Bear Day to get the twins pictures taken at photo studio next door – it was packed at BABW!

  20. Trisha Pedros
    09/15/2017 / 9:10 pm

    I love National Teddy Bear Day!!

  21. Debra Holloway
    09/15/2017 / 9:04 pm

    My grandson seems to love Panda Bears. I love they have this option. I think this is a great idea for National Teddy Bear day. Teddy Bears have been remarkable in bringing comfort, companionship, and bringing out the imagination in children.

  22. Lisa Thibodeaux
    09/15/2017 / 4:18 am

    Oh I love Build a Bear. It’s such an awesome feeling when you take your kids to Build a Bear and share the experience of building your own animal from beginning to end. This is a special tradition I started with my girls and now with my grandchildren. I hope they keep this tradition going for many years to come and feel the powerful emotions that comes with it. You’re never too old for Build a Bear.

  23. Kristen
    09/14/2017 / 6:11 pm

    We’ve never been there, but I think it’s always fun when you get to make something yourself. I also like that they have wild animals like the Okapi and the Painted Dog.

  24. 09/14/2017 / 2:26 pm

    My kids love Build A Bear! They have two bears and they play with them all the time! We always stop by the store and see what they have. Just recently we noticed they have Trolls bears, and I’d love to get these for them for the holidays. Thanks for the chance!

  25. 09/13/2017 / 8:51 pm

    We have always loved this store! I remember first meeting Marlo Thomas for a St. Jude’s initiative that Build-A-Bear was supporting,, it was wonderful to see them giving back! And then I got to hear Maxine, the founder, speak at a Disney Social Media Moms conference, she was remarkable! I love the store, and I love their mission!

  26. Tee Anderson
    09/13/2017 / 2:15 am

    My children had been invited to a Build-A-Bear birthday. Both my children had a lot of fun watching their bear being made. They like choosing their clothes and accessories too. It was a fun day for all.

  27. James Robert
    09/12/2017 / 11:51 pm

    Kids love it and love even more they can buy all kinds of clothing, accessories for their BAB. They are fun and terrific for the kids.

  28. Heather Dawn
    09/12/2017 / 8:50 pm

    I love taking my boys to Build a Bear! We try to stop by the one in West County Mall when we are in St. Louis! My boys have all the ones they have made in the past. I love all the different options at the store!

  29. Dana Rodriguez
    09/12/2017 / 3:36 pm

    Build-A-Bear is so much fun for all kids young and young at heart! It is great to personalize your own!

  30. Anna Pry
    09/12/2017 / 2:50 pm

    We have never actually been to a Build a Bear store but I’ve seen them at the mall. My girls would enjoy getting to customize their new toy. It would make a fun family outing that they would remember for years to come 🙂 thanks for the chance!

  31. 09/12/2017 / 3:42 am

    Both of my girls are obsessed with stuffed animals. Their favorites change often, though. It’s probably a good thing we hardly ever go to the mall where our closest BABW is at or we would be broke. lol

  32. Elena
    09/12/2017 / 1:22 am

    Build a Bear is a great place for kids. It’s so fun and welcoming. My son loves it

  33. 09/11/2017 / 7:23 pm

    This looks so much fun! I want to take my guy to Build a Bear, I know he would love it. I used to love visiting so much as a kid, it’s a fun tradition for the entire family!

  34. shelly peterson
    09/11/2017 / 5:47 pm

    Going to Build A Bear is such a fun experience. I know my grandson would love to go again. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. ColleenMarie
    09/11/2017 / 3:32 pm

    We love Build a Bear, we just bought some of the $5 bears to put away for Christmas.

  36. brianne
    09/11/2017 / 2:12 pm

    What a fun day, it looks like the kiddies loved it. My children love build-a-bear too!

  37. Cindy B
    09/11/2017 / 4:56 am

    We love the Build a Bear shop near us! My kids are getting older but they still sleep with Chewbacca and the Storm Trooper. We also loved the How to Train Your Dragon stuffed dragons. So much cuteness!

  38. 09/10/2017 / 11:54 pm

    I love build a bear workshop because they have such cute animals. I love the limited edition critters they have. I think this national teddy bear promotion was such a great idea.

  39. Our Family World
    09/10/2017 / 11:02 pm

    How nice! I think everyone had a teddy bear growing up. It was definitely my first best buddy. I was never without it. I am happy that Build A Bear will be donating to the Boys and Girls Clubs and charities across the US, Canada and the UK. How awesome. Every child deserves their own Teddy Bear!

  40. 09/10/2017 / 9:51 pm

    Our kids loved Build-A-Bear Workshop when they were younger. Ok honestly, they still love it! Our youngest are still in elementary school and have a blast making their own plushes.

  41. 09/10/2017 / 6:26 pm

    This is adorable! I didn’t even know that there was a national teddy bear day 😀 This is surely something my nephew would enjoy (and which I would too! Haha I would love to build my own bear).

  42. Stephanie Phelps
    09/10/2017 / 1:50 pm

    Oh we love Build-A-Bear Workshop. I took my boys when they were little still have them all and now I would love to take my granddaughter to build her first one. She will be 2 in November and this would be great for her birthday!

  43. Annemarie LeBlanc
    09/10/2017 / 12:18 pm

    I would love to take my granddaughter to her very first Build A Bear Workshop. She’d have so much fun. I am a spoiling grandma and I’d give my granddaughter all the best I can.

  44. Brenda Lacourciere
    09/10/2017 / 11:17 am

    I love Build-a-bear. I tend to go in and spend way too much money on the grandchildren but we really love dressing them and choosing accessories. I think we have about a hundred now.

  45. katherine
    09/10/2017 / 10:12 am

    I have never done a build a bear workshop. BUt my niece is coming to visit and this would be a great activity for us to do

  46. 09/10/2017 / 6:28 am

    So many National holidays! Teddy Bear Day who would of know. My son has a build a bear from when he was 11 and now he is 23. Such a fun experience and memory for him. Happy Teddy Bear Day.

  47. amy stonger
    09/10/2017 / 5:51 am

    My daughter and I had our first experience at build a bear this year. I was just as excited as she was. It was so much fun and was much easier than I expected. My favorite part is picking out the clothes!

  48. 09/10/2017 / 1:57 am

    Aww, I have never heard of National Teddy Bear day! That’s so cool. I think it’s nice to take advantage of that build a bear deal!

  49. 09/10/2017 / 1:54 am

    That’s pretty amazing! We have a lot of teddy bears at home thanks to the kids. Lol. I didn’t know we have a day dedicated to them. That’s adorable.

  50. Eve Khoo
    09/09/2017 / 9:59 pm

    We’ve always walked past Build-A-Bear Workshop and watched how fun and interesting it is but have never tried it as it’s beyond our budget. My son loves watching how plushies are made and I always bring him there to watch how other kids made theirs. I’d really love to bring him there and make his own bear there on his 5th birthday which is in January. It’s really amazing that Build-A-Bear Workshop is donating to children’s charities. Love brands that give back to community!! AWESOME JOB!

  51. 09/09/2017 / 9:23 pm

    It’s been a tradition at our house to viait buildabear yearly for birthdays! We love the experience

  52. Laurajj
    09/09/2017 / 9:06 pm

    What I love most is that the kids can build something using their imagination. They can pick what they like..and can feel so very proud when they are done with their own creation! I love the huge variety they have for them to pick from! Allows them to be really creative!

  53. Gabriela
    09/09/2017 / 8:57 pm

    I’ve never took my daughter to build a bear since she was too young but now she’s and I know she’d love the experience! Along with a furry friend. My mom use to always take me and my sister’s to build a bear and let us pick out whatever we wanted 🙂 it was so fun! We still have all our bears! This is a fun thing to do with your siblings 🙂

  54. Amy Desrosiers
    09/09/2017 / 3:35 pm

    It has been way too long since I have visited Build a Bear. I think my kids are due for a trip!

  55. Kelly D
    09/09/2017 / 2:28 pm

    My daughter loves Build-A-Bear Workshop. She likes to find a bear to create and the workers are always friendly. She also loves chooses the accessories.

  56. 09/09/2017 / 7:20 am

    Love Build a Bear, it’s such a cute place. A place that’s so much more than just a store, an experience. Love the affordability with these!

  57. Crystal
    09/09/2017 / 6:48 am

    So sweet! We love our local Build-A-Bear. My kids have made the beary best friends there.

  58. Joan
    09/09/2017 / 5:46 am

    I have nothing but good things to say about Build-A-Bear. My youngest daughter has special needs. Her fellow classmates attended her birthday party at BAB, and regardless of their level of ability, each child was made to feel special and included. The store’s staff made sure that everyone had a wonderful time.

  59. 09/09/2017 / 4:24 am

    I have never done Build a Bear. What a great way for me to try when celebration National Teddy bear day.

  60. 09/09/2017 / 4:11 am

    I love Build-a-Bear! My son’s first birthday, we went and built him a bear. He loves teddy bears. I even have several gift cards. This post made me want to head over there!

  61. Ellie Wright
    09/09/2017 / 3:55 am

    My grandsons used to love going to Build a Bear and picking out new friends. I was kind of sad when they got to thinking they were too old. But mow I have a little granddaughter that I can take there. We both have such fun there.

  62. 09/09/2017 / 3:32 am

    What a great giveaway! My son would love to go to Build a Bear! They have so many cute options, and it would be such a fun activity. We need to get to Build a Bear!

  63. 09/09/2017 / 3:32 am

    Build-a-bear is so much fun for kids! I can’t think of anything they love more than a cuddly stuffed bear. It’s great that bears are being donated too!

  64. Sherry
    09/09/2017 / 3:15 am

    My husband’s childhood teddy has been passed down to our son and our daughter still has the stuffed unicorn she received from my mom when she was a baby. I didn’t even know there was a National Teddy Bear Day.

  65. 09/09/2017 / 3:13 am

    A teddy is something every child should have. I think it’s great that Build-A-Bear will be donating some furry friends to charity.

  66. 09/09/2017 / 1:23 am

    Aww how cute is this? I have always heard such amazing things about Build a Bear! This is a great way to create memories.

  67. 09/09/2017 / 12:53 am

    We love Build A Bear! I had no idea there was a National Teddy Bear Day. Looks like it’s time to celebrate!

  68. Jan Lee
    09/09/2017 / 12:36 am

    My great niece loves going to the Build A Bear workshop that is close to one of her other great aunt’s. She loves to see all the different bears and choose one. She also likes “filling” her bear up and dressing it! We’re very lucky that one of her great aunts lives close to a workshop!! 🙂

  69. 09/09/2017 / 12:05 am

    Build A Bear is a huge hit in this house! My girls will love celebrating National Teddy Bear Day there!

  70. mami2jcn
    09/08/2017 / 10:31 pm

    My daughter adores going to Build a Bear workshop! It’s always a memorable experience for her. We make sure to stop there at least once a year.

  71. Melanie
    09/08/2017 / 10:19 pm

    My kids like Build-a-Bear. MY daughter has several Build-a-Bears. She has received them for holidays or birthdays. My boys each have one a piece that they received for a Christmas present.

  72. 09/08/2017 / 10:14 pm

    Aww, what a fun time! I loved bringing my kids to Build-A-Bear. I think this would be a wonderful gift!

  73. Meagan
    09/08/2017 / 9:19 pm

    This sounds like a really great giveaway. We are huge build a bear fans.

  74. 09/08/2017 / 8:27 pm

    This is such an awesome giveaway! Build a Bear Workshop is the greatest thing to happen to teddy bears ever! I love it!

  75. 09/08/2017 / 7:46 pm

    I had no clue that there was a national teddy bear month. My son loves Build a Bear we have built a couple of bears there. It would be fun to do it again with him. It’s his birthday coming up so it’s the perfect time.

  76. 09/08/2017 / 7:42 pm

    My girls love Build A Bear! They have so many cute animals and fun accessories to deck them all out. I love that they are donating so many bears to Boy’s & Girl’s Club so many more kids can have a new furry best friend!

  77. 09/08/2017 / 6:55 pm

    I had no idea about National Teddy Bear Day!! This is so cool and I can’t believe only $5.50 for a bear. I’m going to try to get the kids and take them today!!

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