Build-A-Bear Workshop Pay Your Age Day Update – All Lines are NOW CLOSED

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UPDATE – Build-A-Bear has CLOSED lines in all U.S. Stores!

From the Build-A-Bear site – Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop locations due to crowd and safety concerns. We have closed lines in our U.S. stores. We understand some of our Guests are disappointed and we will reach out directly as soon as possible.

Check the Build-A-Bear Facebook page for more possible updates.

Today, July 12th only, head into your local Build-A-Bear Workshop where they are hosting the first ever Pay Your Age Promotion and offering Bonus Club members (free to join) any Furry Friend for the price of just your kiddos age (minimum $1)!

For more info on this HOT Pay Your Age Day offer, head over here.

You must be 18 years old or older to become a Bonus Club Member. Children under 18 are not required to sign up, but they do need to be present with you as a member to score this hot offer.

Or skip the in-store lines, shop online & score free shipping!

Today, July 12th only, is offering FREE shipping on any order when you use the code FREESHIP at checkout. To get the most bang for your buck, check out the sale section where you can save on accessories, furry friends and more!

And don’t forget that you can order any bear unstuffed and then bring it to your local Build-A-Bear Workshop so your kiddos can go through the whole stuffing experience! If you would like to choose this option, simply click the “Unstuffed, I’ll Stuff It In-Store” button before adding it to your cart.

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  1. H

    I’m on of the suckers still in line- 7.5 hours and counting, lol. We got here an hour before they opened.
    It’s all good. We Made some good friends and had some good laughs honestly!
    Most have been super nice. What upset me was the jerks walking by filming all of is including the kids and no it was not the news crew.

  2. Achutcheson

    She said she WOULD do it for a million dollars.

  3. nfolsen

    I’m not offended at all; and I agree people acting entitled is ridiculous. Just like any deal–it doesn’t last forever and can’t be offered to anyone just because they want it. I’m just pointing out everyone is in a different situation, and to each his own. I waited with three little kids in air conditioning for 1.5 hours to get stuffed animals they’d otherwise never get since I think BaB is crazy overpriced. I don’t think it was a ridiculous use of my morning, but I gaurantee some will think it wasn’t worth saving $75 over. It was for us! Just maybe not another family. Stuff like this just brings out a lot of ugliness online and in person. I literally witnessed two crabby moms yelling at each other in line over one kid bumping into the other kid.

    • Subby

      It’s great that you were able to get your kids their bears. I personally wouldn’t wait in line with my kids for 1.5 hours to save $75…we’d just buy a more affordable toy at a better time or go without the overpriced stuffed animal. Many can’t afford retail price on BAB yet they still chose not to attend this event b/c spending the day waiting in line w/ our kids for something that might not even work out just isn’t a priority, regardless of the discount. Clearly it was worth the wait for you though, and that’s fine. We all have different things we value, be it our $ or our time- no hate or judgment in other commenters pointing this out. 🙂

      • M

        My little one did great no meltdowns or anything but we didn’t get a bear. I did bring snacks, and water and enough to share! It was fun to make new friends.

    • Rockstar

      1.5 hours to save $75?! Heck yeah that’s a good deal. How much do you all earn an hour, anyway? 😂

  4. Chelsea

    We waited 3 and a 1/2 hrs one of those hrs was before they opened everyone in line with us were super sweet that was no cut throat people at least what I saw so our experience was not bad I do feel bad for those who were still in line when we left they were told a 6-7 hr wait at that time

  5. Krista

    We spent 6 hours in line for two bears. I said when the kids lost it, we’d leave. They made friends and played and I chatted with the adults around me. Clearly the savings was not worth 6 hours of time, but the kids said it was crazy and exciting. I remember waiting in line for cabbage patch kids and now they will remember this wacky day at the mall we had. Our store was well organized and stocked, and the employees were really kind.

    • Katrina

      Aww! Such a great way to look at this. Glad it worked out well for you and your kiddos. 💓

  6. Kristin

    I just received an email for a $15 voucher to be used by the end of August!

  7. lucy

    After 9 hrs we finally got a bear.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)


  8. jodi

    We were lucky, we were 12th in line at a little before 8 am, store opened at 8:51 am, got our 2 unstuffed and out by 9 am. The line was wrapped around the mall as we left. It was crazy!!!

  9. Sarah P

    Hubs and kids woke up and got to our BAB 2.5 hours early & were in the first 20 in the store. They said it was madness how many people were there.

  10. JackiWolfe

    I’d pay my age to NOT have to deal with that line! 😆

  11. Heather

    My BAB didn’t close. I took my 5 yo after I got off work. we got there close to 7pm and were in the store by 730pm. left the store before 8pm. they did stop the lone at about 815pm though. There was still tons of animals left.

  12. Susan

    This was a wonderful idea by this company. Especially for the families that normally never could have afforded it for their kids…but they definitely could have planned better. Such as doing different ages on different days to help lighten the mass crowds. It may mean that families have to come back more than once, but maybe it would have moved faster.

  13. Penny Pitts

    Its crazy to think theyre response was response to sale was unexpected and overwhelming!! Negative!!

  14. Free to Walkabout

    Sad that parents would make their kids stand in line for 6 hrs. for a dumb bear. There are better ways to spend that time with your children and way better things to do. Spend $ on going to the zoo or something active, not on some material piece of consumer garbage. I’m sure these kids will play with the bears in less time that they spent in line to get one. These bears will eventually end up on garage sales or the Goodwill. Didn’t waste time or money on this.

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