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Build-A-Bear’s Pay Your Age Day is Cancelled | Replaced w/ HOT Online Sale (Furry Friends From $4!)

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Build-A-Bear Pay Your Age Day is canceled… sort of.

Not surprisingly, Build-A-Bear’s popular Pay Your Age Day has been canceled this year due to new safety protocols and current social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Not to worry though, because they will instead be hosting the No Line On-Line Bear Building Sale on August 12th with furry friends starting at only $4!

In order to gain access to this sale, you must sign in or create your free Bonus Club account. This will put you on the list for this exclusive Bonus Club offer. Note that logging into your account is not required to shop the sale, however, you will need to create an account in order to gain entry to the virtual waiting room.

boy holding build a bear

The virtual waiting room opens at 9:30 am CST on August 12th, and the sale starts at 10 am CST and is expected to last several hours or while supplies last. You will want to join the virtual waiting room before 10 am to be assigned a random spot in line once the sale starts. When your turn is approaching, you will be given access to start shopping the sale. Anyone who joins after 10 am will be placed in the order in which they joined the waiting room.

Be sure to sign up for email notifications so that you’ll be automatically notified when it’s your turn. You can check your Bonus Club account settings to ensure you’re signed up.

When it is your turn, you will have a limited time to enter the Build-A-Bear website to shop the sale so make sure your sound is turned on and up so you don’t miss the notification!

boy and girl holding Build-a-Bear

You will be able to purchase up to two furry friends per transaction, however, you can still purchase additional regularly priced items in the same transaction. Once you have made your first furry friend choice, you will then move to the Bear Builder for the option to personalize your furry friend. After you have checked out once, you can access the waiting room again for another chance at the promotion.

You have the option to order your furry friends either stuffed or unstuffed. Stuffed furry friends arrive fully stitched and ready to play. Unstuffed furry friends can be taken to your local Build-A-Bear Workshop so you can enjoy the stuffing experience in person.

During this event, shipping will be free on purchases over $35. For purchases below $35, standard shipping rates will apply.

Build-A-Bear Bears sitting on shelf

Note that they will not be offering Cub Condos, gift boxes, gift messages, Record Your Voice recordings, or embroidered messages during this event.

Bonus Club members can apply reward certificates at checkout however other coupons cannot be combined with this offer.

Please allow up to an hour to receive your order confirmation email and view your order history. Payment may be visible in your account prior to receiving an order confirmation email.

birthday build-a-bear

Count Your Candles is still being offered in-store!

Bonus Club Members can still celebrate by paying their age for their own Birthday Treat Bear during the month of their birthday. We recommend checking your local Workshop hours before going in to Count Your Candles.

Join The Discussion

Comments 20

  1. Jess

    Ty.com has stuffed animals starting at $5 and free shipping all the time.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks so much for the helpful tip!

    • Trey

      Thanks SO much!!! This is MUCH better than a virtual waiting room and headaches lol.

    • Gramma C

      Yes we have made several orders there the last few months. Great mail surprises for the kids.

    • Kasey

      Thank you! Just went to the ty website! They even had sale items!!

  2. Meg

    Eh, I have mixed feelings about this.

  3. Pretygirlygirl

    Sounds like a nightmare.

  4. Nkiser

    Virtual waiting room 🤷‍♀️ why not just run a sale for account holders 😩🤦

  5. Sue

    Is shipping free?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      During this event, shipping will be free on purchases over $35. For purchases below $35, standard shipping rates will apply.

  6. Susan

    Too much work. No thanks

  7. Sunflower

    I had a had time signing up using my daughter’s year of birth (2018) last year, so I gave up. We got a Build-A-Bear Kit from K-Mart for free last year.

  8. Yess Min

    Will they allow any bear or is it just for specific ones?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! GREAT question! Here are the details I found on that –
      “This sale is limited to 2 promotional furry friends per transaction. However, you can still purchase additional regularly priced items in the same transaction. After you have checked out once, you can access the waiting room again for another chance to access the promotion.

      All included items in the sale are listed with prices as marked. Some exclusions may apply. We are unable to offer Cub Condos, gift boxes, gift messages, Record Your Voice recordings or embroidered messages to items purchased during this special offer.”

      Hope this helps!

  9. PrincessMom

    I wonder if they use the “ask the child” trick for getting the correct age? (It’s an old waitress trick to ask the child how old they are instead of the parent–kids are honest about their age 😉 ) My preschooler is a comedian. Ask her how old she’ll be on her next birthday, she says, “Twenty nine!” lol

  10. Nola

    This is so cool. When I order my bear I’m going to call my mom on three-way and get her to record me a message to remember her voice for the build a bear save your voice in the bear. These type waiting rooms are not bad at all it’s actually really fun I did it for crocs.com with the Luke combs shoes 2 weeks ago. The shipping will only be under seven dollars not bad

  11. AR

    Yikes! This sounds awful!

  12. Dana

    Unable to access the virtual waiting room despite being a bonus club member 🙁

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hmm, I do find it to be working for me as I click through. Maybe try a different browser. Hoping that does the trick!

    • bqrc

      Definitely try again. I used the “email me when it’s my turn” feature and had no trouble at all. This was a great sale for me and for $4, we’ll be able to visit the mall on an off day and make our bears.

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