Build a bear is one of those places we don’t usually pass by in the mall without making a stop. Twice a year we visit to make new pets on our annual ‘Waterpark + Build a Bear’ day and browse a few times through the rest of the year if we’re passing by on a rare trip to the mall. It’s easily in the top three of the girls’ favorite stores.
New at Build a Bear are Promise Pets give children the option to head into the store and choose from four pets: a Beagle, a Golden Retriever, a Persian Kitty and a Yorkshire Terrier. In addition to the pets, children can choose from a line of accessories including clothing, leashes, fool bowls and tags.
Cuddly pets are the perfect addition to the home, and going to the store and choosing their very own ‘pet’ only enhances the experience that comes with bringing home a new part of the family. Always well designed, we’ve got bears from Build a Bear upwards of six years old and expect ‘bubble gum’ to last just as long.
There are two kinds of families: families that love pets, and families that do not. We’ve discovered that we’re the latter – we’re not pet people. The kids have come to terms with the fact that the closest they’re getting to having a pet is the new line of Promise Pets by Build a Bear.
Through play, kids can learn to care for the pet, feed the pet, play for the pet, be gentle with the pet and use their previous accessories (like food bowls and leashes from our last trip to build a bear) to care for their new cuddly friend. Caring for the pet and decorating their new pet’s home is just part of the fun, because there’s a new aspect of play with the Promise Pets Interactive app.
Promise Pets by Build a Bear App
Olivia is six, and has been using a iPad since she was two – and Violet is the same. Finding a balance between technology and unplugged play has never been a problem for us, with imaginative kids. Sometimes though, when they’re feeling uninspired, kids need a little nudge. The Promise Pets by Build a Bear app gives kids that little nudge they need, giving children options in the game like medical care for the pet, feeding, grooming, bathroom breaks and more. Each action comes with a mini game the kids can play while caring for the pet.
You don’t need to have a Promise Pet to play, but bringing one home does unlock the character within the game. If your child has liked games like ‘Pet Doctor’ they’ll love Promise Pets.
Pro tip: I know that Build a Bear can get expensive if you’ve got girls like mine that want all the things. For that reason, we buy gift cards at Costco online (delivered via email) where you get $100 for $80. We’re also part of the ‘Stuff for Stuff’ club that gives us points for purchases and access to special offers (sign up in store). However much the cost though, those smiles on small faces when they’re going through the process of building a bear? That’s the kind of stuff you can’t buy.
You can find Build a Bear Promise Pets and their accessories at Build a Bear stores across Canada.