Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Care Bears Debut at Build-A-Bear Workshop #ShareYourCare

If you were born in the 80s and 90s then you are oh too familiar with the cute and cuddly Care Bears that graced our small screens with their animated adventures and valuable lessons on friendship and caring for others. These days the Care Bears seem to have made an awesome come back as Must Haves for lil' monsters and have nostalgic grown-ups like me taking trips down memory lane as they return to television with their new animated series on Netflix.

Did you have a favorite Care Bear character? Mine were Tenderheart and Sunshine Bear. and I loved all the Care Bear Cousins! Now Care Bear fans of all ages can visit Build-A-Bear workshop to create their own adorable plush Tenderheart Bear and Cheer Bear just in time to share their care for Valentine's Day and all year round.

Recently I surprised my youngest, 5 year old Tristan with a trip to the Empire State Building, Build-A-Bear Workshop location to get a sneak peak at the new line of Care Bears that were launching the very next day {January 21st, 2016} and will be in stores for a year thanks to the collaboration between American Greetings and Build-A-Bear.

Once we arrived at the store we were instantly drawn to the vibrant display that showcased both bears and an assortment of colorfully fun outfits to mix and match along with accessories. In true iconic fashion each plush had a belly badge to help them spread love, cheer and hope to everyone around them.

If you've never been to Build-A-Bear workshop I guarantee you, it's a one of a kind treat that will make for a unique experience to create something truly personalized. First we headed to pick out our special sound chips, which allowed us to choose from a special Care Bear theme song, or a trendy song like Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars or a sound effect like a puppy barking. I've got to tell ya, Tristan was overwhelmed by all the choices and I'm sure if he could have, each bear would have had 5 options to play.

After the sounds were chosen we headed over to Amy who was the sweetest as she explained to Tristan how to use the Fluff machine to fill up his bear. Tristan was excited when he got to place the heart beat inside which actually made a sound and pulsed like a real heart.

Tristan had a blast following Amy's silly commands to bring his new stuffed friends to life.

Before leaving we chose some outfits and I dressed my bear as Tristan sat down to officially name the one he plans to give his Nana on the official "birth certificate". As we said our goodbye's to the amazing staff I learned an interesting fact that kind of made me feel a bit old: next year the Care Bears and I will celebrate our 35th birthday's ..... at least I know we age gracefully, lol. 

With such crazy stories of tragedy and hate shown in the news these days, it's really sweet to have the Care Bears around as a symbol of childhood innocence. For $25 you can't beat the price for such an interactive experience & special personalized gift that's perfect for birthday's, holidays and just because. My oldest CJ has attended a handful of birthday parties at the workshops and all were hands down a ton of fun. Little one's will love a trip to your nearest Build-A-Bear or you can always order your Care Bear online & #shareyourcare . 

Disclosure: We were invited as media to attend this sneak peak and received product to facilitate our review. Opinions expressed are 100% our own. 

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