If you want to avoid the crowds that may happen on July 12th, they also have a Count Your Candles program, that is available to Bonus Club members all year long and allows children under 14 to pay their age for their special Birthday Treat Bear during the month of their birthday.
*Update: Due to the overwhelming response at the Build a Bear stores, most stores had to close their lines in the morning due to extensive crowds. So, they have decided to offer a $15 voucher for those who were at the stores today & weren’t able to come make a bear & also those at home who stayed home because of the crowds. So, you can log in to your Bonus Club membership on the website & print off your voucher. On their original email, it also says you can screenshot the voucher if you can’t print it (you do need to be logged in to your Bonus club account, though)
The catch is that this voucher MUST be printed off by 7/15. This voucher can be used until August 31, 2018, so you have plenty of time to head in when the crowds die down this summer & have an enjoyable experience for your kids!
The first-ever Pay Your Age Day is coming to Build A Bear Workshops this week on July 12th! Everyone who joins the Bonus Club can get a Build A Bear for the cost of their age this day (its free to sing up here http://bit.ly/2KEv5cC ). It is a minimum of $1, but this is a great deal if you have little kids (5 year olds will pay $5) and even great for older kids considering the cost of many of the bears regular price. It is available for ANY furry friend in the Workshop!
You will need to sign up to be a member (there is not cost for this), and then it is one per Guest so as long as you’re a member, each one of your children can participate in all the fun. You can sign up in store or online ahead of time to save time.
At checkout they will ask to confirm the phone number associated with your Build A Bear Bonus account, and then just charge you the cost of your childs age. Sounds like they can also confirm with the email address you use to sign up.
I imagine the stores may be very busy with a deal like this, so I would recommend going early.
Another option is that you can purchase the stuffed animal as “unstuffed” and then come back at a later date to have the full experience of “stuffing” the stuffed animal, as I imagine it will be very busy on Thursday! This is my plan, to go & buy it unstuffed and then return on a less busy day to get them stuffed. :) (check the FAQ here to see the details – it does say that Pokemon plush cannot be purchased unstuffed)