Kids Theme Park Fashion {+ Kohls Gift Card Giveaway}

Kids theme park fashion can be a tricky clothes question to navigate.

As someone who’s visited Disney Theme parks over 50 times, I thought our current trip to Disneyland offered the perfect opportunity to share some of my favorite kids theme park fashion tips!

That, and the fact that we found this fabulous new line of Disney kids clothes from Jumping Beans at Kolh’s: Magic at Play.

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The Magic at Play line features kids’ clothes in sizes 3-7 and incorporates some of their favorite Disney character into comfortable and current fashions.

My daughter especially loved the Minnie themed sequin shirt and A-line short sleeved dress (with an excellent spinning radius icon wink Kids Theme Park Fashion {+ Kohls Gift Card Giveaway}

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When it comes to kids theme park fashion, there are six C’s you want to keep in mind when dressing your kids, so my best tips when planning your kids’ outfits for your next theme park vacation.

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The 6 C’s of Kids Theme Park Fashion

  1. Cute
    Let’s face it, you’ll be taking as many pictures in a week as you typically would in a three month time span. This isn’t the time to pull out the play clothes that have been sitting crumpled up in the back of the closet.
  2. Comfortable
    Just because I mention in the first tip that kids should look cute doesn’t mean they can’t be comfortable. I love cotton tees & skorts for my daughter and breathable, athletic style tees & shorts for my son.
  3. Colorful
    Not only can kids pull of bright colors more easily than adults, but dressing your kids in bright colors will keep them cool in the theme park sun while helping you easily spot them in those theme park crowds (safety first!).
  4. Coordinated
    No parent is more against the ‘matchy-matchy’ trend than my husband, but even he agrees that coordinating our kids helps us keep track of them and makes those pictures look extra cute. Having set outfits for each child before you leave for your vacation will also help cut down on dressing time in the hotel each morning and get you out to the parks faster so you can maximize your fun.
  5. Character-themed
    If ever there was a time to wear a character tee, theme park vacations are it!  I think that’s why we love the selections from the Magic at Play from Kohls: not only do they have classic Mickey & Minnie tees, but they take character dressing to a whole new level.
  6. Costumes
    Of course, what is a theme park vacation without a costume or two? Having a boy and a girl, I can say that girls exponentially outweigh the boys in their desire to wear costumes, but that doesn’t mean that our son hasn’t enjoyed dressing as Peter Pan or Jack Sparrow during our trips. Try to find costumes that pack well and aren’t too itchy. And I have to admit, meeting the characters becomes extra special when your child is dresses like them.


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Would you like to win a $50 gift card to experience the new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse themed Disney apparel by Jumping Beans at Kohl’s?

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And I’ll leave you with one of the best kids’ theme park tips that has to do with fashion, but from a safety perspective… Make sure to take a picture of your kids each morning BEFORE you head into the theme park. That way, God-forbid, they get lost, you have a current photo of your child in the outfit they were wearing that day.

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Build A Bear Workshop Giveaway: Disney Palace Pets

The new Disney Palace Pets are here and we’re celebrating on the blog with a Build A Bear Workshop giveaway!

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Today, the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration begins at Disneyland, so I thought it only fitting to share a little Disney magic with you on the blog today too.

We’ve been quite a fan of the Disney Palace Pets since they came out in 2013, but finding Treasure at Build A Bear Workshops was the true gem of the bunch! Here’s an overview by my 9 year old daughter of all the different Disney Palace Pets:

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As you can see, Treasure is Ariel’s kitty. While most of the Disney Princesses seem to have their own Palace Pets, only two are available at Build A Bear Workshop right now:

*Pumpkin ($25) is a glamorous, silky white puppy owned by Cinderella. She has big blue eyes, a small brown nose and her hair is styled in a fashion similar to Cinderella’s hair.
o Pumpkin likes to wear her Blue Fancy Dress ($13.50) and Disney’s Pumpkin Accessory Set ($12.50) to royal balls where she can twirl and dance.

*Treasure ($25) is a curious and playful coral red kitten.
o Treasure likes to wear her Purple Fancy Dress ($13.50) and Disney’s Treasure Accessory Set ($12.50) to grand events at the castle.

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Of all the Palace Pets we’ve seen in ALL their variations (from small & plastic to large & fluffy), Treasure from Build A Bear Workshop is by FAR Kariss’ favorite.

As a mom, I think they’re cute and charming and love the nod in their names and accessories to their Disney Princess owner.

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So that one of you can experience the new Disney Princess Palace Pets with your kids, we’re giving away one $25 Build A Bear Workshop gift card! Enter here:

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Good Luck!

Disclosure: Build a Bear Workshop sent Treasure for my daughter to enjoy and is providing the gift card for this giveaway
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Win NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball tickets! Nashville 2014

Listen up, Nashville: This year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four basketball tournament will be taking place right in our own backyard.

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And to help you get into the spirit, I am going to be giving away FOUR prime seats right in the middle of all the exciting action!

That’s right, I have four tickets at center court to the NCAA Women’s Finals tournament game on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Bridgestone Arena.

Coupling Nashville’s thriving entertainment scene with the most important weekend for collegiate women’s basketball will prove to be a thrilling combination with TONS of family-friendly activities.

And you know there’s nothing I love more than family AND fun (ok, well perhaps family AND fun AND free, but I’ll tell you more about all the FREE family fun going on around the NCAA Women’s Final Four Weekend here in Nashville in a post next week…)

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That’s right, besides the games themselves, there will be plenty of extracurricular activities and FREE events, games and live music, all available for the whole family! For more information, you can visit the NCAA site or come back right here for more details soon.

But for now, hurry and enter – you don’t want to miss your chance to get in on this unique Nashville experience!

And check out the bonus entries you can get below when you subscribe to my YouTube channel or create a YouTube video of your own.

Win NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball tickets:

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Angie S!

Please only enter if you are able to attend the game on April 8, 2014. Tickets will be left at will call at Bridgestone Arena for the winner.

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Disney Frozen DVD Giveaway! (3 copies)

If your household can’t stop singing “Let it Go” like ours can’t, then you’ll FLIP like Olaf in summer for my Disney Frozen DVD giveaway (technically the Frozen Blu-Ray Combo pack)…and there will be 3 winners!

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I have to admit right off the bat, I still haven’t seen all of Frozen; our youngest got sick halfway through, but even he was determined to make it back into the theater to see the ending.

But what I do remember from that night in the theater is singing “Let it Go” as we walked out…and we haven’t stopped since.

So while frankly I’m a bit afraid and the level of singing and choreography that will ensue once we own the Frozen DVD, but I’m fully prepared to take on the girl-power challenge.

(Though my kids already know that I’m a bit more partial to Olaf’s rendition of “In Summer” – never fails to make me laugh out loud).

Print the lyrics to “Let it Go” & “In Summer” to sing along yourself

On March 18, the world will be able to bring home Disney’s Frozen via a Blu-ray Combo Pack, but right NOW you can enter to win a copy for yourself!

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Click for more free Frozen fun:
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UPDATE: Congratulations to Heather A., Heather P. & Gayle S.!

Enter to win one of 3 Disney Frozen DVD/Blu-Ray Combo packs via Rafflecopter below:
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Good luck to everyone…and keep singing!

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100 Free Mr Peabody & Sherman Movie Tickets

Yes, you read that title right: I’m giving away 100 Free Mr Peabody & Sherman Movie Tickets!

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The Nashville screening of #MrPeabody is on Saturday, March 1st at 11:00am at Regal Green Hills in 3D. The only thing you have to do to see Mr. Peabody & Sherman for FREE (a full week before anyone else) is to download this pass via the instructions below.


Now pay attention: each individual may download up to 4 admit-one passes until they run out. That means 25 of you can download up to 4 tickets each. For all you math majors out there, you’ve already figured out these means the pass will cap at 100 downloads.

I hope you’ll show #MrPeabody lots of love on Twitter & Facebook for offering these free passes just for us!

And of course, regardless of whether you were one of the lucky ones to receive passes or not, make sure to see Mr Peabody & Sherman in theaters on March 7th, 2014.

Mr Peabody & Sherman Free Movie Ticket Details:

Click this link
Enter this special code: KIXNASFG
Then print pass & bring with you to day of screening.

Remember, this is for the NASHVILLE screening at the Regal Green Hills Cinema on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11am.

Please leave a comment below letting me know if you got your passes!

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How to Transform Your Wardrobe with One Fashion Piece {Love Jenny Wren}

In my effort to live a more prioritized life in 2014, I knew I needed to simplify my fashion.

No, that doesn’t mean get rid of prints and colors, that means get rid of the junk in your closet and only replace it with one or two great new pieces for the winter.

But I knew that in order to accomplish this, I had to call in the experts! That’s where my friend Jenny comes in icon smile How to Transform Your Wardrobe with One Fashion Piece {Love Jenny Wren} Not only will you LOVE her, but you’re going to adore her online boutique and all the great advice she shares in this guest post that will show you how to transform your wardrobe with one great, new fashion piece!

Before you do any clicking and shopping (and I know you’re going to want to, make sure to read through the ENTIRE post to make sure you get to the giveaway and the special discount just for YOU at the bottom of the post!).

Sometimes it only takes one piece to completely transform your closet into a whole new wardrobe. When Sami asked me what is my “must have” piece for January, one sweater immediately popped into my mind. The Rachel sweater from Love Jenny Wren is soft, lightweight, and perfect for layering.

Here are a few simple ways the Rachel sweater can easily spice up the basics you already have in your closet!

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Layer your sweater over your favorite LBD, add a blazer of your choice, and complete the look with black pumps and gold accessories. Try nude fishnets or black opaque tights to create even more variations!

-Little Black Dress (Lauren Dress available here)
-Black pumps
-Structured Bag

-Bow bracelet
-Gold necklace

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Pull on your sweater over a white tank, add your favorite jeans, fun flats, preppy accessories, and bundle up in your pea coat. Remember those colorful jeans from last spring? They make a great alternative for blue jeans!

-White Tank
-Pea coat
-Fun flats

-Anchor Earrings
-Monogrammed Bracelet

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Create a sharp and simple look for a night out with your girlfriends or significant other. Pair with a black skirt, boots, tights, and a leather jacket. Accessorize with a statement necklace and a fun ring.

-Black skirt
-Leather jacket

-Collar Necklace and Earrings
-Gold heart ring

How would you style the Rachel sweater? Post your pictures to Instagram and tag @thesamicone and @lovejennywren or use #LJWmusthave!


Thanks Jenny! I know I’m inspired to redefine my wardrobe in an effort to not only simplify, but also get back on trend with what I have.

Love Jenny Wren has also graciously offered to help you revitalize your wardrobe with a lovely giveaway: this beautiful heart necklace! So make sure you enter via Rafflecopter below and leave a comment letting me know whether you’d want to win the necklace in ROSE GOLD or SILVER.

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How would you style the Rachel sweater? Post your pictures to Instagram and tag @thesamicone and @lovejennywren or use #LJWmusthave!

And you know I wouldn’t show you all these great options without a discount icon smile How to Transform Your Wardrobe with One Fashion Piece {Love Jenny Wren} Just enter code SAMI20 at to get 20% off your ENTIRE purchase!

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Ringling Bros Circus Ticket Giveaway: “Built to Amaze”

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Listen up Nashville: the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming back to town this week with a new show: “Built to Amaze!”

From their website: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ , the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!

Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance.

“Ringling Bros. Presents Built to Amaze! opens an hour before with admission to the interactive All Access Pre-showFREE with your ticket. Families can participate in interactive experiences such as learning juggling and balancing skills, get performer autographs, see one of Ringling Bros.’ majestic Asian elephants paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and meet the Ringling Bros. clowns.

To help you get to the circus with your family, I’m giving away a SIX sets of family ticket 4 packs this weekend!

Please only enter if you know you are able to attend during the run of the show (Our winner can choose to attend any of their seven performances happening Jan 24-26, 2013). Ticket vouchers will be left at will call for the winner and must be exchanged for actual tickets before the event.

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Good luck to all who enter. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the show!

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The Nut Job Movie Review (by a 7 Year Old Fan) & Giveaway #TheNutJob

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If you’re looking for a movie review of The Nut Job, who better to ask then someone the movie is targeted towards, a 7 year old boy?

Here are my son’s thoughts immediately after seeing a preview of The Nut Job this past weekend:

Well, you heard it from him: was it his favorite film? No.

Did he thoroughly enjoy it? Yes.

Was it the funniest movie he’d ever seen? No.

Did he think it had a great story? Yes.

I’ll admit, there weren’t as many ‘laugh out loud’ moments for me in the film (lucky for those seeing #TheNutJob with me!) and I do think the story was a little more intricate than your typical animated film.

Actually, the funniest moment for me was when I got to listen in on a mom blogger hangout with the star voices of the film, Katherine Heigl and Will Arnett, both parents themselves.

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When Will was asked if his kids knew he was ‘doing voices’, he responded with, “Sure, they’ve heard me talk…especially the word ‘NO’, they’ve heard that one a lot”.

Good to know his sense of humor transcends genres…

Katherine gave a more predictable, but also an equally more touching answer when responding to why she took on this role: “I wanted to be a part of something I could share with my kids.”

If you decide The Nut Job is a movie you want to share with your kids, I want to help make that experience even more fun for you!

2 of you will win the following “The Nut Job” prize packs:

  • Nut Job coloring puzzle shrink wrapped with set of crayons (4 pack)
  • Peanut shaped adhesive note pad
  • Foldable lunch tote
  • Purple acorn shaped pen
  • Character sticker set
  • Poster
  • T-shirt

Hurry and enter via Rafflecopter below because the giveaway ends when The Nut Job opens in theaters: January 17, 2014!

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Good luck and don’t forget to leave a comment below!

Disclosure: These prize packs were offered to me by Mammoth Advertising to give away to you
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A Fresh Beat Band Nashville Ticket Giveaway (Just for you!)

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They’re fresh. They’re young. They’re a band. They keep the beat…and they’re coming to Nashville!

You asked for it and here it is: a Fresh Beat Band Nashville ticket giveaway just for you, my favorite readers.

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Can you feel the beat yet?

If you don’t know about this fantastic foursome, then you must live under a rock…or perhaps you just don’t have small children in your home icon wink A Fresh Beat Band Nashville Ticket Giveaway (Just for you!)

Whether you already know and love them or have yet to experience their fresh colors and funky fun sound, you’ll soon have the opportunity to hear the Fresh Beat Band at their finest: LIVE on stage right here in Nashville, TN at one of the finest places to hear music, the Grand Ole Opry.

To be completely honest, I’d go to the Grand Ole Opry to hear just about anything. But the truth is, it’s not everyday that I can go to the Grand Ole Opry with my children. Now, thanks to the Fresh Beat Band, we have the opportunity to experience one of Nashville’s most iconic musical venues together as a family to hear music that’s designed just for their generation.

Now don’t get me wrong, just because the Fresh Beat Band is one of the most popular kids’ groups out there today does not mean that every adult in the Opry won’t be tapping their feet too! (You just might see me dancing down the aisles or sneaking up front to take a photo, both of which are always encouraged here in Nashville icon wink A Fresh Beat Band Nashville Ticket Giveaway (Just for you!)

So what are you waiting for?

Oh yeah, you want to win tickets…

Here you go: I’m giving away a Family 4 Pack of tickets to see the Fresh Beat Band here in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House on January 24, 2014. Just enter via Rafflecopter below for your chance to win:
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However, I will warn you: the Fresh Beat Band Nashville tickets are almost sold out! If you want to order tickets right away, you can buy tickets via TicketMaster here.

I’d also encourage you to visit the Fresh Beat Band website to discover a ton of music videos AND free printables (you know I love free!) They even have Fresh Beat Band costume tutorials so you can dress like your favorite FBB member when you go to the concert!

So don’t delay, enter before it’s too late. See you at the Opry!

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Disclosure: I was compensated & offered tickets in exchange for sharing this lovely giveaway with you. I can’t help it, I just LOVE sharing the opportunity to bring you a fun and FREE family experience!


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The New Build A Bear Experience {& Giveaway!}

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Just before we left on our Disney Cruise Line Vacation earlier this year, we learned a Build-A-Bear Disney Princess Bear was being released.

Well now there’s an even newer way to experience Build-A-Bear workshops with a new store design to make the guest experience even more interactive!

Not a time goes by when we walk by Build-A-Bear Workshop in the Mall and my kids don’t ask if they can, well, build a bear…

Without a doubt, the experience of Build-A-Bear Workshop is what sets it apart from any other stuffed animal you’ll pick up off a store shelf. Getting to hand pick your favorite animal, stuff it, put a heart in, wash it, dress it and then ultimately bring it home with you – there’s nothing quite like it for my kids.

And now that experience just got enhanced. Build-A-Bear Workshops across the country are remodeling their stores to offer…

Honestly, for awhile I was in a Build a Bear rut – I felt like the more you made, the less special the experience became. So when my kids wanted Vexy and Hackus this summer after seeing Smurfs 2, I thought it was just a fad and a whim. (After all, every time they see a new movie they like, that becomes their “favorite movie of all time!).

I wasn’t prepared to spend $25 on these gray Smurfs, not to mention their coordinating outfits.

So they waited…and they saved. One way my kids can prove to me if they really want something is if they’re willing to buy it with their own money. We rarely let our kids buy something on the spot, even with their own money, but I frequently use the question as a gauge to see if they’d even be willing…

They repeatedly showed that they were willing to purchase said Smurfs themselves, but we still made them wait…until Black Friday.

I’d wanted the kids to experience the new Build-A-Bear Workshop (The folks at Build-A-Bear Workshop sent me a couple gift cards for the kids to do so) and I thought I’d heard that the very Smurfs they wanted this summer were not only still available to purchase, but they were now half off!

As we started to pass by the store front (by this point they’d learned not to ask every time we’d go to the mall), my husband and I made the turn to enter. A quizzical look came over their faces, as if to ask, “Really?”.

We’d barely nodded yes before they went dashing to the bins of unstuffed animals to find their beloved Smurf friends.

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Once again, we asked the question, “Are you willing to pay for this with your own money.” After we received a resounding “YES!”, we told them that because they’d been patient and waited, the animals were now half off. That meant that they could now afford both the Smurf and an outfit with the money they’d saved…but because they’d waited and obeyed, they were each going to get a $25 gift card to use so they didn’t even have to spend their own money!

Between the enhanced experience and the sweetness of rewarded obedience, the moment became that much more special.

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Our local store Build-A-Bear workshop at the Cool Springs Galleria recently underwent this amazing transformation and when you visit the new store, you will see a noticeable change to the company’s trademarked stuffed animal-making experience including:

*An interactive storefront that is enabled by Microsoft’s Kinect technology and interactive touch elements. Guests can play games and view the latest product offerings as they enter the store.

*The Love Me station allows Guests to customize their furry friends with special personality attributes displayed as emoticons on an interactive table. Guests add unique traits – like brave, silly, and smart – to their red satin heart, which is added to their stuffed animal during the Stuff Me process.

*The Hear Me station features an assortment of high quality sounds that can be added to stuffed animals. Using an interactive touch screen, Guests can select and load popular hits from current music, sounds, or their own voice onto a chip to further personalize their stuffed animal.

*The Fluff Me station features a digital bath tub with Microsoft® PixelSense technology. The tub magically recognizes the items as they are placed on it and reacts with sensory effects such as virtual bubbles that appear when play soap is placed on the “water surface.”

*The Name Me station, where Guests use a viewfinder or “Bear-O-Scope” to reveal the special attributes they added to their stuffed animal. At Name Me, Guests also create a one-of-a-kind birth certificate that includes a photo of their new furry friend.

Through these interactive elements, you can personalize the bear-making process and have a different experience each time you visit (and you know every time you pass by the store, your kids want to make a new one – the experience of making an animal is what Build-A-Bear Workshop is all about after all!)

The newly re-imagined stores also include a number of technology platforms that enable Build-A-Bear Workshop to continue to update the store experience. Similar to how one might download a new app to a mobile device, the company is able to update the stations inside the store with interactive experiences that are relevant to certain product launches and seasons.

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You can even click here to tour the newly imagined Build A Bear experience!

Build-A-Bear Workshop provided a gift card so my kids could have a personal experience of their own and now I have TWO $25 gift cards to give away so your kids can experience it too! Wouldn’t that be a fun surprise for the New Year?

If you want to experience the newly re-imagined stores for yourself, hurry and enter below:
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Good luck!

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