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The Delightful Build A Bear Workshops!

Discover where to find a California location that's convenient for you

In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of cute stuffed animals from BuildABear Workshops. If there's no Build A Bear shop in your area, then your California vacation is a great time to discover them...and enjoy the smiles that creating their own bears will bring to your childrens faces!

Photo of stuffed Winnie the Pooh bear in a Halloween pirate's costume at the Build A Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney Anaheim. Do you love the "bear stuffing craze" that's sweeping both the nation and the whole world?

As you probably know, there are now dozens of locations where you can stuff and dress your own Teddy Bear....but there's still only ONE absolute-favorite chain of bear-building stores. And that's the Build A Bear Workshops...the creators of this fun fad!

The Build A Bear Workshop maintains the widest offering of Teddy Bear building locations in the world, offers the most accessories, keeps a constantly rotating stock of merchandise, and features both bears AND other styles of stuffed animals in costumes to match the season. (For example, in a picture of Winnie the Pooh below on this page, you'll see him all dressed up for Halloween in his Pirate costume, ready to head out trick-or-treating!)

On this page, you can find out the locations of the Build-A-Bear Workshops in California.

Are you still new to the whole teddy stuffing idea? On this page, you can get an overview of the process, and discover what goes on at any one of the dozens of BuildABear Workshops world wide.

What goes on at a Build A Bear Workshop?

Step 1: Selecting your Buildabear to stuff

Picture of a Hello Kitty stuffed animal at the Build A Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney California Build A Bear Workshops are all very similar in looks and in layout. Once you're inside a Build A Bear store, you just might forget whether you're in Anaheim, Houston, Phoenix, Denver...or maybe even Tokyo (where my daughter discovered last summer that even Build A Bear stores overseas look the same as shops in the USA!) In fact, we purposely used photos taken at Build A Bear Workshops around the Southwest USA so that you can see how similar each store in the chain looks in comparison to the others.

Your first task at BuildABear will be to pick out an empty stuffed animal "shell" to stuff. This is not going to be easy (as you can tell from the cute Build A Bear pictures on this page.) There are several dozen adorable "empty" animals from which you can choose at any given moment...and each one just as cute as all the others! Prices range from about $10 to $25 for the undressed Build A Bear animal, with most of the styles costing in the $16 to $20 price range.

An example of each type of animal available sits pre-stuffed on a show you just how your finished product is going to look. And, beneath these finished "example" animals, you'll find barrels with the unstuffed shells. When you decide which animal you want, you should simply take the empty shell of your choice out of its bin....and head to the Bear Stuffing Machines! (Note: most stores have a selection of Build A Bear animals which have already been stuffed and dressed ready for customers in a hurry to buy. If you choose a pre-assembled bear, you won't get to customize the outfit and accessories...but these ready-to-buy stuffed animals are great for times when you're "on the run.")

Step 2: Stuffing your Buildabear animal

Picture: Hearts Fur You Puppy Dog being stuffed at Build A Bear in Downtown Disney near Valentine's Day Whether it's Hello, Kitty that you've chosen...or a monkey, a frog, Cookie Monster, a puppy dog...or maybe a traditional teddy you approach the bear stuffing machines, you'll pass merchandise stations where you'll have to stop and make some tough choices.

You'll be offered the chance to add a "voice box" to your stuffed creation. For a small, reasonably-priced fee, your cute animal will become able to say "I Love You!," or whatever your selection (from over a dozen choices) is that you'd like the little cutie to say. You may also be able to choose a song instead of a spoken message.

The second addition to your bear is included within the bear's price...and that's its heart! In fact, your animal's little heart is so important that it gets its own little "ceremony" as you (or your child) place the heart inside the bear during the stuffing process.

Photo: Natali helps stuff her Build A Bear animal by pressing on the foot pedal of the Bear Stuffing Machine

Next, it's time to add the fluff! An employee will place the bear's heart and voice box inside the animal, then start to fill it with the cottony white fluff that you see in the large Bear Stuffing Machines which each store has. Guests help the process along by pushing on a foot pedal that releases the fluff into the animals (as you can see in the photo to your right.)

Last of all, there's some lacing to be tightened along the teddy bear's back...and, Voila! Your bear friend is finished!

If you'd like to see still more photos of the bear-building process, you may use the following link to look at the Downtown Disney Build A Bear Workshop page of this website!

Halloween stuffed animals: Or, to see photos of Halloween Build A Bears, check out the Halloween BuildABears page of our site.

Step 3: Dressing and accessorizing your Build A Bear creation

Picture of Happy Chick without costume; still very cute

After you leave the Bear-Stuffing side of the store, you'll find that the rest of the workshop is filled with cute and stylish outfits in which you can dress your new stuffed animal. Styles constantly rotate so that there's something new for repeat guests...therefore, if you see an outfit that you really like, get it now!

Aside from regular fashion clothing, you can choose seasonal outfits, as well. You'll find Christmas-themed outfits during the winter holiday season; trick-or-treating costumes during Halloween time; and sports team outfits during the appropriate months of the year (baseball uniforms in the summer, football jerseys in the fall, etc.)

It doesn't matter what the season...the Build A Bear store will be celebrating the next upcoming holiday by offering you some very clever and inventive bears and costuming! Where else can you find a "colored egg suit" for a stuffed rabbit or chick? Or green, shamrock-imprinted Teddy Bears every St Patrick's Day?

After your stuffed creation is dressed in its costume or latest fashion, it's time to pile on the accessories! You can add shoes, hats, toys, sunglasses, underwear, socks, purses, roller skates, and more.

You can buy your stuffed puppy a comfortable little dog bed...or take him for a ride in a Build A Bear Stroller!

Would your bear like to attend school? Go on...let him go! You can be sure that your bear will have a cap and gown to wear when it's diploma time!

Does your BuildABear want to get married? No problem there, either. A fashion bridal gown or tuxedo is not far away at a Build A Bear store!

Does a Build A Bear animal have to wear clothes? Of course not! Here's a picture of Happy Chick without the Easter costume you saw her wearing at the top of this page. And, she's every bit as darling, don't you think?

Build A Bear Workshop Locations in California

Southern California Build A Bear Workshops

If you're looking for some fun, why not pop into a Build a Bear Workshop and make a cute stuffed animal! Here's a list of Build A Bear Workshop locations in Southern California to help you get started on your way!

Picture: Build A Bear Workshop at Downtown Disneyland in Anaheim, CaliforniaAnaheim Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 714-776-5980; address, 1540 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802. Store hours are extra-long! From Sunday to Thursday, the Downtown Disney location opens at 10 am & closes at 10 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, hours run from 10 am to 11 pm. This location is in the Downtown Disney District of the Disneyland Resort. For further information about the Downtown Disney Build A Bear Workshop location...and to see plenty more Build A Bear pictures!...use the following link to jump to the "Downtown Disney Build A Bear Workshop" page of our site.

Bakersfield Build A Bear Workshop, phone number (661) 837-4482; address, 2701 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93305. This location is at the Valley Plaza Mall. Store hours:Monday to Friday 10 am - 9 pm; Saturday 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday 11 am 6 pm. (These are the same hours as the Valley Plaza Mall itself.) Directions: Take the Ming Ave exit from the CA Hwy 99 Freeway; Valley Plaza lies directly to the west side of the freeway. Here's a Google map to the Valley Plaza Mall for your convenience.

Chula Vista Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 619-482-9622 (press 0 for live attendant). This location is at the brand new Otay Ranch Town Center, address 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, CA. The Otay Ranch Town Center hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm ; Sundays, 10 pm to 7 pm. Directions to the Otay Ranch Town Center: From I-805 in South San Diego County, take the Olympic Pkwy exit east to the mall.

Escondido Build A Bear Workshop, now open at the Westfield North County Mall. The North County Mall's Build A Bear phone number is (760) 743-7934; the mall's address is 200 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025. Here's a Google map to the Westfield North County Mall in Escondido, California for your convenience in planning out a route.

Glendale Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 818-545-9842; address, 2225 Glendale Galleria, Glendale, CA 91210. As you can tell from the address, this Build A Bear Workshop location is in the Glendale Galleria Mall! Here's a Google map to the Glendale Galleria Mall to refresh your memory about how to get there.

Picture: Build A Bear Workshop at the Hollywood and Highland Mall in Hollywood, California Hollywood Build A Bear Workshop has closed. It was the perfect activity to go along with a visit to Disney's El Capitan Theater...and it will be missed.

Los Angeles Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 310-446-3290; address, 10800 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. This BuildABear Workshop is located at the Westside Pavilion Mall. Mall (and Build A Bear) hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Mission Viejo Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 949-347-6992; address, 555 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. This location is at The Shops at Mission Viejo Mall. Mall (and store) hours are Monday-Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. To learn more about the shopping and dining fun you can have at the Mission Viejo Mall, to see a map, and to get directions, please use the upcoming link to view the Mission Viejo Mall page of our site.

Montebello BuildABear Workshop, phone number 323/720-9424; address in the Shops at Montebello Mall is 2134 Montebello Town Center, Montebello, CA 90640. Montebello BuildABear hours are 10 am to 9 pm on Mondays thru Saturdays, and 11 am to 7 pm every Sunday. To enjoy pictures of the mall and find out what other shopping awaits you there, you may wish to view our Shops at Montebello Mall page.

Picture: Build A Bear Workshop at Fashion Island Mall in Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 949-640-0865; address, 925 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. This location is at the Fashion Island Mall. Mall (and store) hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; and Sunday, 11am-6pm.

Northridge Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 772-5587; address (at the Northridge Fashion Center Mall) is 9301 Tampa Avenue, Northridge , CA 91324. Directions: The Northridge Fashion Center is located on Tampa Avenue between the major streets of Plummer and Nordhoff. One easy way to reach the mall is by taking the CA HWY 118 Freeway; exit at Tampa Avenue and head south to the Northridge Mall.

Ontario Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 909-980-0520; address (at the Ontario Mills Mall) is One Mills Circle, Ontario, CA 91764. Mall (and store) hours are: Monday - Saturday, 10 to 9:00; Sunday, 10 to 8. To discover more entertainment, dining and shopping to get directions and see a map...use the upcoming link to jump to the Ontario Mills Mall page of our site.

Palmdale Build A Bear Workshop, telephone number 661-538-1096. Antelope Valley Mall hours are: Mondays thru Fridays, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 8 pm; and Sundays, 11 am to 6 pm.

Riverside Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 951-688-8690; address (at the Galleria at Tyler Mall) is 1299 Galleria at Tyler, Riverside, CA 92503. Mall (and store) hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm. Directions: From the CA Hwy 91 Freeway, take the Tyler Street exit. The mall lies directly west of the freeway. To see a map and learn about other Galleria stores, please visit the Galleria at Tyler page of our website.

San Diego Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 619-542-1565; address (at Fashion Valley Mall) is 7007 Friars Road,San Diego, CA 92108. Store hours are the same as Fashion Valley Mall hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am 9 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm. To see a map and discover other shopping opportunities at this popular shopping mall, please head to the Fashion Valley Mall page of this website.

Picture of BuildABear Workshop in the Valencia Town Center Mall, peeking from behind the mall's attractive children's carousel

Temecula Build A Bear Work Shop, phone number (951) 719-1389; address (at The Promenade in Temecula) is 40820 Winchester Road, Temecula, CA 92591. BuildABear hours: Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am to 7 pm.

Thousand Oaks Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 805-449-8704; address (at The Oaks shopping plaza) is 550 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Directions to The Oaks: From the US Hwy 101 Freeway, take the Lynn Road exit. Go north one block to Hillcrest.

Torrance Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 310-921-2327; address (at the Del Amo Mall) is 3525 Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503. If you'd like to find out what other fun stores you can explore while you're shopping at this HUGE mall, you may check out the Del Amo Fashion Center page of this website.

Valencia Build A Bear Workshop, phone number (661) 259-1953. Address (at the Westfield Valencia Town Center) is 24201 West Valencia Blvd, Valencia, CA 91355. Directions: from the Interstate 5 Freeway, take the Valencia Blvd exit and head east to the shopping center.

Build A Bear Workshops in Central & Northern California

Photo of the Marilyn Monroe Bear which decorated the store window of the Hollywood Blvd Build A Bear Workshop in California; the Hollywood location has now closed, unfortunately. Here's a list of Build A Bear Workshops in Central California and in Northern California.

Fairfield Build A Bear Workshop, phone number (707) 422-9504; address (at the Westfield Solano Mall) is 1350 Travis Blvd, Fairfield, CA 94533. Shopping hours at the Westfield Solano Mall are as follows: Mondays through Saturdays, the mall and the Build A Bear store open at 10:00 am and close at 9:00 pm. Every Sunday, opening time is at 11:00 am and closing time is at 7:00 pm. Google map to Westfield Solano Mall.

Fresno Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 559-224-6641; address (at Fashion Fair Mall) is 645 East Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93726. Fashion Fair hours are: Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm. Here's a Google map to Fresno's Fashion Fair Mall.

Modesto Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 209-529-9833; address (at Vintage Faire Mall) is 3401 Dale Rd, Modesto, CA 95356. Vintage Faire (and the Build A Bear store) hours are as follows: Mondays thru Fridays, the mall opens at 10 am and closes at 9 pm; Saturdays, the mall's opening time is at 10:00 am and closting time is at 8 pm; Sundays, the mall's stores open at 11 am and close at 6 pm. Google map to Modesto's Vintage Faire Mall.

Pleasanton Build A Bear store opens late 2012 at the Stoneridge Shopping Center. Here's a link to the Stoneridge Mall website where you may check for current information.

Sacramento Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 916-927-7450; address (at Arden Fair Mall) is 1689 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Arden Fair Mall hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am to 7 pm. Here's a Google map to Sacramento's Arden Fair Mall.

San Mateo Build-A-Bear Workshop, phone number 650-577-8713; address (at Hillsdale Mall) is 328 Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo, CA 94403. Hillsdale Mall hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm. Don't forget that it takes 15 to 30 minutes to select your Build A Bear and its outfit, and get him stuffed & dressed. Try to be here 1/2 hour before closing time! Google map to the Hillsdale Mall.

Santa Clara/San Jose Build-A-Bear Workshop, phone number 408-248-9988; address (at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall) is 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Mall hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm; Saturdays from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; and Sundays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Google map to the Westfield Valley Fair Mall.

Santa Rosa Build-A-Bear Workshop, phone number is 707/527-0276; address is 1071 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Hours: Santa Rosa's Build A Bear store opens at 10 am & closes at 9 pm on weekdays (Monday thru Friday.) On Saturdays, the store's opening time is 10 am, but closing time is 8 pm. Sunday hours are 11 am to 6 pm.

Picture: Hearts Fur You puppy dog, a Build A Bear limited edition animal for Valentine's Day 2008 Visalia Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 559-622-9650; address (at the Visalia Mall) is 2031 S Mooney Blvd.Visalia, CA 93277. Mall hours: The Visalia mall and its Build A Bear store open on weekdays at 10 am. Closing time from Monday thru Friday is at 9 pm. The mall opens at 10 am & closes at 8 pm on Saturdays. Shopping hours begin at 11 am and end at 6 pm on Sundays. You may use the following Google map to the Visalia Mall if you need help finding this Build A Bear Workshop location.

Walnut Creek Build A Bear Workshop, phone number 925-946-4697; address (at Broadway Plaza) is 1248 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. The Broadway Plaza Mall hours are as follows: Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 7 pm; Sundays, 11 am to 6 pm. If you wish, you may use the following Google map to the Walnut Creek Build A Bear location to assist you in planning your route.

Build A Bear Workshops: Contact Information

If you're a Build A Bear lover, you should make frequent visits to the Build A website...where you'll find that their frequent updates will constantly surprise you with new and cute bears and outfits!

You may use the following link to view the Build A Bear Workshop's official website.

Build A Bear animals on EBay

Picture: Cute Easter Pop Out, a colorful Easter Egg holding a small Build A Bear Chick There's no question about it: the MOST fun place to get Build A Bear stuffed animals is at a Build-A-Bear Workshop. But, there are times you might want to consider visiting the EBay auctions, instead. Maybe...

1.) You want a Build A Bear animal, costume or clothing that's no longer available in stores
2.) You want more Build A Bears in your collection, but it's too expensive to buy them at a workshop
3.) You want more clothing and costumes for your Build A Bear animals, and you need to get less expensive clothing because you want LOTS of clothes
4.) You need a Build A Bear animal for a child who's too young to take good care of a brand-new stuffed animal properly
5.) You never get tired of looking at Build-A-Bears, no matter where they might be!

If so, you'll enjoy browsing through the EBay Build A Bear auctions. Below, you'll find a widget showing you Build A Bear auctions which are going on RIGHT NOW. The widget updates itself, so that when you return to this page some other time, all the stuffed animals and clothing will be different than they are right now! Some times there's good stuff for sale; other times, there won't be anything you like. That's just the way it is with auctions! You can never tell who will be selling something you like...or when!

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