Remember Build-A-Bear Workshop's Pay Your Age Event? Here's how it has changed since last year

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HOUSTON – Remember the Pay Your Age event at Build-A-Bear Workshop? It’s back, but with several changes.

Instead of everyone being eligible to Pay Your Age at the stores, the chain has envisioned another offer: you enter for a chance to pay your age for a stuffed animal or win a birthday party.

The company experienced long lines and security issues last year. 

To avoid that, it appears the company has tightened its restrictions on the event. The company has capped the number of tickets at around 200,000 for the Pay Your Age event in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. 

If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you can visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop during one of two redemption periods in the week of June 24 through June 28 and make one furry friend per child present, limit two furry friends per ticket. A child aged 1 day to 23 months pays $1. A child aged 24 months to 29 years+ pays their age in dollars with a max of $29. (2-year-old pays $2, 5-year-old pays $5, 45-year-old pays $29). Ten people will win the Count Your Candles Sweepstakes grand prize of a birthday party experience to use any time in the next 12 months valued up to $250.

To enter for a chance to get a ticket, you need to create an account, and then complete a birthday profile and then enter for a chance to receive the Pay Your Age ticket. You must be entered by 10:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

“We have implemented a process to make this a ticketed event to ensure the best guest experience," a company statement reads in the Frequently Asked Questions area of its website. "The new sweepstakes gives Bonus Club Members the chance to win a birthday party experience, and the new ticket offer gives Bonus Club Members the chance to receive a ticket for select days during our five-day event. Please note that our Birthday Treat Bear is available all year long, so any child can come to a store with a Bonus Club Member in the month of their birthday and pay their age for their Birthday Treat Bear.”

What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comments.

These are the Houston area Build-A-Bear stores:

The Woodlands Mall
1201 Lake Woodlands Dr
The Woodlands, TX 

Deerbrook Mall
20131 Highway 59 North
Humble, TX 77338

Baybrook Mall
1320 Baybrook Mall
Friendswood, TX 77546

Katy Mills
5000 Katy Mills Cir
Katy, TX 77494-4418

Willowbrook Mall
2000 Willowbrook Mall
Houston, TX 77070

First Colony Mall
16535 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City Way
Houston, TX 77024


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