Today my kids and I joined Mari, Julie, Lisa B, their respective kids, various nieces and friends; for a tour of The Stuffington Bear Factory. Mari had arranged this excursion of the oldest stuffed animal factory in the United States; and in the interest of (say it with me) "The Greater good", I have to tell you about it. Now, when I say in the interest of the Greater good, that would be the greater good of local Arizona residents, who are looking for an inexpensive activity to do with their children.
Stuffington bear factory is NOT Build-A-Bear although they do a lot of the same things. At Stuffington, they actually make the stuffed animals that the kids then get to stuff, fluff, clean and care for. The friendly and informative staff offer daily tours of the factory where the kids are taught about the history of the Teddy bear before seeing how the stuffed animals are made. They even showed us the custom stuffed dogs that were made for President Obama and Vice-President Biden.
The cost of our outing was just $9 per child and that included a bear of their choice; from their Gummi bear collection. Now you may think that $9 sounds like a lot, and I might be inclined to agree with you; but after taking the tour and seeing how much fun ALL of the kids had ~ I think it was $9 well spent.