Girl Scouts can build a bear or furry friend as unique as they are, right at the Des Moines Leadership Center! They’ll have the opportunity to pick their bear or furry friend and stuff it with the help of our staff, including Build-A-Bear’s iconic Heart Ceremony.
Then, they can choose from a variety of vests and tunics with matching troop numbers, outfits, cookie merchandise, accessories, and more!
Girl Scouts can enjoy this as an activity on their own, with their troop, or even have it be part of a special celebration like a birthday party or bridging ceremony!
Build-A-Bear experiences are currently by appointment only. Please submit the GSGI Build-A-Bear Experience Request Form below at least two weeks prior to your requested appointment. Once your form is received, we will review the request and reach out to you to finalize scheduling and obtain a deposit of $50 if the request is for a party (4+ individuals).
Please note we will do our best to honor your first requested date and time, that align with our available weekday business hours and select Saturdays, but requests will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. We appreciate your understanding.
A Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa staff member will be in touch to confirm your scheduled Build-A-Bear experience date and time. A Party experience is 4+ participants and requires a $50 deposit. A Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa staff member will take the deposit at the time of experience confirmation.
If you have additional questions, please email email@example.com using the subject: Build-A-Bear Question
Currently, we are offering the Build-A-Bear Workshop exclusively in our Des Moines Leadership Center. Any questions regarding additional opportunities can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Build-A-Bear Question” in the subject line.
We want to make sure each of our guests is beary happy with their purchases. If for some reason you would like to return an item, we will be happy to assist you according to the terms of our Satisfaction Bearantee.
View the GSGI Refund/Return Policies for the Retail Shop online.
We cannot accept returns from other Build-A-Bear Workshop locations.
Please note that shipping fees are non-refundable.
All Build-A-Bear pricing is determined by the Build-A-Bear Corporation. We are unable to match or offer discounts that you may find on the official Build-A-Bear website or location. Our merchandise selection is subject to change based on availability or season.
Up to 25 guests can be accommodated per event.
Typically plan for 5-10 minutes per individual.
Yes! Absolutely! While the Build-A-Bear experience is by appointment only – Shoppers can choose from a variety of vests and tunics with matching troop numbers, outfits, cookie merchandise, accessories, and more to purchase during our regularly scheduled shop hours.