Toddlers or younger children may implore you to take them to the Build a Bear Workshop. Here your kid can choose a bear (or other animal) and watch as it gets stuffed, sewn, and fluffed. They can give it a shampoo and a brushing, choose from any number of outfits to buy for it, and, if they’re already using computers (and let’s face it, they are), they can create a personality for it online. What this means for parents is that you’ll end up shelling out a premium price for a stuffed animal that without all the fuss would probably go for much less. But you will not get away with a trip to New York City without a dose of full-on commercialism.