Build-a-Bear Workshop had to end a promotion early Thursday due to crowds and safety concerns.

Like most stores across the country, a long line was wrapped around part of the Millcreek Mall for the Pay Your Age Day.

Any child could come in Thursday, build a bear and pay the same price as their age, but to get the lower price, the deal includes signing up as a member of the Build-a-Bear Club.

The lines were so long, the stores closed them early.

Hundreds of children, mostly ages one to eight, and their parents waited hours.

Some who were lucky and patient enough were happy Build-a-Bear offered the promotion.

"There's been happy kids, crying kids, happy parents, angry parents all over the place," said Laura Herbstritt, a mother who was at the Erie Build-a-Bear Workshop for the promotion.

The cost to build a ear without the promotion can range anywhere from $15 to $100 with accessories.