Take A Bite Of The Big Apple: Snacks For Your New York City VBS

VBS New York City PostersSnacks are an important part of any Vacation Bible School. You want them to be a combination of fun and healthy, and if you’re lucky, even tie into your theme. If you’re thinking about using the New York City VBS theme, there are lots of snack ideas you can use that kids will love AND that fit your theme nicely. Here are some ideas you can build on.


New York City is known for its food. From street vendors to 5-star restaurants, you can find anything you crave. For your New York VBS, consider using a street vendor-type food if you need to serve a meal. You can really use anything and make it more “New York” by giving it an appropriate name and trying to incorporate a food vendor cart (either real or creatively constructed). Here are some examples of ordinary food with New York names to get you started:

•    Hot Dogs
Call them Coney Island Dogs and have the condiments on a food vendor-type cart.
•    Brooklyn Burgers
Great for cookouts!
•    Manhattan Pizza
Easy to serve and always a favorite with kids!
•    Sub Sandwiches
Decorate the table in NYC subway style!
•    Times Square Tacos
Use the food vendor cart as a place to load up on toppings!
•    New York Nachos
Make them as simple or complex as you choose!

Sometimes you just need snacks for your VBS. Here are some New York snack ideas:

•    Apples
Serve them with caramel, yogurt or peanut butter (being sensitive to peanut allergies). This is a natural tie-in to a Big Apple-themed VBS, and you get bonus points for keeping it healthy!
•    Staten Island S’mores
Let the kids help make them for double the fun!
•    Carnegie Hall Cookies
Any kind will do, just give them a great name!
•    Popcorn & Pretzels
Serve them in bags from your food vendor cart!
•    Ellis Island Ice Cream
Once again, the food vendor cart is the perfect place for kids to load up on toppings!

Give ordinary drinks some creative names:

•    “Big Apple” Apple Juice
•    Statue of Liberty Lemonade
•    Melting Pot Fruit Punch

With a little creativity and some simple decorating, you can give your VBS kids the New York City VBS food experience while staying in your budget and in your own state!

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