Theme Song: (to get in the mood click here --downloads the .mp3)
There is no way to create a big urban city scene without designing a "Back Alley" or Marketplace:
In the past I have developed a large re-creation of a Philadelphia street scene similar to the Rocky 1 scene where
Rocky B. runs through a marketplace on a back street. Here are some of our favorite and best received components to help you create a great Big Apple environment.
Transform hallways or entranceways into a street scene:
use Brick wallpaper(www.brickwallpaper.com), or paint bricks onto white craft paper, or purchase fake brick panelling from your local hardware store.
Spray paint graffiti onto the brick wall to create a look similar to the photo below.
Gather Props such as:
Metal garbage cans
Print your own street signs (click here for sample images from google)
-just print and glue/laminate to cardboard for mounting in your hallway
Put an "Indoor Campfire" in a barrel or garbage can to create the realistic fake fire effect in the picture below (from www.IndoorCampfires.com )
- If you can't find anyone in church who has a barrel you can buy a new Fiber drum from Uline.com for <$50 - Click here
Create a marketplace
Start by building some "outdoor" shelving by getting several cement blocks and placing some rough looking 2x8 or 2x10 boards across the top and stacking to create two or three tiers.
Get baskets or wooden crates to display items. We have found the going to our local Grocery store and asking them to order us 24 cardboard egg boxes that would (each hold about 30-40 dozen eggs creates a great stackable set up boxes that look like you are selling lots of eggs.
Make price names/signs to place with the products for sale
Get some twine style rope to hang up some fabric awnings drapped above this area.
Click here to see a sample street marketplace scene:
-Statue of Liberty shaped cookies: (Cookie cutters are available cheap on EBAY) Search for: "Statue Cookie Cutters" or click here
Sounds of the City:
Couple options to engage the ears: Download sound effects from websites like REVOSTOCK.com by selecting Sound FX and searching for "CITY" or click here
Beyond your normal printed material, kids love to get tickets to "shows." Create a Broadway style ticket anouncing the details of your VBS and distribute these. A great attention getter for passing out during parades, etc. when promoting your VBS.
I just got the Oriental Trading catalog (cheap stuff) and they have a huge selection of NYC themed props and giveaways (155 total items). Check it out here.