Playing the waiting game can be a hunger-stoking experience for children, and certainly will for younger kids. You’ll want to be stocked up on snack foods aplenty, especially with dinner so many hours in the past.

Don’t worry about needing a sea of sugary foods for your kids to gorge on, though. We’ve put together a list of ten appropriate foods that should keep your kids going for the evening without keeping them up at night. Armed with these, your kids’ hungry stomachs should be no match for you parental snack bag!


1) Trail Mix

It’s a solid staple for parents everywhere, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You can even make some patriotic mix for the occasion using this Chex Mix recipe (replacing chocolate chips with raisins or nuts if you want to keep things healthy).


2) Patriotic Fruit Pops

These fruity treats should satisfy your child’s sweet tooth and their hunger at the same time. Pair them with a similarly colored snack for a combo treat!


3) Peanut-Butter Bananas

With nothing more than a bunch of bananas and a jar of peanut butter, you can make an improvised snack that should keep your kids happy for a while. You can bring along a knife to spread the peanut butter or -- if your kids are feeling adventurous -- let them dip their bananas directly into the jar.


4) Frozen Fruit Bowls

Just by freezing a collection of pineapple, cherries, and blueberries, you can give your kids something sweet to suck on and cool them off on those hot summer evenings. Feel free to add in grapes or watermelon if you need a substitute.


5) Cheese-and-Cracker Sandwiches

Your kids will love these staple snacks. Just stack a slice of Kraft cheese between two Ritz crackers, store it in a plastic container, and you’re off to the races (or in this case, the firework show)! If you’d like to take it one step further and you’ve got the time to spare, you can even make a homemade version!
 

6) Homemade Dippin’ Dots

This might not be the healthiest of snacks, admittedly, but if you’re like us, you may well have some nostalgia for this colorful ice cream snack. You can even make them with your kids before the fireworks for some extra fun!
 

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