There's something for everyone in Forbes' packed school holiday program

Staying around town this Easter holiday break?

That's great! Because there's heaps on! Here's what we know of - and if we've missed anything email renee.powell@forbesadvocate.com.au and we'll add it.

FUN RETURNS: The giant inflatable obstacle course that is the Obstacool comes to Lions Park this Sunday! Picture: FILE

FUN RETURNS: The giant inflatable obstacle course that is the Obstacool comes to Lions Park this Sunday! Picture: FILE

Friday, April 8

POSTPONED: Community Indigenous celebration

Girri Girri games, cultural arts and crafts, bungee trampolines, drumming, pedal boats and so much more at Lions Park from 4.30pm. There are food vans on site for when you get hungry and the first 300 attendees receive a $10 voucher. There's also a bus departing Jenny Murphy Park at 4.30pm, then leaving Lions Park for the return trip at 8pm. This event postponed to April 29 due to the weather.

Saturday, April 9

Mini VANFEST

The Veronicas, Julia Stone, Jarryd James, Eves Karydas and more come to Forbes' South Circle Oval in a one-day music festival for all ages. Supporting all things local and bringing live music back to regional NSW. Tickets on sale now through oztix.com.au and there are family tickets!

Forbes Magpies family fun day

The rugby league club invites families to join them for a family fun day from 1pm-6pm. There'll be a jumping castle for the kids, a barbecue lunch, footy and races on tv and the bar will be open.

Sunday, April 10

Walk to d'Feet MND

This 5km charity walk is wheelchair friendly, stroller friendly, and even pup-friendly and it's all for a great cause - raising funds to help MND NSW provide programs and assist people living with motor neurone disease. Sign up online at www.walktodfeet.org.au/forbes and join the crew at the park this Sunday.

Obstacool

This giant inflatable obstacle course is great fun for kids aged four years and up! It will be set up at Lions Park between 9am and 2pm Sunday, no registration required.

Social tennis

Head on down to the Forbes Town Tennis Club from 1pm to have a social game of tennis. This family friendly event is going to be fortnightly from 1-4pm, with the next on April 24.

Monday, April 11

Laser tag

Be quick! This activity is booking out. At time of writing there are places in the morning session for under 9s. Laser tag is on at the Forbes Youth and Community Centre - book here.

Bluescope Youth Orchestra

This one's in Parkes but it's a fairly unique opportunity for your little ones. The orchestra is holding a Baby PROMS for under-fives at the Cooke Park Pavilion - you do need to register for this one. They'll be introduced to the different instruments in the orchestra and get involved! For our music lovers aged 12-25, there's a chance to meet the orchestra that afternoon.

Tennis

Kids' holiday tennis coaching returns to the Forbes Town Club this school holidays - Monday to Thursday of week one. Bookings essential, phone Peter Clifton on 0403 335 205 to enquire about places.

Tuesday, April 12

Pedal boats on the Lake

Head on down to Lions Park between 3pm and 6pm to take one of the pedal boats out on the water. Participants must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Fishing

The fishing workshops include information on how to rig up a rod, knot tying, fishing safety, correct casting techniques and a practical fishing session. They're on at Lions Park from 10am to midday, and 1pm to 3pm. Book your place here.

Thursday, April 14

Cultural art creations - terracotta pots

Forbes Shire Council is partnering with Yoorana Gunya to bring you Cultural Art Creations - learn all about dot painting and complete your very own Terracotta Pot dot painting to take home! It's at the Forbes Youth and Community Centre from midday to 3pm and designed for children aged nine years and older. Registrations are essential.

IT'S BACK: The Easter Festival with its Easter egg scramble for all ages returns Easter Saturday. Picture: FILE

IT'S BACK: The Easter Festival with its Easter egg scramble for all ages returns Easter Saturday. Picture: FILE

Saturday, April 16

Easter Festival

This event is brought to you by Havannah House with local churches and community service organisations. There are games, crafts, a sausage sizzle and drinks from 10am right through to about 3pm when there will be (drumroll please) the fabulous Easter egg hunt that was securing its place on Forbes' annual calendar until COVID disrupted everything. It's all on at Nelson Park and all free.

Any time

Ninja Park

Kids need to run off some steam? Take them to the Ninja Park on Grenfell Street! Take a skateboard or scooter - the park's right there! Throw a basketball in the car, the courts are next door too.

Sculpture Down the Lachlan

Got some family time? Explore the sculpture trail! Begin in town at the Dreaming Centre and check out the Wiradjuri totem animals, then take a drive down the Lachlan Valley Way to Condobolin and let the kids pose for pics with the big goanna and or explore Wandering.

Sunday, April 17

Dreaming Centre Easter celebrations

Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre is inviting the community to a cook-off between the young ones and the "oldies". The two teams will present their dishes to our judges. There will be fun activities from 10am to 3pm including an Easter egg hunt and a guessing competition. From 6.30pm they'll be showing Peter Rabbit 2.

Tuesday, April 19

DIY clay workshop

Make and create with clay at this popular workshop at the Forbes Youth and Community Centre from 1 to 3pm. There are spaces for children nine years and older, as well as younger - registration is essential.

Pedal boats on the Lake

Head on down to Lions Park between 3pm and 6pm to take one of the pedal boats out on the water. Participants must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Thursday, April 21

Table top games

Gmes n More Orange presents Table Top Games for all ages! The under 9s are heading to the Forbes Youth and Community Centre between 10am and 11.30am and must be supervised by a parent or guardian; over 9s take over from 1pm to 4pm. Once again, registration with Forbes Shire Council is essential!

Friday, April 22

The Fast and the Furious outdoor screening

Bring your blankets to Nelson Park, in Johnson Street, to catch this Youth Week screening of the Fast and the Furious. This free event starts at 6pm and includes popcorn and fairy floss. You don't need to register but parental supervision is required as this is a public park.