School Holiday Activities in Autumn 2023 – Central West, Orange, Oberon, Bathurst, Cowra, Forbes, Parkes and Mudgee

School Holiday Activities in Autumn 2023 – Central West, Orange, Oberon, Bathurst, Cowra, Forbes, Parkes and Mudgee Family fun outdoors in the autumn by throwing fallen leaves up in the air.

The Autumn School Holidays are approaching and it’s forecast to be warmer and dryer temperatures this year, so here’s what’s approaching around the Central West region.

Here’s our suggestion list of what’s on and adventures to participate in during the Autumn/Easter period in the Central West; Orange, Bathurst, Oberon, Bathurst, Cowra, Forbes and Parkes. We hope this inspires you, though this is not an extensive list.

1. Explore Mayfield Gardens in Oberon during the Autumn festival (April 1 – 25) where the full private gardens will be open to the public. There is a delicious paddock to plate cafe there too. Book tickets here.


2. Book you and your kids into a Garden to Plate Masterclass in Orange.

With Henrietta Hood & Peta Swift – Co-Founders of The Avid Gardener & Ami Zielinski – Central West Mums

Learn the art of veggie bed preparation & planting, ongoing maintenance specific to our unique cool climate.

You will learn how to use these ingredients to make delicious pesto. Receive a gift pack and other goodies. Limited to 20 people – Family Friendly Fundraiser.

Sunday 23 April from 10am – 11:30am.

Book via email:

The Avid Gardener


3. It’s super movie watching weather – keep your eye out for films being released like ‘Argonuts’ (G),  ‘The Super Mario Bros Movie’ (PG), ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ (M), running at your local cinemas; Orange, Bathurst, Cowra, Mudgee.


4. The Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail kicks off on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April from 10-4pm.


5. Tennis camps: Most local centres have tennis camps running; here are a few to mention;

Canowindra Tennis Club: Camps will be running from 11 April from 1-3:00pm. $40 per day. Bring morning tea, drinks. Tennis rackets available to borrow or to buy. Keep an eye out for updates on Facebook or by phoning Helen Garratt on mob: 0407 139 164 or enquiries to or refer here.

Cowra Tennis Club: Camps will be running from 11-12th April from 9-11:30am. $40 per day or $70 for both days). Bring morning tea, drinks. Tennis rackets available to borrow or to buy. Keep an eye out for updates on Facebook or by phoning Helen Garratt on mob: 0407 139 164 or enquiries to or refer here.

Orange Indoor Tennis has camps running on both weeks; Tues 11th – Wed 12th. Time is 9-1pm for $75 pp (Daily rate – $35pp)  and Wed 19th April – Fri 21th, Time is 9-12pm each day. You can book your kids in for the day at a fee of $35 or $85 for the three days. For more details see the Facebook page here. To book, phone: 6362 9811

Forbes Tennis Club is outdoors on the cnr Church and Bandon Streets will be running tennis camp from weeks; Thursday 13th April – Friday 14th April from 9-1pm and Monday 17th through till 21st April and each day is a flat fee of $20 / per child (For a third child $5 discount per day). To book speak with Peter on mob: 0403 335 205  (Accepts Active Kids Vouchers).

Bathurst Tennis Club is running a camp outdoors on Wed 12th April – Friday 14th April from 9-12pm. $140 for 3-days or $50 per day. (for three or more kids, 10% discount applies). Pack morning tea and drinks. To book speak with Fran Mitton on mob: 0431 354 480 or for more details see here.

Mudgee Tennis Club – There are some camps running across both weeks; details for dates are to follow on: 0412 389 729 or via website here.


6. Pinot & Picasso is a lovely way to activate creativity and right brain play. There are some family friendly classes taking place over the School Holidays:-

Family Friendly Pepi the Platypus – Sunday April 16th, 2pm-5pm $59
You Wish – Saturday April 15th, 11am – 2pm $49
Kids Crush – Saturday April 22nd, 11am-1pm $49
Pinot and Picasso recommends kids sessions for 7+
Parents are not required to stay but can purchase tickets if they wish to paint.
Please send kids with food and drink.

7. Ninja camps are running at High Impact Martial Arts and Health Studio and they are all about fun for Kindergarten to Year six. Each day is a fun mixture of martial arts, sword and staff training and fun games and activities. These are running both weeks on:

Thursday 13th April – Ninjago & Monday, 24th April – Nerf War

For more details on times and to book, see here.

Other workshops running are:

Teen’s Kickboxing and Self-Defence Workshop is on Wednesday 12th April. Book via link here.


Bully Buster event on Friday 14th April from 12-1:00pm running at 61 Lords Place, Orange. $10 and bring a friend for free! Book here on this link.


8. The Ninja Park Forbes is a fun outing wherever you might be located across the Central West. Here’s an account from one of our Central West Mums with younger kids, read on here.


9. Gowrie NSW offers diverse and varied activities by qualified fun educators in their vacation care program across locations:-

Bathurst – Enquire here.

Orange – Enquire for Kinross venue here and East Orange venue here.

Kelso – Enquire here.

Also for parents, Newstead Orange are holding Educator Twilight Tours on Wednesday 19th April. This is an opportunity for adults to visit and discover what working at Newstead will mean for you.

Newstead Orange Educator Twilight Tours


10. For your tween/teen, consider booking them into a Feelings Management program running on Wednesday, April 12th and Friday, April 14th from 12-4pm. Feelings management for Kids 12-13 enables kids to learn and apply Feelings Mastery.
This program is activity based in a safe learning environment. Afternoon tea is provided.

Do you have children you want to attend but can not afford the entry fee? Let us know so we can help your kids with feelings management. Contact: The Coaching Centre on ph: 0439 194 323.


11. What’s on during the School Holidays at Orange City Library; all events need to be booked for Lego and Code Clubs available during Library opening hours. Orange City Library is open 7 days. For more on events across Central West libraries see link here or call us on ph: 6393 8132.


12. The Little Art Nook will keep kids occupied with workshops that start on Monday 10th April.  Taking bookings now for Monday 4-5pm (5-8 year olds), Tuesday 4-5pm (9-13 year olds) and Wednesday 4-5pm (14-18 year olds) . Phone Nicky on phone: 0493 418 521 or their Facebook page here.


13. FREE! Play Like a Panthur Super Clinic (NRL) brought to you by Westfund on Saturday 29th April. For more details see here.


14. YogArt (Yoga and Art) is a workshop of healthy fun exploring yoga and art for children and young adults. There are many bennefits of Yoga including strength, co-ordination and stamina as well as learning to be quiet and still. Yoga builds resilience, confidence, focus and a feeling of being energised and grounded. These fun workshops usually run for kids aged 3-6yrs and 7-12yrs at The Yoga Room, Orange. For more details, contact Tricia on: or 0421 363 298


15. The Orange Regional Art Gallery has a number of workshops running; be sure to book early here.


16. Duntryleague is running some golf clinics for kids on Tuesday 11th and 18th April from 9:30-3pm. Suitable for 7 years and older. Book via website here.


17. The Totem Collective are running some FREE learn to skate workshops currently across the Central West and into the School Holidays. For the Boorowa event (14 April), Forbes event (18 April), Mudgee (19 April), Bathurst event (17 April) or Manildra (30 April) you can book in here.


18. For more inspiration on family-friendly pubs, child-friendly cafes and more, please see our directory for ‘Attractions‘ and ‘Classes & Activities‘.


19. Yogalates sessions are being hosted by Total Health Orange and are running from 11th – 13th April and 18th – 20th April. A combination of pilates, yoga and relaxation techniques which provide many health benefits. Cost is $150 for 3 x 1 hour sessions.   In addition, Total Health Orange are also running Handwriting Heroes programs over the same weeks. Each session will be 1.5 hours in length over 3-days for Years 1-2 and 3-4. To enquire about either School Holiday activity or book please phone: (02) 5318 1979.


20. Keep an eye out for Sculptures by the Bush which is kicking off this Friday 6 April – Sunday 30 April. The digital trail map to check out these sculptures by creative locals will be up online soon. To follow and find out more jump onto Blayney Shire Council website or their Facebook page here.


21. The annual Canowindra Balloon Challenge is on during the School Holidays from Wednesday 12th April – Sunday 16th April. This is a magical experience where you’ll see hot air balloons lighting up their burners synced to all new music under the beautiful evening skies in the Central West. The glow from the balloons is spectacular and will leave all who attend with great memories for years to come. Entry is $10 for Adults and $2 for children. Book tickets via website here.


22. Road Trips…there are plenty of fun cultural road trips like visiting the Parkes Dish (For more attractions of things to see and do across the Central West, more inspiration can be found here.

For more on School Holiday events popping up, you can reference our calendar of some activities here.

For more inspiration for what’s on check out the Arts OutWest program too online.

Amorette Zielinski

Amorette is a Mum of two boys who often keep her flying by the seat of her pants and a wife to a man who is so much fun to share life with; never dull! Friends often call her a ‘connector’ because she loves putting like minded people together curating experiences for them.

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