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Pastimes of Past Times

Rev. Forbes Homestead hosts old-fashioned children’s games on July 19.

Outdoor games include croquet and horseshoes with indoor games such as checkers, tin toys and jacks available in the homestead.  “This is a great opportunity for children to experience what kids of the past played with, long before modern video games and social media”, says Robin White, Marketing Coordinator with the Grande Prairie Museum. “The games aim to entertain visitors of all ages.”

This unique drop-in program is on Wednesday July 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reverend Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital, located at 10424 96 St (behind the QE2 hospital)

Light refreshments will be served.


From 1936 to 1947 the Nelson Family lived in the Forbes Homestead.  They raised five boys in this house during a difficult time of change in our local history; from the Great Depression to the World Wars.  This past times program helps to demonstrate what life was like for children in those times by allowing the public to get hands on with toys and games from the Museum’s collection.

Children did not have as many toys as most do today and the majority of household favourites were homemade, often from wood.  Store bought toys included tin toys, board games, dolls and teddy bears.

More Information

Anyone looking for more information on this afternoon program, or to schedule a larger group for another day are asked to contact Charles Taws at 780-830-7084 or Daniel Randell at 780-532-4586 with the Grande Prairie Museum.


Media Inquiries may be directed to:

Charles Taws
Curator / Collections Supervisor
Grande Prairie Museum

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