Bookings are open from Tuesday 22 November for our Summer School Holiday Program! Scroll down to view activity details.

If your child needs quality care during school holidays, is between five and 12 years old, and enrolled in primary school – they will love YMCA School Holiday Programs!

About us

We're proud to support families in Ashburton with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre.

This program is run by YMCA Children's Programs – part of YMCA Victoria.

Next program

Bookings are now open for our Summer School Holiday Program which runs between Term 4 2022 and Term 1 2023.

Our Ashburton YMCA School Holiday Program will run between Monday 2 January to Friday 27 January. The program will not operate on public holidays.

We've prepared an exciting range of daily activities including incursions and excursions that take advantage of the warm summer weather.

Current families can sign into My Family Lounge to make a booking.

New to our programs? Follow the steps outline on our School Holiday Program Bookings page.


Activity details

Monday 2 - Friday 6 January
2 January
The program is not running on Monday 2 January in recognition of the Near Year's Day Public Holiday.
3 January
Minute 2 Win It
We’ll be playing a series of brain teasers and games in minute intervals. Keep your eye on the prize while the clock ticks down!
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
4 January
Back to the Eighties (80s)
We’re hosting a totally rad dance party inspired by the 1980s. Wear retro clothes, make your own scrunchie and play arcade games.
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
5 January
Bounce Glen Iris
Get your comfy clothes on, we’re going trampolining! Heaps of tramps, foam pits and challenges to keep everyone active and entertained.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $101.85
6 January
Superhero Party
We're calling all superheros to wear your favourite superhero gear to save the world!
In house
Monday 9 - Friday 13 January
9 January
Mad Science
Blow your minds with experiments of all shapes and sizes. It will be a fun filled day of activities perfecting for curious minds.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
10 January
Duck Cameron Magic Show
Magician Duck Cameron is visiting to provide an interactive magic workshop. Participate in the show and learn your own magic trick! 
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
11 January
Record Breakers
Let's break some records! Today we're going to attempt to beat some World Records and have a heap of fun along the way.
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
12 January
Endangered Species
We’ll be meeting native Australian animals who are considered endangered species and learn about the issues affecting them.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
13 January
Deep Blue Sea
Discover the wonders of the ocean and the creatures that live there. Then we'll design some sea creatures of our own.
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
Monday 16 - Friday 20 January
16 January
Sensational Science
Challenge your curious mind with a day filled with STEM activities and science experiments, run in a fun and interactive environment.
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
17 January
Calling all Superheroes
BANG, WHAM, POW! Come dressed up and discover your superhero talents working with your friends through various missions!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
18 January
Village Cinemas Rivoli
Lights, camera, action! Sit back and relax, because we’re heading to our local cinema to watch the latest new release movie.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $101.85
19 January
Ultimate Frisbee Challenges
Bring your Frisbee skills! Enjoy a fun-filled day of ultimate Frisbee action packed challenges.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
20 January
Beads and Buttons
Join us as we transform all sorts of buttons and beads into jewellery, ornaments and wind chimes.
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
Monday 23 - Friday 27 January
23 January
Creepy Creatures
We’ll learn about the amazing world of bugs through a hands-on incursion from the Minibeasts Team.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.85
24 January
Old School Games
Enjoy some old school games from the past. You'll get to try egg and spoon, sack races or three legged relay just to name a few.
Category: In house
Cost: $81.85
25 January
Fantastic Gymnastics
We’re heading to Boroondara Sports Complex for a gymnastics workshop. Get ready for some jumping, twisting and balancing.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $101.85
26 January
The program is not running on Thursday 26 January in recognition of the Australia Day Public Holiday.
27 January
The program is not running on Friday 27 January.

Lunch orders

Our Ashburton program has access to catering services from the café located within Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre (APARC).

Families can submit an online lunch order with the APARC café for each day their child attends our School Holiday Program.

How to submit your order:

  1. Register or login to School Lunch Online.
  2. Go to My Account and select 'Add Users' in the User Details tab.
  3. Select YMCA Ashburton as the school you are ordering from. Enter your child's name and year level.
  4. Go to My Orders and select the date your child is attending our program.
  5. Select your preferred menu items and them to cart. Repeat this for each day you wish to place an order.
  6. Go to the Shopping Cart and follow the prompts to submit payment,

Please note the following:

  • menus are open two weeks prior to the next program;
  • orders close at 4:00pm the day prior;
  • families still need to provide snacks for morning and afternoon tea;
  • lunch order fees are not covered by your Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlements.

Activities and learning outcomes

YMCA School Holiday Programs offer a variety of activities to interest your child, such as:

  • arts and crafts
  • music and movement area
  • outdoor and physical space
  • puzzles and board games
  • reading and quiet space
  • science, nature and sensory activities
  • incursion and excursions.

Strict departure hours apply for excursions (please note the times when booking the activity).

Session times

To accommodate our families, we offer YMCA School Holiday Programs between 7:30am and 6:00pm during the holidays (see the 'Next program' section above for dates).


Co-located programs

Ashburton YMCA School Holiday Program is run through Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre, which is run by YMCA Victoria and owned by Boroondara Council.

The following services are also available at this location:

What to bring

  • Lunch and snack (nutritious & NUT FREE)
  • SunSmart hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Weather appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Where activity involves water, please bring swimwear, towel and a change of clothes as required



We believe in an inclusive society for all children and families. Children with additional needs are welcome to attend our program. Families must contact the OSHC Coordinator at least four weeks prior to the holiday program to discuss the individual needs of your child and complete any funding applications. Find out more about inclusion at YMCA Children's Programs.

Activity types, prices and subsidies

YMCA School Holiday Program runs three types of activity days, which include:

  • In house: activities run by our Educator Team;
  • Incursion: activities run by visitors to our service;
  • Excursion: activities run at an off-site location.

Each activity day incurs a separate cost that is confirmed prior to each holidays when bookings are opened.

Program tables are available to view under the ‘Next program’ section, prior to the start of each school holiday. These detail the daily activities types and associated fees. 

Fees listed on program tables are not inclusive of any Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlements, which may reduce your out-of-pocket expense.


Debit process

Our programs operate on a fortnightly debit cycle, which withdraws payment for the next two weeks of care your family has booked.

If you book an additional day of care during our School Holiday Program, your account will be back charged in the following debit cycle.

Visit our debit process page for a list of forthcoming debit dates.

Bookings and enquiries

To enrol your child in a YMCA School Holiday Program or submit a booking request, go to the bookings page for step by step instructions on how to to get started. Bookings are managed through an online system called My Family Lounge.

If you're not quite ready to book and have a few more questions, our team will be happy to help – simply fill in our enquiry form and someone will get back to you.

Contact details



Ashburton YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre
8 Warner Avenue
VIC 3147

Other programs available at this location