Spring School Holiday Program is now open! Scroll down to view the list of activities.
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!
We're proud to support families in Ashburton with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre.
Bookings are now open for our Spring 2023 School Holiday Program based at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre.
The program runs between Monday 18 September to Thursday 28 September, on weekdays.
We've prepared a range of engaging experiences that will spark your child's interests and connect them with new friends.
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.
|Spring Has Sprung
Join us for a variety of spring themed craft activities, inspired by beautiful flowers We’ll also go outside to explore nature.
Category: In-House Day
It'll be a day filled with party games, food and a silent disco. Show off your dancing skills to some of your favourite songs!
|Fantastic Gymnastics - Boroondara
We’re heading to Boroondara Sports Complex for a gymnastics workshop. Get ready for some jumping, twisting and balancing.
|Movies - 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.
|Beads and Buttons
Join us as we transform all sorts of buttons and beads into jewellery, ornaments and wind chimes.
Category: In-House Day
DTM Education will teach us about rhythm and melody using drums and percussion instruments.
|LOL Comedy Show
A side-splitting show with clownish characters, silly songs, muddled up magic and playful puppets! It’s a bonkers comedy event for kids!
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 Day
|Roller Skating Fun
Get your roll on! We’re heading to our local roller skating rink, to practice our roller skating or blading skills.
Note: Please bring your own bike helmet, long socks and water bottles
|Closed - Public Holiday
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:
- Register or login to School Lunch Online.
- Go to My Account and select 'Add Users' in the User Details tab.
- Select YMCA Ashburton as the school you are ordering from. Enter your child's name and year level.
- Go to My Orders and select the date your child is attending our program.
- Select your preferred menu items and them to cart. Repeat this for each day you wish to place an order.
- 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).
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).
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.
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 payment information page for more details.
Bookings and enquiries
To enrol your child in a YMCA School Holiday Program or submit a booking request, go to the how to enrol 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.
Ashburton YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:
Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre
8 Warner Avenue