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!

Bookings are now open for our Summer School Holiday Program which runs from Monday 4 January to Wednesday 27 January 2021.

This four week program includes a memorable set of in-house activities which are listed below.

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.


Program details

Christmas Week
21 Dec
Cake Decorating
Spend the day using your imagination and lots of icing to
decorate all things cake related.
22 Dec
Christmas Cards and Decorations
Get into the spirit of the festive season as we make Christmas Cards
and unique decorations for the tree. Take home some Christmas joy!
23 Dec
Movie Marathon
Today we welcome you into our very own cinema! Create your own popcorn
box then chill out and relax with popcorn and popular movies.
During intervals, test your knowledge of movie trivia.
24 Dec
Let's Get Festive!
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! We'll be making decorations for
the tree, stockings to hang and yummy Christmas goodies to eat.
Week 1
4 Jan
Game On
Get your games face on – we've got board games, party games, paper plane
competitions and so much more! Could you be our game day champion?
5 Jan
Summer Fun
We make the most of the Summer weather with a day filled with cool and fun
outdoor Summertime activities to celebrate the holidays.
6 Jan
Around the World: Mexican Style
Get cooking in the kitchen Mexican style! Tacos, salsa, nachos, burritos and more!
Learn about Mexican craft and culture while eating delicious food!
7 Jan
Let's Dance
Get your dance shoes on, we’ve got a huge day of hip hop dancing, dance jam and
karaoke planned. Create your own dance routine and show us your moves.
8 Jan
Tie Dying Workshop
Let's get tie dying and create colourful items to take home. What can we make with
cool colours and our imagination?
Week 2
11 Jan
Welcome to Japan
Travel to the land of the rising sun to experience food, art and games as we explore all
things Japanese.
12 Jan
Magical Moments
Dress as your favourite Harry Potter character and ride with us to Hogwarts for a day at
magic school.
13 Jan
Celebrate your Pet
Today we celebrate your furry family members. Bring along a picture and tell us what makes
them special. Be inspired to make a special treat to take home for your own pet.
14 Jan
Crazy Hair Day
There’s no better way to have some fun, than having crazy hair – the coolest colours, to the
weirdest hairstyles, there’s hours of fun to be had. Plus face painting!
15 Jan
PJ's and Pancakes*
Roll out of bed and head over to the holiday program in your PJ's. Cook and decorate some
yummy pancakes on our PJ Day!
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements
Week 3
18 Jan
Camping Fun
We bring the camping fun to us. Enjoy toasted marshmallows by the fire plus fun games and
activities throughout the day.
19 Jan
Aussie Outback
Discover the beauty and wonder of Australia as we delve into our own backyard to learn a thing
or two about our own native plants and animals.
20 Jan
Art and Craft Spectacular
Are you ready to get creative? We have a day full of arty, crafty fun to help you create your own
masterpieces! Have a go at new art ideas and crazy art activities!
21 Jan
Movie Marathon
Today we welcome you into our very own cinema! Create your own popcorn box then chill out and
relax with popcorn and popular movies. During intervals, test your knowledge of movie trivia.
22 Jan
Dress Up Day
Will you be a Superhero, Doctor or a Princess? Dress up in a costume of your choice and join in a
heap of fun activities throughout the day.
Week 4
25 Jan
Great Aussie BBQ
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!! We're celebrating Australia's special day with a game of cricket, making Aussie
arts and crafts plus no celebration would be complete with a great Aussie BBQ for lunch!
26 Jan
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
27 Jan
Chill Out Day
Spend the last day of the holidays chilling out in your pajamas watching movies and relaxing with your friends.
We will have some other cool activities and even cooking to finish off the day. Come prepared to relax!

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 06:30 and 18:30 during the holidays (see the 'Next program' section above for dates).

Co-located programs

The Y also offers the following services at the same 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.

Prices and subsidies

Daily program fee: $74.00*

*Please note, this fee is for in house School Holiday Programs. Different fees are set for each day, depending on whether it is a headquarters, incursion or excursion day. A list of fees for each holiday program will be confirmed prior to the holiday program start date (here on our website, or in hard copy at the centre).

Our programs qualify for the Federal Government's Child Care Subsidy. The Child Care Subsidy helps eligible families access approved and registered child care providers, by partially subsidising the cost of daily fees. Please note, the prices above do not include any child care subsidy you may be entitled to, which could significantly reduce your out-of-pocket expense.

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

Alternatively, you can contact our Customer Service Team by completing our current families contact form.


Bannockburn YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Bannockburn P-12 College
139 Milton Street
VIC 3331

Other programs available at this location