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

Week 1
4 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.
5 Jan
Get set for a fruit spectacular, as we make juices and smoothies, eat and play fruit salad and have fun with fruity games with a twist.
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements
6 Jan
A Trip into Space
Join us as we travel to outer space for some fun, out-of-this- world activities as we explore all things space!
7 Jan
The Mad Scientist
Mess up your hair and become a mad scientist for the day. With heaps of fun and fascinating experiments planned, you’ll have an scienterrific day!
8 Jan
Book Mania
Come dressed as your favourite book character and enjoy games, activities and art all about books.
Week 2
11 Jan
Cake Decorating
Spend the day using your imagination and lots of icing to decorate all things cake related.
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements
12 Jan
It's A Bug's Life
Let’s go hunting for bugs and then see how many we can spot while we watch a bug themed movie.
13 Jan
Little Heroes
Grab your mask and cape, and get here in a flash because today is all about superheroes.
So many Superhero activities. POW! ZAP! BAM!
14 Jan
Ball Games Bonanza
We get the ball pump out for a day of ball games. From football to soccer, netball, basketball and even tennis.
Join a team and show off your skills.
15 Jan
Spooky Party
Come dressed in your spookiest costume today. Will you be a skeleton, monster or even a ghost?
We will play heaps of games and have our own monster mash disco.
Week 3
18 Jan
Dinosaur World
Be a palaeontologist for the day and discover the amazing world of dinosaurs. It will be ROARsome!
19 Jan
Creating with Clay
Today we explore the wonderful world of clay. From clay pots to sculptures, let your imagination run wild with your clay creation
to take home.
20 Jan
Flavours of the World
Roll your sleeves up apprentice chefs, we're exploring the globe by cooking up tantalising delights from around the world.
Learn new skills as we discover new taste sensations.
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements
21 Jan
It's a Puppet
Roll up, roll up for the greatest mini show in town! We’re making a puppet theatre and puppets, and then making our own popcorn
to enjoy while we watch our puppet show.
22 Jan
The Deep Blue Sea
What do you know about the oceans and the wonderful creatures who live there?
Spend the day exploring the sea, creating sea creatures and learning about how we can help our oceans.
Week 4
25 Jan
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Happy Australia Day! We’re celebrating our mulit-cultural nation. Come dressed in your own cultural outfit and enjoy heaps of
Aussie inspired cooking, and art and craft. Plus a game of backyard cricket and a sausage sizzle.
26 Jan
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
27 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.

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: $76.00*

*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


Barton YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Barton Primary School
90 Everlasting Boulevard
Cranbourne East
VIC 3977

Other programs available at this location