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 Wonthaggi and surrounding areas with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

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

Next program

Bookings are now open for our Autumn School Holiday Program which runs between Tuesday 6 - Friday 16 April 2021.

This nine day program includes a memorable set of 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.



Activity details

Week 1
5 April
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
6 April
Swimming and Craft
Join us for a morning filled with group craft experiences. In the afternoon we head to the indoor pool for free play and organised games.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $75.00
Note: Remember to bring swimmers, googles and a towel.
7 April
Skate Park Workshop
Bring your skateboards and scooters for a skate workshop with Darren our Skate Coach. Remember your helmets and safety gear.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $70.00
Note: Arrive before 9:15am for start of the incursion.
8 April
Enjoy fresh popcorn and a latest release movie at our local Cinema. Enjoy a play and picnic at the park in the afternoon.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $85.00
Note: Arrive before 9:00am for start of the excursion.
9 April
Everyone's an Artist
Learn the joys of art as we welcome a local artist who will take us through creating our very own piece of art to take home.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $80.00
Note: Arrive before 9:00am for start of the incursion.
Week 2
12 April
Skate Day
Bring your scooter, skateboard or rollerblades and have an awesome day of activities on wheels. Don't forget your safety gear!
Category: In House
Cost: $70.00
Note: Arrive before 9:00am for start of the activities.
13 April
PJ Party Campout
Come along with your sleeping bag in your PJ's ready for a day of movies, campfire songs, hot chocolate and silly stories.
Category: In House
Cost: $70.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements.
14 April
Penguin Parade
Explore Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Walk the board walks to spot wildlife, take part in an interactive display and learn about the little penguins.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $100.00
Note: Arrive before 9:00am for start of the excursion.
15 April
Swimming and Cooking
Today we will be cooking up a storm! After lunch we head to the pool for fun and games. Then we head back to enjoy our culinary goodies for afternoon tea.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $75.00
Note: Remember to bring swimmers, googles and a towel.
16 April
Lights, camera, action! Enjoy fresh popcorn and a latest release movie at our local cinema.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $85.00
Note: Arrive before 9:00am for start of the excursion.


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 08:30 and 17:30, Monday to Friday, during the holidays (there is no program on public holidays, see the 'Next program' section above for dates).


Co-located programs

Bass Coast YMCA School Holiday Program is run through Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre, which is run by YMCA Victoria and owned by Bass Coast Shire 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.

Prices and subsidies

Bass Coast YMCA School Holiday Program offers in house, incursion and excursion activities during the school holidays.

Our standard fee of $70.00 includes in house activities, with additional fees applied for incursion and excursion activities. These additional fees will vary based on the planned activity.

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

Please note: The fees above 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

  • Tel: (03) 5672 4194
  • Email: wonthaggi@ymca.org.au


    Bass Coast YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

    41 Wentworth Road
    VIC, 3995

    Other programs available at this location