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 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 Summer School Holiday Program which runs between Term 4 2022 and Term 1 2023.

Our Bass Coast 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.

Date

Activity details

Monday 2 - Friday 6 January
Monday
2 January
Closed
The program is not running on Monday 2 January in recognition of the Near Year's Day Public Holiday.
Tuesday
3 January
Closed
The program is not running on Tuesday 3 January.
Wednesday
4 January
Closed
The program is not running on Wednesday 4 January.
Thursday
5 January
Bunnings Carnival Day
Working with our local Bunnings we are going to build carnival games that promote sharing, teamwork and massive amount of fun.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $88.00
Friday
6 January
Brambles Berry Farm
We’re visiting Brambles Berry Farm to pick delicious fresh berries. Then, we’ll use our pickings to create ‘berry’ delicious creations.
Category: 
Excursion
Cost:
 $103.00
Monday 9 - Friday 13 January
Monday
9 January
Cardboard Town
Today we create life-sized versions of ourselves and build our very own town by turning boxes into buildings!
Category: In house
Cost: $73.00
Tuesday
10 January
Skate Park Fun
It's skating time! Boards, helmets, knee and elbow pads and wrist guards provided, you just need to bring the cool tricks!
Category: Excursion
Cost: $103.00
Wednesday
11 January
Creating With Clay
Explore the wonderful world of clay. From pots to sculptures, let your imagination run wild and create a clay masterpiece to take home.
Category: In house
Cost: $73.00
Thursday
12 January
Summersalt Gymnastics
Enjoy an action packed session where we will learn ninja, trampoline, rock climbing, gymnastics and parkour skills.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $103.00
Friday
13 January
Let's Make a Mess
We're getting creative and messy. Think gooey slime, hands-on art projects and outdoor play. Wear clothes you can get messy in.
Category: In house
Cost: $73.00
Monday 16 - Friday 20 January
Monday
16 January
Street Art Murals
Create murals based off real artistic imagery and displays around town!
Category: In house
Cost: $73.00
Tuesday
17 January
Video Games Bus
We’ll be visited by a mobile video gaming lounge. Try out the latest consoles and games with your holiday friends.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $88.00
Wednesday
18 January
Dinosaur World
Have a go at being a palaeontologist for the day and discover the amazing world of dinosaurs, the ice age, fossils and more.
Category: In house
Cost: $73.00
Thursday
19 January
Library Fun
We're checking out all the fun available at our local library and museum, followed by a picnic at the park.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $103.00
Friday
20 January
Code Busters
Can you crack the code? Work in teams to complete STEM challenges and earn clues to unlock the case.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $88.00
Monday 23 - Friday 27 January
Monday
23 January
Scavenger Hunt
Join your friends as we take you on a scavenger hunt adventure. Grab your list and see how many items you can find.
Category: In house
Cost: $73.00
Tuesday
24 January
Water Play
An action-packed water-based party of games and activities! Don’t forget to bring your spare clothes and a towel!
Category: In house
Cost: $73.00
Wednesday
25 January
Movies at Wonthaggi Arts Centre
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: $103.00
Thursday
26 January
Closed
The program is not running in recognition of the Australia Day Public Holiday.
Friday
27 January
Closed
The program is not running on Friday 27 January.

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

 

Inclusion

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

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

    Bass Coast YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

    Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre

    41 Wentworth Road
    Wonthaggi
    VIC, 3995

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