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 Friday 22 January 2021.

This program is based in Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre (BCALC) and will be running for three weeks.

It includes a memorable set of in-house activities based at BCALC and local excursions to Wonthaggi Skate Park and Tennis Club.

Full program details 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
All About Art
Bring out your inner artist as we paint a canvas, sculpt clay models and learn cartoon drawing!
We’ll then include your masterpiece in our special Holiday Program art gallery exhibit.
5 Jan
Beads and Button and Obstacle challenges
Transform buttons and beads into jewellery, ornaments, wind chimes and so much more.
*Includes opportunity to participate in obstacle course challenges throughout the day.
8 Jan
Fantastic Fitness
Bring your energy today as we test your athletic prowess with training challenges and a modified beep test!
Achieve a certificate and prizes for sportsmanship and participation and the loudest cheer! Find your champion within!
*Includes opportunity to play tennis at Wonthaggi Tennis Club. Bring a racket to play with.
7 Jan
What better way to spend a hot summer's day than getting wet and playing water games?
If this sounds like fun then today will be perfect for you! Come prepared to get wet!
*Includes opportunity to swim in the BCALC indoor pool. Bring bathers and a towel.
8 Jan
Woodwork creations and Skate Park
Get ready for a day on the tools. Our hammers and nails are waiting for you to build something awesome to take home.
*Includes opportunity to use Wonthaggi Skate Park. Bring your skateboard or scooter.
Week 2
11 Jan
Lego masters and Pool Games
You've seen the show, now test yourself in our Lego Masters day. Use your skills in our solo and team Lego Challenges. Lots of brick building fun!
*Includes opportunity to swim in the BCALC indoor pool. Bring bathers and a towel.
12 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.
*Includes opportunity to play Outdoor Frisbee Golf.
13 Jan
Restaurant Mania and Skate Park*
Welcome! We are open for business and we're bringing the restaurant to you.
Create the menu and decorate the tables and enjoy a great dining experience.
**Includes opportunity to use Wonthaggi Skate Park. Bring your skateboard or scooter and helmet.
14 Jan
Sensational Science
We're bringing the excitement of science to blow your mind with experiments of all shapes and sizes.
It will be a fun filled day of STEM activities. Challenge your curious mind a in fun and an interactive way.
*Includes opportunity to make a steam racing car.
15 Jan
Back to Nature
Calling all budding green thumbs! Today we get our hands dirty as we decorate our very own pots and plant them out.
You can then take your plant home to look after and watch it grow.
*Includes opportunity to play outdoor games.
Week 3
18 Jan
Bike and Scooter Day
Everyone's favourite activity is back so bring your bike, scooter, skateboard or rollerblades and
have an awesome day of activities on wheels.
*Includes opportunity to use Wonthaggi Skate Park. Bring your skateboard or scooter.
19 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 and make a wood wall hanging for your room to take home
20 Jan
Soccer Madness
We pump up the soccer balls and learn some soccer skills to use in our friendly games with our friends. Could you be the next Tim Cahill or Samantha Kerr?
And get ready for crazy water balloon fun and bring along a change of clothes!
21 Jan
YMCA Talent Show
A star is born as it's time to test our skills and talent by putting on our very own YMCA Talent Show! What talent can you bring to share with us on the day? Impress us with your crazy skills!
22 Jan
House Party*
This is a party you don't want to miss! Celebrate the end of the school holidays with us as we
groove to the ultimate party playlist, eat party food and play party games.
**Includes opportunity to swim in the BCALC indoor pool. Bring bathers and a towel.

*On days where food is included in the activity, please speak to service about any dietary requirements.

Download a PDF program flyer

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 & Leisure Centre, which is run by YMCA Victoria and owned by Bass Coast 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

Daily program fee: $70.00*

*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

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

    Bass Coast YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

    41 Wentworth Road
    VIC, 3995

    Other programs available at this location