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 the Bendigo area with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Lightning Reef Primary School.

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.

 

Date

Activity details

Week 1
Monday
5 April
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
Tuesday
6 April
Minute 2 Win It
Keep your eye on the prize as the clock is ticking! You have just one minute to master the skill and win yourself a great prize.
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
Wednesday
7 April
Wildlife Adventure
We get to meet some of our Australian wildlife with a live display. Hold a lizard or pat a furry animal.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.00
Thursday
8 April
Bowling
Back by popular demand we’re testing our skills at the bowling alley – have you got what it takes to beat the Educators?
Category: Excursion
Cost: $86.00
Friday
9 April
Woodwork Creations
Get ready for a day on the tools. Our hammers and nails are waiting for you to build something awesome to take home.
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
Week 2
Monday
12 April
Magic Mayhem
Be prepared for all the ooh’s and aaah’s as the Magician rolls in to the holiday program! Learn some tricks of the trade!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.00
Tuesday
13 April
Rainbow Warriors
Come along for a day of colour and fun! We will be participating in a challenging obstacle course under the cloud of colour.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.00
Note: Please bring a change of clothes.
Wednesday
14 April
Movies
Lights, camera, action! Sit back and relax watching the latest new release film at the local cinema.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $86.00
Note: Arrive before 9:30am for start of the excursion.
Thursday
15 April
Make your own Bear
Today we will be making our own soft animal toys to bring on a Teddy Bear Picnic. The toys can be taken home.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements.
Friday
16 April
Pizza Party
There's no better way to finish our holidays than with pizza and party games. Join us to celebrate the end of the holidays!
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements.

  

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 08:00 and 18:00 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

 

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.

Prices and subsidies

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

Our set fee of $86.00 includes all these activities.

Program tables are available to view under the ‘Next program’ section above, 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

 

Location

Bendigo YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Lightning Reef Primary School
74-88 Holmes Road
North Bendigo
VIC 3552

Other programs available at this location