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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 Spring School Holiday Program which runs Monday 20 September to Friday 1 October 2021.

The program is not running on Friday 24 September because of Grand Final Public Holiday.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation within Victoria, this program will only offer in house activities facilitated by our educators.

The Victorian Government have introduced restrictions that limit who can currently access School Holiday Programs.

Visit our COVID-19 updates page for the latest detail on who can access the program under current Government Restrictions.

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
20 September
Scavenger Hunt
We're taking you on a scavenger hunt. Get your eyes ready for a day filled with adventure and discovery. See how many items you can find from our list.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00.
21 September
Multicultural Day
Today we travel around the world with our hand-made passports experiencing different arts, crafts and music from countries around the globe.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00.
Note: Bring cultural clothing of your choice.
22 September
Obstacle Races
Get ready for some fun as we create our own obstacle races. Grab your team mates and start the race to see if you can make it through.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
23 September
Choose Your Own Adventure
It's choose your own adventure day! From ball games to origami, to taking on your friends in Lego challenges. There's something for everyone.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
24 September
Public Holiday
The program is not running on Friday 24 September because of Grand Final Public Holiday.
Week 2
27 September
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 in a fun and interactive environment.
Category: In house
Cost: $86.00
28 September
Let's Make a Mess
We're getting messy! Think of gooey slime, hands-on art projects and outdoor play. Wear clothes you dont mind getting dirty!
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00.
Note: Bring a change of clothes.
29 September
Sandtastic Art
Get creative with heaps of sand inspired activities. From kinetic sand sculptures to sand art masterpieces you can take home, let your imagination run wild.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00.
30 September
All Things Movies
Dress up as your favourite movie character and challenge your friends to guess who you are. Get ready for a day full of movie related activities that will test your movie knowledge
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear themed clothing or dress ups.
1 October
Pizza Party
There's no better way to finish our holidays than with pizza and party games. Come and join us to celebrate the end of the holidays!
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00.
Note: Please provide 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



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



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