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

Our Lightning Reef YMCA School Holiday Program will run between Monday 19 December 2022 to Friday 27 January 2023. 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 19 - Friday 23 December 2022
Monday
19 December
Closed
The program is not running on Monday 19 December.
Tuesday
20 December
Closed
The program is not running on Tuesday 20 December.
Wednesday
21 December
Christmas Competition 
Who will win the Santa Hat in our Christmas competition day? Do you have the team work, communication skills and desire to be #1?
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
22 December
Arty Party
Using recycled and natural materials, clay, paint, paper, photos and more, we're creating masterpieces for our art gallery.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Friday
23 December
Christmas Party
Come and join in some fun Christmas-themed activities and create magical decorations to hang on your tree. Wear a festive outfit!
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Monday 2 - Friday 6 January 2023 
Monday
2 January
Closed
The program is not running on Monday 2 January in recognition of the Australia Day Public Holiday.
Tuesday
3 January
Multicultural Day
We're travelling the world with our hand-made passports experiencing different arts, crafts and music from different countries.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Wednesday
4 January
Circus Spectacular 
Roll up, roll up! We’re learning circus skills including tight rope walking and juggling. Don’t miss out!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
5 January
Village Cinemas Bendigo
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: $90.90
Friday
6 January
Outdoor Sports Day
Join us for a day full of sun, fun and friendly competition! Will you be in the winning team for our outdoor games?
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Monday 9 - Friday 13 January
Monday
9 January
Kids in the Kitchen
Start the day with decorating aprons and weaving placemats, then put them to use as we make some yummy food in the kitchen.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Tuesday
10 January
Slammin' Tennis
Come along and learn some tennis skills. The ‘Slammin Tennis and Fitness’ team will have you acing serves in no time.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $90.90
Wednesday
11 January
Follow the Stars
Look to the sky and learn all about the stars and space! We’ll also enjoy cosmically inspired craft activities.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
12 January
Jumpz Kangaroo
Get your comfy clothes on, we’re going trampolining! Heaps of tramps, foam pits and challenges to keep everyone active and entertained.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $90.90
Friday
13 January
Pyjama Party
Simply roll-out of bed and head over in your PJ's! We're having pyjama party fun, building epic forts and cooking!
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Monday 16 - Friday 20 January
Monday
16 January
Game On
Fun and Games! We’ll be playing a variety of board games, party games and participating in construction challenges.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Tuesday
17 January
Drumming Workshop
Today we will learn about rhythm and melody using drums and percussion instruments.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $90.90
Wednesday
18 January
Art Studio and Water Play
Get creative then cool off! We'll be creating masterpieces for our art gallery, then cooling off with an afternoon of water play.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
19 January
Parky's Play Bendigo
Explore the giant indoor playground at Parky’s Play Bendigo. Try the giant slides, soft ball cannon and flying fox.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $90.90
Friday
20 January
Indoor Sport Day
We're bringing the sports inside and learning new skills about futsal, netball, basketball and more!
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Monday 23 - Friday 27 January
Monday
23 January
Village Cinemas Bendigo
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: $90.90
Tuesday
24 January
Deep Blue Sea
Discover the wonders of the ocean and the creatures that live there. Then we'll design some sea creatures of our own.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Wednesday
25 January
Aussie Day Celebration
Explore Australia's indigenous history and culture and learn indigenous music and unique indigenous craft activities.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
26 January
Closed
The program is not running on Thursday 26 January in recognition of the Australia Day Public Holiday.
Friday
27 January
Party Time
Today will be filled with party games, food and a silent disco. Show off your cool dance moves to some of your favourite songs.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90

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 07:00 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.

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 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

 

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