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 Wednesday 27 January 2021.

This four week program includes a memorable set of in-house 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.


Program details

Week 1
4 Jan
Tie Dying Workshop
Let's get tie dying and create colourful items to take home. What can we make with cool colours and our imagination?
5 Jan
A Day at the Races
Join us for a full day of racing challenges including egg and spoon, 3 legged and sack races,
plus design the ultimate paper plane for our flying competition and heaps more!
6 Jan
Art and Craft Spectacular
It’s the last day of the holidays and we’re celebrating with a party! Come dressed up in your disco
clothes as we boogie to some 70’s tunes.
7 Jan
Ready, Steady, Cook!
Today the food journey is in your hands. You get to make a variety of delicious foods to enjoy throughout the day. Yummy!
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements
8 Jan
Y Cinemas
Today we welcome you into our very own gold class cinema! Select your session time and movie,
then be welcomed into the movie with your gold ticket. Yes, of course there will be popcorn!
Week 2
11 Jan
One Day Cricket
Howzat! Cheer on your team mates as we bowl, bat and catch in our very own One Day Cricket spectacular.
Learn and practice your batting and bowling skills.
12 Jan
Inventions and Creations
Create your own invention from recycled materials and showcase it to your friends. We will have heaps of
other creative activities on hand too.
13 Jan
Yoga and Mindfulness
Explore yoga and movement through our yoga classes and get in touch with your inner self through mindfulness.
14 Jan
Diorama Creations
Let your imagination run wild and create a mini world in a box using all sorts of miniature materials.
15 Jan
Let's Dance
Get your dance shoes on, we’ve got a huge day of hip hop dancing, dance jam and karaoke planned.
Create your own dance routine and show us your moves.
Week 3
18 Jan
Backwards Day
It's a day of everything backwards! let's have fun by wearing all our clothes backwards - shirt and socks
inside out…Say 'hello' for 'good-bye' and 'good- bye' for 'hello'. Write and say your name backwards and plenty of games.
19 Jan
Y Photographers
Today we see the world through your eyes! Take photos, you could decorate your own photo frame to put a
printed photo inside or create props for the photo booth and have fun making poses to photograph?
20 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.
21 Jan
Crazy Hair Day
There’s no better way to have some fun, than having crazy hair – the coolest colours, to the weirdest hairstyles,
there’s hours of fun to be had. Plus face painting!
22 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!
Week 4
25 Jan
Lego Masters
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!
26 Jan
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
27 Jan
Hawaiian Luau
Aloha! We're getting tropical and preparing for a Hawaiian Luau. Come dressed up for the beach as we
discover art, costumes and food from this beautiful island.

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

Daily program fee: $84.00*

*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


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