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
Game On
Get your games face on – we've got board games, party games, paper plane
competitions and so much more! Could you be our game day champion?
5 Jan
Summer Fun
We make the most of the Summer weather with a day filled with cool and fun
outdoor Summertime activities to celebrate the holidays
6 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!
7 Jan
The Mad Scientist
Mess up your hair and become a mad scientist for the day. With heaps of fun and
fascinating experiments planned, you’ll have an scienterrific day!
8 Jan
It's a Beach Party
Pack your summer gear for a day of beach style fun and games! Prepare and make
some yummy summer time and tropical treats to enjoy at our Beach Party!
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements
Week 2
11 Jan
Let's Make a Mess!
What better way to spend the day than getting creative with messy activities! Think of
gooey slime, messy art projects and messy outdoor play. We will have messy games as well.
Wear clothes you can get messy in!.
12 Jan
Life at the Zoo
Zoos Victoria is taking us on a virtual excursion with an expert educator teaching us all about
the animals at the zoo while we get to watch them live on screen.
13 Jan
Camping with a difference
Bring in your sleeping bag and camping skills as we transform school holidays into an indoor
camping adventure! We'll make our own "campfire" and have cool camping activites with a twist
14 Jan
Teddy Bear Picnic
Today we are hosting our teddy bear picnic! Bring your favourite soft toy along for a day of games,
imaginative and creative play. We then enjoy a yummy picnic with our friends.
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements
15 Jan
Construction Challenge
How big can you make a house of cards before it falls? How many dominoes can you line up?
What can you make out of boxes and popsicle sticks?
Week 3
18 Jan
Colour Party
It's a colour party! Wear your brightest, favourite colours and get ready for a day of playing party games.
There will be fun music and lots of dancing, plus face painting, coloured hair spray and so much more.
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements
19 Jan
Record Breakers
Lets break some records! Today we will be trying to beat some Guinness World Records! Do you have what it takes?
20 Jan
Making Magic
We're learning magic tricks and discovering the secrets of performing the perfect illusion. Bring your
tricks or learn some new ones.
21 Jan
Gardening Day
Calling all green thumbs! Come and join us in all our gardening themed adventures as we get back to
nature and reconnect with plants.
22 Jan
The Deep Blue Sea
What do you know about the oceans and the wonderful creatures who live there? Spend the day exploring
the sea, creating sea creatures and learning about how we can help our oceans.
Week 4
25 Jan
Celebrate Your Pet
Today we celebrate your furry family members. Bring along a picture and tell us what makes them special.
Be inspired to make a special treat to take home for your own pet.
26 Jan
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
27 Jan
Chill Out Day
Spend the last day of the holidays chilling out in your pajamas watching movies and relaxing with your friends.
We will have some other cool activities and even cooking to finish off the day. Come prepared to relax!
*Please speak to service about 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 18:15 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

  • Tel: 0499 983 828
  • Email: castlemaine@ymca.org.au
  • Location

    Castlemaine YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

    Campbells Creek Primary School
    129 Main Road
    Campbells Creek
    VIC 3451

    Other programs available at this location