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 Castlemaine area with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Campbells Creek 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 Castlemaine 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
Ninja Warriors
Join in a super fun obstacle course which combines athletic skills such as movement, running, jumping, climbing, balancing.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Wednesday
21 December
Teddy Bear Picnic
Children will have a "beary" excellent day building their own take home bear and attending a teddy bear picnic
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
22 December
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
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
Discovery Centre
We’re heading to the Bendigo Discovery Centre to learn all about the amazing world of science and technology!
Category: Excursion
Cost: $90.90
Wednesday
4 January
Silent Disco
It'll be a day filled with party games, food and a silent disco. Show off your dancing skills to some of your favourite songs!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
5 January
Y Talent Show
We're putting on a talent show! Show us your talents or crazy skills and learn some new ones from your friends.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Friday
6 January
Brickworks
We’ll use LEGO® bricks to complete a series of building challenges. Can we build it? Yes we can!
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Monday 9 - Friday 13 January
Monday
9 January
Oh so French
Learn about France by eating delicious French food, creating French inspired art and participating in popular French sports.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Tuesday
10 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
Wednesday
11 January
Everyone's an Artist
A local artist will be sharing the secrets of art with us. Bring your imagination and leave with your very own piece of art.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
12 January
Wildlife Works
We're joined by the team at Roo Keepers as we learn about our native wildlife and Australia's most famous animals!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $90.90
Friday
13 January
Gardening Day
Today we are weeding and planting in our own special garden. We will also plant some seasonal seeds!
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Monday 16 - Friday 20 January
Monday
16 January
Sandtastic Art
Get creative with heaps of sand-inspired activities. Use your imagination to make kinetic sand sculptures and sand art masterpieces.
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Tuesday
17 January
Parkour Workshop
Let's get moving at Castlemaine Circus for a parkour workshop. Then we’ll relax with lunch at the Botanical Gardens.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $90.90
Wednesday
18 January
When I Grow Up
Dress up and come along with your ideas about what you want to do or be when you get older. 
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Thursday
19 January
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
20 January
Celebrate Pets
Bring along a picture and tell us what makes them special, then create a unique treat to take home for your furry friend. 
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Monday 23 - Friday 27 January
Monday
23 January
Year of the Tiger
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger. There's plenty of activities including creating Chinese New Year masks and a giant Dragon for our parade!
Category: In house
Cost: $90.90
Tuesday
24 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
Wednesday
25 January
Street Dancing
Let's dance! Learn some new and exciting dance moves that will have you tearing up the streets in no time.
Category: Incursion
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
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

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

 

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

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