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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 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 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
Cardboard Creations
Let your imagination run free with cardboard and paper. Create some amazing structures, sculptures, masks, head dresses, crazy costumes and everything in between.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
21 September
Indigenous Day
Explore Australia's indigenous history and culture and learn how to respect the land through storytelling, music and craft.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
22 September
Ninja Gymnastics 
Today will be dedicated to physical challenges, beginning with gymnastics and culminating in a ninja style time trial.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
23 September
Let's Dance
Get your dancing shoes on as we’ve got an exciting day of hip hop dancing, dance jam and karaoke planned. Create your own dance routine and show off your moves.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
 Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes for dancing
24 September
Public Holiday
The program is not running on Friday 24 September because of Grand Final Public Holiday.
Week 2
27 September
Welcome to Japan
Travel to the land of the rising sun to experience yummy food, beautiful art and exciting games. Join us as we explore Japan's amazing culture.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00.
28 September
Wild Action Zoom
Meet the animals from Wildaction Zoo as they showcase a virtual journey around the animal park. Lots of animal inspired activities throughout the day.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
29 September
Gardening Day
We're planting new garden beds. Join us as we explore what's in our soil, make some bird feeders and create garden scapes with craft and plant materials.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00.
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
30 September
Movie Mania
Come on down to our cinema experience right here at the school holiday program - complete with personalised popcorn holders filled with delicious homemade popcorn.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
1 October
Dress Ups and Photobooth
Lights, camera and action! Dress up to transform yourself into different characters and strike a pose in the photobooth. You even get to decorate your own photo frame to put your photo in to remember the fun.
Category: In house.
Cost: $86.00
Note: Please advise us of 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

Castlemaine 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

  • Tel: 0499 983 828
  • Email:


    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