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 Winter 2022 School Holiday Program based at Campbells Creek Primary School.

The program runs between Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July, on weekdays.

We've prepared a range of engaging experiences that will spark your child's interests and connect them with new friends.

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
27 June
Footy Fever
Dress in your favourite team colours and play heaps of games! Join a team and kick some goals!
Category: In house
Cost: $88.60
28 June
Lights, camera, action! Sit back and relax watching the latest new release film at Village Cinemas Bendigo.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $88.60
29 June
Bake Off
We're making yummy food to have for lunch and delicious treats for afternoon tea and you can make a recipe book of favourites!
Category: In house
Cost: $88.60
30 June
Kyabram Fauna Park
We'll be meeting and learning about some of our Australian Animals and their habitats!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $88.60
1 July
Creating With Clay
Try your hand at pottery. Learn how clay pots and sculptures are made, then create your own masterpiece to take home.
Category: In house
Cost: $88.60
Week 2
4 July
Exploring Senses
We'll be exploring sight, sound, smell, taste and touch with a variety of interactive experiences that stimulate all your senses.
Category: In house
Cost: $88.60
5 July
Indigenous Incursion
Explore Indigenous culture by using Dreamtime storytelling, indigenous music making and unique indigenous craft activities.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $88.60
6 July
Build a Ukuele
We’ll be painting and decorating ukuleles for you can take home. Then we’ll learn to play chords and songs on our new instruments.
Category: In house
Cost: $88.60
7 July
Get ready to test your ten-pin bowling skills at the Bendigo Bowling Centre.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $88.60
8 July
Pizza Party
We’re celebrating the holidays by hosting a pizza party and playing a series of party games.
Category: In house
Cost: $88.60


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 $88.60 includes all these activities.

This fee came into effect on Wednesday 01 December 2021.

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.org.au


    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