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 Autumn School Holiday Program which runs between Tuesday 6 - Friday 16 April 2021.

This nine day program includes a memorable set of 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.



Activity details

Week 1
5 April
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
6 April
Bike and Scooter Day
Bring your bike, scooter, skateboard or rollerblades and have an awesome day of activities on wheels. Don't forget your safety gear!
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
Note: Remember to bring helmets and safety gear.
7 April
Active Attitudes
Get ready, set and go with a fun filled day of cool activities with the team from Active Attitudes.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $86.00
Note: Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.
8 April
Back to Nature
Today we get our hands dirty as we decorate our own pots and put a plant in them. Take your new plant home and watch it grow.
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
9 April
Woodwork Creations
Get ready for a day on the tools. Our hammers and nails are waiting for you to build something awesome to take home.
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
Week 2
12 April
Beads and Buttons
Transform buttons and beads into jewellery, ornaments, wind chimes and so much more.
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
13 April
Lights, camera, action! Sit back and relax watching the latest new release film at the local Cinema.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $86.00
14 April
Make your own Bear
Today we will be making our own soft animal toys to bring on a Teddy Bear Picnic. The toys can be taken home.
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
15 April
Bendigo Discovery Centre
Learn about science and technology when we visit Bendigo Discovery Centre. In the afternoon, we'll play games and activities.
Category: Excursion to Bendigo Discovery Centre.
Cost: $86.00
16 April
Pizza Party
There's no better way to finish our holidays than with pizza and party games. Come and join us to celebrate the end of the holidays!
Category: In House
Cost: $86.00
Note: Please advise us on 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.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