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 Craigieburn with our YMCA School Holiday Program.

The program is located within the YMCA Early Learning Centre on the grounds of Aitken 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 Aitken Creek 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
Closed
The program is not running on Tuesday 20 December.
Wednesday
21 December
OSHC Party
Celebrate the school holidays! Let's groove to the ultimate party playlist, eat party food and play party games.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Thursday
22 December
Village Cinemas Plenty Valley
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: $112.00
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: 
$82.00
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
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: $102.00
Wednesday
4 January
Funtopia Maribyrnong
Join us today for some climbing and indoor playground fun at Funtopia Maribyrnong.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Thursday
5 January
Emergency Services
Our local emergency services are coming to visit. We'll learn about the work they do and get to ask questions!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Friday
6 January
Fantastic Gymnastics (Macleod)
We’re heading to Macleod Recreation & Fitness Centre for a gymnastics workshop. Get ready for some jumping and balancing.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Monday 9 - Friday 13 January
Monday
9 January
Mad Science
Blow your minds with experiments of all shapes and sizes. It will be a fun filled day of activities perfecting for curious minds.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Tuesday
10 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: $82.00
Wednesday
11 January
Marine Discovery Centre
We’re visiting the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre to learn about fishing practices and the habitats of aquatic animals.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Thursday
12 January
Video Games Bus
We’ll be visited by a mobile video gaming lounge. Try out the latest consoles and games with your holiday friends.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Friday
13 January
Twisted Science - Moorabin
Experience a new way to play! Test your reaction speed, discover the future of food and challenge your peers to build a virtual river.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Monday 16 - Friday 20 January
Monday
16 January
Basketball Tournament
We’re hosting a basketball tournament with help from our friends at Cube Sports. Learn new skills and play friendly matches.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Tuesday
17 January
Fruitylicious
Get ready for fruity activities. We're making juices and smoothies, play fruit-themed games and learning fun fruit facts.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Wednesday
18 January
DreamCity
Dress up as your career aspiration! We are off to DreamCity, an amazing world where science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths collide in an explosion of fun, exploring your career aspirations through high tech experiences.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Thursday
19 January
Splashtastic Water Party
An action-packed water-based party of games and activities! There will be waterfall fun, water tag team and much more.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Friday
20 January
Camping Adventure
Zoom through the air on the flying fox, try the giant swing and try your hand at archery at our local YMCA camp.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Monday 23 - Friday 27 January
Monday
23 January
City West Taekwondo
The team from City West Taekwondo will teach us about this Korean martial art. Learn key movements and build your confidence.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Tuesday
24 January
Back to the Eighties (80s)
We’re hosting a totally rad dance party inspired by the 1980s. Wear retro clothes, make your own scrunchie and play arcade games.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Wednesday
25 January
Puffing Billy
Choo Choo! We’re heading to Puffing Billy. Cruise the rolling hills on this old steam train, stopping for a picnic lunch and a play.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Thursday
26 January
Closed
The program is not running on Thursday 26 January in recognition of the Australia Day Public Holiday.
Friday
27 January
Circus Challenge
Enjoy a circus workshop where we'll learn juggling, plate spinning and more. Then finish the day with a mini circus show.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00

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 06:30 and 18:30 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 separate 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

 

Location

Craigieburn West YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Craigieburn West YMCA Early Learning Centre
265 Waterview Boulevard
Craigieburn
VIC 3064

Other programs available at this location