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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 Reservoir and surrounding areas with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Darebin Community Sports Stadium.

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
Fun and Games
This is your chance to invent your own games and then challenge your friends to play it to see who is the true champion.
Category: In house.
Cost: $62.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes. Children are encouraged to wear themed clothing or dress ups.
21 September
Choose Your Own Art Adventure
Time to bring out your inner artist as we make a spectacular art gallery. Anything from making recycled sculptures, getting messy with paints or doing some creative drawings.
Category: In house.
Cost: $62.00
22 September
Bricks and Blocks
Learn about the history of Lego and take part in our quick build and master build challenges. Bring your creativity, design and flair.
Category: In house.
Cost: $62.00
23 September
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. Delicious!
Category: In house.
Cost: $62.00
24 September
Public Holiday
The program is not running on Friday 24 September because of Grand Final Public Holiday.
Week 2
27 September
Talent Show
It's time to showcase your skills and talents by putting on a talent show! Perform or show us your special trick and learn some new ones from your friends.
Category: In house
Cost: $62.00
28 September
It's a Puppet!
Roll up, roll up for the greatest mini show in town! We’re making a puppet theatre and puppets, and then topping off the day with popcorn while we watch the show.
Category: In house.
Cost: $62.00
29 September
Creating With Clay
We're exploring the wonderful world of clay. From pots to sculptures, let your imagination run wild and create a clay masterpiece to take home.
Category: In house
Cost: $62.00
30 September
Sensational Science
We're bringing the excitement of science to blow your mind with experiments of all shapes and sizes. It will be a fun filled day of STEM activities. Challenge your curious mind in a fun and interactive environment.
Category: In house.
Cost: $62.00
1 October
Monster Madness
Calling all little monsters! We want your inner monster to run wild with a day filled with monster inspired activities. It's going to to be a roarsome time!
Category: In house
Cost: $62.00


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 07:30 and 18:00 during the holidays, Monday to Friday, during the holidays (see the 'Next program' section above for dates).


Co-located programs

Darebin YMCA School Holiday Program is run through Darebin Community Sports Stadium, which is run by YMCA Victoria and owned by Darebin Council.

The following services are also available at this location:

  • GymbaROO (a weekly parent / child education program for children from birth to five years)

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

Darebin YMCA School Holiday Program offers in house, incursion and excursion activities during the school holidays.

Our standard fee of $61.00 includes in house activities, with additional fees applied for incursion and excursion activities. These additional fees will vary based on the planned activity.

Program tables are available to view under the ‘Next program’ section, 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



Darebin YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Darebin Community Sports Stadium
857 Plenty Road
VIC 3073

Other programs available at this location