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 Epping with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Harvest Home 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 Harvest Home 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
Deep Blue Sea
Discover the wonders of the ocean and the creatures that live there. Then we'll design some sea creatures of our own. 
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Thursday
22 December
African Drumming
Learn about African drumming techniques, then we'll get creative and make our own drums from materials around us. 
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Friday
23 December
Christmas Bonanza
Welcome to the holidays! We'll be preparing for Christmas by creating decorations and handmade gifts.
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
Chesterfield Farm Day
Love animals? Then look no further than our excursion to the Chesterfield Farm! Milk a cow, feed the animals and go on a tractor ride.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Wednesday
4 January
Team Trivia
Today we're working your brain muscles as we try different trivia games. Discover things you didn't even know you knew!
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Thursday
5 January
Bricks 4 Kidz
Learn about construction and engineering with the team from Bricks 4 Kids. We’ll build models using LEGO® Bricks and Robotics.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Friday
6 January
A Day of Dance
Get your dancing shoes on! We’ll learn about the benefits of dance fitness and prepare our own routines.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Monday 9 - Friday 13 January
Monday
9 January
Mill Park All Abilities Play Space
Explore the giant outdoor playground at Mill Park All Abilities Play Space. There's slide's, climbing equipment, towers and a water play zone 
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Tuesday
10 January
Colours of the Rainbow
Today is all about colour, from art and craft activities to cooking and games. We're exploring all the colours of the rainbow.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Wednesday
11 January
Zumba For Kids
We’ll learn Latin dance moves through an exciting workshop provide by FunFit Junior Fitness.  
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Thursday
12 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
Friday
13 January
Flavours of the World
Grab your passport, we're travelling! We'll be cooking snacks from different countries as we explore each stop on our journey.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Monday 16 - Friday 20 January
Monday
16 January
Bombs Away
Blow your minds with experiments of all shapes and sizes. It will be a fun-filled day of activities perfect for curious minds.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Tuesday
17 January
Eltham North Adventure Park
We’re heading to the park for lots of fun and adventures, plus we’ll visit Edendale Farm to see the animals. 
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Wednesday
18 January
Reptile Adventure
It’s an invasion of jaws, claws, scales and tails. This is your chance to meet some of the most amazing reptiles!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Thursday
19 January
Sensational Science
Challenge your curious mind with a day filled with STEM activities and science experiments, run in a fun and interactive environment. 
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Friday
20 January
Skateboarding Skills
It's skating time! Boards, helmets, knee and elbow pads and wrist guards provided; you just need to bring the cool tricks!  
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Monday 23 - Friday 27 January
Monday
23 January
Indoor Sport Day
We're bringing the sports inside and learning new skills about futsal, netball, basketball and more!
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Tuesday
24 January
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
Wednesday
25 January
Explore Your Senses
Get ready for a sensory experience. We'll be exploring sight, sound, smell, taste and touch with a variety of activities.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Thursday
26 January
Closed
The program is not running on Thursday 26 January in recognition of the Australia Day Public Holiday.
Friday
27 January
Inflatable World Bundoora
Home to the biggest indoor inflatable playgrounds in Australia. 
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00

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

Epping North YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Harvest Home Primary School
365 Harvest Home Road
Epping North
VIC 3076

Other programs available at this location or nearby