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!

Bookings are now open for our Summer School Holiday Program which runs from Monday 11 January to Friday 22 January 2021.

This program is based in Macleod Recreation and Fitness Centre (MRFC) and features a memorable set of in-house activities 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.


Program details

Week 1
11 Jan
The Deep Blue Sea
What do you know about the oceans and the wonderful creatures who live there? Spend the day exploring the sea, creating sea creatures and learning about how we can help our oceans.
12 Jan
Minute To Win It
A high action day! Keep your eye on the prize, as the clock is ticking! It’s brain vs brawn as you have just 1 minute to master the skill and win yourself a great prize.
13 Jan
Sports Galore
Today is all about sports as we dive into our sports bags and try out some exciting new games and play some of our favourites.
14 Jan
Recycle, Reuse, Rebuild
Grab your re-cycled boxes and lids and bring them along to holiday program as we build robots, houses and more.
BYO recyclable materials welcome, but please no egg, milk or nut packaging.
15 Jan
Pirate Party
We're making pirate hats, eye patches and treasure chests and then going on an epic scavenger hunt.
Week 2
18 Jan
Hawaiian Luau*
Aloha! We're getting tropical and preparing for a Hawaiian Luau. Come dressed up for the beach as we discover art, costumes and food from this beautiful island.
19 Jan
Game on
Get your games face on – we've got board games, party games, paper plane competitions and so much more! Could you be our game day champion?
20 Jan
The Mad Scientist
Mess up your hair and become a mad scientist for the day. With heaps of fun and fascinating experiments planned, you’ll have an scienterrific day!
21 Jan
All About Sports
Come dressed in your favourite team colours and join in the fun for a day filled with heaps of sporting activities. Bring all of your energy to this super sports day.
22 Jan
House Party*
This is a party you don't want to miss! Celebrate the end of the school holidays with us as we groove to the ultimate party playlist, eat party food and play party games.

*On days where food is included in the activity, please speak to service about any dietary requirements.

Download a PDF program flyer

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

Macleod YMCA School Holiday Program is run through Macleod Recreation and Fitness Centre, which is run by YMCA Victoria and owned by Banyule City Council.

The following services are also available at this 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

Daily program fee: $61.00*

*Please note, this fee is for in house School Holiday Programs. Different fees are set for each day, depending on whether it is a headquarters, incursion or excursion day. A list of fees for each holiday program will be confirmed prior to the holiday program start date (here on our website, or in hard copy at the centre).

Our programs qualify for the Federal Government's Child Care Subsidy. The Child Care Subsidy helps eligible families access approved and registered child care providers, by partially subsidising the cost of daily fees. Please note, the prices above do not include any child care subsidy you may be entitled to, which could significantly reduce your out-of-pocket expense.

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


Macleod YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Macleod Recreation and Fitness Centre
157 Wungan Street
VIC 3085

Drop off instructions: Please park in the main car park and head to reception.

Other programs available at this location