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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 Mernda with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at Mernda Park 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 2021 and Term 1 2022.

Our Mernda Park YMCA School Holiday Program will run between Monday 20 December 2021 to Friday 28 January 2022. 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 20 - Friday 24 December
Monday
20 December
It's Begining To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Come and join in some fun christmas activities and create some magical decorations to hang on your Christmas tree.
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Tuesday
21 December
Street Dancing
Get your moves on! Learn some new and exciting dance moves that will have you tearing up the streets in no time.
Category: Incursion provided by Cube Sports
Cost: $100.00
Time: Arrive by 10:00am for start of the incursion.
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Wednesday
22 December
Creating With Clay
Today we explore the wonderful world of clay. From clay pots to sculpture, let your imagination run wild and create a clay masterpiece to take home.
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Thursday
23 December
Christmas Party
HO HO HO! Merry Christmas, join us for some festive christmas activites and a special visit from the man from the North Pole.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $100.00
Friday
24 December
Closed
The program is not running on Friday 24 December in recognition of Christmas Eve festivities.
Monday 3 - Friday 7 January
Monday
3 January
Closed
The program is not running on Monday 3 January in recognition of the New Year's Day Public Holiday.
Tuesday
4 January
Ninja Gymnastics
Today will be dedicated to challenging yourself beginning with gymnastics and culminating in a ninja style time trial.
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Notes: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Wednesday
5 January
Edendale Adventure Playground
If you love being hands-on and being around animals - then look no further then our excursion to the Edendale Adventure Playground and Farm! Pat and feed animals and learn something new.
Category: Excursion to Edendale Adventure Playground.
Cost: $110.00
Time: Arrive by 8:00am for start of the excursion.
Notes: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle, and sun hat.
Thursday
6 January
Back To Nature
Calling all green thumbs! We're decorating pots and then getting our hands dirty when we put a plant in them for you to take home.
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Friday
7 January
Bricks 4 Kids
A day filled with awesome Lego inspired activities when the team from Bricks 4 Kids visit us.
Category: Incursion provided by Bricks 4 Kidz
Cost: $100.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of the incursion.
Monday 10 - Friday 14 January
Monday
10 January
African Drumming
Immerse yourself in the sounds of drums with a visit from African drummers who will teach us how to play. We then get creative and make our own drums from materials around us.
Category: Incursion provided by Afrobeat
Cost: $100.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of the incursion at 10:00am.
Tuesday
11 January
Inflatable World
Bouncey, bouncey, bounce - Inflatable World is only a hop skip and bounce away! Time to show us your tricks.
Category: Excursion to Inflatable World
Cost: $110.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of the excursion.
Wednesday
12 January
Soccer Skills
Come join in the fun and learn some soccer skills in a soccer workshop.
Category: Incursion provided by Proactivity
Cost: $100.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of the incursion.
Notes: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Thursday
13 January
Reptile Adventure
It’s a reptile invasion of jaws, claws, scales and tails. Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing animals in the world!
Category: Incursion provided by Reptile Encounters
Cost: $100.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of the incursion.
Friday
14 January
Pyjama Party
Simply roll-out of bed and head over to the holiday program in your PJ's! We're bringing Brunch back, with pancakes, toasties, scrambled eggs and more. Plus we’ll get crafty and cosy up with some popcorn and a movie.
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Notes: Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Monday 17 - Friday 21 January
Monday
17 January
Hand Wax Moulds
Watch the magic of the wax transform into a great keepsake!
Category: Incursion provide by Wax Hands
Cost: $100.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of the incursion.
Tuesday
18 January
Basketball Tournament
Join in the fun with our day dedicated to basketball, learning new skills and playing a real basketball match.
Category: Incursion provided by Cube Sports
Cost: $100.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of the incursion.
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
Wednesday
19 January
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Just like an African safari we're visiting giraffes, lions, zebras and hippos on an adventure to Werribee Zoo.
Category: Excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo
Cost: $110.00
Time: Arrive by 8:30am for start of the excursion.
Thursday
20 January
Team Trivia
Today we're working your brain muscles as you join your team and try our different trivia games. Discover things you didn't even know you knew!
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Friday
21 January
Musical Theate Workshop
Join the professionals and get some tips on how to preform on stage, finishing the workshop off with a musical play.
Category: Incursion provided by Cube Sports
Cost: $100.00
Time: Arrive by 9:00am for start of the incursion.
Monday 24 - Friday 28 January
Monday
24 January
Chef's Day
We're making yummy food to have for lunch and delicious treats for afternoon tea.
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Note: Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
Tuesday
25 January
Sovereign Hill
Immerse yourself in the excitement of Ballarat’s Goldrush days. From gold pouring demonstrations and mine touring, to gold panning in the creek. Sovereign Hill – it’s pure gold.
Category: Excursion to Sovereign Hill
Cost: $110.00
Time: Arrive by 8:00am for start of the excursion.
Wednesday
26 January
Closed
The program is not running on Wednesday 26 January in recognition of the Australia Day Public Holiday.             
Thursday
27 January
Indigenous Infusion
Experience an Indigenous workshop with storytelling, cultural history, dancing and arts and craft, dot painting and learning about Australia.
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Friday
28 January
Disco Party
It’s the last day of the holidays so we’re celebrating with a party! Come dressed up in your disco threads as we boogie to tunes you love and get our karaoke on.
Category: In house
Cost: $80.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear themed clothing or dress ups.

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 or nearby:

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.

Prices and subsidies

Mernda Park YMCA School Holiday Program runs three types of activities, which each incur a cost:

  • In house: $80.00
  • Incursion: $100.00
  • Excursion: $110.00

These costs came into effect on December 1 2021.

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

 

Location

Mernda Park YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Mernda Park Primary School
40 Riverdale Boulevard
Mernda
VIC 3754

Other programs available at this location or nearby