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 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 2022 and Term 1 2023.

Our Mernda Park 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
Outdoor Sports Day
Join us for a day full of sun, fun and friendly competition! Will you be in the winning team for our outdoor games?
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Wednesday
21 December
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
Thursday
22 December
Christmas Celebrations
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! We'll be making tree decorations, stockings and eating yummy Christmas goodies.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Friday
23 December
Big Bake Off
We're making yummy food to eat today. Plus, making a recipe book to take home with leftovers to share with family and friends.
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
Build a ukulele
We’ll be painting and decorating ukuleles you can take home. We’ll learn to play chords and songs on our new instruments.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Wednesday
4 January
Magic Mayhem
Dazzling Dan is visiting to provide an interactive magic workshop. Participate in the show and learn your own magic trick!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Thursday
5 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
Friday
6 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
Monday 9 - Friday 13 January
Monday
9 January
Creating With Clay
Explore 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: $82.00
Tuesday
10 January
Funtopia Knox
Join us today for some climbing and indoor playground fun at Funtopia Knox.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Wednesday
11 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
Thursday
12 January
Creepy Crawlies
Today is your chance to discover the wonderful world of bugs! We explore these amazing creatures and learn about their tiny worlds.
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Friday
13 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
Monday 16 - Friday 20 January
Monday
16 January
Gardening Day
Today we are weeding and planting in our own special garden. We will also plant some seasonal seeds!
Category: In house
Cost: $82.00
Tuesday
17 January
Cool Kids First Aid
Cool Kids' Leo and Lexi need help with an emergency situation! Learn how to call emergency services and some basic first aid.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Wednesday
18 January
Collingwood Childrens Farm
We’re visiting Collingwood Children’s Farm to learn about life on the farm, plus meet and interact with some animal friends.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $112.00
Thursday
19 January
Street Dancing
Let's dance! Learn some new and exciting dance moves that will have you tearing up the streets in no time.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
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
Zumba for kids
We’ll learn Latin dance moves through an exciting workshop provide by FunFit Junior Fitness.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Tuesday
24 January
Super Science
Learn about chemical reactions in a range of creative science experiments. Including self-inflating bags, chemical rockets and dry ice.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $102.00
Wednesday
25 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
Thursday
26 January
Closed
The program is not running on Thursday 26 January in recognition of the Australia Day Public Holiday.
Friday
27 January
Musical Theatre Workshop
Learn how to perform on stage and then apply those skills in a musical play at the end of the workshop.
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 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.

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

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