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 4 January to Wednesday 27 January 2021.

In addition, we are running Pupil Free Days in the last week of Term 4 2020 (Monday 21 - Thursday 24 December) to support our school partner with their curriculum planning for the new year.

This program includes a memorable set of in-house activities which are 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

Christmas Week
21 Dec
Yoga and Mindfulness 
Explore yoga and movement through our yoga classes and get in touch with your inner self through mindfulness.
22 Dec
Let's Get Festive
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! We'll be making decorations for the tree, stockings to hang and yummy Christmas goodies to eat. 
23 Dec
Christmas Cards and Decorations
Get into the spirit of the festive season as we make Christmas Cards and unique decorations for the tree. Take home some Christmas joy!
24 Dec
Colour Party
It's a colour party! Wear your brightest, favourite colours and get ready for a day of playing party games. There will be fun music and lots of dancing, plus face painting, coloured hair spray and so much more.
Week 1
4 Jan
Sandtastic Art
Today is all about Sand!  Make your own sand art masterpiece and get creative with heaps of sand inspired activities.  It will be sandtastic!
5 Jan
Ready, Set, Cook
Today the food journey is in your hands. You get to shop for your ingredients the make your recipe, then enjoy the delicious food you've made with your school holiday friends.
6 Jan
Mini Olympics
Join your friends to make our Olympic flame, medals and flags then Ready! Set! Go! for lots of sport events at our very own Olympics.
7 Jan
Pirate Party
We're making pirate hats, eye patches and treasure chests and then going on an epic scavenger hunt. 
8 Jan
Chill Out Challenge
Have you got what it takes to relax to the max? We will me making things to help you to take time to chill out. Ahhh – all in a days work! 
Week 2
11 Jan
Construction Challenge
How big can you make a house of cards before it falls? How many dominoes can you line up? What can you make out of boxes and popsicle sticks?
12 Jan
Dress Up Day
Will you be a Superhero, Doctor or a Princess? Dress up in a costume of your choice and join in a heap of fun activities throughout the day. 
13 Jan
Movie Marathon
Today we welcome you into our very own cinema! Create your own popcorn box then chill out and relax with popcorn and popular movies. During intervals, test your knowledge of movie trivia.
14 Jan
Life is like a Dream
Have a dreamy day making dream catchers, friendship bracelets and other dreamy activities. Oh so relaxing!
15 Jan
Summer Fun
We make the most of the Summer weather with a day filled with cool and fun outdoor Summertime activities to celebrate the holidays.
Week 3
18 Jan
A day at the Races
Join us for a full day of racing challenges including egg and spoon, 3 legged and sack races, plus design the ultimate paper plane for our flying competition and heaps more!
19 Jan
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. Let your imagination run free.
20 Jan
Trip Around the World
Make your own passport and travel around the world. We'll be cooking meals from different countries as we explore each stop on our journey.
21 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!
22 Jan
PJ'S and Pancakes*
Roll out of bed and head over to the holiday program in your PJ's. Cook and decorate some yummy pancakes on our PJ Day!
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements.
Week 4
25 Jan
Great Aussie BBQ
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!! We're celebrating Australia's special day with a game of cricket, making Aussie arts and crafts plus no celebration
would be complete with a great Aussie BBQ for lunch!
26 Jan
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
27 Jan
Summer Carnival
Enjoy all the fun of a carnival with an array of exciting Summer games and activities. There will be give aways just like a carnival!

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

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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


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: $77.00*

*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


Mernda Park YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

Mernda Park Primary School
40 Riverdale Boulevard
VIC 3754

Other programs available at this location or nearby