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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 Spring School Holiday Program which runs Monday 20 September to Friday 1 October 2021.

The program is not running on Friday 24 September because of Grand Final Public Holiday.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation within Victoria, this program will only offer in house activities facilitated by our educators.

The Victorian Government have introduced restrictions that limit who can currently access School Holiday Programs.

Visit our COVID-19 updates page for the latest detail on who can access the program under current Government Restrictions.

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.


Activity details

Week 1
20 September
Come fly with me
Design and make your own Kite, then try your luck at flying it outside!! We cant wait to see how high they fly.
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
21 September
Safari Day
Dust off you safari boots and get ready for a fun filled day full of discovery. You'll get to learn about the lives and natural habitats of giraffes, hippos, lions and zebras in our Safari trivia game and finish off the day with a safari themed scavenger hunt.
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
22 September
Children's First Aid
We're discovering all things First Aid, CPR and how to apply bandages. Plus we will learn how to stay fit and Healthy.
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
23 September
Footy Day
Dress in your favourite team colours and join in the Footy Fever! Heaps of skill, handball, kicking and agility challenges. Join a team and kick some goals! Lots of footy inspired activities for everyone!
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
 Children are encouraged to wear themed clothing or dress ups as well as a change of clothes and or comfy clothes and runners.
24 September
Public Holiday
The program is not running on Friday 24 September because of Grand Final Public Holiday.
Week 2
27 September
Minute to Win it
Have fun with this exciting game as you just have ONE minute to master the skill and win yourself a prize!
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
28 September
Sensational Science
We’ll be conducting a range of science experiments and STEM activities. Kids can challenge their minds in a fun and interactive environment.
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
29 September
Chefs Day
Get ready to cook up a storm in the kitchen wearing your very own apron making some delicious snacks to enjoy together for afternoon tea!
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Note: Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
30 September
Teddy Bears Picnic
Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to our holiday program Teddy bears picnic, you and your special friend can engage in lots of fun activities and enjoy some delicious snacks at our picnic.
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Note: Children are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring their favourite stuffed animal. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.
1 October
Disco Party
It's the last day of the holidays so we are celebrating with a party! Come dressed in your disco threads as we boogie to tunes you love and play lots of party games
Category: In house
Cost: $79.00
Time: Arrive by 9:30am for start of activities.
Note: Please bring a change of clothes and or wear comfy clothes and runners.


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

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

  • In house: $79.00
  • Incursion: $99.00
  • Excursion: $119.00
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



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