Spring School Holiday Program is now open! Scroll down to view the list of activities.

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 Pakenham with our YMCA School Holiday Program based at John Henry Primary School - Pakenham.

This program is run by YMCA Children's Programs – part of YMCA Victoria.

Next program

Bookings are now open for our Spring 2023 School Holiday Program based at John Henry Primary School - Pakenham.

The program runs between Monday 18 September to Thursday 28 September, on weekdays.

We've prepared a range of engaging experiences that will spark your child's interests and connect them with new friends.

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
18 September
Record Breakers
Let's break some records! Today we're going to attempt to beat some World Records and have a heap of fun along the way.
Category: In-House Day
Cost: $92.30
19 September
Messy Day
Today we will be getting messy! We will make our own Goop, Cloud Dough, Playdoh and so much more! Bring a change of clothes!
Category: In-House Day
Cost: $92.30
20 September
Fantastic Gymnastics - Boroondara
We’re heading to Boroondara Sports Complex for a gymnastics workshop. Get ready for some jumping, twisting and balancing.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $132.30
21 September
LOL Comedy Show
A side-splitting show with clownish characters, silly songs, muddled up magic and playful puppets! It’s a bonkers comedy event for kids!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $107.30
22 September
Smoothie Creations
Imagine, make and taste! Master your entrepreneurial skills by making creative, delicious and nutritious blend smoothies.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $107.30
Week 2
25 September
Super Mario Character Day
Come dressed up in your favourite Super Mario Character outfits for a day of Mario based activity fun!
Category: In-House Day
Cost: $92.30
26 September
AMAZEing Adventure!
Come on an adventure to explore A Maze N Things. There is mini golf, mazes, magic caves and more!
Category: Excursion
Cost: $132.30
27 September
Bubble Soccer Day
Dress up in soccer gear, ready for a full day of soccer skills and games including bubble soccer.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $107.30
28 September
Movies - Village Cinemas Fountain Gate
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: $132.30
29 September
Closed - Public Holiday


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.

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 payment information page for more details. 

Bookings and enquiries

To enrol your child in a YMCA School Holiday Program or submit a booking request, go to the how to enrol 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



Pakenham YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

John Henry Primary School
141 Henry Road
VIC 3810

Other programs available at this location