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.

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

Next program

Bookings are now open for our Autumn School Holiday Program which runs between Tuesday 6 - Friday 16 April 2021.

This nine day program includes a memorable set of 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.



Activity details

Week 1
5 April
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
6 April
Easter Shenanigans
Don’t miss the celebrations as we make Easter bonnets and baskets, have our very own parade and decorate eggs. 
Category: In House
Cost: $78.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements.
7 April
Caldermeade Farm
Today we are visiting an animal nursey and watching the milking process. Then we will enjoy a milkshake fresh from the dairy.
Category: Excursion to Caldermeade Farm.
Cost: $118.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements. Arrive by 8:30am for start of the excursion.
8 April
Autumn has Arrived
We celebrate the change in seasons with wonderful Autumn inspired activities to rejoice this beautiful time of the year.
Category: In House
Cost: $78.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements.
9 April
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 Kids.
Cost: $98.00
Note: Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.
Week 2
12 April
Active Attitudes
Get ready, set and go with a fun filled day of cool activities with the team from Active Attitudes. 
Category: Incursion provided by Active Attitudes.
Cost: $98.00
Note: Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.
13 April
Let's go on a picnic
We'll bake special picnic treats to eat together on a picnic. We will have heaps of fun games and activities to enjoy on our picnic.
Category: In House
Cost: $78.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements.
14 April
Exploring the senses
Try activities that stimulate all your senses. We'll be exploring sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
Category: In House
Cost: $78.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements.
15 April
All About Art
Today we'll try painting on canvas, sculpting clay models and cartoon drawing! We'll include your masterpiece in our art gallery.
Category: In House
Cost: $78.00
Note: Please advise us on any dietary requirements.
16 April
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. 
Category: In House
Cost: $78.00
Note: Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.


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

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

  • In house: $78.00
  • Incursion: $98.00
  • Excursion: $118.00
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



Pakenham YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

John Henry Primary School
141 Henry Road
VIC 3810

Other programs available at this location