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.

This four week 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

Week 1
4 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
5 Jan
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. *Please speak to service about any dietary requirements.
6 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!
7 Jan
Crystal Growing
Get creative with us as we grow our own crystal's and watch them form into amazing sculptures right before our eyes. 
8 Jan
Camping with a difference
Bring in your sleeping bag and camping skills as we transform school holidays into an indoor camping adventure!
We'll make our own "campfire" and have cool camping activities with a twist
Week 2
11 Jan
The Deep Blue Sea
Get set for a fruit spectacular, as we make juices and smoothies, eat and play fruit salad and have fun with fruity games with a twist
12 Jan
Let's go on a Picnic
Get ready to bake some special picnic treats to eat with our friends at our YMCA picnic. We will have heaps of fun games and activities to enjoy on our Picnic Day.
13 Jan
Outdoor Fun
Let's have fun in the great outdoors. It's not all about sport as we take our awesome activities outside to create.
14 Jan
Friendship Day
Friendship Day is all about you and making friends. From get to know you games, special art and craft activities to create
and share with your friends to yummy snacks we can make together. 
15 Jan
Amazing Race
Ready, Set, GO! Get into teams and work out the clues to get to the end of the race. There will be plenty of tricks and roadblocks on the way so keep your wits about you.
Week 3
18 Jan
It's an Emergency
Safety always comes first! Today we will learn about First Aid, CPR and how to apply bandages. We will also learn how to stay safe and fit and healthy.
19 Jan
Backwards Day
It's a day of everything backwards! let's have fun by wearing all our clothes backwards - shirt and socks inside out…
Say 'hello' for 'good-bye' and 'good- bye' for 'hello'. Write and say your name backwards and plenty of games.
20 Jan
Cooking and Party Day
It’s the end of the holidays so it’s time to party. Join us for a day of music, dancing and games as well as cooking delicious treats for our party!
*Please speak to service about any dietary requirements.
21 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.
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
Tie Dying Workshop
Let's get tie dying and create colourful items to take home. What can we make with cool colours and our imagination?
26 Jan
Public Holiday
Our program is not running on this day.
27 Jan
Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
Happy Australia Day! We’re celebrating our mulitcultural nation. Come dressed in your own cultural outfit and enjoy heaps of Aussie inspired cooking,
and art and craft. Plus a game of backyard cricket and a sausage sizzle.

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

Download a PDF program flyer

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: $76.00*

*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


Pakenham YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

John Henry Primary School
141 Henry Road
VIC 3810

Other programs available at this location