Winter School Holiday Program will be announced from 5 June 2023

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 Kennington, Bendigo with our Outside School Hours Care based at St Therese's Primary School.

In April 2022 we are expanding our services at St Therese's to include a YMCA School Holiday Program.

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

Next program

Bookings are now open for our Winter 2023 School Holiday Program based at St Therese's Primary School.

The program runs between Monday 26 June to Friday 7 July, 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
26 June
Game Day
Enjoy a day filled with challenges and competition. From board games to table tennis, the options are endless!
Category: In-House Day
Cost: $88.60
27 June
Bendigo Bowling Centre
Test your ten-pin bowling skills at our local alley. We’re heading to Bendigo Bowling Centre.
Category: Excursion
Cost: $88.60
28 June
Make your own bear day!
Today we get to play with all things soft and fluffy. Build your own stuffed creation to take home and treasure forever.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $88.60
29 June
Chill Out Challenge
Let’s relax to the max! It will be a day filled with calming activities that help you relax.
Category: In-House Day
Cost: $88.60
30 June
It's a Puppet
It's the greatest mini show in town! We’re making puppets and popcorn to enjoy while we sit back and watch the show.
Category: In-House Day
Cost: $88.60
Week 2
3 July
Pirate Party
Ahoy there! We're making pirate hats, eye patches and treasure maps and then going on an epic treasure hunt.
Category: In-House Day
Cost: $88.60
4 July
Movies - Village Cinemas Bendigo
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: $88.60
5 July
Spy Kids
Dress up in your awesome spy outfits. Today is full of mystery and problem solving!
Category: Incursion
Cost: $88.60
6 July
Indigenous Creations
Explore our Indigenous history, culture and learn Dreamtime storytelling, Indigenous music making and unique craft activities.
Category: Incursion
Cost: $88.60
7 July
Winter Warmers
We're getting cosy this and dreaming of our favourite holiday destinations over a slow cooked hot chocolate and marshmallows!
Category: In-House Day
Cost: $88.60


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 07:00 and 18:00 during the holidays (see the 'Next program' section above for dates).


Co-located programs

The Y also offers a YMCA Before and After School Program at this location,

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 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 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



St Therese's YMCA School Holiday Program is located at:

St Therese's Primary School
27 Albion Street
VIC 3550

Other programs available at this location