School Holiday Programmes


Something for Everyone!

Here at the YMCA Christchurch we work hard to provide great school holiday programmes that will ensure that your children stay entertained throughout their holidays. We offer a range of activities from Arts & Crafts, to Sports & Outdoor Activities. Our programmes are designed to cater for all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds.

Our programmes are designed around three enriching themes – ACTIVE, CREATE & LIFE SKILLS, which give your children a great range of activities they’ll love during their holidays.

Each holiday day programme is catered for age specific ranges and offer a variety of activities ranging from off-site trips, to onsite activities like art and craft, and sports and games.

 

Programmes

Our school holiday programmes operate Monday to Friday 8am – 5.30pm and offer your child the chance to experience independence, self reliance, and an opportunity to make great friends.

You can choose to register for individual days or for the whole week for our FUN, EXPLORE and ADVENTURE programmes.

FRONTRUNNERS, ACTIV8, TECH WEEK and CREATIVE ARTS can only be booked for the full week.

DAILY PROGRAMMES

All day programmes are $55 per day. This includes all trips and excursions with no hidden costs.

5–7y FUN based at Riccarton Primary School

8–9y EXPLORE based at the City YMCA

10–12y ADVENTURE based at the YMCA Bishopdale Recreation Centre

Children can be dropped off directly at the City YMCA in Hereford Street or at the programme venue listed above. Transport to and from their home base venue including excursions will be provided each day.
 
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WEEKLY PROGRAMMES

Weekly programmes are the step between our day programmes and overnight camps. During the full week the group will engage and build social connections and learn to work together as a team building towards a common goal.

These programmes will be strictly limited to full week registrations. Weekly Programme costs are $300, excluding the Frontrunners Leadership Programme which is $350.

ACTIV8 9–15y based at City YMCA
Let’s get ACTIVE! Outdoor Adventure is at the heart of this programme in which participants will be introduced to a variety of new activities & challenges around Christchurch. At the end of the week, the group will participate in an exciting day hike.

TECH WEEK 13–15y based at the 4C Centre, City YMCA
This programme will focus around curiosity, communication, creativity and critical thinking. Our young teens will have the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology over the course of the week. Engaging in design, wood cutting, computer numerical control printing, robotics and virtual reality are some of the awesome things we offer during the week.

CREATIVE ARTS 9–15y based at the City YMCA
This programme promotes and encourages imagination and creativity. The Creative Arts programme will engage with a range of creative art pieces and activities throughout the week. At the end of the week they will exhibit their creations to friends and family. Everyone is encouraged to express themselves creatively in a safe environment without judgement.

FRONTRUNNERS 13–15y based at the City YMCA
This is a young Leadership Programme, which is socially driven and runs less like a holiday programme and more like a stepping stone into leadership. Daily activities will be used to build leadership and confidence, and there will be an opportunity to lead other younger aged group programmes.
 
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Timetable

Holiday Programmes Week 1

Monday 4 October – Friday 8 October
8am – 5.30pm

MON 4 OCT TUE 5 OCT WED 6 OCT THU 7 OCT FRI 8 OCT
FUN 5-7s
based at Riccarton
Treasure Hunt Clip ‘n Climb Make, Bake
& Decorate
Flip Out Sports Day
at Bishopdale
EXPLORE 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Clip ‘n Climb Scavenger Hunt Make, Bake
& Decorate
Flip Out Sports Day
at Bishopdale
ADVENTURE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Mini Golf Fear Factor Flip Out Sports Day
at Bishopdale
Clip ‘n Climb
ACTIV8 9-13s
based at City YMCA
Laser Strike Bridal Path
Walk
Rock Climbing Sports Day
at Bishopdale
Flip Out
CREATIVE ARTS 9-15s
based at City YMCA
Imprint Art Fudge Cottage Movies Art Gallery Exhibition

 

Holiday Programmes Week 2

Monday 11 October – Friday 15 October
8am – 5.30pm

MON 11 OCT TUE 12 OCT WED 13 OCT THU 14 OCT FRI 15 OCT
FUN 5-7s
based at Riccarton
Ten Pin Bowling Movies Craft Day Mini Golf Fudge Cottage
EXPLORE 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Craft Day Movies Ten Pin Bowling Mini Golf Fudge Cottage
ADVENTURE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Ice-Cream
Rally
Orienteering Movies Box Fit/Circuit Ten Pin Bowling
ACTIV8 9-13s
based at City YMCA
Adrenaline
Forest
Orienteering Movies Box Fit/Circuit Halswell Quarry
Walk
FRONTRUNNERS
based at City YMCA
TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC

 

 

 

Rock Climbing Programme

The YMCA Adventure Centre offers a fantastic opportunity to consolidate your child’s rock-climbing skills, during this 3 day school holiday programme for 9-14 year olds. A group of like-minded climbers will learn the basics of equipment, knots and skills to become independent indoor climbers, and also learn how to abseil safely. Lots of fun thrown in there as well!

This programme combines indoor and outdoor experiences. Limit of 12 participants per programme.

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Fees & Details

Indoor Days
The YMCA Adventure Centre can be cold, for the indoor days ensure you bring a warm jersey and appropriate clothing for climbing and games. Participants will be both active and have plenty of downtime (when they can get cold).
Comfortable clothing, for climbing and games:
Jersey/ jacket
Closed-toe footwear
Plenty of food
Drink bottle
Food
Medication – clearly labelled

Outdoors Days
The climbing crags can be shaded and exposed to the wind. All participants will need to bring suitable clothing to stay warm when not climbing, and appropriate sun protection as well. Expect wind and drizzle.

Backpack
Insulative jacket
Waterproof jacket/wind breaker
Sturdy footwear (sneakers)
Pants if cold, shorts if hot
Sunblock
Cap
Beanie
Food
Drink bottle
Medication – clearly labelled

The YMCA will provide any safety equipment (harness, helmet etc.) that is required. If you have your own safety equipment feel free to use it.
 
9-14 years
3 day programme
9am – 3pm
Drop off and pick up at YMCA Adventure Centre, 239 Waltham Road

Rock Climbing Programme Costs
$240

 

 

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