School Holiday Programmes

Something for Everyone!

Here at the Christchurch YMCA 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 different ages, genders and cultural backgrounds

All our programmes are run by talented and responsible staff who are trained to provide a safe and stimulating environment. Ensuring your child is safe and having a great time is at the top of our priority list.

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Daily & Weekly Programmes

Our daily school holiday programmes operate Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm 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.

In our quest to provide a higher level of service and to better cater for the needs of the children on our Holiday Programmes, we have split our programmes into age groups. This enables us to offer age group specific activities and outings, accompanied by experienced supervisors and leaders.

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Fees & Details

9am – 5pm daily

5–10y – FUN
based at the City YMCA
Activities are designed specifically to engage this age range. Great for those who are here for their first time in a holiday programme, and for younger siblings to stay together. Activities can include climbing wall, movies, magic shows, Antarctic Centre, Science Alive, gymnastics, circus school, arts and crafts, basketball, swimming, Orana Park, Willowbank, bowling, archery, cooking, mini golf, Tothills Maze and many more!


10-14y – ACTIVE
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Outdoor adventure is at the heart of this programme in which participants will participate in a variety of activities & challenges around Christchurch. Activities can include mountain biking, tramps & walks, climbing, swimming, laser tag, MegaAir or Flip Out, Adrenalin Forest, Blowcarting and much more!


10–14y – ARTS
based at the City YMCA
Our Arts programme combines creative and performing arts, allowing participants to enhance their abilities across the arts spectrum. They will be tasked with a range of creative art pieces and work through the design and creation process, as well they will acquire new skills in the realm of drama & music. Outings to theatre/shows and the Art Gallery are included. Everyone is encouraged to express themselves creatively in a safe environment without judgement.


Day Programme Costs
5-10y – FUN, daily registration is $50
5-10y – FUN, full week registration is $250

10-14y – ACTIVE, daily registration is $60
10-14y – ACTIVE, full week registration is $300

10-14y – ARTS, daily registration is $60
10-14y – ARTS, full week registration is $300

Children can either be dropped off directly at City YMCA or the Bishopdale YMCA, transport is provided between venues. Sign-in opens at 8.30am.



Rock Climbing Programmes

The YMCA Adventure Centre offers a fantastic week of learning and consolidating rock-climbing skills, during the school holidays for 10-14 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 10 participants per programme.

Booking Info

Fees & Details

10-14 years
5 day, full week programme
9am – 3pm
Drop off and pick up at YMCA Adventure Centre, 239 Waltham Road

Rock Climbing Programme Costs



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