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 High 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.
 
Book Online Here
 
 

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.
 
Book Online Here
 

 

Timetable

December

Wednesday 15 – Thursday 23 December
8am – 5.30pm

WED 15 DEC THU 16 DEC FRI 17 DEC MON 20 DEC TUE 21 DEC WED 22 DEC
CITY 5-7s
based at City YMCA
Parks Day Mini Golf Fudge Cottage BBQ at
Margaret Mahy
Christmas
Craft
Christmas
Party
CITY 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Parks Day Mini Golf Fudge Cottage BBQ at
Margaret Mahy
Christmas
Craft
Christmas
Party
CITY 10-14s
based at City YMCA
Parks Day Escape Room Kayaking
on the Avon
BBQ at
Margaret Mahy
Christmas
Craft
Christmas
Party

 

January Week 1

Wednesday 5 January- Friday 7 January
8am – 5.30pm

WED 5 JAN THU 6 JAN FRI 7 JAN
FUN 5-7s
based at Riccarton Primary
Chipmunks Spencer Park Spring Time
Gardening
EXPLORE 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Mini Golf Spencer Park Baking
ADVENTURE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Trampoline Park Spencer Park Craft
ACTIV8 9-13s
based at City YMCA
Trampoline Park Spencer Park Mini Golf &
Margaret Mahy Playground
TECH PROGRAMME
based at City YMCA
3D Printing Laser Cutting Virtual Reality

 

 

January Week 2

Monday 10 January- Friday 14 January
8am – 5.30pm

MON 10 JAN TUE 11 JAN WED 12 JAN THU 13 JAN FRI 14 JAN
FUN 5-7s
based at Riccarton Primary
Orana Park Craft Bouncy Castle
Day
Sports Day Gymnastics
EXPLORE 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Orana Park Gymnastics Bouncy Castle
Day
Sports Day Spring Time
Gardening
ADVENTURE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Baking Orana Park Bouncy Castle
Day
Gymnastics Sports Day
ACTIV8 9-13s
based at City YMCA
Adrenaline Forest
& Spencer Park
Driving Range
& Mini Golf
Gymnastics Orienteering Halswell Quarry
Walk
CREATIVE ARTS
based at City YMCA
Performance Art
Workshop with
Audrey Baldwin
Orana Park Art Gallery
Workshop
Imprint Art
Workshop
Exhibition Day

 

 

January Week 3

Monday 17 January – Friday 21 January
8am – 5.30pm

MON 17 JAN TUE 18 JAN WED 19 JAN THU 20 JAN FRI 21 JAN
FUN 5-7s
based at Riccarton Primary
Mega Air Quail Island Beach Day Baking Circus
EXPLORE 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Craft Day Quail Island Mega Air Circus Beach Day
ADVENTURE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Circus Messy Play Beach Day Mega Air Quail Island
ACTIV8 9-13s
based at City YMCA
Mega Air Circus Beach Day Operation Mindfall Quail Island
PERFORMING ARTS
based at City YMCA
Script Writing
Workshop
Dance
Workshop
Circus
Workshop
Set Design &
Dress Rehearsal
Show Day!

 

 

January Week 4

Monday 24 January – Friday 28 January
8am – 5.30pm

MON 24 JAN TUE 25 JAN WED 26 JAN THU 27 JAN FRI 28 JAN
FUN 5-7s
based at Riccarton Primary
Mini Golf Sports Day The Groynes Scavenger
Hunt
Ferrymead Park
EXPLORE 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Ferrymead Park Scavenger
Hunt
The Groynes Sport Day Mini Golf
ADVENTURE 10-12s
based at Bishopdale YMCA
Driving Range
& Mini Golf
Scavenger
Hunt
The Groynes Operation Mindfall Sports Day
ACTIV8 9-13s
based at City YMCA
Ice Skating Driving Range
& Mini Golf
The Groynes Bridal Path
Walk
Sports Day
TECH PROGRAMME
based at City YMCA
3D Printing Battle Bots
Imagination Station
Laser Cutting
Workshop
Music Studio
Turanga Library
Virtual Reality
Workshop

 

 

February

Monday 31 January – Friday 4 February
8am – 5.30pm

MON 31 JAN TUE 1 FEB WED 2 FEB THU 3 FEB FRI 4 FEB
CITY 5-7s
based at City YMCA
Fudge Cottage Mini Golf Sports Day Margaret Mahy
Playground
Craft Day
CITY 8-9s
based at City YMCA
Fudge Cottage Mini Golf Sports Day Margaret Mahy
Playground
Craft Day
CITY 10-14s
based at City YMCA
Fudge Cottage Mini Golf Sports Day Margaret Mahy
Playground
Craft Day

 

 

Rock Climbing Programme

YMCA’s holiday climbing programme is a great way to develop new skills and challenge yourself! This 3-day programme is perfect for children aged 9-14 looking for an adventure. Your children will learn the basics of equipment, knots and skills to become confident indoor and outdoor climbers!

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

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

 
 

Rock Climbing Programme Costs

3-day programme
9-14 years
9am – 3pm
Drop off and pick up at YMCA Adventure Centre, 239 Waltham Road
$240
 
Dates & Booking Here

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.

 

 

 

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