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 and weekly 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.

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.

You can choose to register for individual days or for the whole week for our FUN and EXPLORE programmes. FRONTRUNNERS and ACTIV8 can only be booked for the full week.

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9am – 5pm daily

5–7y – FUN
based at Riccarton
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!


8-9y – EXPLORE
based at the City YMCA
Activities are designed specifically to engage this age range. 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!


10-12y – ADVENTURE
based at the YMCA Bishopdale Rec Centre
Aimed at the preteens, activities will engage this group and keep them busy! Activities can include climbing wall, ice-skating, Court Theatre, movies, magic shows, Antarctic Centre, Science Alive, gymnastics, circus school, arts and crafts, basketball, swimming, Orana Park, Willowbank, bowling, archery, cooking, mini golf and many more!


9-15y – ACTIV8
based at City YMCA
This programme is aimed at 9-12 year olds who are ready to be 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 like blowcarting, rock climbing, and much much more! . At the end of the week, the group will participate in an exciting day tramp supervised by our trained supervisors and leaders.


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. This programme will be strictly limited to Full Week registrations as this is a continuous programme which builds on skills throughout the week.


13-15y – TECH WEEK
based at the City YMCA
Participants in this programme will engage in a variety of new cutting edge technology using innovative tools over the course of the week. Workshops in design and wood cutting using a computer numerical control CNC cutter, 3D printing, robotics and virtual reality are some of the things that we offer during this fun technology based week.


9-15y – ARTS WEEK
based at the City YMCA
Our highly popular Arts programme is split between 2 weeks (Creative Arts & Performing Arts). The Creative Arts programme tasked with a range of creative art pieces and work through the design and creation process. Participants in the Performing Arts programme will acquire new skills in the realm of drama & music and will be given a chance to showcase their newfound abilities through a performance at the end of the week! Everyone is encouraged to express themselves creatively in a safe environment without judgement.


Day Programme Costs
5-7y – FUN, daily registration is $50
8-9y – EXPLORE, daily registration is $50
10-12y – ADVENTURE, daily registration is $50

Week Long Programme Costs

9-15y – ACTIV8, full week (weeks 2-5) registration is $300
9-15y – ACTIV8, full week (week 1, 4 days) registration is $240
13-15y – FRONTRUNNERS, full week registration is $350
9-12y – TECH WEEK, full week (week 1 only) registration is $300
13-15y – ARTS WEEK, full week registration is $300


5-9y – daily registration is $50
10-15y – daily registration is $50

Children can either be dropped off directly at City YMCA or at the programme venue, transport is provided from the City YMCA to the other venues and return each day. 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 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 10 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
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.

Insulative jacket
Waterproof jacket/wind breaker
Sturdy footwear (sneakers)
Pants if cold, shorts if hot
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
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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