Holiday Programmes

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We have awesome holiday programmes that your child will love

The YMCA offers children and young people fun and educational activities to keep them happy and active during every school holiday of the year. We run programmes in Upper & Lower Hutt, the Wairarapa, Porirua, Wellington City and holiday camps at Camp Kaitoke.

The YMCA is a values based organisation. Our values are honesty, responsibility, respect and caring. These values drive our programme content, how we manage behaviour, our commitment to sustainability, and the way we interact with participants, their whanau, our volunteers and staff.

Each holiday day programme and camp offers a varied and interesting variety of activities ranging from trips, art and craft to sports and games.

There are a variety of ways to book on to the programmes; the fastest way is to book online and pay with your credit card. You can download the brochures above to view the programme details, and you can also download and complete this form which can be emailed, faxed or posted back to us.

Why choose the YMCA?

  • Fully trained staff
  • MSD audited & accredited programmes
  • WINZ subsidies available

Brochures & forms

Download our summer holiday programme brochures.

Belmont, Silverstream & Trentham
Mount Cook
Titahi Bay
Khandallah & Raroa

Registration form

Send the kids to camp these holidays

What’s on these holidays

We have an exciting range of activities on offer for children these summer holidays. To find out what activities are on at a centre near you, download the relevant brochure above. Your kids can attend any of our centres subject to their age and availability of the activity.

All Things Christmas

Come make cool key rings for Dad or bath salts for Mum. Learn how to make a Christmas wreath for the door. Don’t forget the food, snowballs, and yummy shortbread, a day of treats and craft.

Alien Day

Aliens have landed at YMCA, lets celebrate with the galaxy craft table, with lots of different things to make. There will be yummy baking: who can make the best alien cupcake? Finally to farewell our friends, lets make an alien pom pom blaster.

Around the World Japan

Get your boarding passes ready as we take a trip to experience Japanese art and culture. Have a go at origami, make samurai swords and play Hanetsuki (Japanese badminton).

Avalon Park

Come join us and explore Avalon Park, chill out or plays games, enjoy a picnic lunch then back to the hall for some fun creations.

Back to School

It’s that time again for back to school, come spend the day with us decorating notebooks, making pencil toppers, even a pencil pouch! There is nothing better than spending the day relaxing with friends and playing heaps of games, and feeling ready to go back to school!

Beach Day

We’re off to the beach for a day of scavenger hunting, outdoor playing and sandcastle competitions. We won’t be swimming, so please remember to slip, slop, slap, and wrap.

Bear Gryll’s Survival Day

Be prepared! Today we will be putting up tents, hiking Mt KauKau, making damper and cooking sausages outdoors, orienteering and other cool Bear Grylls-type activities.


Lets head to camp today for camp activities!

Carnival Day

Come one, come all to the YMCA Titahi Bay Carnival Day. Enjoy carnival crafts, games and treats.

Chillax Day

Let’s chill out before heading back to school. A day filled of stress free crafts, games and baking that will leave you energised for the school term ahead.

Christmas Crafts

From tree decorations to snow globes, lets get festive!

Christmas Food Day

Time to get your bake on, mince pies to impress your family on Christmas Day, plus lots more goodies.

Christmas Party

Christmas is almost here, so let’s celebrate. Sing and dance to the festive rhythms, play games, make gifts as a secret Santa, and enjoy the deliciousness of Christmas.

Emergency Services Day

St Johns are going to teach us some first aid and emergency life-saving skills – geared towards children. The Fire Service is going to bring their fire engine along, and run a programme for us around fire safety (note that this will be dependent on whether they get called out or not).

Go Carting

Come race around the track! Who will be the winning team?

Great War Exhibition

Learn about the First World War and the lives of those who fought for us in a spectacular exhibition orchestrated by Sir Peter Jackson.

Harcourt Park

Come and have some fun at Harcourt Park, take a quick walk on the Lord of the Rings tracks and have a play at the park. Then the fun begins – have a sports off against Belmont. Who will be the winning centre?

Harry Potter Day

Come dressed as a witch, wizard or ghost, and join us for a day of spell casting and potion making. Make mini broomsticks and try some delicious worms in a cup.

Hell’z Pizza

Become a pizza chef for the day, what will be your signature pizza from Hell’z?


Whether you’re a first timer or trampoline enthusiast, you’ll love jumping on all the trampolines at Jumperama. Loads of trampoline surfaces for you to jump to your heart’s content!


Enjoy a session at the always fun Junglerama. Remember your socks and lots of energy!

Khandallah Carnival

Roll up, roll up! We’ll be having a summer carnival at Khandallah School – all the fun of the fair: candy floss, popcorn, toffee apples, fair-ground games. So much fun!


Join our special ops team and battle it out in a 400 square metre multi-level playing arena and unlimited play on over 50 arcade games.

Live Theatre: Wizard of Oz

Join us for a day at the theatre, as we enjoy the story of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ live on stage.

Mad Hatter Tea Party

You have been cordially invited to join us for the most wonderful tea party hosted in Wonderland. Please don’t be late for this very important date.

Mad Science

Come explore the wonderful theory of science as you learn to become a scientist using a range of different elements and experiments throughout the day. Design your very own molecule using some yummy treats, let your invention run wild as you create unique new theories and inventions. Plenty of awesome prizes to be won, so don’t miss out.

Marine Gardens

Come and play at the amazing Marine Gardens. One of New Zealand’s best playgrounds. We advise you bring a change of clothes to enjoy the splash pad.


Test your creative cooking spirit as you are given the challenge to create and make your best dish in this time pressure competition. Who will win MasterChef?

Messy Art

Be sure to bring an old t-shirt ! Lets find the messiest way to create the next masterpiece.


Test your creative cooking spirit as you are given the challenge to create and make your best dish in this time pressure competition. Who will win MasterChef?

Mini Golf: Carlucci Land

Think you have what it takes to get a hole in one? Come join us for a day of mini golf, show us your golfing skills as we make our way around the course through the obstacles! Will you get the best score? Just don’t lose your ball!

Mission Inflatable

Today we enjoy all of the inflatables under one roof. We will bounce, slide and flip our way around the whole indoor park. Climb up high or whiz through the soft tunnels. Remember to bring your socks.

Mount Cook Carnival

Come along to a fun filled day as we hold out Mt Cook Carnival, we will be creating our stalls, and spending the afternoon participating in them all! Can you throw the rocket through the hoops in trees? How high can you score on the bowling game? Will you stay dry in the ‘question soak’ challenge? Collect your tickets for a prize at the end of the day!

Mount Kaukau & Khandallah Pool

Climb to the top for the amazing views that Mount Kaukau have to offer, then back to cool off with a water fight! Don’t forget some extra clothes.

Nerf Wars

Ready Aim Fire – who can hit the furthest target – will your team be the champion? Let the battle commence.

North Pole

Its Christmas time, come follow the map and find Santa, make some yummy snowballs, and play the Christmas cake shuffle.


Pain free paint balling – please bring a long trousers, a water bottle, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and a change of clothes so we can get the train back!

Parliament Tour

A tour around the seat of power, get a taste of a life in politics and see the heart of our Government.

Picnic in the Park

It’s time to say hello to new friends with a picnic at the park. Bring your togs for our water fight in the afternoon.

Polar Express

It’s time for a ride on the Polar Express, come and help build this amazing train, get dressed as Santa and have your picture taken, make a cool engineer hat. Christmas is coming, don’t miss the train, it will leave Belmont at 9am.

Police Museum & Aotea Lagoon

Do the crime, do the time! It’s time to check out the Police Museum…so we’d best be on our best behaviour! Weather permitting, we will also spend the afternoon enjoying the beauty of Aotea Lagoon.

Rimutaka Gym

Today we take on the fun at Rimutaka Gymnasium. With trained staff we will have the opportunity to learn all of the bases from swinging from the ropes to walking the beam, including tumbles into the giant dry foam pit.

River Day (No swimming)

Let’s explore the local Hutt River and Heretaunga Park with all the nature it has to offer, with scavenger hunts, picnic in the sun and other outdoor fun activities, lets finish the day off with a refreshing ice block.

Rock Climbing

Let’s see if you can reach the summit! Get your harness on and get ready for two hours of fun and face Ferg’s rock walls!

Roller Skating

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, enjoy a session at the skating rink with your choice of skates or roller-blades provided by the club. Your day is sure to be great, if you join us for a skate.

Somes Island

Come with us as we journey to Somes Island. You’ll need your walking shoes, drink bottle and heaps of lunch for this amazing adventure.

SPCA Animals

We welcome the SPCA to Silverstream for a visit with some furry friends, as we celebrate the day with animal crafts and games with the chance to design your own animal cupcake.

Sports Day

Ready steady go! As we play a range of awesome sports who will show the best sportsmanship on the day? Which team will come out on top? Don’t miss out on our prize giving at the end of day as you enjoy a refreshing ice block.

St John Ambulance

We are being visited by St John Ambulance who will be sharing their knowledge on safety and taking care of others.

Summer Fun

Come and have some summer fun with us. Craft your own jandals, join the summer poster competition and have a go at the gumboot toss.

Swimming (Te Rauparaha Arena & Naenae Pool)

Get set to get wet! Head out for a day of swimming fun. Don’t forget your togs and towel.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring your favourite teddy along for a day at the park playing games, doing a scavenger hunt, playing at the park and of course to enjoy a delicious picnic in the sunshine.

Tenpin Bowling

Come and enjoy a game of indoor tenpin bowing, will you get a strike?

Te Papa: Lego Exhibition

We are off to explore the Lego festival at Te Papa, we will go on a journey around the world through huge Lego models – then pick up some bricks and start building!

The Embassy (Paddington 2)

Note: Movie for Raroa Holiday Programme to be confirmed.

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

The Pirate’s Apprentice

Are you the next Pirates Apprentice? Make a pirates, hat, eye patch and sword and join us as we sail to Pirates Cove mini golf.

Trampoline Park

Today we will be bouncing around at the tramp park, come show off your front flips and cartwheels on the trampolines! I wonder how high you can jump? Don’t forget your socks!

Ukelele: Musical Puppets

Uke can do it! Shane is back with a new show. Musical puppets! Come and let your hair down and have some fun. This is one you don’t want to miss!

Ukelele: Rockstar

Uke can do it! Shane is back with some new grooves and moves for us to jam along to in this amazing Uke Band Rock Star session. Get set to strum along to some of the great songs! Have your chance to speak into the microphone and play some very unique instruments with every opportunity to express those creative minds. This is one you don’t want to miss!

Water Wars

Get set to get wet. Enjoy a day of water fights, water bombs and water based activities. Bring your togs, towel and water guns if you’re up for it.

Waterfront Day – Croc Bikes:

Rock the Croc! Explore Wellington’s harbour in style as you pedal on a crocodile!

Wellington Zoo

We’re off on an adventure to the zoo. So get your walking shoes, and pack lots of lunch, as there is a lot to see and do at Wellington Zoo.

Wicked Wheels

Join us for a day of wicked wheels fun. Bring your wheels and enjoy the bike track and smooth pavements that Titahi Bay School has to offer. Make your own mini wheels and tracks, and devour tiny teddy cars.

Wild West

Get your cowboy boots on and saddle up for a day full of games such as tin can toss, bull roping, potato sack races and try some cactus juice while you try out some gold panning. Who will find the biggest gold nugget?

Our promise to parents

We have Government Approval to run OSCAR programmes, this means two things for you and your children:

1. We have been audited by an external body to ensure that our staffs are all appropriately qualified, trained and supervised. Our programmes are managed well to minimise unnecessary risk and the content and quality of the programmes is appropriate for the age and development of the children/youth involved.

2. You are able to access a subsidy towards the fees from Work and Income NZ (if you are eligible under the ‘Working for Families’ Scheme).

Our Venues

Mount Cook School

027 782 0794

Titahi Bay School

021 082 99256

Silverstream School

027 244 2608

Khandallah School

027 839 5370

Raroa Intermediate School

027 335 0183

Belmont Community Hall

027 717 0922

More Information

Registrations & Payments

Click here to find out information about payments via internet banking or  to book online and pay with your credit card click here.

The easiest and fastest way to register for school holidays is through our online booking system.


Rebecca White
04 568 3252 extn 708

Important information for parents

- Terms & Conditions

- OSCAR Outdoor Education Policies & Procedures

For more information about holiday programmes, get in touch!

Contact us

Head Office Support Centre

04 568 3252

PO Box 30247, Lower Hutt 5010