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Let your children laugh, move and have fun within a safe environment at YMCA School Holiday Programmes.

With the same well-run activities and experienced staff as our term care, our holiday programmes move the focus to fun and reconnection after your children's busy terms. The YMCA programme is designed around three enriching themes - ACTIVE, CREATE & LIFE SKILLS, which give your children a great range of activities they'll love during their holidays.

Life Skills

We know how important it is to give kids a break over school holidays - so our life skills adjust to focus on soft skills like team work, self discovery and relaxation. This will give your children some different ways of thinking and interacting with others while at the same time allowing them to have fun and recharge.

Example school holiday life skills sessions:

  • Scavenger hunts
  • Group excursions


Being creative and trying new things in a fun way can be some of the best school holiday memories. We've got heaps of options for children to express themselves, have some laughs and give things a go.

Example creative sessions:

  • Decorate a plant pot to take home
  • Working with fabric
  • Magic potions


Being on the move is a great way for kids to blow off some steam but stay energised during their break. The YMCA is the experts at keeping kids active through having fun, and building mental and physical skills through games. In addition to incorporating movement through our sessions, we also run specialist sports programmes through selected centres, focusing on specific sports like basketball and soccer with specialised support for all skill levels.

Sample active sessions:

  • Excursion to gymnastics clubs or trampolining
  • Dance party
  • Specialist sports workshops (available at selected centres)

Safeguarding children, young people, families and staff

YMCA North is Aotearoa’s first and only accredited organisation through the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF).

Safeguarding is a fundamental part of our culture and a culture shared with all of our staff, customers and members. To support this we have:

  • Designated Safeguarding Staff
  • Clear policies and protocols promoting safe and best practice for our customers and staff including safe recruitment practices.
  • Compulsory safeguarding induction and ongoing training requirements for all staff
  • YMCA North Safeguarding Code of Conduct provides staff clear guidance and guidelines

Find out more

YMCA offers school holiday programmes in the following locations:


YMCA Ellerslie

46 Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie, Auckland

09 579 4716

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Kauri Park

16 McGlashen Place, Beach Haven, Auckland

021 223 8452

Greenhithe Primary

Isobel Road, Greenhithe, Auckland

09 480 7099

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YMCA Lynfield (sports workshops)

16-18 Griffen Park Road, Mount Roskill, Auckland

09 627 1642

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YMCA Massey

545 Don Buck Road, Massey, Auckland

09 833 8100

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YMCA Mt Albert

773 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland

09 846 0788

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YMCA North Shore

5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland

09 480 7099

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YMCA Sir William Jordan

5 Pearce Street, Onehunga, Auckland

09 636 8825

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Aberdeen Drive, Hamilton

07 838 2529

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Hamilton West

36 Hammond Street, Hamilton

07 838 2529

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Pickering Crescent, Chartwell, Hamilton

07 838 2529

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62 Silverdale Road, Silverdale, Hamilton

07 838 2529

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Woodstock School

21 Woodstock Road, Fairfield, Hamilton

07 838 2529

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123 Victory Street, Welcome Bay, Tauranga 3112

07 579 6530

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Lynmore Primary School

Iles Road, Lynmore, Rotorua

07 838 2529

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Holiday Camps

Camp Adair

2487 Hunua Road, Hunua

0800 003 913

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1503 Whangaparaoa Road, Shakespear Regional Park

0800 004 058

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WINZ Subsidies Available

Do you need a helping hand to send your kids on our programmes these holidays? We believe there should be no barrier for children to participate in our programmes, so WINZ subsidies are available to approved families.