Book in for YMCA holiday fun
The YMCA has been actively involved in the community for more than 100 years with a strong emphasis on supporting the development of healthy minds, bodies and spirits in young people and their families.
Honesty, respect, caring and responsibility are the organisation’s core values and alongside these they also promote enjoyment of life.
The YMCA’s Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) area manager, Jaimee Tuhi, says the holiday programmes are very much focused on having fun, being creative and active, as well as giving children the opportunities to develop friendships and have great experiences.
The YMCA holiday programme runs throughout the school holidays, beginning on July 10.
‘‘We will be running two programmes, one will be held here at Park Road, in Palmerston North, and the other runs at North Street School in Feilding. Parents can also arrange to have their children picked up from their homes if they live in either Ashhurst or Linton,’’ says Jaimee.
The programme caters for children aged 5 to 13 years, and Jaimee says they divide the children into Oscar Juniors, 5 to 8 year olds and Oscar Seniors, 9 to 13 year olds.
‘‘This enables us to prepare separate programmes with activities that will appeal to the different age groups. So while the older children may be developing their culinary skills with a Master Chef competition, the younger children will be enjoying themselves bouncing around at Inflatable World.’’
Structured activities usually begin around 9am and include arts and crafts as well as team games and plenty of physical activity, and Jaimee says they also have a quiet area where children can read a book or play board games with their friends.
An exciting part of the programme are the trips out of town where the entire group will spend the day visiting Te Papa in Wellington, the adventure park in Levin or the pools in Whanganui. There are also a number of daily trips organised including exploring Te Manawa, splashing about at the Lido and clambering up the rock wall at VertX Climb.
Children can be dropped off any time from 7am and need to be picked up by 6pm. On the days they are travelling out of town they will need to be at North Street School by 7.30am and Park Road by 8am.
Jaimee adds that they can also provide lunch along with morning and afternoon tea for a small fee of only $5.
Although the programme runs for the full two weeks of the holidays, children do not have to attend every day. Parents can choose specific days and activities they feel will appeal to their children. However, while the holiday programme can cater for up to 80 children, there are limited numbers for some activities, so parents should book early to avoid their children missing out.
All of the YMCA holiday programmes are approved for Government subsidies which mean that eligible families can receive a large discount off programme fees. For information on whether you qualify phone WINZ on 0800 559 009 or call the YMCA.
Jaimee says the programme is designed for maximum participation and a lot of fun so to ensure your children have a fantastic holiday go online to register at: ymcacentral.org.nz
or give them a call on (06) 358 8921 for more details.
TheYMCAholidayprogrammefeatures a number of trips to various attractions.