Book in for YMCA hol­i­day fun

The Tribune (NZ) - - SCHOOL HOLIDAYS -

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.

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