It may have snuck up on us, but it’s that time of the year again, with school holidays less than two weeks away. It’s not just the chilly winter breeze that’s catching everyone’s attention; it’s the anticipation of the break. Forget 'just surviving' the holidays. We want to help you and your family and whānau have fun and 'thrive'! From creative workshops that spark imagination to outdoor escapades that satisfy the thirst for adventure, our programmes are meticulously crafted for kids aged from five and into the teen years. They’re not just activities; they’re experiences—designed to inspire, entertain, and instil a sense of wonder.

  • We will be fizzing with excitement on ALL THAT GLITTERS day! Have you ever eaten a pizza that sparkles? With the magic of edible glitter, we’ll be saying “cheese” as we devour our hand-crafted goodies. We’ll be creative central, making art and jewellery to adorn fridges, frames, and wrists. And we’ll be forging friendships and getting competitive as we compete in a “Wreck it Ralph’ team game and some nail-biting relays in a ball pit, no less!
  • You’re cordially invited to the holiday season’s most thrilling celebration – the Winter Wonderland Day at The Y School Holidays Programme! Immerse yourself in a day of icy enchantment, brimming with frost-laden fun! The day’s festivities feature creating glistening icicle crafts that shimmer like the real thing. we'll bake and decorate cute polar bear cookies that are as tasty as they are charming. There'll be exhilarating “snowball fights” that promise heaps of laughter and fun. And let’s not overlook the exhilarating Winter Games, which include: A delightful duathlon challenge that includes “cross-country skiing” using pool noodles and a merry Jingle Bell Jog that will have everyone ringing with joy.
Winter wonderland school holidays
  • Look down… Have you ever wondered what lies beneath your feet? Don’t miss an unforgettable day as we explore the mysteries below. We can’t wait to introduce your kids to the wonders of nature and science. Science comes alive, as we create our own volcanoes and learn about the amazing things we never see. We’ll be inspired by the formation of geodes, one of the world's oldest and coolest natural formations, as we craft and cook. And while avoiding creepy caves, we will spark your child’s curiosity as we enjoy creating our own glow worm lanterns.
  • Enrol your children in our "Potions" themed holiday programme for a day filled with magic and excitement. Kids will get creative and make their own witch's nose by transforming everyday objects. ​ They can customize their nose and wear it proudly throughout the day. A highlight of the day is Wizard ball - A fun twist on dodgeball. ​You children will be amazed as they create their own magic potion to create a bubbling and colourful potion. Wingardium leviosa! ​ - Inspired by the famous levitation spell from Harry Potter, children will create their own levitating feather using magnets, craft sticks, paperclips, and fishing line. ​ They will learn how to make the feather float in the air using their "wand" and practice their magical skills. Join us for a magical adventure!

Know that with The Y School Holiday Programmes you’ll be picking up happy kids who are excited for the next day. Signing up for The Y’s School Holiday Programmes in Auckland and Hamilton is a breeze! Here’s how you can ensure your kids are set for an unforgettable winter adventure:

Keen to book?

Head to our website and choose your location. With multiple locations across Auckland and Hamilton, pick the one that’s most convenient for you and your children. Browse through the variety of activities and outings offered to find the perfect fit for your child’s interests and age group, then just BOOK ONLINE or Contact for More Info: If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can find contact details for each location on their website.

Remember, spaces can fill up quickly, so it’s best to sign up soon to guarantee your child’s place in the programme. Enjoy the holidays and get ready to see your kids thrive with The Y!

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