Whittlesea youngsters can try out their cooking skills or get involved in singing and dancing as part of the YMCA’s holiday program at Mernda and Epping North.

The program will run until Thursday, April 13, at the YMCA’s centres on Harvest Home Road, Epping North, and Goulburn Street, Mernda.

It is the first school holiday program for the centres, which opened earlier this year.

Mernda mother Hulya Ili said the program was a chance for her children, Deniz, 11, and twins Ada and Hazal, 7, to try new things, get away from their screens, and have fun.

“We have just moved to the area and taking time off work is hard. The program gives my kids something to look forward to, which makes me feel more comfortable,” she said.

“They like the excursions. There is always something to do rather than just be stuck at home.”

The program will also feature a carnival day, where the kids will get the chance to learn magic tricks.

Details: www.childrensprograms.ymca.org.au/holiday-programs.html