With school holidays to start next week amid restrictions on activities and socialising, Mitchell Shire Council is offering several options to keep children entertained.

People aged between 12 and 24 can join council’s youth services team online for regular online quizzes, games and activities. There’s also a yoga session for youth from 2.30pm to 3.10pm, on Thursday September 23. Follow the Mitchell Youth Services Facebook page for more information.

For those who would like to try something creative, there’s a free linoart online activity from 2pm to 3.30pm on Thursday, September 30. All materials, including carving tool, vinyl plate, paint and roller will be provided. To register, people can email their name, address and phone number to youth@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au before September 22.

Learn about recycling through the Kids Rethink Recycling presentation from 10am to 11.15am, on Thursday September 30.

During the online session, children will learn what happens to their recycling and what they can do at home to make a difference. Booking are at www.kidsrethinkrecycling.eventbrite.com.au.

For those who enjoy arts and crafts, council’s library services have free click and collect craft activities to pick up. Children aged between three and five can enjoy a honeybee activity, while those aged from seven to 14 can test their problem-solving skills in a gravity challenge. The activity packs can be collected from the Wallan, Kilmore, Broadford and Seymour libraries. Call the library to arrange collection.

Youngsters can keep active with the council’s leisure services team online fitness classes. There are classes most days with two special family sessions each week. Follow Mitchell Shire Leisure Services’ Facebook page for more details.

With warmer days on the way, spring is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. To find walking, cycling and horse-riding tracks head to the ‘near me’ page on council’s website.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it could be hard to keep children and teenagers entertained over the break without spending hundreds of dollars.

“We’re not able to hold our normal holiday program due to COVID restrictions, but we’ve pulled together an exciting range of activities,” she said.

“These activities are fun, budget-friendly and provide a great opportunity for people to connect.”