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Best (Mostly) Free Activities on Mother's Day 2017

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
I love to travel and some time ago discovered I also love to write, combine this with my husband's photography and we get to share it all with you. Please visit us at www.facebook.com/brucevandersluisimages
Published April 29th 2017
Every day is Mum's Day
You really don't need a reason to spoil your mum; you can spoil here any day of the year, however Mother's Day is just that extra special day of the year, when mum will happily lap up any spoiling you want to give her, without questioning what you are up to!

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Photo courtesy of Traceylovesmum, public domain


In my family, just spending time together is the critical component, so here is my pick for the best free activities to indulge your mum this mother's day.

Adelaide History Festival

If your mum, like me, just loves everything to do with history, there are heaps of free events to enjoy at the Adelaide History Festival on from 1 – 31 May 2017.

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Photo courtesy of SA History Festival facebook page


A Day at the Seaside is an Exhibition of historical photographs from the collection of the Henley and Grange Historical Society which is being shown at the Grange Institute Library, 4 Beach Street, Grange every Sunday in May from 10 am to 3 pm.

For further information contact Linda Sambell on 8353 0883 or email henleyandgrangehistory@iinet.net.au.

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Photo courtesy of History Festival website


For something closer to town, why not take a journey to trace the history of St John's Anglican Church and its unique place in South Australian history. You will be able to view the Burne-Jones designed window and various memorials and guides will be available to answer any questions.

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St John's Anglican Church, Photo courtesy of Marionlad, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported


The Church, located at 379 Halifax Street, Adelaide will be open Sunday 7 and 14 May 2017, from 11 am to 2 pm.

For further information, contact Caroline Adams on 0437 620 311 or email caro@senet.com.au.

Botanic Gardens

If mum really likes getting back to nature, why not take her for a free guided tour of the Adelaide, Mount Lofty or Wittuna Botanic Gardens.

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Adelaide Botanic Gardens


The gardens are a fantastic location for a walk with nature and mum with free guided walks available. Adelaide Botanic Gardens offer free guided walks at 10.30 am from the Visitor Information Centre at the Schomburgk Pavilion. Mount Lofty walks are available on Thursdays at 10.30 am from the Lower Car Park (entry via Lampert Road) and Wittunga on Tuesdays at 10.30 am from the car park on Shepherds Hill Road.

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Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens


If you prefer to wander alone, self-guided tours and trails are available for download from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens website with audio tours available on iPhone or android from the MyParx website.

There are also a number of places to eat within the park with the Adelaide Botanic Gardens such as the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Cafe Fibonacci and the Simpson Kiosk offering a variety of food delights to suit everyone.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens is open from 9.00 am on weekends and will close at 5.30 pm each day during May. Please see the website for more information including parking. Entry is free.

State Library

Have you ever wondered just what is behind the scenes in the State Library? Why not take mum on this special tour of all the buildings from the oldest to the newest?

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State Library, Photo courtesy of SA History Festival website


Recently voted one of the world's most beautiful libraries, the Mortlock Wing is included in this special tour along with the modern Spence Wing basement and the 1860 Institute Building. Specialist library staff will take you behind all those closed doors.

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Mortlock Wing State Library, Photo courtesy of pdfpdf, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported


This free event can be booked at the Event Brite website with the tour running from 10.15 am to 11.15 am on Mothers Day. Meet your tour guide in the Glass Foyet, Spence Wing, North Terrace, Adelaide.

POP Market Hahndorf

Take mum to the Pop Market in beautiful Hahndorf. This market has been running for some time now and just keeps getting better.

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Photo courtesy of Pop Market facebook page


The market is running on Mother's Day and has for purchase lots of handmade treasures for you to spoil mum with. There will be Trixie's Trinkets and Ren's Crystal Prescriptions and all your favourite stalls.

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Photo courtesy of Pop Market facebook page


The market is located inside the Hahndorf Institute, 55 Main Street, Hahndorf. Entry is free, but why not bring mum along and let her choose her own handmade gift right here at the market.

Adelaide Zoo

Ok, so not technically free, but entry is free for mum with the token from The Advertiser and this is an event worthy of being included in best activities and one mum is sure to love!

Adelaide Zoo is offering a number of options to spoil mum and the whole family on Mother's Day.

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Adelaide Zoo


Option 1 starting at 10 am is the Mother's Day Brunch including a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival for mum. Indulge in a delightful 2-course brunch at Sanctuary at Adelaide Zoo while overlooking and enjoying the stunning views of Botanic Park.

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Adelaide Zoo


Brunch will include a selection of pastries, seasonal fruit salad, scrambled eggs, sausages and bacon along with tea, coffee and juice.

Cost is $35 per adult and $15 per child (3 to 12 years). Zoo entry is $15 per person, however mum is free with a token from The Advertiser.

To book for the brunch, call the Adelaide Zoo on 8230 1313.

Option 2 starting at 12 pm is the Mother's Day lunch to be held at the Fig Tree Function Centre. Lunch will include a shared platter for all and a choice of main course of lamb, Atlantic salmon or Tomato, Basil and Pine Nut Pave. For dessert, you can select from Adelaide Hills strawberries and cream pavlova or chocolate cherry brownie with vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

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Adelaide Zoo


Cost is $65 per adult with zoo entry included or $50 for Zoo's SA Members and mum's with the Advertiser token. Children 4 to 14 years are $35 per child including zoo entry. Children under 4 are free.

To book call the Zoo on 8230 1286 or go to the website.
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Some great ideas, Annette!
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