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Best Free Activities on Mother's Day 2016

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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Published April 15th 2016
Mum deserves to be pampered
Here in Australia, we get to celebrate and show our appreciation for our mum's on the second Sunday in May of each year. This is the one day of the year were mum gets to put up her feet, sit back and be pampered and there is no better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to simply just spend the day with her doing her favourite activities. Even better if it is free or at minimal cost.

Mother's Day Card, Courtesy of Urbanphase, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

In my family, we like to just spend the day together, not doing very much at all but simply just being in each others company, in the one space for the day. Whatever your mum's favourite activities are, here is my pick for the best free activities to indulge your mum this mother's day.

Thorn Clarke Wines - Aussie Wine Month

Throughout the month of May, as part of Aussie Wine Month, Thorn Clarke Wines located at 266 Gawler Park Road, Angaston are offering tasting of select back vintage wines along with opening their museum. This is a great opportunity to take mum for a relaxing drive into the fabulous Gawler region and taste some pre-aged premium wines.

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Thorn Clark Winery, Photo Courtesy of Thorn Clark Winery Facebook Page

Entry is free, however why not treat mum to a fantastic gourmet platter to go with her tasting. Please call the Winery for further information or to book a platter.

Sculptures from the Acropolis: A Retrospective

Located in the Festival Theatre Foyer, King William Road, Adelaide from 31 March to 31 May 2016, this exhibition of replica sculptures from the Acropolis, tell a story that is steeped in history, art and majesty. The exhibition includes 15 full size replicas of sculptures such as Poseidon's bust, a caryatid and elements from the Parthenon's frieze and metopes.

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Parthenon, Photo Courtesy of Harrieta171, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Entry is free and parking information is available at the Adelaide Festival Centre website or go to Adelaide Metro for information on public transport.

South Australia's History Festival

For the month of May, South Australia's History Festival opens otherwise closed doors and gives a window into the lives of South Australians throughout history. On Mother's Day, this gives you plenty of amazing history focused activities to enjoy with mum.

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South Australia's History Festival, Photo Courtesy of History Festival Website

Why not take mum for a guided tour of the Overland Corner Hotel located beside the majestic Murray River, 205 Old Coach Road, Overland Corner or maybe for a tour of Keswick Barracks and Museum.

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Overland Corner Hotel, Photo Courtesy of History Festival Website

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Keswick Barracks, Photo Courtesy of History Festival Website

There are a variety of great and interesting history focused events being held throughout May. To see what is available, visit the History Festival website.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

If mum really likes getting back to nature, take her for a walk through one of South Australia's amazing parklands.

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Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Adelaide Botanic Gardens, North Terrace, Adelaide is a fantastic location for a walk with nature and mum with free guided walks available at 10.30 am from the Visitor Information Centre at the Schomburgk Pavilion. 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.

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Adelaide Botanic Gardens

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

The Park 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 include parking. Entry is free.
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Why? Mum deserves to be pampered
When: Sunday 8 May 2016
Where: Adelaide
Cost: Free
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