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Fun and Free Places to Take Mom for Mother’s Day 2024

You don’t always have to break the bank to show some love to mom. Here are some special things you can do for her this Mother’s day:

UCLA Mathias Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

One of the few free public gardens around, encompassing 7.5 acres including California natives, desert, ferns, palms, bromeliads, herbariaum and more. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. You can bring your leashed pooch, too. Main entrance is at La Kretz Garden Pavilion, 707 Tiverton Drive, Los Angeles. Paid parking available at the Campus parking in Structure 2, or look for street parking.

Oak Glen Preserve, near Yucaipa

Drive up to apple country for the day. Look for wildflowers and hummingbirds while strolling this property owned by the Wildlands Conservancy, which includes the entire Los Rios Rancho Apple Farm. Check out the Southern California Montane Botanic Garden and Children’s Outdoor Discovery Center. Bring a picnic and walk on miles of trails. 39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen.

Pan American Fiesta, Lakewood

Free admission and entertainment to this annual event with live music, dancing, carnival rides (for additional cost) crafts for sale and food trucks. It runs Thursday, May 9 through Sunday, May 12. Note the live entertainment is only on Saturday. Mayfair Park, 5720 Clark Ave.

Placerita Canyon State Park, Newhall

Take Mom to the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, go for a bird walk, see the hummingbird gardens, visit the nature center and explore more than 12 miles of trails, including a seasonal stream. One trail is wheelchair friendly. Open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall.

Eaton Canyon, Pasadena

If mom likes being outdoors, check out this nature center and easy-rated 4-mile roundtrip hike up to a waterfall. Get there early before the parking lot is full. Dogs on leashes are OK. It’s beautiful. Wear a hat and bring water. Open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 1750 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena.

Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center, San Pedro

Take a walk with panoramic views of San Pedro and the harbor, have a picnic, visit the nature center and enjoy 123 acres of this park. Wheelchair friendly path, picnic shelters and playground. Open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.1805 W. 9th St., San Pedro.

Text by Marla Jo Fisher | Photo credits on Google Business | Read More Here 

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