Fun Free Mother's Day Things to Do in Orlando

All good kids want to spend time with mom on Mother's Day, but many don't have a bucket full of cash. Luckily for the kids of Orlando, there are plenty of fun, free Mother's Day activities to do. Area museums offer free admission for moms on their special day, and parks offer a relaxing place to take a walk or enjoy a picnic at no charge. There is even a free Mother's Day suggestion at the Disney hotels.

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden

Tucked into Winter Park, just north of Orlando, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden offers free access to the gardens all year round. The museum complex includes three acres of gardens with seasonal blossoms, a butterfly garden and two water gardens, making a beautiful backdrop for photos with mom. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission to the home and chapel is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students (as of March 2010). Garden access is free. Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden 633 Osceola Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 407-647-6294 polasek.org

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum

In addition to a vast collection of American art, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum houses the "most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany," according to the museum's website. The Tiffany exhibit includes art glass, leaded-glass windows and lamps, for which Louis Comfort Tiffany is famous. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. "Friday Night at the Morse" runs from November through April, when the Morse offers free admission and extra hours from 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday. The museum is closed Mondays. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students, and moms are free on Mother's Day. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum 445 North Park Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 407-644-8355 morsemuseum.org

Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park sits in Downtown Orlando and offers a healthy dose of nature in the middle of a hectic working world. The park boasts lush gardens, a lake with fountain and swans, as well as a wide walkway for a relaxing stroll. The area welcomes visitors and is a fine place to enjoy Orlando in its laid-back natural state on Mother's Day. Lake Eola Park charges no entrance fees and opens from 6 a.m. to midnight every day of the year. Lake Eola Park 195 N. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 407-246-2827 cityoforlando.net/fpr/Html/Parks/lakeeola.htm

Old Town

Old Town is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex located in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando. The lively atmosphere welcomes visitors and offers them the chance to hang out and enjoy the sun and fun for free. Old Town never charges admission and features special events throughout the year and weekly classic car cruises. The complex is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Old Town 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (U.S. 192) Kissimmee, FL 34746 407-396-4888 old-town.com

Self-Guided Disney Resort Tour

The Disney resorts offer a little-known free alternative for celebrating Mother's Day---the self-guided Disney Resort Tour. Each Disney hotel has its own theme and mood, and many set up special photo areas for moms on their special day. The Magic Kingdom hotels (the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian) are all on the monorail, so visitors can park at one hotel and ride the monorail to visit the rest. The properties are fun to explore and walking the grounds and lobby is completely free. Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL 407-939-7429 disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts

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Lisa Jay began writing professionally in 2002. She has written for "Focus" magazine and "The Orlando Sentinel" as well as travel Web sites in the Central Florida area. She served as executive editor of "The Valencia Source." Jay earned an Associate of Arts in journalism from Valencia Community College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in writing at Columbia University.

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