Updated October 16th, 2020
As Los Angeles County and SoCal gradually re-open for family fun, we’ll do our best to keep you informed. We are constantly scanning for news of openings, and new family activities to try, so check back often.
Looking for Things to do in Los Angeles with Kids this Weekend — click over to see the list: we update it weekly with special events and fun ideas!
As you head out to explore, please be sure to confirm the hours of operation and safety rules for each place you want to visit.
What’s Open in Los Angeles for Family Fun – updated October 16th, 2020
Playgrounds at LA Parks have re-opened! Not every City in LA County has reopened them yet, but the City of LA has. Here’s our list of the best playgrounds in SoCal.
The Natural History Museum Butterfly Pavilion will remain open by popular demand until October 11th. Then, the Museum will open their annual Spider Pavilion for a limited run from October 25th to November 29th. Spider tickets go on sale October 14th – don’t miss it! Check their website for timed ticket information.
Whale Watching and Deep-Sea Fishing are happening at Newport Whales – all with safe protocols in place. It’s the season for Blue Whales, Finbacks and Humpbacks. Check out their $20 Whale Watching special deal!
The LA Zoo is open. Their website has all the rules and ticket information.
The Bowers Museum is back open and they’ve got a new exhibit featuring artwork from the Disney Archives.
The Sawdust Festival outdoor marketplace is open on weekends.
Olvera Street is open for shopping and dining – and traveling back in history to Los Angeles’ birthplace.
All these great Botanic Gardens are open – try to visit all of them!
The Aquarium of the Pacific Outdoor Exhibits are open.
The dancing fountains at The Grove are a treat for kids and grown-ups.
The Annenberg PetSpace has re-opened by appointment for adoptions.
Get Thursday dinners from super cool Food Trucks at Beach Eats To Go in Marina del Rey – extended through October 29th!
Underwood Family Farms is open for U-pick and farm stand shopping.
San Diego Sea World is open for Zoo Days – an outdoor experience.
The Legoland Hotel and Miniland USA are now open for fun. And the Sealife Aquarium will re-open (again) September 4th!
The Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar is open and they are hoping to still hold their holiday lights event this year so keep your fingers crossed!
Kids ride FREE on Metrolink on weekends!
LA County Parks are bringing a new twist to their Parks After Dark program.
The Beaches are open! Enjoy the sand and surf while it’s so hot!
Westfield Century City is showing outdoor movies! You’ll need tickets and to follow the safety protocols.
Castle Park is open for Mini-Golf.
The Children’s Museum of La Habra has created an outdoor Play Pass.
Downtown Disney has done a phased re-opening for dining and shopping.
Knott’s Berry Farm is not yet open, BUT they are hosting their Taste of Knott’s on the weekends.
The Cat Cafe is open for feline fun.
18 LA County Parks Splash Pads are open for COOL fun.
Super fun Dive-in Movies at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Every Saturday through the end of October. Reservations encouraged via RESY or FIG restaurant.
Have you ever taken the kids Parasailing? Try this place in Marina del Rey.
Dana Point Harbor has live music and dining outdoors.
San Diego Safari Park is open!
The Santa Barbara Zoo is open for fun.
The Wildlife Learning Center is open for private tours.
Heritage Square has opened for self-guided Tours.
Street Food Cinema is re-opening as a pop-up Drive-in for Summer 2020, starting June 19th.
Universal CityWalk is open for shopping and dining.
Looking for which Summer Camps are planning to open? Stay tuned to our Summer Camp Guide for updates.
By now you all know that beach bike paths have re-opened, along with some beach parking lots, and indoor malls are open for shopping.
In other fun re-opening news: Tennis and Pickleball Courts are now open, along with Archery Ranges, Model Airplane areas, and Equestrian Centers.
As of this week, some retail shopping is allowed, and some faith-based organizations will hold services.
Drive-in Movies are now open and we have a great list.
The most fun news may be that Car Parades are approved again, too!
Quick Links to What’s Open:
Our Favorite Family-Friendly Beaches (LA County Beaches opened May 13th)
Scroll down for more parks and botanic gardens that remain open.
Please note: During the COVID-related Safer at Home order, you should check to be sure the place you want to visit is open before you head out the door. Things are changing constantly.
Please be aware that you may need to consider taking a drive to get to some of these places, and you’ll need to be prepared that gas stations and rest stops may not be open. You may need to plan ahead by assuring that you have a full tank before you leave, and that you have a plan in case anyone in your family needs to use the restroom while you’re out, as they may not always be available.
What’s Open in Los Angeles and SoCal this weekend
Underwood Family Farms – Moorpark Location
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93021
Pick-your-own fruit and vegetables while social distancing. Underwood Family Farms will be opening the fields at their Moorpark location for pick your own fruits and vegetables starting Friday, May 1 from 9am – 6pm daily. With plenty of fresh air and wide-open space, it will allow for visitors to select and harvest their own essential produce directly from the fields while maintaining social distance. Admission to harvest your own produce is $5.00 per person. Children UNDER 2 are Free. Tractor-drawn wagon rides to the fields are included with admission.
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
What was once a private ranch and garden has been made into a stunning public botanic garden, located in La Cañada. Descanso Gardens is known for their outstanding collection of Camellias, as well as an enormous Rose garden and collection. But what may be the biggest hit with families is their 1/8th scale Enchanted Railroad Train, which many LA families have ridden over the years. Admission will require advance purchase of times tickets online, so please check with their website for details, including whether the train is currently running.
LA County Arboretum
301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007
The Los Angeles County Arboretum is open, with the purchase or reservation of timed tickets via their website. Tickets are limited to assure safe distancing, so you may have to wait for an entry time, but if you want to go, you’ll be sure to see peacocks and beautiful native plants. All visitors are asked to wear masks, and be aware that there are only restrooms available at the entrance, and that all indoor spaces are currently closed.
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
This beautiful garden setting is open for timed tickets, and is very popular, so may be sold out when you check their website. Social distancing rules apply, and guests are asked to wear face masks.
READ MORE: The Best Botanic Gardens in SoCal
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
on the campus of UCLA
This best-kept secret on UCLA’s campus, is free and open to the public, with social distancing measures in place. They ask guests to wear masks, and to be aware that the bathrooms are closed.
Mt Baldy Ski Resort
8401 Mt. Baldy Road, Mt. Baldy, CA 91759 (in the Angeles National Forest)
Mt. Baldy is open, using a timed entry system in order to keep social distancing. There is plenty of snowpack on the Northern and Western exposures, they say, despite the Spring temperatures. So if you’re looking for snow, skiing, or tubing, check their website for ticket information.
Arlington Garden in Pasadena
275 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105
This beautiful garden remains open most days with social distancing measures in place. Currently closed on Tuesdays, this garden was created on the site of the CalTrans 710 staging area, and when the project stalled, it was turned into a garden showcasing native plants.
The City of San Bernardino seems to have looser rules than the City of Los Angeles regarding their parks and trails, so it seems that bike and horse trails are open, but please check with their website for updates. They do mention possibly not having access to restrooms, as well as giving guidance on social distancing.
Riverside County has open many parks and trails for public use, while asking for social distancing and safe measures from those who visit. Biking, hiking, and fishing are some of the activities allowed. Some activities require fees, so check their website for information.
Ventura County Parks and Trails are open for public use, with social distancing measures. Walking, Hiking and Biking are permitted. Please check their website for updates.
Parks remain closed for many activities, including Rec centers and playgrounds, but they are open for walking and running, and presumably having a game of catch or frisbee, or having a picnic with your family. According to the Parks Department website,
Parks still remain open for walking or running; however, when visiting a park for exercise or respite, you MUST adhere to the City’s Safer at Home social distancing directives and must not participate in recreational group sports or activities that are incompatible with the City’s social distancing mandates.
This important note is also included on the City Rec and Parks website:
“Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours.”
In a move similar to the City, LA County parks are closed for most activities, with the exception of walking, or playing or relaxing together as a family. The County has included all trailheads and County Beaches as part of the closures for the time being. And they note that there is limited restroom availability from 7am – 5:30pm.
Orange County has made closures similar to the City and County of LA: most activities are prohibited.