The pandemic continues to be a serious issue in Los Angeles and across the country, but over the past few months, with cases in LA holding steady, a number of businesses and public facilities have been allowed to reopen with safety guidelines in place. From outdoor playgrounds to indoor malls, here’s the latest on everything that’s open in Los Angeles.


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Outdoor Playgrounds

As of Oct. 8, outdoor playgrounds have reopened at LA County parks. Other playgrounds at parks run by LA cities have also followed suit, with the City of Santa Monica opening playgrounds at 12 of its parks on Oct. 9 (see the fill list of playgrounds you can visit here), and Burbank playgrounds opening on Oct. 19. Safety protocols include mandatory face coverings for anyone ages 2 and above social distancing of at least six feet. Food and drink are also prohibited and visitors should limit the amount of time they spend at the playground to 30 minutes. Check online before visiting your local playground to confirm its reopening status. 


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Outdoor Spaces at Museums

While many of our favorite museums remain closed, at least a couple have opened their outdoor areas. Tickets are available to visit the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and you and the fam can also tour a historic U.S. navy ship at the Battleship USS Iowa Museum in Long Beach. 

AMC Movie Theaters (for Private Screenings)

While movie theaters remain closed, you can reserve an entire AMC Safe & Clean auditorium for just $99.  Participating AMCs include the theaters at Burbank Town Center, Universal CityWalk and Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. Currently, you can choose from kid-friendly flicks like How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek and Monsters Inc. (For a grown-up outing, Tenet is also available.) Rental requests can be submitted online 10 days out, and payment is required 7 days out to secure your spot.


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Malls & Shopping Centers

October also saw the limited reopening of indoor shopping at malls, along with outdoor shopping at places like The Grove, The Americana at Brand and Westfield Topanga & The Village. Of course, masks and social distancing are mandatory and capacity is limited to 25 percent. 

Click here for our list of the LA's best kid-friendly malls. 


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Botanic Gardens

Looking for a change of scenery and a chance to check out fall leaves at their finest? Head to one of LA's sprawling botanic gardens for a safe and serene socially-distanced outing. 

Zoos, Aquariums & Animal Sanctuaries

After months of being closed, the beloved Los Angeles Zoo finally reopened in September with timed entry to limit crowds and ensure physical distancing. It joined Long Beach's Aquarium of the Pacific (which opened its outdoor spaces earlier in the summer), and this list of reopened teaching zoos, wildlife centers and animal sanctuaries

Drive-in Theaters

Since the summer, drive-in theaters have been drawing big crowds. In addition to permanent drive-ins, pop-up versions have taken place around town—at hotels, malls, the L.A. zoo and more. Check out our round-up of the latest kid-friendly drive-in screenings

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants continue to be open for outdoor dining. Check out our favorite patios for eating out with the family. 

–Shannan Rouss


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