Orange Tier: What’s Open or Opening Soon for Kids in Southern California?

Now that LA and Orange Counties are officially in Orange Tier, many of your favorite family-friendly places have been given the green light to reopen at limited capacities.

Which means… places that haven only been open outdoors are now able to fully open indoors!

Reminder: We’re working really hard to keep the information up to date, but things change on a whim! All details are believed to be accurate as of 3/16/21. We’ll continue to update this list as more details are announced. Be sure to contact these places directly for the latest updates. 


**Most Recent Updates (more details below)**

  • Universal Studios reopening Friday, April 16
  • Autry Museum reopening Tuesday, April 6
  • Petersen Automotive Museum now open
  • Adventure City reopens Friday, April 16
  • La Brea Tar Pits reopening Thursday, April 8
  • Natural History Museum reopening Thursday, April 1
  • LEGOLAND reopening Thursday, April 15 (includes SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGO CHIMA Waterpark)
  • SeaWorld San Diego select indoor exhibits opening Friday, March 19
  • California Science Center reopening Saturday, March 27
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain reopening Thursday, April 1
  • Pretend City Children’s Museum reopening Saturday, March 27
  • El Dorado Frontier reopening Friday, April 2


Movie Theaters

Most movie theaters are opening with reduced auditorium capacity and staggered showtimes. Reserved seating is available and highly recommended.

AMC Theatres

  • Reopening Friday, March 19 (may vary by theater)
  • Surrounding seats will be blocked off when purchasing tickets
  • Private Theatre Rental: $99 for older movies, $299 for newer movies, up to 20 guests.
  • AMC Theatres Website


Harkins Theatres (Cerritos)

  • Reopening Wednesday, March 17
  • Reserve seats in arrangements of 1-2. If you have a party of three or more and would like to sit together, purchase seats apart and the theatre team will assist you in seating you together when you arrive.
  • Private Movie Party: $99-149, up to 20 guests.
  • Harkins Theatres Website




Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas


IPIC Theaters (Pasadena)

  • Reopening Wednesday, March 31
  • Reserve tickets online or through app
  • Blanket and pillow program reinstated
  • Amended days of operation to Thursday – Sunday
  • Adjacent seats automatically blocked for social distancing
  • Private Theater Rentals available. Inquire here.
  • New Pricing:
    • Weekdays: $16/adults, $10/kids (ages 12 and under)
    • Weekends: $19.75/adults, $11/kids (ages 12 and under)
  • New menu items such as Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles, Mahi Fish Tacos & Tres Leches, plus a new Kids’ Menu
  • IPIC Theaters Website


Regal Cinemas


Starlight Cinemas



Theme Parks

While the state allows theme parks to reopen with rides starting April 1, our local theme parks are aiming to open at a later date. They’re taking the time to hire and train new employees, iron out safety details with government officials, and possibly waiting for higher capacity numbers. In the red tier, theme parks are only allowed to open at 15% capacity.


Adventure City (Anaheim)

  • Reopening Friday, April 16
  • Admission: $21.95/general (ages 1-54), $17.95/seniors (ages 55+)
  • Adventure City Website


Disneyland (Anaheim)


Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park)


LEGOLAND (Carlsbad)

  • Park Preview Days start April 1 (select rides)
  • Full reopening April 15 (includes all rides, LEGO CHIMA Water Park, and SEA LIFE Aquarium)
  • Priority access will be giving to LEGOLAND Hotel Guests, active pass holders, and existing day ticket holders
  • Open now for Build ‘N Play Days
  • LEGOLAND Website


SeaWorld (San Diego)


Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia)

  • Reopening to the general public Saturday, April 3
  • Opens to members and passholders on April 1 and 2
  • Make ticket reservations online
  • Daily Ticket: $45-55 per guest
  • Six Flags Website


Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Reopening Friday, April 16
  • Grand reopening to introduce guests to “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride and “Jurassic World—The Ride’s” all-new, realistic dinosaur, Indominus Rex
  • Universal CityWalk open now
  • Taste of Universal happening through April 11
  • Universal Studios Website



Museums & Attractions


3DAR Trick Art Museum (Santa Monica)


Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach)

  • Full reopening with indoor exhibits on Tuesday, March 16
  • Advanced reservation required
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm / Saturday – Sunday, 9am – 8pm
  • Admission: $36.95/adult, $26.95/child (ages 3-11), $33.95/senior (age 62+)
  • Aquarium Website


Autry Museum of the American West (LA)

  • Reopening to the general public on Tuesday, April 6
  • Advanced reservation required
  • Autry Museum Website


Battleship IOWA Museum (San Pedro)


Bowers Museum (Anaheim)

  • Reopening Wednesday, March 17
  • Walt Disney Archives exhibit extended through June 20, 2021 (separate pricing)
  • Treasures in Gold & Jade through May 30, 2021
  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
  • General Admission (does not include Walt Disney Archives exhibit): $13-15/adults, $10/students (ages 12+), $10-12/seniors (ages 62+), free for children under 12.
  • Bowers Museum Website


California African American Museum (LA)

  • Reopens Saturday, March 27
  • Advance reservations required
  • Tickets are free
  • CAAM Website


California Science Center (LA)

  • Reopening Saturday, March 27
  • Timed-entry reservations required
  • Timed tickets for special exhibition, The Art of the Brick, also available
  • Reservations available starting March 20 for members and March 24 for non-members
  • California Science Center Website


El Dorado Frontier (Long Beach)

  • Reopening Friday, April 2
  • Reserve tickets online
  • Tickets: $15 per guest (under 12 months do not require ticket and rides free)
  • Ticket includes 1-hour time limit, one train ride, and one carousel ride
  • See update post here
  • El Dorado Frontier Website


La Brea Tar Pits (LA)

  • Reopening Thursday, April 8
  • Advance, timed tickets required
  • General Admission: $15/adults, $12/seniors and students, $7/children  (ages 3-12), free for children 2 and under
  • Starting April 15, admission will be free for all LA County residents between the hours of 3-5 p.m. on all days the Museum is open
  • See update post here
  • El Dorado Frontier Website


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

  • Reopening Thursday, April 1
  • Public tickets will go on sale on March 25. Advance time-entry tickets required.
  • See their full announcement here
  • LACMA Website


Lyon Air Museum (Santa Ana)

  • Now Open
  • Tickets: $13/general, $6/child (ages 5-17), $10/senior (age 60+) and veteran, free for children under 5
  • Lyon Air Museum Website


Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino)

  • Now Open (hangars reopening Thursday, March 18)
  • On weekends, the Museum’s Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” will be open for visitors to safely enter
  • Admission: $12/adult, $5/child (ages 5-11), free for children 4 and under.
  • Planes of Fame Website


Petersen Automotive Museum (LA)


Pretend City Children’s Museum (Irvine)

  • Reopening Friday, April 2
  • Reservations not required but recommended.
  • Tickets: $13.95. All guests over 12 months require tickets.
  • Pretend City Website


Natural History Museum (Los Angeles)

  • Full reopening Thursday, April 1
  • Butterfly Pavilion & Nature Gardens now open
  • Advanced timed-tickets required
  • General Admission: $15/adults, $12/seniors and students, $7/children  (ages 3-12), free for children 2 and under
  • Starting April 8, admission will be free for all LA County residents between the hours of 3-5 p.m. on all days the Museum is open.
  • Butterfly Pavilion Tickets: $6 per person, $6 for parking
  • Natural History Museum Website


The Reptile Zoo (Fountain Valley)



Open Now



Still Closed – Reopening Date TBA





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