Bay Area Family Venues that are Reopening

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Some family venues around the Bay Area are starting to reopen with social distancing restrictions. Before you go, check websites or call to see if there have been changes. If you know of other family-friendly locations in the Bay Area that are opening, please send an email to:


Filoli Garden is now open with reduced garden-only admissions. The garden is open with certain restrictions to maintain social distancing. The house remains closed until indoor spaces are allowed to reopen. Please see the details of the reopening in the newsletter, Filoli Features.


Winchester Mystery House will reopen its self-guided garden tour on Fri., May 15. The outdoor tour will be a completely touchless experience featuring 20 stops throughout four acres of Winchester’s Victorian Gardens. Guests will receive a link to the audio guide and digital map accessible on devices after check-in. Tours will be offered Thursdays-Sundays and must be pre-purchased prior to arrival. Tours will be restricted to those in a visitor’s immediate household and capacity will be reduced to ensure social distancing. All guests and employees must practice social distancing and wear face masks. The gift shop and café will be closed. Tickets are $19.99 for adults, $15.99 for seniors and $9.99 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, go here.


West Wind Drive-Ins in Concord and San Jose have reopened with restrictions. People must stay in their cars except to use the restroom. Those who do leave their car must wear a face mask, and cars need to be parked 10 feet away from other vehicles in the drive-in. For more details, go here.


Oakland Zoo has announced it will be ending its Behind the Scenes – Live! virtual shows on June 10 with hopes that it will reopen soon after. These online shows, which started after the zoo closed because of shelter in place, provide a look at what goes on behind the scenes. Zoo officials say they are in the planning stages for reopening. Stay updated by checking the Oakland Zoo website.


Teresa Mills-Faraudo is an associate editor at Bay Area Parent.

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