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The Main Line Parent Reopening Guide

What’s open, what’s reopening soon, and what are the new coronavirus rules?

Which places are open and closed due to coronavirus safety regulations seems to change every day, so we’re trying to make it a little earlier to keep track and keep you up to date. Be sure to check back as we’ll add newly reopened places as they come. And as always, please follow safe behavior at all events—wear a mask, social distance, and don’t go out if you are feeling sick. It’s great that things are reopening, but let’s all work together to keep them that way!

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 10 am—6 pm; and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am—10 pm (closed Tuesdays)


Reservations needed: Yes; member reservations (except for Gardens Premium Members) and timed admission tickets are required.

Masks: Yes; face masks are required for everyone age 2 and older in both indoor and outdoor public spaces, unless individuals are outside and are able to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members in their household.

More information: The majority of our indoor and outdoor gardens and spaces are open, including the Conservatory, outdoor Children’s Corner, and Webb Farmhouse. Spaces that remain closed at this time include the Indoor Children’s Garden, Conservatory Music Room, and Picnic Area. Fountain shows will run regularly throughout the day and night. Outdoor dining is available, or you can order a picnic tote in advance and pick it up at the beer garden.

Explore more local Gardens and Arboretums with our special reopening guide!


Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia


Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown

Daily, 10 am—5 pm


Reservations needed: Reservations are no longer required for Elmwood Park Zoo members, but are still required for non-members.

Masks: Yes; all guests over the age of 8 must wear a mask.

More information: To allow for proper social distancing, guests are required to follow new traffic flows throughout the zoo designated by arrows and paw prints. In addition to food service, all indoor exhibits and rides (except for the carousel) are closed, including Trail of the Jaguar, the Butterfly Train, and the Nature Shop (though you can still shop online). The Quiet Space will be closed, and Sensory Packs are currently unavailable. Feeding experiences (except giraffe) are also closed, as well as play areas like the Thomas Kimmel Playground and Percussion Garden. Treetop Adventures is closed, as well.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

Thursdays—Mondays, 10 am—12:30 pm and 2—4:30 pm


Reservations needed: Yes; you must purchase tickets online for a specified 2.5-hour playtime to reserve your spot.

Masks: Yes; all guests age 2 and older are required to wear face masks.

More information: LEGOLAND is operating strictly by reservation, with 2.5-hour Playtimes. During these times, there will be LEGO bricks to be used just for your family, and that will be sanitized before each playtime. As an added safety measure, certain attractions are closed: character meet-and-greet, photo experiences, and Creative Workshop. The pirate ship, movie theater, and the Imagination Express are temporarily adjusted or operating with limited capacity.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Fridays—Sundays, 10 am—6 pm


Reservations needed: Yes; to help maintain physical distancing within the park, Sesame Place will require advance online reservations.

Masks: Face coverings are required for guests age 2 and older while in the park except when eating, in designated relaxation areas, and while playing in the water park attractions.

More information: Some water rides and attractions are temporarily closed due to physical distancing restrictions. Certain components of shows and other character activities, such as those involving guest and character interactions, are also currently modified or removed. The parade is temporarily suspended as well.


Courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy

Brandywine River Museum

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

Wednesdays—Mondays, 9:30 am—4:30 pm


Reservations needed: Yes; to help maintain physical distancing within the park, the museum will require advance online reservations. Timed ticketing reservations are not required for Brandywine members.

Masks: Yes; everyone over age 2 must wear a face mask.

More information: In addition to timed reservations, the museum will enforce social distancing with capacity limits within the museum galleries. The special exhibit “Votes for Women: A Visual History” has been extended to run through September 27. While the museum is now reopened, in-person programs and events remain canceled. The Brandywine will continue to offer engaging virtual programs, so be sure to check our weekly events posts to participate!


Pick-Your-Own Fruit and Flowers at Local Farms

A great social distancing summertime activity is picking your own berries, flowers, and other fresh produce at local orchards. Many are open (with enhanced safety regulations, of course), so be sure to check out our guide to plan your outing!



Explore the reopened city in our Philly Family Reopening Guide!


Lead photograph by Mairin Petrone.

Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org


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