These L.A. Institutions Have Kids Covered During the Teachers Strike

The L.A. Zoo, Natural History Museum, and more are offering free (and paid) programs for kids during the strike

As of Monday morning, LAUSD teachers are officially on strike. That means the families of approximately 600,000 students have to decide whether to cross picket lines and send their kids to school to be minded by subs or keep them home till the strike plays out and the union’s demands are met (more on all of that here).

For families who choose the latter, several local institutions are offering things like free admission, daylong educational programs, and discounted admission for grownups chaperoning LAUSD students.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace

Wednesday, January 16, through Sunday, January 20, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista is expanding its daily programming to give kids something fun and educational to do with animals. Offerings include encounters with adoptable pets, behind-the-scenes tours of the facility’s health center, story time with pets, and grooming and behavior demos.

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The weather obviously isn’t ideal today, but the L.A. Zoo is offering free school-day admission for LAUSD students and $5 admission for adult chaperones with student ID, report card, or other identifying documents. Through January 18, it’s also hosting daily Zoo Camp: Community Safari Days for kids in grades K through 5 ($50 a student). Space is limited, but the safari goes on, rain or shine.

Petersen Automotive Museum 

Besides free admission, the Miracle Mile landmark is also offering “the chance to learn about the history and future of transportation during a month packed with special programs including STEAM-based (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) tours and design projects, book readings, hands-on crafts, and more.”

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County

Both LAUSD students with valid ID and their chaperones get free on-site admission to the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park (meaning you have to show up to get the tickets rather than buy them online in advance). As for current highlights, its site says, “At NHM, visitors will come face-to-face with a life-size LEGO build of the velociraptor ‘Blue’ from Jurassic World, discover the shimmering science behind jewelry designed by renowned artist Paula Crevoshay, see an original costume from 1924’s Peter Pan, and watch a 3D film (ticket purchase required).”

La Brea Tar Pits

Back on Miracle Mile, the Tar Pits are offering free weekday admission for LAUSD students, who can “explore the new Mammoth and Mastodons exhibition, which features life-size models of Ice Age giants (which used to stomp the area that became Los Angeles) and over 20 hands-on interactives.”

Unrelated to the strike, the L.A. County Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, MOCA, Skirball Cultural Center, and several other local institutions have free museum days scheduled for this week. See more here.

RELATED: L.A. Teachers Explain Why They Support the Strike

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