City Resources Available to Families During the Event of a Strike

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During the school year, our classrooms and campuses offer our students places to learn, stay active, and grow. During the event of a strike, families have to make tough decisions about what’s best for their kids — from where children can receive lunch, and appropriate supervision, to how they get around. 

Mayor Garcetti is committed to ensuring that parents have options for their kids until all of our students return to the classroom. The Mayor is working closely with City departments and Metro to make additional resources available to families that need assistance during the strike.


Enhanced City Services

Extended Hours, Increased Staffing, Lunch, and Programming at Select Recreation Centers. During the strike, the City has added staff at 43 Recreation Centers where school-age children can receive supervision and lunch, play games, participate in arts and crafts, and engage in sports and fitness activities. This additional programming will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days. Parents planning to take their children to these sites must complete this registration form and submit it at the recreation center upon arrival each day.

Please note that all other City Recreation Centers will be open during their normal business hours to provide regular programming for families. 

Expanded Library Programming. The LA Public Library is offering increased programming at all 73 locations, with a focus on STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Math) activities.

Free Transportation.  During the strike, LA Metro and LADOT DASH and Commuter Express are offering free rides to LA Unified students between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on regular school days. Bus operators will check LA Unified student IDs on-board and fare compliance officers will allow them to ride without fares on Metro’s Gold, Blue, Green, and Expo light rail lines. On the Red and Purple Lines and any other rail stations with fare gates, Metro will deploy TAP personnel to facilitate students’ free entry.

The map below features the 43 centers and 73 libraries that are offering enhanced services and increased programming for LA Unified students who are impacted during the strike. Each location also includes information on Metro and LADOT lines. See the complete list of centers at the bottom of this page. Find a list of libraries here.

Ongoing City Services

The City of Los Angeles provides an array of resources for students. All LA Unified students have a “Student Success Library Card,” which gives them access to free online tutoring, homework help, test prep, and online books, magazines, and newspapers. Adults (age 18 and over) can use their library cards to reserve free or low-cost passes that will allow them to take one or more students to several cultural institutions through the LA Public Library’s new Explore L.A. program.


Cultural Enrichment Opportunities

The following museums and cultural institutions are offering free admission during the strike:

  • Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits - Free admission for all LA Unified students and LA Unified chaperones. On-site, grade appropriate, self-guided activities and lesson plans for pick-up at both museums by chaperones upon arrival. (Monday - Friday)
  • Petersen Automotive Museum - Free admission for all middle or high school students with LA Unified ID. A sign-in sheet will be available for elementary school students with no ID. The Petersen’s Discovery Center will offer crafts daily during the event of a strike. A parent or guardian must be present with students age 13 and under. (Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
  • Museum of Tolerance - Free admission for all LA Unified middle and high school students. (Monday - Thursday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Fridays, 10:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.)
  • MOCA - Free admission for all LA Unified students and one guardian or chaperone at both locations in downtown Los Angeles. Free educator-led tours on Thursday evenings and weekend afternoons. 
  • Los Angeles Zoo - The Los Angeles Zoo will offer free admission to LA Unified students grades K-12 as well as a “Community Safari Day” program for grades K-5 during the event of  a strike.

Below are additional museums and cultural institutions that offer free admission:

  • LACMA - LACMA is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Getty Center and Villa - Getty Center is open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (except Monday) and weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Getty Villa is open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (except Tuesday). Parking is not free at either facility.
  • California Science Center - California Science Center is open daily, 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
  • California African American Museum - CAAM is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Parking is $12.
  • La Plaza de Cultura y Artes - La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday - Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument - El Pueblo Museums are open Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. El Pueblo museums include Avila Adobe, America Tropical, Interpretive Center, Sepulveda House, Chinese American Museum, Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, and Plaza Firehouse Museum. The Gateway to Nature and the Museum of Social Justice are open Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free walking tours of historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles are offered Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Griffith Observatory - Griffith Observatory is open Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Parking near the Observatory is limited and costs $8-$10/hour. Daily low-cost DASH Observatory public bus service is available from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station. You may drive up to the Observatory and park in the parking lot or on the adjacent roads, however, roads leading up to the Observatory get very congested at busy times (weekends, evenings, holidays, spring break, summer).
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is open Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Maritime Museum - The Maritime Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  There is a free parking lot next to the Museum, on the former site of Acapulco Restaurant. There is also free street parking available.

Employer Support

During the strike, the City of Los Angeles is committed to providing its employees who are also LA Unified parents with as much flexibility as possible while maintaining sufficient personnel to avoid any disruption in City services. The Mayor’s Office has also contacted some of L.A.’s largest employers to encourage them to support parents with similar plans.

Employers can help by providing their employees with greater flexibility at work, which may include:

  • telecommuting;
  • offering flexible start and end times; and,
  • allowing employees to use accrued compensated time off.

Full list of recreation centers with expanded services

  • 109th Street Recreation Center - 1464 E 109th Street 90059
  • Algin Sutton Recreation Center - 8800 S Hoover Street 90044
  • Alpine Recreation Center - 817 Yale Street 90012
  • Banning Recreation Center - 1331 Eubank Avenue 90744
  • Carlin G Smith Recreation Center - 511 W. Avenue 46 90065
  • Central Park Recreation Center - 1357 E 22nd Street 90011
  • Chatsworth Park South Recreation Center - 22360 Devonshire Street 91311
  • Denker Recreation Center - 1550 W 35th Place 90018
  • Eagle Rock Recreation Center - 1100 Eagle Vista Drive 90041  
  • El Sereno Recreation Center - 4721 Klamath Street 90032
  • Elysian Valley Recreation Center - 1811 Ripple Street 90039
  • Evergreen Recreation Center - 2844 E 2nd Street 90033
  • EXPO Center/ Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center - 3980 South Bill Robertson Lane 90037
  • Fernangeles Recreation Center - 8851 Laurel Canyon Blvd 91352
  • Glassell Park Recreation Center - 3650 Verdugo Road 90065
  • Harbor City Recreation Center - 24901 Frampton Avenue 90710
  • Highland Park Recreation Center - 6150 N Piedmont Avenue 90042
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Recreation Center - 12560 Filmore Street 91331
  • Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Center - 1535 W 62nd Street 90047
  • Lafayette Multi-Purpose Community Center - 625 S Lafayette Park Place 90057
  • Lake View Terrace Recreation Center - 11075 Foothill Blvd 91342
  • Lanark Recreation Center - 21816 Lanark Street 91304
  • Lincoln Heights Recreation Center - 2303 Workman Street 90031
  • Mar Vista Recreation Center - 11430 Woodbine Avenue 90066
  • Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center - 3916 S Western Avenue 90062
  • Mount Carmel Recreation Center - 830 W 70th Street 90044
  • Pan Pacific Recreation Center - 7600 Beverly Blvd 90036
  • Pecan Recreation Center - 145 S Pecan Street 90033
  • Peck Park Community Center - 560 N Western Avenue 90732
  • Poinsettia Recreation Center - 7341 Willoughby Avenue 90046
  • Queen Anne Recreation Center - 1240 West Boulevard  90019
  • Ross Snyder Recreation Center - 1501 E 41st Street 90011
  • Seoul International Park (Ardmore Recreation Center) - 3250 San Marino Street 90006
  • Sepulveda Recreation Center - 8825 Kester Avenue 91402
  • South Park Recreation Center - 345 E. 51st Street 90011
  • Studio City Recreation Center - 12621 Rye Street 91604  
  • Sylmar Recreation Center - 13109 Borden Avenue 91342
  • Valley Plaza Recreation Center - 12240 Archwood Street 91606
  • Van Ness Recreation Center - 5720 2nd Avenue 90043
  • Van Nuys Recreation Center - 14301 Vanowen Street 91405
  • Wilmington Recreation - 325 N Neptune Avenue 90744
  • Winnetka Recreation Center - 8401 Winnetka Avenue 91306
  • Woodland Hills Recreation Center - 5858 Shoup Avenue 91367