LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –  The first day of the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike began Monday, leaving about 600,000 students in the nation’s second largest district in limbo.

Here are some of the resources being offered to assist parents in keeping their children safe and occupied during this time:

Free Metro: All rides on L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) buses, light-rail and subway lines will be free for LAUSD students between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on strike days.

Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and the William S. Hart Museum will offer free admission between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on strike days.

L.A. Zoo: The L.A. Zoo will be offering students free admission on strike days. In addition to free admission, the L.A. Zoo will be offering a “Community Safari Day” program for children grades K-5. More information here.

L.A. Public Libraries: The Los Angeles Public Library system has increased programming at all 73 locations, with a focus on STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Math) activities.

L.A. Recreation Centers: The City has added staff at 32 recreation centers where students 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 strike days. Parents planning to take their children to these sites must complete this registration form and submit it at the recreation center upon arrival. Here is a full list of rec centers with expanded services.

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

Petersen Automotive Museum: Free admission to LAUSD students through Feb. 2. The free admission is regardless of whether the strike takes place.

Museum of Tolerance – Free admission for all LAUSD students.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Free admission for all LAUSD students and one guardian or chaperone at both downtown L.A. locations.

L.A. Animal Services: Students ages 12-18 can volunteer at one of six city animal care centers.

LAUSD has established an information hotline for parents at 213-443-1300 to answer questions about the strike.

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