Do Your Kids Attend a LAUSD School? Petersen Automotive Museum is Offering Free Admission

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As of today, negotiations resumed to settle the teachers’ strike in the Los Angeles Unified School District. (LAUSD), but student attendance is down to about 1/3 of the usual student body. The Petersen Automotive Museum, rated by CNN, Octane, and Top Gear as “the world’s greatest automotive museum” is offering a place for your kids and parents to go and learn about cars while school is in recess. With several unique exhibits and a 1910 Ford Model T guests are invited to sit inside, the museum is a cool place to go.

The Petersen Automotive Museum has announced it will offer free admission to LAUSD students Monday through Friday until February 2, 2019. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy special programming in the Rob and Melani Walton Discovery Center and throughout the museum. Students will also have access to the museum’s latest exhibits, galleries and interactive experiences ranging from the CARS Mechanical Institute featuring crafts and games based on the popular animated movie for younger visitors, to the Forza Motorsports Experience and the “Cars of Film and Television” exhibit in the Hollywood Gallery.

Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges said in a press release this week, “Our founder Robert E. Petersen’s passion project was supporting Los Angeles schools, so it makes sense to open our doors to these kids this month. It is our distinct pleasure to give back to the community that has given us so much. We’re thrilled to give these kids a place to go when school is out that is both fun and educational and will inspire the engineers, designers, racers and tinkerers of tomorrow.”

Visitors of the museum will have access to interactive exhibits including “The Porsche Effect;” “Legends of Los Angeles,” which features the most famous race cars built in the city, “The Roots of Monozukuri” and “Fine Tuning,” which focus on Japanese car culture; and “Cars of Film and Television” in the Hollywood Gallery, which includes the Batmobile, the Back to the Future DeLorean, and more.

In addition to free admission, children and teens will have the opportunity to experience supplemental educational programs designed to help them learn about the history and future of the automobile. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. STEAM-based tours and design projects, book readings and other activities will keep students engaged and provide opportunities for learning about the math, science and artistry behind cars.

Other informative exhibits include the Art Center Design Studio, where design students are working on concepts for the future of transportation; the Alternative Power Gallery that studies the history and future of alt-fuel technology; and “Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School” in the Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery that looks at the uniquely Southern California art movement that formed from the roots of hot rods, lowriders, skate/surf and comic book culture in the second half of the 20th century.

In order to be eligible for free weekday admission through February 2, 2019, elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult with a valid legal ID indicating they reside within the following LAUSD cities. Qualifying cities include: Cudahy, Gardena, Huntington Park, Lomita, Maywood, Vernon, San Fernando, West Hollywood, Bell, Bell Gardens, Beverly Hills, Carson, Commerce, Culver City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Montebello, Monterey Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, South Gate and Torrance.

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Kristin Shaw