Coronavirus School Closings in LA: Plus Museums, Libraries, Theaters, Parks, & More Closed
The COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic is closing a few schools, in case you hadn't heard.
Great news, though: We have a chance to be heroes! By doing our part, we get to help our friends and neighbors stay healthy during this Coronavirus emergency. What's asked of us is pretty simple: wash your hands (you should be doing that anyway), sneeze into your elbow (same), and don't go to school... say what, now?
Yes, kids, you get to be honest-to-goodness heroes by not going to school. We'll be giving up on a few fun things as well, but just for a few weeks. Pretty much everyone has jumped on the bandwagon, thanks in no small part to Governor Newsom's directive to put a pause on all large gatherings. Schools are closing. Museums, zoos, theaters are closing. DISNEYLAND IS CLOSING. (This is Momma's stunned face.) Stores and restaurants are open, but we wish you luck trying to find a roll of toilet paper.
Ordinarily, sharing fun public events is our raison d'etre. But right now, the best way we can all be good members of our community is to stay home more, support local businesses when we can, explore wide open spaces, and take a moment to breathe (just not too close to anyone else).
Our Coronoavirus Guide is full of news updates as well as projects you can do at home, and other suggestions to get you and your kids through this unusual few weeks. Our calendar may be light on live events, but look out for interactive concerts, classes, virtual tours, and other fun stuff you and your kids can participate in online.
And soon enough, if we all do our part, we'll go back to school, back to arena concerts, back to community celebrations. We can do it. Because we're gosh darned heroes.
The following is our running list of Coronavirus-related closings, which we are updating more often than you can imagine. More schools are announcing closures by the hour, and soon there will be more closed museums than open ones. We recommend double-checking with any destination before heading out the door, because details change faster than we can type.
Public Schools that Have Announced Closures in LA County
This list is by no means exhaustive, but these schools are confirmed closed as of the publish date of this post.
Beverly Hills Unified School District: Schools are closed as of March 13, 2020; home learning begins March 24, 2020.
Burbank Unified School District: Schools closed from March 16 through March 30. Effective March 30, BUSD will move to a flexible learning model with more information to come.
Compton Unified School District: All schools are closed from March 16, 2020 through March 30, 2020. CUSD statement
El Segundo: Schools closed to students starting March 16, 2020. Teachers will provide instruction remotely during the dismissal for at least one week.
Etiwanda School District: Schools are closed March 16 - April 3, 2020.
La Cañada Unified School District: La Cañada Flintridge schools are closed through March 27, 2020.
Las Virgenes Unified School District: Schools are closed March 16-27, 2020.
Moorpark Unified School District: School closures are in effect March 16-27, 2020.
Orange County School Districts: All Orange County public schools are closed to students through at least March 27. Some districts will be closed longer with spring breaks rolled into the closures. Check with individual districts for more info.
Redondo Beach Unified School District - All Redondo Beach Unified School District campuses are closed to all students beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through spring break on April 10, 2020. RBUSD statement
Santa Monica and Malibu Unified School District: Schools are closed as of March 13, 2020, until further notice; remote learning begins March 17, 2020.
Saugus Union School District: Per parent update, schools are closed beginning Monday, March 16 for three weeks.
Ventura Unified School District: Schools are closed Monday March 16 - Friday April 10, 2020. VUSD Statement
Aspire Charter Schools: Schools are closed March 16 - April 10, 2020.
Chaffey Joint Union High School: Closure is from March 16 - April 5, 2020.
Green Dot Public Schools: These charter schools are closed March 16 - April 10, 2020.
KIPP Raíces Academy Charter School: According to parents, KIPP is closed as of March 13, 2020.
LA County High School for the Arts: LACHSA will be closed March 16 - April 5, 2020.
Orange County School of the Arts: School is closed March 13 - April 16, 2020.
Palisades Charter High School: School was out March 13, 2020 as teachers prepared for remote learning, presumed to begin March 16, 2020.
Private School Closures
Adat Ari El: School is closed from March 16, 2020.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Schools: Schools in the diocese are closed and switching to remote learning March 17-31, 2020.
Campbell Hall: School is closed from March 13, 2020 until firther notice.
Crossroads: Crossroads School in Santa Monica is closed to students March 12 - 13, 2020.
Harvard Westlake: The school is closed until further notice.
PS-1 School in Santa Monica: The school is closed March 16-27, 2020.
Sierra Canyon School: The school is closed from March 12, 2020 until further notice.
Turning Point School - The school is closed from March 16, 2020, switching to remote learning March 18, 2020.
Community College and University Closures
Several local colleges and universities are closed for on-campus activity and operating remotely, including the following:
Santa Monica College
Cal State LA,
East LA College
LA City College
Performing Arts Centers, Theaters, and Concert Halls
The Broad Stage: Performances at the Broad are suspended through April 8, 2020.
The Dolby Theatre: Performances of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL will be suspended Tuesday, March 24 through Tuesday, March 31. PaleyFest is postponed.
The Music Center (Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA Phil, LA Opera, Center Theatre Group and the Los Angeles Master Chorale) Theatres closed, performances canceled through at least March 31, 2020. Music Center Statement
OC Fair and Event Center: OC Fair & Event Center is temporarily suspending all events involving attendance of 250 people or more through at least the end of March. Impacted events include the Orange County production of Cirque du Soleil's Volta and Imaginology. OC Fair statement
The Segerstrom: Performances are canceled through March 31, 2020. Segerstrom statement
The Soraya: All public activity at The Soraya will be suspended March 12 through April 17. This includes all presented events, rental events, and arts education activities.
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis): The Wallis is canceling or postponing all productions through March 31, 2020, and closing its campus as well.
The Autry: The Autry museum, store, and café will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Saturday, March 14, until further notice. The closure will also include the Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus. Autry statement
Bowers Museum: The museum is closing March 17-31, 2020.
The Broad: The Broad is closing temporarily beginning March 13.
California African American Museum: CAAM is now temporarily closed to the public through March 31.CAAM statement
California Science Center : California Science Center is closed as of March 16, 2020 until further notice. California Science Center statement
The Cayton: The Cayton is closed through March 31, 2020. Cayton statement
Discovery Cube OC: The Cube is temporarily closed through March 31, 2020. BubbleFest XXIV is rescheduled to July 10 – August 2, 2020.
Fowler Museum: Fowler Museum will temporarily close to the public beginning on Monday, March 16. The galleries will be closed and all public programs at the museum have been canceled until further notice.
The Getty Center and Getty Villa: The Getty Center and Villa are closed from Saturday, March 14, 2020, until further notice. Getty statement.
Griffith Observatory: The Observatory is closed until further notice.
The Hammer Museum: The museum is temporarily closed starting March 14, 2020.
Japanese American National Museum: JANM will temporarily close to the public from March 14 to March 31., 2020.
Kidspace: Kidspace Children’s Museum will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of the month.. Kidspace statement
LACMA: LACMA will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020. LACMA statement
MOCA: The MOCA Grand Avenue galleries and WAREHOUSE at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are temporarily closed to the public, beginning immediately.
Natural History Museum: Beginning Saturday, March 14, the Natural History Museum (NHM), La Brea Tar Pits Museum, and William S. Hart Museum will be closed until further notice. NHM statement
The Norton Simon Museum: The Norton Simon will close temporarily until further notice, effective Sunday, March 15. Norton Simon statement
Pretend City: Pretend City is temporarily closing until March 31, 2020.
The Skirball: The Skirball campus—including the Museum and Noah’s Ark, Audrey’s Museum Store, Zeidler’s Café, and administrative offices— are closed to the public effective Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, May 3. Skirball statement
Travel Town: Griffith Park's Travel Town Museum is closed until March 31, 2020.
All Presidential Libraries will be closing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is closed to the public until further notice. The closing of the Reagan Museum includes the cancellation of any events scheduled at the Reagan Library until at least March 31, 2020. Reagan Library statement
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library: The Nixon Library is closed to the public until further notice. This includes all in-person tours and group visits. Events open to the public through March 31 are now canceled and many will be postponed. Nixon Library statement
Closures at SoCal Theme Parks
Disneyland & California Adventure: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will be closed beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. Disney Parks statement
Legoland LEGOLAND California will temporarily close its theme park, water park and SEA LIFE aquarium. The closures will be effective beginning Saturday, March 14 through March 31, 2020. The opening of the new LEGO Movie World at the theme park is postponed. Legoland statement
Closures at Zoos, Aquariums, & Gardens
Aquarium of the Pacific: The Aquarium is closing to the public starting March 14 through Tuesday March 31, 2020. They will be offering a variety of online programming.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: CMA will be closed to the public effective Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Cabrillo statement
Heal the Bay Aquarium at Santa Monica Pier: Heal the Bay Aquarium is closed and all public activities (such as beach cleanups) are suspended through March 31, 2020.
Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens: The Huntington is closing its museum and indoor facilities, while keeping most of its garden areas open. (Some garden areas including the Children's Garden, the Botanical Conservatory, with hands-on features, along with the Orbit Pavilion, will be closed). The closures are effective Saturday, March 14 until further notice. Huntington statement
LA Zoo: The LA Zoo is closed through March 31, 2020 following city recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Moorpark Teaching Zoo: The Moorpark Teaching Zoo has canceled its popular Spring Spectacular. However, a live stream version of the event is being offered on Sunday March 15 and 12pm and 2pm.
Descanso Gardens: Descanso Gardens is open but will operate as an outdoor-only venue during the coronavirus outbreak. The Boddy House and Sturt Haaga Gallery will be closed through April. All programing has been suspended through March 31. Descanso statement
The Los Angeles County Arboretum: The Arboretum remains open for visitors during these difficult times. All classes and events are canceled through March 31, 2020. All Walking Tours, Tram Tours, Docent led School Tours, and Santa Anita Depot Tours are suspended through May 1, 2020.
Closures at Other Family Destinations
Pasadena Public Library: All City-sponsored programs and events at the libraries are canceled until further notice.
Santa Monica Public Library: The Santa Monica Public Library system will be closed to the public from Saturday, March 14 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The closure will allow the Library to reconfigure the interior format in a manner that allows appropriate social distancing to protect the public and staff. SMPL statement
LA Parks Recreation Centers: All Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Rec Centers are closed until further notice, as well as all parks and rec programming.
Santa Monica Pier: Beginning at 6 am March 16, 2020, the Santa Monica Pier, parking deck, and Pier businesses are closed to people and cars. Santa Monica statement
American Cinemateque (Aero & Egyptian Theatres) American Cinematheque is suspending all screenings and public events at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica effective as of Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice.
AMC & Regal Theatres: the movie chains are only selling to half capacity to help with social distancing. AMC statement
TCL Chinese Theatres is closed until further notice.
The El Capitan is temporarily closed.
The New Beverly is temporarily closed
The Old Town Music Hall is temporarily closed.
Arclight Cinemas: ArcLight Cinemas is instituting a new seating policy, selling seats in every other row and asking guests choose seats with adequate space between other parties.
Annenberg Community Beach House: The gated areas of the Beach House will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. This includes the courtyard, splash pad, view deck, gallery, and Guest Services.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: The Palm Springs gondola ride is closed through March 31, 2020.