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Brunch and Play Date Series

One Saturday of each month we invite Penn students and post-docs to bring their kids to the Graduate Student Center at 3615 Locust Walk for food, crafts, and fun!

Being a parent and managing the demands of graduate school can be difficult for students, partners, and their families. This event will give you a chance to meet other Penn students with children to share experiences, find advice, and make new friends. Partners and children are always welcome.

Peanut Butter and Jams at World Cafe Live

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3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Instead of our usual monthly brunches, this March the Family Center will be attending the Peanut Butter and Jams show at the World Café Live (30th and Walnut Street). Doors open at 11am and the show begins at 11:30am. You must pickup your tickets in advance at the Family Center. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT!


Brunch for Family Center Members with the Zoo!

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Common Room Front (1st Floor), Common Room Back (1st Floor), 3615 Locust Walk


Join us on April 18th for the final brunch of the school year with special guest: the PHILADELPHIA ZOO! Brunch will begin at 10:30am, with the presentation by the zoo at 11am. Zoo Experts bring live animals to the Grad Center for the families to meet! Don't miss this fun learning opportunity!


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Breastfeeding Support Group

UPenn Breastfeeding Support Group, every other Monday from 12 noon - 1:30 pm
Open to Penn faculty, staff, students, post docs and their partners
Come meet other new moms on campus, get help with breastfeeding challenges, or share what's worked for you

If you are...
-        breastfeeding
-        pumping and bottle-feeding
-        pregnant & thinking about breastfeeding
-        formula-feeding and curious about breastfeeding
...this group is for you.

Bring your baby, and if needed your pillows, bottles or pump, and snacks for yourself or to share with the group. A scale will be available to weigh your baby.


Upcoming dates: Monday 2/16Monday, 3/2, Monday, 3/16.

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English Language Classes at the Family Resource Center



Learn and Practice English!

Lessons for Penn Students/Postdocs, Spouses/Partners with Kids!

Want to learn and practice your conversational English skills?  Then bring your kids and come over to the Family Resource Center for English language lessons!  Penn students/postdocs with children and their spouse/partners are welcome to register and attend.  Not only will you get to learn English, you'll get to do it in a family-friendly environment where you can meet other student/postdoc parents.  


All levels are encouraged to participate but please register in advance. Registrants will receive an English language proficiency questionnaire that should be returned before the start of class via email.

Intermediate Level Classes  are from 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Beginner Level Classes are from 1:15pm - 2:30pm


Please direct any questions to

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English Language Classes for Children at the Family Resource Center

Lessons for Penn Students/Postdocs' children!

You may know the Family Center offers English classes for adults, but what about their children? We have that now too!

This fall semester we're starting an English classes series for children who may be new to the English language. Children will learn and practice their English skills through games and play.

All levels and ages are encouraged to participate, but please register in advance. The class has been conveniently set up after the adult English lessons, so you can bring your child to your class and stay with them during their class!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us through

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Family Yoga Series

Looking for a way to incorporate Yoga into your relationship with your child?  Wondering when you will ever have time to exercise again?  Welcome to Parent and Child Yoga!

This 6-week series is designed for parents who want to work on their mind/body connection while spending time with their child.  Each class will focus on yoga for parents, but will also include children’s yoga and infant massage techniques as well. 

At even the earliest weeks of life yoga can assist with sleep, digestion, and fussiness as well as build strength and coordination.  Imagine what it can do for you! 

Open to parents all levels and children from 6 weeks.

                                                    Registration opens February 19th 

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Video Day

During this semesterthe Family Center will be showing a series of fun Sesame Street educational videos . We will be showing a total of 3 videos throughout the rest of the semester. Snacks and drinks will be provided!!

Video Line Up 

 3/20: What's the Name of that Song

4/3: Guess that Shape and Color

5/1:All About Animals



"All Around This World" Music Night

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Lounge Front (Lower Level), Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lower Level

The Family Resource Center is thrilled to present the "All Around This World" Music Night!  On April 10th, students and postdocs with children are invited to participate in this unique and interactive music experience that encourages kids to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms, and movement.  Who can resist the beat?

As spring is settling in, come out to sing, dance, and play together while experiencing different languages, cultures, and traditions. Emily Bate of All Around This World will be our instructor.

                                                                   Registration Opens March 16th



Baby Signs Workshop

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Lounge Back (Lower Level), Family Center 3615 Locust Walk Lower Level
Price: $5 each, no limit
FRC members Price: $5
Faculty and Staff Price: $30

90 minute introductory workshop teaches you everything you need to know to get started with the Baby Signs® Program. You will learn :

  • How to begin signing with your baby
  • Effective ways to begin signing at home
  • Easy ways to use signs in daily routines
  • What to expect as your baby transitions from signs to speech

Baby Signs Programs will be facilitated by Nicole Snyder of Baby Signs® by Nicole. Nicole moved to Philadelphia from San Francisco, where she taught special education. She holds a Masters in Urban Education & Special Education and most recently completed her Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certification from Stanford University. Nicole first became interested in using sign language as a means of communicating with her non-verbal students with Autism. She has seen first hand the impact it can have on non-verbal children with profound deficits & how it decreased frustration. Nicole firmly believes that signing with young children has great benefits for all -- especially with reducing frustration & helping to begin language development. As a mom to two young children, she is eager to spread the word about the positive benefits of signing with babies to other families in the Philadelphia area.

Cost: $5 per family for FRC members, $30 per family for faculty and staff. Please buy tickets at the Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lower Level


Parents Events

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Family Education Series

Join special guest: Han Ru from the University of Pennsylvania School of Education in this lecture series for parents. Topics: 

Monday March 23rd 2-4pm
Session 3: basic principles and concepts for family education - didactic part

Monday March 30th 2-4pm
Session 4: basic principles and concepts for family education - practice part

Monday April 6th 2-4pm
Session 5: parent-child communication - didactic part

Monday April 13th 2-4pm
Session 6: parent-child communication - practice part


Each session will be offered in Chinese and English.

This is a GAPSA sponsored event.

Please register in advance.


Storytime at the Family Center

Join us weekly for storytime and snacks at the Family Center (3615 Locust Walk)!



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Weekly Storytime


Bring your kids to the Family Center for reading time and socialization! Discover what books our Reading Room Library has available with our Family Fellow Andrea!






Weekly Snack Time Series

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Bi-Weekly Sensory Snacktime and Play Dates

The Family Center will be re-upping the Snacktime and Play Dates on January 30th with a twist. During this series, families will be able to not only mingle with one another, but also help their children develop their different senses through several sensory activities throughout the semester. Be sure to register in advance!!

Week 1: Finger Painting

Week 2: Dress-up activites

Week 3: Puzzles

Week 4: Bubbles

Week 5: Playdo activity

Week 6: Blocks and Nesting

Week 7: Riverstone Activity



Outside Events for Parents & Families

Growing Minds, Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum introduces Growing Minds, new programming specifically geared to younger visitors and their families. Growing Minds offers events like with Seeds to Sprouts, Stroller Stride, Story Time Nature Yoga. Visit the Morris Arboretum for the full schedule and registration information.


**Morris Arboretum is free with a Penn card!

Water Babies at Pottruck

Water Babies! is a 45 minute course designed to introduce infants  (6 months-30 months) to the water. Activities include being held in the water by the parent, assisted floating, gently pouring water of the infant’s head, socializing with other children and parents, and submerging the child when he/she is ready

Spring Semester Session: Sundays, starting March 22 @ 10:00 AM

To register, visit the eConnect Portal.


**This is a Penn Rec event, you must visit their website to register and pay for this class.

Family Second Sundays at the Penn Museum

Unearth More: Family Second Sundays at the Penn Museum
October 2014 through May 2015

PHILADELPHIA , PA 2014—Children and families are invited to delve a little deeper, discovering more about the ancient Etruscans and Egyptians, the Maya, and more at monthly Family Second Sunday Workshops, 1:00 to 4:00 pm beginning this October at the Penn Museum. Geared to families with children ages 5 and up, each monthly drop-in Workshop, offered October through May 2015, features a craft, touchable artifacts, and gallery activities.

Attendees to a Family Second Sunday Workshop automatically become members of Penn Museum’s Art Excavators Club. Club members who attend three Family Second Sunday workshops receive a free surprise!

Family Second Sunday Workshops and the Arts Excavators Club are free with Museum admission ($15 adults; $13 seniors, $10 children 6-17, free for Museum members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 and under, and PennCard holders). Pre-registration not required. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Wesekh Necklace
Children can craft a wesekh, an ancient Egyptian collar necklace worn by men, women, and mummies alike, then discover other Egyptian jewelry while touring the Egyptian galleries with a self-guided brochure.

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Chinese Dragon Puppet
Families can try their paper cutting skills and craft a puppet in honor of the Chinese New Year, and take an animal-themed tour of the China Gallery.

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Flower Power
Spring is around the corner! Families can celebrate by crafting a lotus flower, one of the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism, and learn more about lotuses and other symbols in the Japan Gallery.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Panamanian Gold
Families can explore the newly installed Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama, and use the artifacts in the exhibition as inspiration for etching  foil into a gold plaque to take home.

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Egyptian Sarcophagus
It’s Mummies Day! Children have the opportunity to craft an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, complete with a mummy inside. Families can also discover ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, mummies, tomb goods and more while touring both floors of the Museum’s Egyptian collection.

Family Friendly events at the Kimmel Center

If you are interested in exploring Philly and doing more outside of the Penn area then you should check out the Kimmel Center. All year long they throw a series of events and many happened to be Family Friendly. Grab your children and go check them out.

5th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day
Verizon Hall
Saturday June 13th at 12pm

Join us for a day of FREE family fun at our 5th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day. A beautiful addition to the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ ranks as the largest mechanical action concert hall organ in the United States! Join us and experience the 'King of Instruments' with a day of music, recitals, demonstrations, and more

In association with the American Guild of Organists, Philadelphia Chapter.

Organ Day is made possible through a donation by the Fred J. Cooper Restoration Fund as recommended by Frederick R. Haas and Daniel K. Meyer