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English Lessons


English Lessons are available for adult family members of Penn students.

Classes are free. Advanced registration is encouraged. All classes take place in the Family Resource Center. Classes begin 9/6/16 and end 11/29/16

Beginners classes: Tuesdays 10:00-11:30AM

Intermediate classes: Wednesdays 10:00-11:30AM 

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Intermediate English Lessons

Intermediate Classes are for students who are already somewhat familiar with the English Language. 

This class is open to adult family members of students and postdocs. The instructor is Emma.

Classes begin 9/7 and continue to 11/30. 

Please register in advance so instructors can prepare materials. 

If you have any questions please email 

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Beginner English Lessons

Beginner classes are for adults who are just starting to learn the English Language.

This class is open to adult family members of students and postdocs. The instructor is Eva. 

Classes begin 9/6 and continue to 11/29. 

Please register in advance so instructors can prepare materials. 

If you have any questions please email 


Tickets to the Please Touch Museum - Children's Museum of Philadelphia

On Sale Now!

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Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Price: $5 each, no limit 

Tickets are $5 each and are limited to Family Center members ONLY. 

  • They must be bought in person at the Family Center. 
  • Due to limited availability tickets are only available to members and their children 
  • Tickets are general admission and are valid for one year from date printed on ticket. 

Ticket sales start at 9:00 AM on Monday, September 26th! 



Halloween Party

Family Resource Center Halloween Party

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk


Join the Family Resource Center for a night of Halloween fun! We will begin the night with a viewing of It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. The night will continue with Halloween music, a pizza party and some fall/Halloween crafts. Please come dressed in costume and ready to party! The event is free for all students and postdocs with children and will be appropriate for all ages. Please register in advance.


Navigating the Academy as a Parent

Navigating the Academy as a Parent

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Conference Room (Lower Level), Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

This luncheon workshop will empower students to generate strategies for navigating the challenges of parenting in academia from the job market to everyday life! Career Services will discuss going on the academic job market as a parent, followed by a panel discussion with Penn Faculty who are parents.

If you're a grad student who has children or is thinking about starting a family, this event is for you! 

This event is cosponsored by the Family Center, the Grad Center, and Career Services. Please register in advance. 




Featured Speakers:

Joseph Barber, Career Services

Dr. Daniel Hopkins, Political Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Sharonna Pearl, Department of Communications, Annenberg School for Communications


Parents Events

Education In Philadelphia: School Information Session

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Conference Room (Lower Level), Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk


Trying to find the perfect school for your little one? Looking for information about enrolling your Kindergarten or PreK student in school next year? 

Join the Family Resource Center, other Penn families, and a panel of representatives from the School District of Philadelphia, Charter Schools, and local preschools for lunch!

Learn more about some of the great schools in Philadelphia and find answers to any questions you may have! 

Event sponsored by the Family Center, the Division of Human Resources, and Parents at Penn, registration open to the Penn Community. 


Integrating Breastfeeding and Academics/Work

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Conference Room (Lower Level), Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk


This interactive conversation, led by Diane Spatz, CHOP Lactation Program Director, Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will provide an opportunity for expecting, new, and experienced parents on campus, to get help with breastfeeding challenges, ensure a smooth transition back to work and academics and share helpful tips with one another. If you are breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, pregnant & thinking about breastfeeding, formula-feeding and curious about breastfeeding, this brown bag conversation is for you. 


This event is co-sponsored by Penn's Family Resource Center and the Division of Human Resources and is open to Penn faculty, staff, students, post docs and their partners.   Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Weekly Events

Sensory Play

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Play Room, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk


Join us for creative discovery and new sensory experiences!

This September children will work on color and motor skills and parents will learn about child development.

(appropriate for ages 2+ up)

Please register in advance for this event. 

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NEW: Family Time at Sheerr Pool!

Join us for this new limited series: Family Time at Sheerr Pool! Family Center members are invited to free open swim sessions at the campus pool!  You don't need to be a gym member to attend! Two swimming lanes, lifejackets, and swim toys are available for use along with an instructor to help parents with their beginning swimmers. You MUST register in advance for this series to gain access to the pool facility. Email with questions. 

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Movement Classes


Get some wiggles out with the Family Resource Center. Bring children of all ages for a Movement class with our teacher Alyssa. Classes will begin October 21st and be every Friday morning from 10AM-11AM until November 18th. Please register in advance here. 

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!

Family and Kids Programs at the Penn Museum

Penn Museum Family Programming

Families can create fun memories in the Penn Museum’s international galleries with a lineup of engaging programs geared toward visitors of all ages. Except where noted, programs are free with Museum admission donation ($15 general admission; $12 for seniors [65+]; $10 for full-time students [with ID] and children [6-17]; free for Penn Museum members, children under 6, active U.S. military and PennCard holders.

For the most updated information on family programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (required for some programs) visit the Museum’s


World Culture Series and Family Saturdays bring the Museum collections to life, immersing visitors of all ages in music, dance, culinary arts, crafts, and cultural traditions from around the world. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

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.