Family Resource Center

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Culture, Community, and Children

A coffee-chat series for parents and caregivers: Part 1, Race and Parenting

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

A series of parent discussion groups where parents and caregivers can come together to share strengths, stories, and discuss difficulties they may have in a supportive group. We want these groups to be discussion-based, without a clear goal or workshop-feel. The discussion group facilitator who is knowledgeable about these topics and a parent themselves will guide participants in a discussion and at the end of the session they will review resources related to each topic. 

There will be 3 sessions with 3 guiding topics:

Race and parenting -Thursday February 15th

LGBTQ identities and parenting - Thursday March 15th

Intercultural Identities and parenting -Thursday April 19th 

We invite anyone in the Penn Community to attend, children included. Registration required. Lunch will be provided.

This series is sponsored by the Family Resource Center, Graduate Student Center, and the LGBT Center. 

 

A coffee-chat series for parents and caregivers: Part 2, LGBTQ identities and Parenting

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

A series of parent discussion groups where parents and caregivers can come together to share strengths, stories, and discuss difficulties they may have in a supportive group. We want these groups to be discussion-based, without a clear goal or workshop-feel. The discussion group facilitators are graduate students who are both knowledgeable about these topics and parents themselves. They will guide participants in the discussion and at the end of the session they will review resources related to each topic. 

This is the second of three sessions:

LGBTQ identities and parenting - Thursday March 15th

Intercultural Identities and parenting -Thursday April 19th 

We invite anyone in the Penn Community to attend, children included. Registration required. Lunch will be provided.

This series is sponsored by the Family Resource Center, Graduate Student Center, and the LGBT Center. 

A coffee-chat series for parents and caregivers: Part 3, Intercultural experiences and Parenting

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

A series of parent discussion groups where parents and caregivers can come together to share strengths, stories, and discuss difficulties they may have in a supportive group. We want these groups to be discussion-based, without a clear goal or workshop-feel. The discussion group facilitator who is knowledgeable about these topics and a parent themselves will guide participants in a discussion and at the end of the session they will review resources related to each topic. 

This is the third and final of three sessions:

Intercultural Identities and Parenting -Thursday April 19th 

We invite anyone in the Penn Community to attend, children included. Registration required. Lunch will be provided.

This series is sponsored by the Family Resource Center, Graduate Student Center, and the LGBT Center. 

 

Educational Programming

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Family Cooking Workshop

Spend time cooking will your little ones! The fabulous Shayna Marmar from Honey Pie Cooking will be doing two cooking workshops. Families learn new ways for children to be included and participate in the kitchen. Children and parents work together to create a healthy meal. Spending time together in the kitchen enriches family bonds and children's cognitive skills.

January 29th we will be making comfortable and cute winter food.

April 9th we will celebrating the beginning of spring with fresh growing food. 

 

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 1/16 and end 5/9. Please register in advance so teachers can prepare materials. Kids are welcome, but must be watched by the caregiver attending class. 

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. 

Classes begin on Tuesday January 16th and end on Tuesday May 9th 

Please register in advance so instructors can prepare materials. 

If you have any questions please email frc@gsc.upenn.edu 

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Beginner English Lessons

Beginner Classes are for students who are starting to learn the basics of the English Language. There are two instructors so students can have in-depth lessons! 

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

Classes begin Wednesday January 17th and end Wednesday May 9th 

Please register in advance so instructors can prepare materials. 

If you have any questions please email frc@gsc.upenn.edu 

Events

Ice Skating

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3130 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Waiting list only!

Gather the children, put on some skates and get out on the ice with the Family Center. We will be ice skating during the open skate at Penn Ice Rink from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. Come early to grab a snack and get some skates. Each person will be provided with a pair of rental skates. Please register in advance here. There are a limited amount of spots available so this event is first come, first serve. When the event is full, the registration will be closed and a waiting list will be opened. 

Questions? Email our fellow, Emily, at family@gsc.upenn.edu. 

Nutrition Series

Eating Healthy with our Children

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

This interactive workshop is for busy student-parents who want to learn about balancing nutrition and wellness in relation to building healthy habits with their children. We will provide information regarding the nutritional needs of growing children and also demonstrate how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. 

Saturday Play Dates

Winter Olympics Play Date

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us for our Winter Olympics Play Date! Meet up with other families on campus, we will have games, crafts, and snacks! Open to all ages, please register in advance. 

Ticket Sales

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

On Sale Now!

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103
Price: $5 each, no limit

 

 

Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences, where you can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. Explore ecosystems from around the world through their historic dioramas or be transported to the great outdoors through their hands-on discovery center for children.

 

 

Tickets will go on sale at 9:00AM on Monday, January 22nd. Tickets will be sold in the Family Center Fellow Office for $5.00 per person. Children under 2 years old gain access to the museum for free. Tickets are general admission and can be used anytime within a year of purchasing them. Tickets can be purchased in cash only and are available for Family Center Members only. Tickets limited to immediate family members only. Tickets are first come, first serve and will be available until supplies run out. 

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact our Family Fun Fellow at family@gsc.upenn.edu. 

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. http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/events_GrowingMinds.shtml

 

**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 website:www.penn.museum/calendar.


FUN FOR ALL AGES

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. http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/?org=355