Family Resource Center

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English Lessons

English Lessons are available for adult family members of Penn graduate and postdoc 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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Beginner English Lessons

 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. 

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

Please register in advance so instructors can prepare materials. 

If you have any questions please email 

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Intermediate English Lessons

 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. 

Intermediate Classes are for students who are already somewhat familiar with the English Language. Please register in advance so instructors can prepare materials. 

If you have any questions please email 

Parents Events

Family Grant Info Session

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

Family Resource Center Director Anita Mastroieni and Associate Director, Jessica Bolker will provide information about the University's Family Grant Program for PhD students, and answer your questions. Please register in advance, lunch will be provided. 

*This session is not mandatory to receive the grant. If you have applied for the grant in the past, the information is the same as previous years.

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.

Saturday Play Dates

Schuylkill River Stroll

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Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk


Check out the beautiful Schuylkill River Trail with your family! The Family Center and Grad Center are teaming up to offer a "stroll" for families with strollers and children along the trail which will end at the Markward Playground.

The Schuylkill River Trail is an oasis in urban Philadelphia and snakes from north to south, offering beautiful views and a beautiful trip along the water. This is a great opportunity for new students with children to meet each other and explore your new city!

Welcome Back Play Date

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lounge Back, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us for our Welcome Back Play Date, as we kick off the new year and welcome our new and returning students and post-docs with children! Bring your family, enjoy some snacks, activities and family fun! Don't miss this chance to meet and talk with other students and post docs with children and learn about our resources and community!    

Please register in advance.

GradFest Free Tickets to Ratboy Jr. Family Concert!!

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World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Registration end: Saturday, September 03, 2016

As a part of the GradFest celebration, GAPSA is providing Penn students with children with FREE tickets to a family concert at World Cave Live.

Ratboy Jr. is a rocking duo for all ages, and band for the whole family! They perform energetic, catchy tunes about guitar playing chickens, eating clouds, and other fun kid-friendly stories! 



Please register by Friday, September 2 and we'll follow up to see how many tickets you need. Limit 5 per family please. This concert is only for students with children.


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.