Family Resource Center

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Educational Programming

Baby Sign Workshop!

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

Communicate with your baby! Before developing spoken language, babies can learn to communicate their desires and needs through American Sign Language.

Come to the Family Resource Center for a workshop for you and your little one. Parents and children will learn basic signs such as yes, no, more, sleepy, hungry, and more. Help your baby communicate and learn before they develop language. 

Babies as young as 6 months can begin to learn, though they may not have the hand control skills to sign back until about 8 or 9 months. Babies and toddlers can learn sign. Older PreK students can learn communication skills as well!

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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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 

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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 

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.


Parents Events

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.

Mindful Parenting: New and Powerful Solutions For Raising Kids in Today's Hectic World

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Let's face it, parenting by all standards is challenging in today's hectic world! Want to learn strategies that child development professionals are using? Come and join us for a workshop on Mindful Parenting! In this workshop led by Dr. Elizabeth Mackenzie, you will learn powerful solutions to raise engaged, creative, self-controlled, and joyful kids and new ways to handle parenting stress and challenges.

This event is cohosted by the Family Resources Center and the Division of Human Resources and is open to Penn faculty, staff, students, post-docs and visiting scholars.

Please register in advance. 


Saturday Play Dates

November Play Date

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

Join us for our second family Play Date of the year, featuring Baby Word Play! Meet other Penn families, enjoy snacks, and participate in a storyplay that incorporates books, music, puppets, and movement. 

Please register in advance.

Weekly Events

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Sensory Play


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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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.