Family Resource Center


Educational Programming

Family Cooking Workshop

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Lounge Back, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Spend time cooking will your little ones! The fabulous Shayna Marmar from Honey Pie Cooking is back for a cooking workshop this semester! 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.

The cooking workshop will be on December 6th. Join us for warm, holiday season menu!

English Lessons

English Lessons are available for Penn students and post docs and their adult family members. 

Classes are free. Advanced registration is encouraged. All classes take place in the Family Resource Center. Fall semester classes begin Sept 10 and end Dec 13. Please register in advance so teachers can prepare materials. Kids are welcome, but must be watched by the caregiver attending class. 

Beginners classes: Mondays 10AM-12PM

Intermediate classes: Wednesdays 10AM-12PM 

Advanced classes: Mondays 1PM-3PM

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Beginner English Lessons

Beginner Lessons are appropriate for learners who do not have experience speaking English. 

Advanced registration is required, space is limited.

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Class on October 22, 2018 has been canceled, classes will resume Monday October 29, 2018. 

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Advanced English Lessons

Advanced lessons are appropriate for students whose native language is not English. The lessons will build control of advanced grammatical structures, develops ability to communicate by using various forms of expressions in different environments and discover the American culture. This event is cosponsored by the Graduate Student Center. 

Advanced registration is required, space is limited. 

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Intermediate English Lessons

Intermediate Lessons are appropriate for learners who have some experience speaking English but would like to work on speaking skills and vocabulary. 

Advanced registration is required, space is limited. 

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Saturday Play Dates

Winter Play date

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

It's getting cold outside but join us at the Family Center for a warm Winter Play Date! Come celebrate the end of the semester with friends, snacks, and crafts. There will be a winter themed photo booth for families to take pictures. Please register in advance. 

Science Workshop

Stellar Space Workshop with Mad Science!

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

Mad Science will be joining us once again for a Stellar Space Workshop! Come and explore the solar system and take a pretend trip to the moon with us! This event is for children ages 3 to 6 only to come learn and explore in this interactive class. We will be looking at photos of planets, taking a moon walk, and collecting moon rocks! Register today to join the fun! This event is open to Penn students and postdocs 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.