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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 1/18/17 and end 4/26/17

Beginners classes: Mondays 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 1/18 and continue to 4/26. 

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 1/23 and continue to 4/24. 

Please register in advance so instructors can prepare materials. 

If you have any questions please email 


Ice Skating

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Penn Ice Rink (3130 Walnut Street)
Waiting list only!

Join the Family Resource Center at the Penn Ice Rink for Ice Skating! We will have a room reserved at the Ice Rink where families can leave their belongings and stop in for a quick snack. Our room will open at 4:00PM where you can have a snack and get your ice skates on a ready to go! Open skate is from 5:00PM-6:00PM. Free rental ice skates will be included in your registration. 

Questions? Contact our Family Fun Fellow, Emily at 

Parents Events

Talking to our Children about Race and Diversity: A Discussion for Parents and Caregivers

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Children of all ages are observant, curious, and pick-up information everywhere. It is important to help them contextualize, understand, and be able to ‘talk back’ to racist images they may see or hear. Our workshop will provide a discussion space to help parents and other caregivers talk to their children about race, understand and reject racism, and celebrate diversity. The workshop facilitator will guide participants in a discussion and review resources for having these conversations across various age levels. Parents/caregivers of children of any age are welcome. Registration required; lunch will be provided.

This event is sponsored by the Family Center and Grad Center, the Campaign for Community, the Community Impact Fund and the Division of Human Resources, and is presented as part of the MLK Symposium at Penn.

Saturday Play Dates

Weekend Play Date

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us for our first Weekend Play Date of 2017! Meet up with other Penn families, enjoy snacks and refreshments, and participate in a fun, enriching, and seasonal activity appropriate for ALL ages. 

Please register in advance.

Weekly Events

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Sensory Play

1/17 - movement: learning about modern dance

1/24 - messy winter wonderland: whipped cream snowflakes

1/31 - field trip to Institute of Contemporary Art

2/7 - sound: making rain sticks

2/14 - cookie decorating for Valentine's Day

* Registration for our second series of events will open 2/21


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Family Yoga

Back by popular demand, the Family Resource Center will be hosting a weekly family yoga class with our instructor, Ella. This event is for parents and children, children of all ages are welcome to join the class and learn the ways of yoga. 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.