Family Resource Center

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Brunch and Play Date Series

One Saturday of each month we invite Penn students and post-docs to bring their kids to the Graduate Student Center at 3615 Locust Walk for food, crafts, and fun!

Being a parent and managing the demands of graduate school can be difficult for students, partners, and their families. This event will give you a chance to meet other Penn students with children to share experiences, find advice, and make new friends. Partners and children are always welcome.

Welcome Back Brunch & Play Date for Students with Children

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Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lower Level

Join us for our Welcome Back Brunch & Play Date, a very special brunch to welcome back our new and returning students and post-docs with children! Bring your family, enjoy some snacks, activities and family fun! Enjoy a complimentary brunch and a chance to meet and talk with other students and post docs with children and learn about our resources.   This is our first brunch of the year so don't miss all the fun!

Please register in advance.



Show Dates
Family Fitness Dance Series

Kick off the Year of Health by joining Alyssa at the Family Center for a little Friday Fun featuring dancing, music, and friends, all while getting a great workout! This class is oriented towards children, but we welcome parents to join in the fun.

This 5-week series will be a moderate-energy level dance class for children designed to keep their bodies moving and their hearts pumping!! All ages welcome.

Parents Events

Family Grant Info Session

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Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lower Level

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.

*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.

Work/Life Balance


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Fitts Auditorium, Law School
Registration start: Monday, October 06, 2014

Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One has the Time, and Stew Friedman, PhD, author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life and founding director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, will present on their work and research. Their presentations will be followed by a networking reception.

Schulte gives us an overview of her personal journey and her findings researching the sense of overwhelm faced by most workers today, especially working parents. She offers explanations from experts and ideas that can make a difference.

Friedman replaces the misguided metaphor of “work/life balance” with something more realistic, sustainable, and enriching. He argues that “work” competing with “life” ignores the more nuanced reality of our humanity -- the intersection and interaction of work, home, community, and the private self -- and provides inspiring examples to show how to integrate these areas harmoniously.

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 will kick off in June with Seeds to Sprouts, a Parent & Child series of classes targeted for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Also starting in June will be the Mini-Morris Players, an interactive theater program for ages 5-10 that will bring to life the history of the Morrises’ Chestnut Hill estate. Visit the Morris Arboretum for the full schedule and registration information.


**Morris Arboretum is free with a Penn card!

Water Babies at Pottruck

Water Babies! is a 45 minute course designed to introduce infants  (6 months-30 months) to the water. Activities include being held in the water by the parent, assisted floating, gently pouring water of the infant’s head, socializing with other children and parents, and submerging the child when he/she is ready

Fall Session: Starts September 14 @ 10:00 AM


**This is a Penn Rec event, you must visit their website to register and pay for this class.