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All Around This World Music

The Family Resource Center is thrilled to present music from around the world!

As spring is settling in, come out to sing, dance, and play together while experiencing different languages, cultures, and traditions.

Middle Eastern Music Night

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Family Center favorite Emily Bate will come for an interactive music night for children. Help your little one's grow their imagination and intercultural communication skills with music from abroad! You are invited to participate in this unique and interactive music experience that encourages kids to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms, and movement.  She is presenting songs from the Middle East. We will have food and lots of fun for the whole family! Please register in advance for this event. 

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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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 

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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 


Special Seuss Birthday Party and Story Hour

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Reading Room, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk

You're invited to Dr. Seuss' Birthday Party!!!

Come celebrate and eat cupcakes with Dr. Seuss, and some of the best children's books ever written! We'll have a special story time and activities, all ages welcome! 

Please register in advance.



Family Movie Night

Enjoy a night out with the whole family!

Moana Movie Night

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

Join the Family Center in watching the new hit Disney movie, Moana. We will be serving Pizza and popcorn! Doors open at 5:00PM and the movie will start promptly at 5:15PM.  The movie is rated PG and runs for approximately an hour and 50 minutes. Please register in advance, this event is for Family Center members only. 


Moana is a Disney hit which features an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana, meets the mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a mast wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity. 




Parents Events

Integrating Breastfeeding and Work/Academics

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

This interactive conversation, led by April Rosenblum, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 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.

Weekly Events

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Sensory Play

2/21 - Lines that Wiggle story time

2/28 - ice boats 

3/14 - sorting shapes

3/21 - movement: learning about our bodies!

3/28 - growing beans


Family Yoga

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

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. 

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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 March 24th and be every Friday morning from 10AM-11AM until April 21st. 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.