Family Resource Center

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Discussion Groups

Student Parent Support Group

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

This is a new one hour twice a month drop-in group open to all Penn students and postdocs with children. It is intended to be a space where you can can come whenever you feel you need more support. It is a place where student parents can connect, develop support networks and build community. 
We invite expecting, new and "experienced" parents to come connect and support each other, a place dedicated to hearing your concerns and challenges you deal with as student parents. Open to students, postdocs, and their spouses, partners and children as well (please note that child must be supervised at all times.) 
The group will be co-facilitated with a Counseling and Psychological Services clinician Sonya Meora, MSN, CRNP and Kendra Hypolite, MSW, LSW Assistant Director of the Family Center who is a licensed social worker. Reach out to Kendra at if you have any questions. 
Lunch is provided! Please register in advance so we know how much food to order. 
Sessions are every other Monday from 12-1pm in the Family Center. 


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 1/16 and end 5/9. Please register in advance so teachers can prepare materials. Kids are welcome, but must be watched by the caregiver attending class. 

Beginners classes: Tuesdays 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. 

Classes begin on Tuesday January 16th and end on Tuesday May 9th 

Please register in advance so instructors can prepare materials. 

If you have any questions please email 

Weekly Events

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Sensory Play!

15 Sensory Play Ideas For Babies

Join us for creative discovery and new sensory experiences! Be ready to examine and explore different textures, colors and tastes that will awaken your child's senses! Children will work on color and motor skills, appropriate for ages 2+ up. Please register in advance for this event. 

Sensory Play will be on these Mondays from 11am-12pm: 

March 26th - Learning about our Bodies 

April 16th- Color Joy 

April 23rd- Sorting Shapes

May 7th- Spring Fun

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.