Family Resource Center


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. Spring semester classes begin Jan 22nd and end May 14. Please register in advance so teachers can prepare materials. Kids are welcome, but must be watched by the caregiver attending class. 

Beginners classes: Tuesday 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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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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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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Ice Skating

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3130 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Waiting list only!

One of our cold weather favorites! Gather the family, put on some skates and get out on the ice with the Family Center. We will be ice skating during the open skate at Penn Ice Rink from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.

We will have a room reserved at the Ice Rink where families can leave their belongings and stop in for a quick snack. Come early so you can pick up a pair of rental skates. Please register in advance here. There are a limited amount of spots available so this event is first come, first serve for Family Center members only. When the event is full, the registration will be closed and a waiting list will be opened. 

Questions? Email Family Fun Fellow, Sarah, at

Parents Events

CPR Training for Parents

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Lounge Front, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lounge Back, Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Ticket sales start: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Price: $10 each, limit 2 per Penn ID


The Family Resource Center is offering a CPR Certification training course for Penn students and postdocs with children. This 3-hour training will cover infant, child, and adult CPR and will be conducted by members of Penn's Medical Emergency Response Team. 

Participants will be charged $10 and must pay ahead of time to reserve their space (additional costs are being subsidized by the Family Center). To register, visit the Family Resource Center during operating hours (M-F, 9am-6pm) and pay in full using cash or check payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania." Only 20 spots are available so don't wait to reserve your spot for this important training! For registration questions contact Ale at the Family Center at 

Weekly Events

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Sensory Play!

15 Sensory Play Ideas For Babies

See it, smell it and feel it! Sensory Play invites children to participate in activities using vibrant, fragrant and tactile materials, which encourage children to learn and have fun through sensory experience. Kids can develop their cognitive and fine motor skills through these activities. 

This event is appropriate for ages 2+ up. Please register in advance for this event. 

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

February 7th - Cheerful Clouds (Colored ice cubes in shaving foam) 

February 14th - Valentine's Cake (Cloud dough with Valentine's decorations) 

February 21st - Aromatic Painting (Kool Aid sand paint)

February 28th - Colorful Pasta (Dyed pasta noodles)

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 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.