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.

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Bi-Weekly Snack Time & Playdates

Starting Friday October 17th, come to the Family Resource Center for Bi-Weekly Snack Time & Playdates! Meet other parents, socialize, play with your children, and enjoy activities for all ages! We provide free snacks and drinks for the kids and coffee for the parents! For questions please contact

Family Resource Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lower Level

November Brunch and Play-date

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Lounge Front (Lower Level), Lounge Back (Lower Level), Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lower Level

(Halloween) Brunch & Play Date.  Enjoy a complimentary brunch while you meet and talk with other students and post-docs with children and learn about our resources. Children can wear their costumes and have fun with spooky Halloween crafts! Please register in advance.


After the Brunch we'll be walking over to the Homecoming Game, see our Activities Page for more details!


Discussion Groups

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Student Parent Discussion Group

Meet other student parents to discuss resources and share tips in a friendly and supportive environment. Discussion themes will include parenting in Philadelphia, lactation support, winter with baby and how to balance parenting and school. Experts on these topics will join us. Kids welcome, Please register.

Every other Wednesday 11:30am-1pm beginning October 22nd in the Family Resource Center.

Wednesday, October 22nd: Welcome Meeting

Wednesday, November 5th: Lactation
What is normal when breastfeeding? What breastfeeding resources exist for student parents and their partners on the Penn campus? Discuss your experiences and share resources and strategies with other student parents. We'll be joined by special guest: Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing & Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Wednesday, November 19th
Theme and guest to be determined

Wednesday, December 3rd
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Wednesday, December 17th
Theme and guest to be determined


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English Language Classes at the Family Resource Center



Learn and Practice English!

Lessons for Penn Students/Postdocs, Spouses/Partners with Kids!

Want to learn and practice your conversational English skills?  Then bring your kids and come over to the Family Resource Center for English language lessons!  Penn students/postdocs with children and their spouse/partners are welcome to register and attend.  Not only will you get to learn English, you'll get to do it in a family-friendly environment where you can meet other student/postdoc parents.  


All levels are encouraged to participate but please register in advance.  Registrants will receive an English language proficiency questionnaire that should be returned before the start of class via email.

Please direct any questions to

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English Language Classes for Children at the Family Resource Center

Lessons for Penn Students/Postdocs' children!

You may know the Family Center offers English classes for adults, but what about their children? We have that now too!

This fall semester we're starting an English classes series for children who may be new to the English language. Children will learn and practice their English skills through games and play.

All levels and ages are encouraged to participate, but please register in advance. The class has been conveniently set up after the adult English lessons, so you can bring your child to your class and stay with them during their class!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us through

Penn Homecoming Football Game

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Franklin Field
Price: $0 each, no limit
Tickets for guests of Penn students may be picked up from the Graduate Student Center front desk by the Penn Student with their Penn Card.


Join the Grad Center and the Family Center at the Penn Homecoming Football game against Brown University. Note that students with Penn ID and children under the age of 12 are able to attend for free. In collaboration with GAPSA, we will provide free tickets to guests of Penn students who attend this event.

Tickets for students' guests can be picked up at the Grad Center (3615 Locust Walk) or the Family Center by the Penn Student with their Penn Card.

Parents Events

CPR Training for Parents at Penn

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Lounge Back (Lower Level), Family Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Lower Level
Price: $10 each, limit 2 per Penn ID


Saturday, November 8th,  9am-12pm @ The Family Resource Center

Registration will open Monday, October 6th

Registration fee: $10, must register and pay at the Family Center   

The Family Resource Center, Penn Women's Center, and Division of Public Safety are partnering to offer a CPR Certification training course for members of the Penn Community who identify as parents. 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 collaborating departments). 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 Kendra Hypolite at the Family Center at


Storytime at the Family Center

Join us weekly for storytime and snacks at the Family Center (3615 Locust Walk)!



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Weekly Storytime

Bring your kids to the Family Center for reading time and socialization! Discover what books our Reading Room Library has available with our Family Fellow Andrea!





Let's get in the Halloween spirit during storytime! Join us Monday, October 27th to read these fun books about trickster ghosts, spooky bus rides, and creative costumes.

Work/Life Balance


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Fitts Auditorium, Law School

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.

This event is co-sponsored by Human Resources, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty, Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, the Penn Women’s Center, the Graduate Student Center, the Penn Forum for Women Faculty, PSOM FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women, and


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.

Family Second Sundays at the Penn Museum

Unearth More: Family Second Sundays at the Penn Museum
October 2014 through May 2015

PHILADELPHIA , PA 2014—Children and families are invited to delve a little deeper, discovering more about the ancient Etruscans and Egyptians, the Maya, and more at monthly Family Second Sunday Workshops, 1:00 to 4:00 pm beginning this October at the Penn Museum. Geared to families with children ages 5 and up, each monthly drop-in Workshop, offered October through May 2015, features a craft, touchable artifacts, and gallery activities.

Attendees to a Family Second Sunday Workshop automatically become members of Penn Museum’s Art Excavators Club. Club members who attend three Family Second Sunday workshops receive a free surprise!

Family Second Sunday Workshops and the Arts Excavators Club are free with Museum admission ($15 adults; $13 seniors, $10 children 6-17, free for Museum members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 and under, and PennCard holders). Pre-registration not required. For more information, call 215.898.4016.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Etruscan Sarcophagus
The ancient Etruscans prepared extensively for the afterlife, furnishing elaborate tombs which contained sarcophagi, or coffins, depicting the deceased. Children and families sculpt with Model Magic to depict themselves reclining for an afterlife feast.

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Maya Jade Death Mask
Families work with paint and mosaic tiles to decorate a mask in the style of the ancient Maya, then tour the Mexico and Central America Gallery with a scavenger hunt.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Kente Cloth
Kente cloth is a fabric that originates from the Akan people of Ghana. Families create a kente-cloth inspired paper weaving, and learn some Akan proverbs while discovering gold artifacts in the Africa Gallery.

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Wesekh Necklace
Children can craft a wesekh, an ancient Egyptian collar necklace worn by men, women, and mummies alike, then discover other Egyptian jewelry while touring the Egyptian galleries with a self-guided brochure.

Sunday, February 8, 2015
Chinese Dragon Puppet
Families can try their paper cutting skills and craft a puppet in honor of the Chinese New Year, and take an animal-themed tour of the China Gallery.

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Flower Power
Spring is around the corner! Families can celebrate by crafting a lotus flower, one of the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism, and learn more about lotuses and other symbols in the Japan Gallery.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Panamanian Gold
Families can explore the newly installed Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama, and use the artifacts in the exhibition as inspiration for etching  foil into a gold plaque to take home.

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Egyptian Sarcophagus
It’s Mummies Day! Children have the opportunity to craft an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, complete with a mummy inside. Families can also discover ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, mummies, tomb goods and more while touring both floors of the Museum’s Egyptian collection.