Take Our Children to Work Day

Take Our Children to Work Day Returns to Campus on April 25!

Advanced registration is required and now open as of Monday, April 1, 2024, at 9 am. Please click here for a full list of activities.

Take Our Children to Work Day is an annual event that encourages and inspires youth while introducing them to future workplace opportunities. Children will learn about Penn as a top employer and institution of higher education, while having fun. This event is geared towards children ages 9-15, and offers an exciting variety of age-appropriate learning activities, though children of any age are welcome to attend. Numerous schools and centers welcome children to visit and engage, and there are a range of programs to suit varied interests and goals.

Please note that supervisory approval is required for all staff, faculty, and postdoc participants, who need to accompany their young guests to all activities.

Advanced registration for events is required and now open as of Monday, April 1 at 9 am.

Please click here for a general registration link for all of the activities below.

A sample schedule is available for the day of the event, as well as a blank template so that you and your guest can fill out your plans for the day together.

Event Categories

Get to Know Penn's Campus

Open registration activities unless indicated below.

Enroll in as many of the activities in this section as you like.

A Souvenir Penn KidsCard 
Business Services - PennCard Center
Penn Bookstore
3601 Walnut Street
2nd Floor
9:00 am-4:00 pm

Stop by the PennCard Center and get a free, specially-designed souvenir Penn KidsCard to commemorate your day on campus. Upload your child's photo to our KidsCard portal for a quick pick-up at our office. We can also take your child’s photo and print their very own KidsCard while you wait on the day of the event. In addition, you will receive a coupon for 20% off at the Penn Bookstore. Suitable for all ages.

Career Services Self-Service Photo Booth - FULL
Career Services
McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Suite 20 (Basement Level)
9:30 am-4:00 pm 
Registration required. Space is limited.

Stop by the Career Services Office to take a headshot in our self-service photo booth!  Take up to three photos and edit your favorite using the touchscreen device in the booth or by scanning a QR code with your smartphone. You can email the photos to yourself and edit them online if needed.  Suitable for all ages.

Exploring the Penn Museum 
Penn Museum - Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 
3260 South Street
10:00 am-5:00 pm

Families can explore the entire Museum. General admission is free for faculty, staff, AND their children on this day. View our Eastern Mediterranean Gallery and unearth an ancient crossroads of diverse cultures whose innovations shaped our world today. Also check out our spectacular Middle East Galleries, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian villages gave rise to the world’s first cities through artifacts such as the jewelry of Sumerian Queen Puabi, the writing of Mesopotamian school kids, and hands-on multi-sensory experiences.  Please stop by our Gift Shop, where you will receive 15% off your total purchase by showing a Penn ID.  Suitable for all ages.

Lunch Discount
Bon Appétit at Penn Dining
Houston Market
3417 Spruce Street
Lower Level
11:00 am-7:00 pm

The Bon Appétit at Penn Dining team welcomes all to join them for lunch with your young guests on the lower level of Houston Hall.  We are a popular lunch and dinner location open 6 days a week for the Penn community.  There will be kid-friendly fare throughout the market and keep an eye out for our $7 bundles at various stations.

Carnival Games at the Library - FULL
Penn Libraries
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut St.
1st Floor
RDDSx (The Research Data and Digital Scholarship Exchange)

Session 1: 11:00 am-11:30 am - FULL
Session 2: 11:30 am-12:00 pm - FULL
Session 3: 12:00 pm-12:30 pm - FULL
Session 4: 12:30 pm-1:00 pm - FULL
Session 5: 1:00 pm-1:30 pm - FULL
Session 6: 1:30 pm-2:00 pm - FULL
Session 7: 2:00 pm-2:30 pm - FULL
Session 8: 2:30 pm-3:00 pm - FULL

Registration is required for 30-minute time slots. Space is limited.

Step right up to the Library Carnival Games Extravaganza! Take Our Children to Work Day just got a whole lot more exciting with our homemade carnival games. Families will participate in a homemade smorgasbord of carnival games, indoors in the Van Pelt Library. Using Arduinos, 3D printing, laser cutting, and more, we will feature game booths based on famous literature that can inspire children to enjoy a day of fun with a chance to win prizes. Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Experience Contemporary Art
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
118 S. 36th Street
12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Families can explore the entire Museum. General admission is free for faculty, staff, and their children, as well as other family members, caregivers, and friends. 

Coloring with Penny the Pig - FULL
Financial Wellness at Penn
Franklin Building
3451 Walnut St.
1st Floor
Suite 100
12:00 pm-3:30 pm

Calling all artists! Join Penny the Pig for snacks and special edition piggy coloring sheets. Suitable for ages 2 and up.

Penn Bookstore Book Party - FULL, Waitlist
Penn Bookstore
3601 Walnut Street
2nd Floor
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

Join the Penn Bookstore team for children's stories, crafts, giveaways, and milk and cookies! The featured title this year is "Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin" by Gene Barretta. Suitable for ages 4+.

Build Your Own Yogurt Parfait - FULL, Waitlist
Bon Appétit at Penn Dining
Houston Market
3417 Spruce Street
Lower Level
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

Vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and crunchy granola will all be supplied — all you have to do is bring your creativity! Led by Bon Appétit’s Houston Market Managers, this event is sure to be entertaining and tasty. Suitable for all ages.

Wellness Activities

Open registration activities unless indicated below. Suitable for all ages.

Enroll in as many of the activities in this section as you like.

Penn Relays
Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics
Franklin Field
235 S. 33rd Street
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Faculty/staff can receive one (1) free adult ticket and one (1) free child’s ticket by showing a valid staff PennCard at the Franklin Field Ticket Office on the Thursday of the Penn Relays or by ordering online using your upenn.edu email address in advance. Faculty/staff can add on additional child tickets for $5 each. Offer only valid on Thursday, April 25, 2024. Tickets are for general admission seating only. Faculty/staff can purchase up to 4 reserved seats for children at an additional cost. Suitable for all ages.

Kid’s Zumba - FULL
Facilities and Real Estate Services

Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce St.
Amado Recital Hall
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Registration required. Space is limited.

Do you like to dance and have fun at the same time? Then you will enjoy Kid’s Zumba. Zumba is a Latin and World Rhythm-inspired dance fitness program that is perfect for everybody at any age.  Zumba is so much more than a typical workout — every class is a party.  Come see why millions of people all over the world participate in Zumba classes.  Children will learn about different styles of music and dance, with a focus on how important it is to balance hard work with healthy living, especially by incorporating a fun-filled exercise program into our daily lives. Suitable for all ages.

Open Recreation Activities
Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
3701 Walnut Street
2nd Floor
Basketball Court #3        
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Join the Department of Campus Recreation for open recreation on Basketball Court #3. You’ll have the opportunity to play 9-square and lawn games, participate in our fitness obstacle course, and shoot baskets. A waiver form is required to be signed by a parent/guardian. Children not attending with a parent/guardian will not be able to play. Suitable for all ages.

Penn Class of 1923 Ice Rink 
3130 Walnut St.
First Session: 12:30 pm-1:45 pm - FULL
Second Session: 1:45 pm-3:00 pm 
Registration is required. Space is limited.

We will celebrate Take Our Children to Work Day by offering free admission to a special ice-skating session, with a charge of $3 each for skate rental for both you and your young guest(s), payable by cash, card, or Apple Pay; you may also bring your own skates and skate for free. Parking is limited due to the Penn Relays and construction in the area. Please provide you and your young guests' estimated skate size when registering. Be sure to wear layered warm clothing. Gloves or mittens are recommended for young children. Suitable for all ages.

What is a Registered Dietitian? + No-Cook Cooking Demo  - FULL
Division of Human Resources
3624 Market St., Suite 1AS, Large Conference Room
(Ask the front desk for the Talent Development suite and go all the way to the back on your left.)
1:00 pm-1:45 pm

Registration is required. Space is limited.

Join a RAMP Health Registered Dietitian to learn about their career field and how they work with people to turn the science of nutrition into easy-to-understand, useful information for people regarding their food choices. Also, experience a no-cook cooking demo – ice cream! This event is sponsored by the Division of Human Resources. Suitable for all ages.

Special Topics

Enroll in only one of the following small group activities.

Registration is required.  Space is limited.

Hands-On Fun with Simulated Patients - FULL, Waitlist
School of Nursing
Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning
418 Curie Boulevard
1st Floor, beginning in Room 102, then Rooms 117 & 120
First Session: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Second Session: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

This interactive session explores the use of task trainers and manikins as a teaching method in preparing nursing students to care for real patients.  Participants will give injections, clean and pack "wounds," don PPE, visit a patient, listen to heart and lung sounds, feel for pulses, and team up to "treat " the manikin for various illnesses.  Most suitable for ages 6-16, but all ages are welcome.

Tour of the James G. Kaskey Memorial Park - The BioPond - FULL
Penn Biology Department
433 S. University Avenue
First Session: 10:00 am-10:45 am - FULL
Second Session: 11:30 am-12:15 pm - FULL
Registration required. Space is limited.

Join Biology Department staff for a tour of the BioPond and surrounding gardens. Discover amazing plants and the wildlife that live on, inside, or in the shadows of them. Learn about the history of the oldest greenspace on campus and how keeping our ecosystem healthy also keeps people healthy.  Meet at the sign at the north end of the pond.  Suitable for all ages.

WXPN Interactive Studio Demonstration and Radio Station Tour - FULL, Waitlist
3025 Walnut St.
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Registration is required. Space is limited.

WXPN, the public radio station at the University of Pennsylvania, is happy to once again offer their popular tour of a professional radio control room for a sound display and voice playback with WXPN News Director Bob Bumbera!  Afterwards, host/producer Robert Drake will give them a brief tour of the WXPN recording studio ending with a visit to the FM studio where they will chat with WXPN Midday host Mike Vasilikos while he’s live on air!  

The session will last about 60 minutes in its entirety – starting at 10:00 am and ending by 11:00 am.  Doors to the WXPN Main Lobby will open at 9:45 am to gather before heading down to the WXPN studios at 10:00 am. Suitable for ages 6 and up.

An Insider's Look at Public Safety at Penn - FULL
Division of Public Safety
Division of Public Safety (DPS) Headquarters
4040 Chestnut Street
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

Join the Vice President for Public Safety, Kathleen Shields Anderson, J.D., MBA, and other members of the Division of Public Safety for a morning filled with fun, giveaways, and lots of hands-on activity! Children will meet with and learn about safety from police, fire, and other DPS personnel. This is a structured tour that begins promptly at 10 a.m. Unfortunately, due to space constraints unregistered guests will not be admitted. Please be prompt – you do not want to miss any part of this event!  Suitable for ages 6-12.

Explore Art and Architecture: Architectural Archives, Materials Library, and Common Press - FULL
School of Design
Architectural Archives
220 S. 34th St. 
First Session: 10:00 am-11:30 am - FULL
Second Session: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm - FULL
Registration required. Space is limited.

Want to be an artist/architect/designer? Ever wonder how they come up with their cool ideas? The staff at the Architectural Archives, Materials Library, and Common Press will lead you into the mind of a designer. In the Architectural Archives, participants will interact with original work by designers, and learn how they sketch and photograph to develop ideas. At the Materials Library, touch and learn the science behind materials used in art and architecture. At the Common Press, watch something being printed at a letterpress studio and learn how artists and designers use old printing technologies to create new art. Suitable for ages 9-15.

Big Ideas for a Better World - FULL
Pennovation Center
3401 Grays Ferry Avenue
Plaza & Building 450
Philadelphia, PA 19146
10:00 am-1:30 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

Come on down to the Pennovation Works complex to learn about the exciting innovations and research happening here! We will have demonstrations from our member companies featuring robots, a demo from the Penn Vet Working Dogs, and other fun activities to learn more about Pennovation's ecosystem. We are working hard to bring to life our big ideas for a better world! Day-of, on-site registration to assist with the flow of this event opens at 9:30 am (in addition to and separate from the 4/1 online registration), with programs beginning at 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided for all those registered. Suitable for up to 14 years of age.

What's Inside a Computer? - FULL
ISC Technology Services & ISC HireIT
3401 Walnut Street
2nd Floor
Conference Room B209
First Session: 10:30 am-11:30 am  - FULL
Second Session: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm  - FULL

Registration required. Space is limited.

This one-hour workshop lets students explore what is inside a computer by taking one apart.  Suitable for ages 10-14.

Backstage Tour  - FULL
Penn Live Arts
3680 Walnut Street
First Session: 11:00 am-11:30 am  - FULL
Second Session: 2:00 pm-2:30 pm  - FULL
Registration required. Space is limited.

Come backstage and see where all the magic happens.  You’ll get to see the stage, dressing rooms, workshops, and more.  Plus, each child will receive a special keepsake from the box office. Suitable for ages 8-15. 

Ice Cream Making Workshop  - FULL
Penn Society of Women Engineers

Hill College House
3333 Walnut St.
Hill Club Lounge, 2nd Floor
First Session : 11:00 am–12:00 pm  - FULL
Second Session : 2:00 pm–3:00 pm  - FULL
Registration required. Space is limited.

Please make sure to bring your Penn ID and driver's license/government ID for entry into Hill College House with your child(ren).

Learn about Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) through making ice cream with different chemicals. Suitable for all ages. 

Catapult Building Workshop - FULL
Penn Society of Women Engineers
Quain Engineering Quad
Outside of 3330 Walnut St.
First Session : 11:00 am–12:00 pm - FULL
Second Session : 2:00 pm-3:00 pm - FULL
Registration required. Space is limited.

Learn about Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) via the basics of catapult building, as well as the physics principles behind a successful device to implement in a hands-on catapult-building contest. Suitable for all ages.

Phun with Physics
Penn SAS – Department of Physics and Astronomy
David Rittenhouse Laboratory
209 S. 33rd St.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

Come explore physical phenomena at David Rittenhouse Laboratory!  From rainbows to telescopes, and so much more, the physics and astronomy department will be hosting hands-on activities, welcoming young guests and their adults alike. Suitable for ages 5 to 15.

$how Me the Money - FULL
Financial Wellness at Penn
Franklin Building
3451 Walnut St.
2nd Floor
Suite 215
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

So, you want to be a millionaire? Maybe you have big dreams of a career as a professional athlete, or of starting the next multi-billion-dollar company like Google or Facebook. Maybe you’ll "shake it off,” and you’ll make your living jet-setting all over the world to perform for your fans in sold-out stadiums. First, you’ll need some basic tips about money. In this fun, interactive session, we’ll play games to help you learn about earning, saving, spending, and giving money. If you’re ready to learn the truth about millionaires, then this workshop is for you!  Suitable for ages 7 and up. 

Try Your First Case  - FULL, Waitlist
Penn Carey Law
Golkin Hall
3501 Sansom Street
Golkin 70 - Specter & Kline Moot Court Room
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

Order in the Court!  Have you watched movies and TV shows that feature attorneys arguing on behalf of their clients?  Have you ever thought, “I could do that”?  Now you can.  Come to Penn Carey Law and be a lawyer for the day.  Your client is involved in a high-stakes trial and your job is to argue the case.  Working with your fellow attorneys, you will represent your client in a real courtroom in front of a judge and jury.  Suitable for ages 9-14. 

Drag Queen Story Time
LGBT Center
3907 Spruce Street
Goodhand Room, 1st Floor
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Registration required.  Space is limited.

Drag Queen Story Time is a program created by Philly’s Queen Brittany Lynn with the help of child educators from the city’s top museums and schools. Drag Queen Story Time promotes literacy to children of all ages with style, flair, and creativity -while reading stories about love, diversity, and acceptance. This story time experience is interactive with opportunities to participate in arts and crafts. Recommended for children ages 5-13 years old, but the Center is open to hosting children younger or older than that age range if interested.

Robots, Mazes & Innovative Work - FULL
Penn Engineering - GRASP Lab
Pennovation Center - GRASP Treehouse
3401 Grays Ferry Avenue
Suite 250 of Building 250 - new building between Buildings 450 & 200
Philadelphia, PA 19146
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

Come down to the Pennovation Works campus to learn about the innovative work done by the GRASP Lab at Penn and build your own robot!  Learn to build a minimalist robot and try to race them through a maze.  Suitable for ages 6-10.

STEM Maker Space & DNA Explorations  - FULL
Penn Engineering
Skirkanich Hall
210 S. 33rd Street
Greenberg Lounge, 1st Floor
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Registration required. Space is limited.

Come and explore the exciting world of STEM to celebrate National DNA Day with Penn Engineering, in partnership with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI/NIH). Our interactive activities are designed to engage young minds in engineering, genetics, and computer science in a fun and hands-on way. Throughout the 2-hour event, children will be able to explore various aspects of engineering and engage in our 6 activity stations that showcase different fields in STEM. Children will need to commit to this 2-hour time block to participate. Suitable for ages 9-15.

uCity Square Activities
uCity Square
3675 Market St. & Square Lawn (37th & Filbert)
10:00 am-12:00 pm & 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Penn employees and their children are invited to take part in uCity Square’s concurrent Take Your Kids to Work Day Activities taking place between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm at 3675 Market Street. Children are also invited to participate in the lawn game activities taking place at uCity Square’s Lawn from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Suitable for ages 8-14.