Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Penn's 2018 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is Thursday, April 26.

Penn understands the importance of providing children with positive, productive experiences in their formative years. That's why we host the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, an event that encourages and inspires youngsters, and introduces them to the workplace. Each year on the fourth Thursday in April, Penn provides an exciting array of activities on campus for children ages 9–15. Please note, all participants must have supervisory approval and must accompany their young guests to all activities. Below please find a list of limited and unlimited registration activities. To register, click on the name of the activity or the time of the event. Registration will open at 9am on Monday, April 9.

UNLIMITED Registration Activities
Enroll in as many of these activities as you like beginning on April 9 at 9am.

A Souvenir Penn KidsCard
PennCard Center, Business Services
Penn Bookstore
3600 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

Stop by the PennCard Center and get a free, specially-designed souvenir Penn KidsCard to commemorate your day on campus. We’ll take your child’s photo and print their very own KidsCard while you wait. In addition, you will receive a coupon for 20% off at the Penn Bookstore! While you’re in the PennCard Center, visit the PNC Bank customer service representative for a free financial goody bag. Suitable for all ages.

Be an Athlete for a Day
Facilities and Real Estate Services
Left Bank Lobby
3101 Walnut Street

Take the ball and become a Penn athlete for a day! Play several different sports on one of Penn’s world class athletics fields.  Facilities’ Penn Park staff will direct participants on the path to being an All-Star Athlete as they: (1) kick a soccer goal (2) learn to shoot basketball and (3) take on a football obstacle course. Suitable for ages 9-15. 

Track Your Steps Challenge
Division of Human Resources
3451 Walnut Street
1st Floor Lobby

Walking is one of the easiest, most enjoyable, and most profitable forms of exercise that is suitable for all ages. All you need is a good pair of comfortable shoes and a pedometer or other device to track your steps.  Use a device of your own or stop by the 1st floor lobby of the Franklin Building and pick up a pedometer and begin tracking all of your walking activity throughout the day.  The pedometers are most accurate when worn on your hip, clipped to your waistband or belt. Every child who submits their total steps will be entered into a raffle to win a gym bag.  Send your young guest’s name and steps via email no later than Monday, April 30th to worklife@hr.upenn.edu with the subject title “track your steps challenge.”  Suitable for all ages.

Penn Relays
Department of Athletics
Franklin Field
235 S. 33rd Street

Join the fans at the 124th running of the Penn Relays.  We recommend tickets for children/guests be picked up at the Athletic Ticket Office in advance; however, you can walk up to any ticket sales location on Thursday (the day of the event).  Please mention the “daughters and sons” offer and bring your Penn ID.  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 Thursday of the Penn Relays. Faculty/Staff can add on additional child tickets for $5 each. Offer only valid on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Offer cannot be redeemed online, only in person at the Franklin Field Ticket Office or other Penn Relays ticket sales locations. Tickets are for general admission seating only. Faculty/staff can purchase reserved seats at an additional cost.  Suitable for ages 18 and younger.  Visit www.thepennrelays.com for more information about the Penn Relays.

Exploring the Penn Museum
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum)
3260 South Street

Families can explore the entire Museum! General admission is free for faculty, staff, and their children on this day. View our spectacular, brand-new Middle East Galleries, exploring how ancient Mesopotamian villages gave rise to the world’s first cities—cities not so very different from our own. These galleries feature more than 1,500 artifacts, including the jewelry of Sumerian Queen Puabi, cuneiform tablets, a replica of Hammurabi’s code, and hands-on multi-sensory experiences. Suitable for all ages.

Tour of the James G. Kaskey Memorial Park – The BioPond
School of Arts and Sciences
433 S. University Avenue (Kaskey Park Plaque by the BioPond)
10:30am-10:50am |11:30am-11:50am

When you arrive at the James G. Kaskey Memorial Park join Joshua Darfler, Greenhouse and Garden Manager, for a brief tour of the Park. Learn about the history of the oldest greenspace on campus and learn about some of the amazing plants growing in the garden and greenhouse today! Suitable for all ages.

Discounted Lunch: The Cafe at the New College House
Business Services
3335 Woodland Walk

The Cafe at the New College House welcomes employees to dine for lunch with their young guest from 11:30am to 2pm. Ticket price for adults is $13.95, and ticket price for children is $6.95.  The Cafe will feature the following menu for the day:  full salad bar, beef sliders, pasta w/marinara, broccoli, and veggie burgers.  

Photo Booth
Snap Party Booth
Houston Hall - Golkin Room
3417 Spruce Street
2nd Floor – Room 223

Are you ready for some silliness? Photo booths capture cheerful moments and playful images, from friends posing together in goofy glasses to costumed youngsters acting out Wild West scenes.  When your guest participates in the photo booth, they are guaranteed to have a wide assortment of wacky fun as well as walk away with a great keepsake.  One print for every person in the booth.  No one leaves empty handed!  Suitable for all ages.

Mesopotamian Madness at the Penn Museum
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum)
3260 South Street

Enjoy a variety of hands-on stations to understand humans of the past – participate any time between 1pm–3pm!  Join educators for Trash Talk, understanding how trash “talks” through a simulated dig site, along with Ancient Adornments, exploring the process of ancient metalwork with gold tattoos or a make-and-take pendant inspired by designs in the Museum’s new Middle East Galleries!  Join
Archa-What? A station to view archaeological pictures and replica objects to learn about amazing excavations—with great family photo opportunities!  Finally, chat with friendly conservators about how they care for artifacts in The Artifact Lab at 1:30. Come early for a delicious lunch in the Pepper Mill café and stay for a stop in the newly renovated Gift Shop! Suitable for all ages.

Open Courts
Department of Campus Recreation
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
Basketball Courts 1 and 2
3701 Walnut Street

Join the Department of Campus Recreation for open recreation in Basketball Courts. You’ll have the opportunity to play your favorite classics, a competitive game of pick-up, or just shoot around. Please make sure to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for active movement.  A waiver form is required to be signed by a legal parent/guardian. Children not attending with a parent/guardian will not be able to play. Stay for the entire session, or drop out at any time. Suitable for ages 9-15.


LIMITED Registration Activities
Enroll in only one of the following small group activities beginning on April 9 at 9am.

Hands on Fun with Simulated Patients (REGISTRATION IS FULL) 
School of Nursing
Claire Fagin Hall
Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning
418 Curie Boulevard, 1st Floor Lobby
10am-11am |1pm-2pm

This interactive session explores the use of mannequins as a teaching method in preparing nursing students to care for real patients.  Participants will listen to heart and lung sounds, feel for pulses, and team up to "treat" the mannequin for various illnesses.  Suitable for ages 9-15.

Boot Camp for Kids
Department of Campus Recreation
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
3701 Walnut Street
Studio 409

Join Penn Rec Fitness staff for a fun, youth-oriented exercise class. Your child will experience a fun cardiovascular fitness class. Please make sure to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for active movement. A waiver form is required to be signed by a legal parent/guardian.  Suitable for ages 9-15.

Department of Neurosurgery
Hayden Hall Lobby
3320 Smith Walk

Have you ever wondered about what’s inside your head and how it works? Maybe you can be a neuroscientist and study brains! Come to Hayden Hall and meet a real neuroscientist. Is your favorite sport star on the injury list for a concussion? We’ll teach you about concussions and how you can protect your brain from injury. We’ll even have a microscope so you can check out some real brain tissue! Suitable for ages 9-15.

An Insider's Look at Exciting Careers in Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Security (REGISTRATION IS FULL)
Division of Public Safety
Penn Police Station
4040 Chestnut Street

Join the Vice President of Public Safety and other members of the Division of Public Safety for a morning event with police, fire and other safety personnel.  During this tour, young guests can have their pictures taken in a police car and motorcycle, and learn basic self-defense techniques.  Real police and fire equipment will be on display. Guests will get to look inside the Police Communication center. This is a structured tour that begins promptly at 10am. Late and unregistered guests will not be admitted. Suitable for ages 9–15.

WXPN Interactive Studio Tour (REGISTRATION IS FULL)
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street

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 and Sports Director Bob Bumbera!  Suitable for all ages.  All who attend Session #1 are invited to stay for a live performance at World Café Live.  Suitable for ages 9-15.

WXPN Kid’s Corner Live
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street

Kids’ Corner—WXPN's award-winning radio show for kids—will tape a live radio segment to entertain the whole family!  Doors will open at 10:15 am.  Suitable for all ages.

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Levine Hall
3330 Walnut Street
Moore 100B

Learn about the innovative work done by the GRASP lab at Penn and to solve a challenge using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot. Learn to use logic and programming skills to accomplish the line-follower challenge. Suitable for ages 9-15.

What’s Inside a Computer (REGISTRATION IS FULL)
Information Systems and Computing
3451 Walnut Street
Annex Room 106A
ISC NGSS Conference Room
10:30am-11:30am |1pm-2pm

The 1-hour workshop lets students explore what is inside a computer by taking one apart (Powered by TechGirlz).  Suitable for ages 9-15.

Images of Leadership
The Wharton School
Huntsman Hall, Room G55
3730 Walnut Street

Participate in “Images of Leadership,” an exercise experienced by Wharton undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania and learn more about the McNulty Leadership Program.  This interactive session focuses on how you see leadership. Implicit perceptions of leadership are worth our attention because what we see in our mind's eye has an impact on our behavior as leaders and followers.  Participants will come away from this session with a better understanding of individual and collective unspoken perceptions of leadership.  They will have the chance to reflect on the images they chose in advance of class as mirrors and windows — mirrors reflecting current, tacit assumptions and windows shining a light on future possibilities.  Suitable for ages 9-15.

Kid’s Zumba
Facilities and Real Estate Services
Houston Hall – Emily Sachs Room
3417 Spruce Street

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 your typical workout — every class is a party!  Come see why millions of people all over the world partake in Zumba classes.  Your kids will learn about different styles of music and dance, while we 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.

Be a Dentist for a Day (REGISTRATION IS FULL)
Penn Dental Medicine
Robert Schattner Building
240 S. 40th Street
10:30am-11:30am |1:30pm-2:30pm

Ever wonder what your dentist is actually doing? Well, this is your chance to BE A DENTIST for the day! Join us for an incredibly fun and interactive time of learning about teeth. With mammoth-sized tooth models and real dental equipment, you will be an expert in no time! After you understand how to take care of teeth and what a dentist is looking for in an exam, you will get the chance to place a dental sealant on a stone model using real dental materials! This will be an unforgettable day of fun! Suitable for ages 9-15.

Tour of a Blood Processing Laboratory (REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THE 10:30 AND 1PM SESSION)
The Translational and Correlative Studies Laboratory
Smilow Commons
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Room 8-100
10:30-11:30am |1pm-2pm |4pm-5pm

Have you ever seen a science laboratory on TV?  Would you like to see what a real laboratory looks like?  You’ll get a tour of our blood processing laboratory where we’ll discuss the different machines and the different teams that work together to produce medical research information from a person’s blood.  You’ll learn about our important machines such as Pipets, Biological Safety Cabinets, Centrifuges and Cell Counting Machines.  DNA, Proteins and Cells are all here.  If you are a science kid, then come check it out! We will even make some time to create lots of bubbles just for fun!  Suitable for ages 10-15.

Penn Vet Working Dog Center (REGISTRATION IS FULL)
School of Veterinary Medicine
Claudia Cohen – Terrace Room
249 S. 36th Street

See firsthand what it takes to train our nation’s leading detection dogs. Watch as the Working Dog Center staff explains the step-by-step process to preparing a dog to serve in explosive detection, search and rescue, cancer detection, and more.  Suitable for ages 9 to 15.

Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street
11am-11:30am | 2pm-2:30pm

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 all ages.

Beginner Rock Climbing
Department of Campus Recreation
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
3701 Walnut Street, 1st Floor
12pm-1:30pm |1:30pm-3pm

Join the Department of Campus Recreation for a beginner climbing activity at the rock climbing wall. Learn the fundamentals of climbing, starting with movement and top-rope climbing. Climbers will experience the rewards of physically and mentally challenging themselves in a controlled and relaxed environment. Please make sure to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for active movement.  A waiver form is required to be signed by a legal parent/guardian. Children not attending with a parent/guardian will not be able to climb. Suitable for ages 9-15.

Try Your First Case
Penn Law
Moot Court Room, Golkin 70
3501 Sansom Street
12pm -1pm

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 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 9-15.

Penn Bookstore Book Party
Penn Bookstore
3601 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

Join us for our favorite children's stories, crafts, giveaways and milk and cookies! The featured title this year is "When’s My Birthday" by Julie Fogliano. Suitable for ages 5 and up. 

$how Me the Money  (REGISTRATION IS FULL)
Office of the VP for Finance and Treasurer
3451 Walnut Street, 7th Floor, Room 720
2pm-2:45pm | 3pm-3:45pm

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’ve got the moves like Jagger,” 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 workshop, we’ll 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 10 to 15 years.

Tour of the Veterinary Hospital  (REGISTRATION IS FULL)
School of Veterinary Medicine
Ryan Veterinary Hospital
3850 Spruce Street
2pm-3pm (arrival at 1:45pm) |2:15pm-3:15pm (arrival at 2pm)

Please join us for an hour-long tour of the Matthew J. Ryan Small Animal Veterinary Hospital. We will visit each of our major departments and have a brief discussion on what the staff’s day-to-day activities are. Please keep in mind our patients are ill, so the children may not handle the animals. Because the hospital will be functioning normally during the tours, we can only accept a limited number of pre-registered participants. Suitable for ages 9–15.

Build Your Own Yogurt Parfait
Bon Appétit at Penn Dining
Houston Hall Market
3417 Spruce Street

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.

Questions? Contact Human Resources: 215-573-2471 or contact us online.