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.

Browse last year's activities below. There are both unlimited and limited registration activities.      
Unlimited Registration Activities     Limited Registration Activities


UNLIMITED Registration Activities

Enroll in as many of these activities as you like.

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

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.

Track Your Steps Challenge
Division of Human Resources
3401 Walnut Street, A Wing,
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 Human Resources 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 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 123rd 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.  Penn Faculty/Staff will receive two complimentary tickets by presenting their PennCard.  Tickets will be issued to one (1) child per staff member.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 each.  Suitable for all ages. Visit www.ThePennRelays.com for more information about The Penn Relays.

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

Families can explore the entire Museum! General admission is free for faculty, staff, AND their children on this day. Come explore our new Middle Eastern exhibition, “Cultures in the Crossfire,” which focuses on the destruction of our shared cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq and features a mix of ancient objects and contemporary artworks.  Suitable for all ages.

Tour of the James G. Kaskey Memorial Park – The BioPond
433 S. University Avenue

When you arrive at the James G. Kaskey Memorial Park join Joshua Darfler, Greenhouse and Garden Manager, for 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! Tours will be offered at 10:30 and 11:30 and will meet by the BioPond.  Suitable for all ages.

Lunch Discount
University Club
3611 Walnut Street
2ND Floor

The University Club at Penn welcomes members and non-members to dine at the Club for lunch with their young guest from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Ticket price for adults is $12.95, and ticket price for children is $6.50 for children under the age of 10.  There is no charge for children under the age of 3. The University Club is located inside the Inn at Penn, 3611 Walnut Street. Suitable for all ages.

Photo Booth
Division of Human Resources
Houston Hall
Class of 1947
3417 Spruce Street
3rd Floor, Room 314

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.

Preserving the Past: Hands-on Workshop
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street

What role does a conservator play in preserving the past? Families can explore how the Penn Museum cares for its amazing collection of ancient artifacts. Practice the basic of conservation techniques at four hands-on activity stations in Pepper Hall from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. At 1:30, speak to our expert conservators in the Artifact Lab, a real working conservator center where visitors have the opportunity to watch a conservator repairing artifacts and ask questions about the science of deterioration and preservation. This program is a drop-in so you can participate any time between 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Come early for a delicious lunch in the Pepper Mill café!  Suitable for all ages.

Open Tennis Court Time
Hecht & Hamlin Tennis Centers
240 South 31st St
Hamlin Courts 1 and 3
1-1:30pm | 1:30-2pm | 2-2:30pm | 2:30-3pm

Event Description: Come out to the Hamlin Tennis Courts for an opportunity to play tennis with your kids! Check in at the indoor facility, the Hecht Tennis Center is required. Please make sure to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for active movement. No black soled shoes allowed on the tennis court. A waiver form is required to be signed by a legal parent/guardian. Children attending without a parent/guardian will not be able to participate. Play is limited to 30 minutes if others are waiting to play.  Suitable for all ages.

Open Courts
Department of Recreation
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
Basketball Courts 1 and 2
3701 Walnut Street
1-3pm (stay for the entire session, or drop out at any time)

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. Suitable for ages 9 - 15.

LIMITED Registration Activities

Enroll in only one of the following small group activities.

Tennis Instruction for Kids
Hecht & Hamlin Tennis Centers
240 South 31st Street
9-10am | 10-11am | 1-2pm

Tennis is a great way to build both physical and mental skills. Kids will learn the basics of tennis: the parts of the tennis court, how to run and react to a moving target, and some of the key tennis strokes: the forehand, backhand and volley. Classes will combine technical instruction and fun games to keep the kids active and engaged on the court. No black soled shoes allowed. Racquets will be provided upon request. A waiver form is required to be signed by a legal parent/guardian. Children attending without a parent/guardian will not be able to participate. 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 and learn what goes into maintaining the fields in Ivy League condition. Facilities’ Penn Park staff will direct participants on the path to being an All-Star Athlete as they: (1) kick a soccer goal and learn about artificial turf, (2) paint athletic field lines, (3) run a relay at the home of the famous Penn Relays, and (4) take on a football obstacle course. Suitable for ages 9-15.

Hands on Fun with Simulated Patients
School of Nursing
Claire Fagin Hall
Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning
418 Curie Boulevard
1st Floor Lobby

This interactive session explores the use of manikins as a teaching method in preparing nursing students to care for real patients.  Participants will listen to heart and lungs sounds, feel for pulses, and team up to "treat" the manikin for various illnesses.  Most suitable for ages 9-12 but all ages welcome.

Hip Hop for Kids
Department of Recreation
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center  
3701 Walnut Street
Studio 409

Hip Hop incorporates the basics of various hip-hop styles, with an emphasis on footwork, floor-work and grooving.  This class helps to create a strong foundation in dance, set to heart pumping hip-hop music!  Class format consists of a warm-up, traveling sequences, floor-work, and choreography. A waiver form is required to be signed by a legal parent/guardian. Suitable for ages 9-15.

Mind Your Brain
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 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 all ages.

An Insider's Look at Exciting Careers in Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Security
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 be fingerprinted, have their pictures taken in a police car & 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.

Be a Dentist for a Day
Penn Dental Medicine
Robert Schattner Building
240 S. 40th Street

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.

Penn Vet Working Dog Center
School of Veterinary Medicine
Houston Hall
Class of 49
3417 Spruce Street
2nd Floor, Room 230

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 as in explosive detection, search & rescue, cancer detection, and more.  Suitable for ages 9-15.

Soccer Tennis
Department of Recreation
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
3701 Walnut Street
2nd Floor
11-11:30am | 11:30am-12pm | 1-1:30pm | 1:30-2pm

Join the Department of Recreation for Soccer tennis - a soccer-specific game that also combines aspects of tennis and volleyball - can improve instincts and technical skills among players of all ages. 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. Suitable for ages 9-15.

WXPN/Kids Corner Live!
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street

Kids Corner - WXPN's award-winning radio show for kids - will tape a live radio segment with local musicians Ants On A Log. Bring a lunch and be part of the studio audience! World Cafe Live doors open at 11am, taping 11:30 am-12:15 pm.  Suitable for all ages.

Beginner Rock Climbing
Department of Recreation
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
3701 Walnut Street
1st Floor

Join the Department of 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.

Penn Bookstore Book Party
Penn Bookstore
3600 Walnut Street
2nd Floor

Join us for our favorite children's stories, crafts, giveaways and milk and cookies! The featured title this year is "Ada Twist, Scientist" by Andrea Beaty. Suitable for all ages.

Tour of a Blood Processing Laboratory
The Translational and Correlative Studies Laboratory
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Smillow Room 8-100

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.

Kid’s Zumba
Facilities and Real Estate Services
Houston Hall - Platt Rehearsal Room
3417 Spruce Street
2nd Floor, Room 236

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.

$how Me the Money
Office of the VP for Finance and Treasurer
3451 Walnut Street
7th Floor, Room 720

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 10-15.

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

You Can Code
Information Systems and Computing
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
3420 Walnut Street
Room 114 - Goldstein Electronic

Information Systems and Computing will host a workshop introducing kids from ages 9 -15 into the world of coding. In this workshop, kids will use a web application called Blockly, a drag and drop language to interface with the memory of the computer. They will do a number of different puzzles, mazes and games to explore sequential events, selection and repetition. After, students will be able to access the web pages at home to continue their learning.  Following the workshop, there are arts and crafts activities including an Earth Day activity being held at 3401 Walnut, Suite 221-A. Suitable for ages 9 – 15.

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