Penn Family Day returns this weekend with football, food, and fun


Penn Family Day is back again for its 24th consecutive year on Saturday, Oct. 8. The day will be full of football, food, family, and fun.

“It celebrates the contributions of our staff and faculty, alongside their families,” says Karen Kille, worklife specialist in the Division of Human Resources, which leads the programming with partners Penn Athletics, Business Services, and the Penn Museum. “It’s also a great opportunity for staff and faculty to connect with their co-workers outside of their jobs for fun and camaraderie.”

Ticketed events include a tailgate starting at 11:30 a.m. on the north side of the historic Franklin Field, with lunch catered by Bon Appetit, and admission to the Penn vs. Central Connecticut State football game, which starts at 1 p.m. Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars are invited to attend, and are allowed to bring three family members. Additional friends and family cost $8 each.

“At the tailgate, the Quaker cheerleaders, women’s basketball team, and Penn marching band will be there,” says Kille. “It’s so exciting for kids and faculty and staff alike to join in on the school spirit.”

New this year will be a photo booth showcasing two different backgrounds: Franklin Field and Ben on the Bench.

“Attendees can capture their memories with their families by jumping into the photo booth and creating a unique Penn souvenir,” Kille says.

Other happenings throughout the day will take place at the Penn Museum, where there will be a scavenger hunt and coloring craft table, as well as tours and chats led by conservators, facilitators, and docents throughout the different galleries. The special exhibition “The Golden Age of King Midas” will be open and free to view for PennCard holders, and $5 for other guests.

“It’s a great day to remind staff that we are always free for PennCard holders,” says Pam Kosty, the Museum’s public relations director. “And to inspire families to come more often, or join the Museum and take advantage of all we have to offer, from scholarly symposia, to world culture celebrations, to gallery romps for some of our youngest visitors.”

From 3 to 4 p.m., the Penn Ice Rink will offer discounted rates for PennCard holders and their families. Admission for skating is free and skate rentals will be $3.

Stick around for free admission to the women’s and men’s soccer games against Columbia at Rhodes Field, at 5 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

Free parking will be available at the garages at 38th and Walnut streets and 34th and Chestnut streets.

Secure tickets by Friday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. They can be ordered online at the Penn Athletics website or in person at the Penn Athletics Ticket Office, located at Weightman Hall, 235 S. 33rd St., between Walnut and Spruce streets.

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