It’s family weekend, and you have three days to show your family that yes, you really are doing fine in college. Here are a few activities you can do over the next few days that will ensure your family is happy with their decision to travel all this way to visit you!


Han Dynasty 

Looking for good Chinese food near campus? If so, Han Dynasty is just the place. It has Szechuan style food that’s a little more expensive than a typical college student restaurant, but definitely worth it if you don’t want to go all the way to Chinatown. Not to mention, they have unbeatable Dan Dan Noodles.


If you want to treat yourself and your family, Barbuzzo is the perfect popular, classy restaurant in Midtown Village. It has a mix of both Mediterranean and Italian dishes, with portion sizes that agree with the prices for a filling meal. After dinner, you can explore Midtown Village in the evening, but don't forget to order the Budino for dessert.

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Sabrina’s Cafe

Even though Sabrina’s Cafe is a little further from campus (a little under a mile), it’s a cosy place to grab brunch that is a walking distance from campus. They’re famous for their stuffed challah French toast and Mel’s chicken cutlet sandwich, which are both served until 4 p.m. Be sure to show up early since they don't take reservations and there is almost always a wait.


Penn Museum

The Penn Museum has a huge collection of artifacts from places like Greece, Mesopotamia, and Africa. It’s right on campus, so you won’t have to go far to explore archaeology and anthropology in a new way. The Penn Museum will also give your family a look at some of the research students and professors are doing.

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Bloomers is performing four shows from Thursday through Saturday, dubbed The Bachelor: Will You Accept This Show? and is celebrating its 40th birthday. The all–female musical and sketch comedy group is known for their hilarious performances—a perfect way to show your family some of the best of Penn's performing arts and share plenty of laughs. You can still buy tickets here!

Reading Terminal Market

Not only is Reading Terminal Market a great place to grab food, but it’s also a colorful and special place to walk around in. As one of the oldest public markets in America, it holds historical significance in Philly, and is a destination that most Penn students end up visiting at least once. Don't miss these eight eateries during your visit.

Photo: Ethan Wu

Reading Terminal Market

Football Game

This Friday at 7:00 p.m. the Penn football team takes on Yale at Franklin Field. There's nothing like showing school spirit with your family, especially when Penn is 4–1 in their season so far. You can get tickets here.

Campus Tour

Give your family what Kite and Key can't—a personalized tour of Penn’s campus with insider access to quintessential locations like the Quad, Biopond, your go–to library, Penn Park, and more.

No matter what you choose to do, you can't go wrong. There is no shortage of activities in Philly, and your parents will enjoy seeing anything about your new college life. Just don't take them to a meal at Commons.