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Inspire a Child to Dream Day

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Inspire a Child to Dream Day

Drexel's annual Inspire a Child to Dream Day is modeled after the national "Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work®" program. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members, including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANS) and Drexel University Online (DUO), are invited to attend a day of learning and fun activities. Lunch will be provided for all participating children and volunteers. The day will be divided into sessions lasting approximately 45 minutes each. Children will be grouped according to age for the activities.

This year's event will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

If you have questions about the Inspire a Child to Dream Day program, please contact the HR Service Center at 215.895.2850 or


Registration is now closed. We cannot accept walk-in registration on the day of the event.


8 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Registration Behrakis Grand Hall (Light refreshments will be provided for the children in the morning; we encourage all participating children to eat breakfast prior to registration.)

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Sessions

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch (Parents/Guardians may pick up their child at 12 p.m. if they wish to take their child to lunch.)

1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Parents sign-out their children, Behrakis Grand Hall

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: If touring the Academy of Natural Sciences, board provided shuttles.

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Return shuttle service to Drexel University City Campus.

Academy of Natural Sciences Tour

During the afternoon, we are offering a visit to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANS). All children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian in order to attend.

Parents and children can board the shuttle to ANS between 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. You will be greeted with a scavenger hunt and successful participants will be rewarded with a small prize. At 2:30 p.m., children and their parents are invited to a show in the auditorium or they can tour the special exhibit together.

A shuttle will depart ANS between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to return to Drexel's University City Campus.

If you and your child wish to attend, please select the ANS scavenger hunt and tour on the registration form to ensure that we have space for you.

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) Book Drive

To get the children involved in civic engagement, we are asking that each child bring a new copy of either When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carrick Hill or New Kid by Jerry Craft to be donated to WePAC, a local organization that mobilizes volunteers to re-open libraries and provide academic mentoring in Philadelphia schools.

For your convenience, an Amazon wish list has been created to have the book shipped directly to WePAC rather than bringing the book to the event. When checking out, select “WePAC c/o Drexel Inspire a Child to Dream’s Gift Registry Address” from the Other Addresses list.

Parent's Guide

Please review the Parent's Guide [PDF] to find some helpful tips for how to participate in Inspire a Child to Dream Day at Drexel University.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Can I bring a lunch for him/her?

Lunch is provided for all children, however if your child has a food allergy, please pack their lunch. Parents may also check-out their child to have one-on-one lunch.

I want my child to attend certain activities or be in the same group as another child. Is this possible?

Children will be assigned to groups based on age. We are unable to accommodate requests for placement.

My child has a disability that may make it difficult to participate in certain activities, what should I do?

Contact Disability Resources at or 215.895.1401.

Who will be escorting the children around campus?

Drexel University faculty, professional staff and students will be escorting the children around campus. Additionally we have volunteers that are high school students. These high school student volunteers are children of Drexel University faculty and professional staff members. Many of these students (Drexel and high school) will get community service credit by participating in this program.

Does a parent need to remain with their child for the entire day? Can I walk around with my child during Inspire a Child to Dream Day?

We would like to have parents serve as volunteers, however, if their schedules do not permit Inspire a Child to Dream Day is designed so that employees will be able to have time at their work locations in the morning and interact with their children where they work stations in the afternoon. Parents must pick up their child at the close of the day's activities to escort them back to their office for the remainder of the day.