J Days / School's Off Days

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Kids have fun at the JCC when school is not in session. J Days (Squirrel Hill) and School’s Off Days (South Hills) are programmed with field trips and in-house, and most days include swimming, creating and run-around time for children from PreK through grade 6.

The JCC also offers programming and care when schools are closed for snow or inclement weather. Call the JCC in Squirrel Hill at 412-521-8010 or South Hills at 412-278-1975, as early as 7 am to confirm.

Before and after care is available to extend the day.

For questions and to register: Meredith Brown, 412-697-3520

J Days

PreK-grade 6
• 9 am-4 pm
• $75/child; $65 if registered one week in advance ( field trips)/ $65/ child; $55 if registered one week in advance ( in house)
• Bring a swim suit, towel and dairy lunch (no meat)
• Before Care: 7:30-9 am—no cost
• After Care: 4-6 pm; $12/child, FREE for all 2017-18 Clubhouse members
All children must be potty trained. Please note that we must have at least 5 children registered to run an in-house J day. We will give 24 hours notice for any cancellations.

Typical Schedule (all times are approximate):

7:30-9 am: Drop off on the lower level of the Robinson Building. Kids Choice activities include: games in the gym, crafts, board games

9:00-9:45 am: Kids Choice activities

9:45-10 am: Staff introductions, rules, bathroom break

10 am: Leave for destination. Destinations can include: Museums, Wildwood Highlands, Skating, and more

10 am-1 or 2 pm: Destination and special activities

Board buses back to JCC

Upon arrival at JCC: snack and Kids Choice sign up

2:30-3:30 pm: Kids Choice activities. Activities can include: swimming, gym games, crafts, board games, no bake cooking and more

3:30 pm: Meet in grade appropriate rooms for activities

4 pm: Pick up from J day/ After care begins

4-6 pm: Aftercare activities; follow Clubhouse daily schedule.

September and October J Days:

September 29: In House Art Party

Kids will have a great time at our JCC Art Party! Kids will tie dye ( please bring a white t-shirt), paint their own canvases, create edible jewelry, and so much more! Kids will also swim and play team sports in the gym.


October 6: Beach Party ( In House)

We are bringing summer back! Kids will have a blast making edible sand and fruit kabobs, participating in indoor beach games, and having a pool party!

October 12: Frozen ( In House)

Kids will love making snow, homemade ice cream, having a “snow ball” fight, and more!


October 20: Creative Play at the Children’s Museum

Kids will Tackle illusions, perception and phenomena in the Attic, Roll up their sleeves and explore many things that drive, fly and roll in the Garage, Explore woodworking, circuitry, textiles, stop-motion animation & more at Makeshop. Kids will also learn about the art of puppetry and explore the Museum’s puppet collection and create their own puppet in a special workshop!

October 27: Superhero Day (In House)

Kids will become a JCC Superhero! They will do a service project, create a superhero persona, build their own comic book, and more.


J Days

For Children in K-grade 6

2016 -2017 School’s Out Fun Days will include games, gym time, free swim, a special field trip or in-house activity and snack.

Children should bring a dairy lunch and beverage daily, unless otherwise noted in the day’s activities. A swim suit, towel and gym shoes are essential for each day. No extra spending money is necessary. Your registration fee takes care of all expenses.

Pre-registration is required and no drop-ins will be accepted.

Children should bring with them a dairy lunch, beverage, swimsuit and towel.

9 am-3 pm


$50/day/child: Early registration discount fee applies if you register and pay by the early registration deadline. See individual programs for dates.

Before Care (7-9 am) $8/day; After Care (3-6 pm): $12/day; Before and After Care: $15/day

When School is canceled for inclement weather: 

If school is canceled due to inclement weather, we will conduct a School’s Out Fun Day program. Please call the JCC at 7 am to verify start time. We follow the Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair school closings.

For more information or to register, please contact Jason Haber (412) 278-1782. 

Scheduled J Days:
  • September 1
  • October 9, 30, 31
  • November 7, 24
  • December 26-29


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