Have fun with your little one and connect with other families when you Stay & Play at the J! Our newly refurbished infant toddler play spaces have been expertly designed with the littlest hands, feet, and bodies in mind. Stay and Play at the J is a no-cost, drop-in playtime for children and infants to 36 months, with a caregiver.

Chicago | Florence G. Heller JCC

Mondays | 2:30-4:30pm
Thursdays | 10:00am-12:00pm
524 W. Melrose, Chicago

Glencoe | JCC at Am Shalom

Closed for the summer
840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe

Lake Zurich | Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center

Mondays & Wednesdays | 9:30-11:00am
23280 N. McHenry Rd., Lake Zurich

Northbrook | “Z” Frank Apachi

Closed for the summer
3050 Woodridge Ln., Northbrook

The JNew Moms Group offers a professionally-facilitated supportive environment for new moms to share their experiences and exchange ideas as they transition to parenthood.  Weekly small group gatherings help new moms create meaningful connections with one another while exploring relevant topics such as sleep, child development, self-care, and ways they might incorporate Jewish culture into their growing families. This group is for first-time mothers of infants ages 0-6 months and welcomes women from both Jewish and Interfaith families.

Chicago, Lakeview/Lincoln Park @ Prenatal FIT

Thursdays | July 23-August 27 | 1:00–3:00pm
Prenatel Fit, 1937 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago
Fee: $150 for six weeks (includes culminating family celebration)



Future Groups:
  • Fall: Oct/Nov

Contact Jen Streicher at 224.406.9223 or JStreicher@jccchicago.org for more information.


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JCC Chicago’s popular JNew Moms Groups form in the city and the suburbs on a rolling basis according to participant interest. If you are expecting or have given birth to your first child and are part of a Jewish or Interfaith family, we want to hear from you…

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This program is made possible by a grant from jBaby Chicago, a program of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

Prioritize your own well-being, connect with your baby in new ways, and meet other parents in your community with this six-week health and wellness series presented by JCC Chicago. Experience our state-of-the-art Marvin Lustbader Health Club, powered by Midtown, as you and your baby enjoy a different fitness or wellness activity together each week.

Each week consists of a light snack and time to schmooze in our Stay & Play room, followed by a fitness activity that will last approximately 45 minutes.

  • For parents and children 0-24 months;
  • Free babysitting available for older siblings.
Northbrook – Bernard Weinger JCC

Sundays | Mar 31-May 19 | 10:30-11:45am
300 Revere Dr., Northbrook
Six Weeks
$80 (1 child)
$120 (2 children)
(no class 4/21 or 5/12)



Future session:

Sundays, Mar 10 through Apr 14


Contact Jen Streicher at 224.406.9223 or JStreicher@jccchicago.org for more information.

jbaby jcc chicagoThis program is made possible by a grant from jBaby Chicago, a program of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

One of the ways toddlers learn about the world around them is by exploring with their senses. You and your little one will immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes of our Jewish festivals through interactive play designed to stimulate all five senses. Give your child the freedom to get messy and let us take care of cleaning up! Leave each class with materials and ideas to create sensory rich experiences at home, too!

Ages 1-3, with a caregiver

Glencoe – Am Shalom

Fridays | Sep 14-Jan 18, 2019 | 10:45–11:45am
840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe


Lake Zurich – Lake County JCC

23280 N. Old McHenry Rd., Lake Zurich
Keep an eye out for new dates!

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