Police visit to Playgroup

Newtown Police are coming to playgroup

Join us next Thursday from 10am for a special talk from Senior Constable Louise Logan. Hopefully Tara the Pug will be free to come along as well for a pat and play with the kids.

Where - Thursday Playgroup - Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

When - Thursday 21st February from 10am


Wrestle - Book Launch

Wrestle! is inspired by the 2015 documentary Gayby Baby, which featured the stories of four incredible kids, each being raised in LGBTQIA+ families. One of those kids was Gus. He’s now 17. The book comes after a decade of fighting for same-sex marriage in Australia and the world. But the work of expanding the conversation around family, sexuality and gender is by no means over. As we move beyond the narrative of the same-sex marriage debate, it’s a time to tell even more complex stories about who we are and how we live. These stories are the connective thread between major legislative change and the everyday behaviors that make our society more accepting. They are a gateway to new ideas and new ways of seeing. To fighting less. To loving more.

Join co-authors Maya Newell & Gus Skattebol-James for the launch of Wrestle!. Benjamin Law will read from the book too!

From more details check out the Facebook Event

Where: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

When: Friday February 22 5:30pm

Register here


Luna Park Rainbow Families Day

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An action-packed day for Rainbow Families!

Mardi Gras' Family Fun Day at Luna Park was a sell-out success in 2018, and it's back for 2019, with more live entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy - PLUS unlimited rides all day across the entire park.

The Crystal Palace Kids Dance Party in the Grand Ballroom featuring DJ extraordinaire Kate Monroe will get the dance floor bopping, and will be a fun and creative soundtrack to the day's activities. Inaugural Miss First Nations winner Josie Baker will welcome guests of all ages to the Party and will perform a very special show.  Exuberant MC and Vaudevillian Heidi Hoops will have everyone dancing - she's bringing her special rainbow hoops for her Hula Hoop Disco Workshop.

At our Fearless Creative Workshop, your kids will be able to create colourful crowns, buttons and headbands representing our unique fearless culture, identity and style. Blasted in from outer space to run the workshop is Dweeb City - biodegradable glitter-drenched, neon-clad, super-powered cyber-pop aliens from Dweebtopia.  You’ll be able to show off your wonderful creations and pose for photos with our special Mardi Gras sign and guest performers. Dweeb City will also perform a crazy live music set later in the day.

Drag icon and teacher librarian Joyce Maynge will present story time, bringing her most loved selection of Mayngey books. Whether you like monsters, dogs, frogs or clogs, there will something for everyone. She will also read out one lucky person's favourite picture book, so email your fabulous suggestion to:  hello@joycemaynge.com.

Luna Park Family Fun Day is a special fun-filled treat for kids of all ages. Each Luna Park Family Fun Day ticket gets you into the Crystal Palace Dance Party for all the entertainment and activities, PLUS unlimited rides throughout the park all day.

Luna Park Family Fun Day 
Sunday 24 February 2019
Luna Park, 1 Olympic Drive
Milsons Point
11am - 4pm
Tickets $36 + booking fee

Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras Parade


It’s time to get your sparkle on. Mardi Gras is almost here!

Join us as we celebrate our wonderful families in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019 Parade.

Mardi Gras is our opportunity to celebrate our rainbow families and push for recognition. Join our community as we proudly march down Oxford Street.

All those who buy tickets will be provided, in the coming weeks, with a Rainbow Families Mardi Gras survival pack. This will outline start and finish times, directions, t-shirt, what to wear and how to accessorise. 

Tickets will go on sale at 7pm on Sunday 27th January for volunteers.

General tickets will go on sale 7pm Monday 28th January on our registration page. Tickets will be code restricted until 7pm.

In the meantime, here is what you need to know:

  • Tickets are limited and will sell fast.

  • Tickets are $65 per person
    All adults and children, irrespective of age, need a ticket.

  • There are 10 complimentary tickets for low income families. These will be drawn randomly. To register for these please contact us.

  • When you purchase your tickets you will need to choose T-Shirt sizes.

THERE WILL BE NO EXCHANGES OF T-SHIRTS. Choose wisely and if in doubt go a size bigger.

  • Tickets are limited to 5 per person.

  • Photography on the night - Mardi Gras is a huge event for our community. We will have 2 photographers marching with our group, if you have any concerns with being photographed please let Bern know on the day however it is a televised event and media will be everywhere so it can't really be controlled. 

  • Tickets will be available on the Rainbow Families website, keep an eye out on Facebook and your emails for the link to buy tickets.

Frequently asked questions - check out our video of committee member Bern discussing all things Mardi Gras and all the questions she gets asked with all the answers!

More info:
The cost of the ticket will cover part of the cost of participating in the parade - hire of entertainment, creation of the float, music, lights, banners as well as your T-Shirt and accessories.

In the coming weeks, all those who buy tickets will be provided with a Rainbow Families Mardi Gras survival pack. This document will outline start and finish times, directions, T-Shirt and props distribution, what to wear and how to accessorise.

We have a limited number of tickets, and unfortunately that means some people will miss out. There are 240 tickets in total.

Feedback from previous years has been the ladies shirt sizes are small, however there are lots of larger sizes in the men's range. 

Thanks again for your patience. If you have any questions, please email us - mardigras@rainbowfamilies.com.au

Mardi Gras Viewing Area


Cheer on the official Rainbow Families float with punk outfits and costumes.

Rainbow Families has worked very hard with Mardi Gras to bring you a shared  viewing area to experience the parade without the crowds. 

We have 100 tickets to the Access & Inclusion Viewing Area, along Flinders Street between Patterson and Linden Lanes. 

We are sharing this space with Mardi Gras’s access guests (people with disability and their family/friends/carers). It is extremely important we share this space in a respectful way as the area is dedicated for people with disability. 

Unfortunately there will be no food for sale within this area, guests will need to bring their own food and drink, or visit the restaurants/shops along Bourke St. This is a family event for all ages and an alcohol free event.

Tickets are required for adults and children. Wristbands will be issued to allow pass outs.

Tickets are free, and we expect them to be very popular.

To register your interest for this event please email viewingarea@rainbowfamilies.com.au and let us know how many tickets in total you need, and the names of the people you need tickets for.

Registration for this event will close on Sunday February 10th at 6pm. Groups will be randomly drawn and contacted by Tuesday 12th February. If you don’t hear back from us, unfortunately you have not been successful.

When: Saturday March 2nd from 5:45pm

Where: The corner of Linden Ln and Flinders St


Register for tickets before 6pm on Thursday February 10th.

Rainbow Families Monthly Catch Up

Rainbow Families Monthly Catch Up

Sydney Families, it’s that time of the month! Rainbow Families Monthly Catch up is a fantastic regular catch up in the Inner West that allows rainbow families of all shapes and sizes to get together and mingle. 

The March catch up will take place at Petersham Park Pool. 

The Rainbow Families monthly catch ups are a great informal way to be introduced to the group.

For more details check out the Facebook Group.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and details on the location, check out the Facebook Group.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads catch up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

This catch up is open to all GBTIQ Dads, their families and friends, including dads in planning, dads through fostering; adoption; surrogacy; donor; co-parents and those of us who play a father figure role in a child's life.

For updates and details on the location, check out the Facebook Group.

Rainbow Families LGBTIQA+ Antenatal and Postnatal Class


The Rainbow Families Antenatal Class is Australia’s first LGBITQA+ specific antenatal class.

Run quarterly, it is perfect for LGBTIQA+ parents and carers expecting a baby in the next few months.

The Rainbow Families antenatal class is an LGTBIQA+ focused, inclusive, parenting education class.

The first half of the day is dedicated to the birth process, and is aimed at people who will be in the birth suite.

After lunch the class opens up to all expectant parents and carers, with important information on postnatal care, and what to do when you get home with your baby.

Topics covered in the class include:

  • Early labour

  • Active labour

  • Birth

  • The newborn baby

  • Feeding and recovery

  • Adjusting to parenting

  • Sleep and settling

The class is delivered by Midwife Parent Educators and Child and Family Health Nurses from Sydney Local Health District.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided by the wonderful people at Macquarie Bank, who generously host the day.

Some comments from previous participants:

"Congratulations on running this class - really hope it can continue ongoing, much needed in the community, thank you Rainbow Families"

"Thank you for doing this it’s really great to do birthing classes with people with similar families and to acknowledge same sex partners"

Tickets available here

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