Christmas Drag Story Time

Bring your dress ups for some fun with one of Sydney’s most loved Drag Queens before settling in for some story time, and enjoying our Christmas party!

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Hannah Conda  and Minnie Cooper will be hosting the day, facilitating dress up fun with the children - think wigs, false eyelashes and stilettos for the preschoolers, followed by story time featuring some of the girls' favourite LGBTIQ inclusive story books.

The event is being run in the school holidays so some of the bigger kids within our community can participate in what we hope will be a regular event the Rainbow Families calendar.

Anyone with an overflowing dress up box (looking at all the Gay Dads out there) are encouraged to bring along there favourite outfits to share on the day.

Where - Rainbow Families Playgroup. 60 Prospect St Erskineville

When - Thursday December 21st 10am - Midday

Cost - $3 per family

Bring - A piece of fruit to share for morning tea

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Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads NSW New Year Catch Up. It will be a great opportunity to see everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

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.

Feel free to bring a plate of nibbles, but nothing is required except a good attitude.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

 Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dad's Catch Ups are a regular event. They are great opportunities to catch up with everyone and welcome some of our newest members and our new bubs.

They take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

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.

Feel free to bring a plate of nibbles if you like.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Fair Day

Fair Day

Join Rainbow Families for Fair Day

Fair Day is one of the most child friendly events of the Mardi Gras calendar - with rides, playgrounds, food, music, dancing and of course lots of wonderful people for our children to watch walking by.

Rainbow Families has partnered with Mardi Gras to bring the most family friendly Fair Day to date!

We will have a stall with information for parents, and perspective parent to connect with playgroups and information sessions, a craft activity for the kids, as well as a quite area for parents and children to get away from all the fun of Fair Day

If you are interested in volunteering for an hour on the stall, please contact us.

Luna Park Rainbow Families Day

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For one day of the year Luna Park will go rainbow for this fun and fabulous party for kids and their LGBTQI families and friends.

All the fun of the fair - featuring unlimited rides all day for paying ticket holders, the wildest kids' dance party ever in the stunning Crystal Palace and surprise performances by Sydney's favourite drag queens.

This will be a special fun-filled treat for all ages and an awesome action-packed day for the whole family.

Tickets available here

Rainbow Families LGBTIQ Antenatal Class

Rainbow Families' Antenatal Class is perfect for LGBTIQ expectant parents and carers who will be in attendance in the birth suite. The course is aimed at people expecting a baby in the next few months, however depending on numbers is open to all expectant parents.

The class will cover pregnancy, birth and the post natal period and is aimed at parents-to-be. It is an LGTBIQ focused, inclusive, parenting education class.

Topics covered include:

  • Early labour

  • Active labour

  • Birth

  • The newborn baby

  • Feeding and recovery

We are lucky to have an experienced educator and midwife - Janet Broady who works in one of the post natal wards at RPA.

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"

"Lovely group, good size with lots of helpful input from people with different experiences"

"Really enjoyed the presenter, very calm, knowledgable and reassuring"

"Presenter nice and relaxed, talk was planned and had a good flow"

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

Morning tea and lunch will be provided

Tickets available soon

For more details contact us.

Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras Parade

The highlight of the LGBTIQ calendar year!

Rainbow Families will be marching in the Mardi Gras parade again this year.

Join us for a fabulous community spirited evening - marching for equality for our families.

If you would like to help out with the parade please contact us

Gay Dads Catch Up

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

It will take place at Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, 60 Prospect St, Erskineville.

This venue is well equipped with toys for kids and other facilities. Including a basketball court and a playground (both enclosed).

There are great cafes around the area and it's a short walk away from Erskineville train station. Newtown and Macdonaldtown train stations are also about 10 mins walk from the venue. From experience there should be parking available on Prospect St or around the centre on Lambert or Morrissey St in which case you can come in the back door.

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.

Feel free to bring a plate of nibbles, but nothing is required except a good attitude.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Rainbow Families celebrates International Family Equality Day

Rainbow Families is thrilled to join partners across the globe in celebration of the sixth annual International Family Equality Day (IFED) – a world-wide celebration of the LGBTQ parenting and family community. 

Rainbow Families will be joining groups around the globe in celebrating the unique contribution made by diverse families including LGBTIQ-parented families, single parent families, foster families and grandparent-carer families. 

#IFED2018 aims to highlight the diversity of family structures and to strengthen solidarity among families, helping to raise awareness among politicians and the general public about the need for equal treatment and recognition for all families, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender identity of their family's members.

Rainbow families, friends and allies across New South Wales will be celebrating on May 7.

Sydney Event

Supported by the Commonwealth Bank, the event will be bigger and better than ever, with live entertainment, jumping castles, face-painters and arts and crafts. 

There will be a bake sale to help raise money for upcoming events. If you are interested in contributing, bring along a plate of baked goods to add to the table.  We also encourage you to bring a picnic rug and settle in for a family friendly afternoon. 

Our friends at Australian Marriage Equality, ACON, PFLAG, Dowson and Turco, Team Sydney, NSW Police, Gleebooks, and the NSW Anti-discrimination Board, will be joining us with some special activities for the kids

The day comes with an important message – Love Makes a Family – and local politicians will be on hand to support the message against homophobia, transphobia and bi-phobia. 

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Rainbow Families LGBTIQ Antenatal Class

Rainbow Families' Antenatal Class is perfect for LGBTIQ expectant parents and carers who will be in attendance in the birth suite. The course is aimed at people expecting a baby in the next few months, however depending on numbers is open to all expectant parents.

The class will cover pregnancy, birth and the post natal period and is aimed at parents-to-be. It is an LGTBIQ focused, inclusive, parenting education class.

Topics covered include:

  • Early labour

  • Active labour

  • Birth

  • The newborn baby

  • Feeding and recovery

We are lucky to have an experienced educator and midwife - Janet Broady who works in one of the post natal wards at RPA.

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"

"Lovely group, good size with lots of helpful input from people with different experiences"

"Really enjoyed the presenter, very calm, knowledgable and reassuring"

"Presenter nice and relaxed, talk was planned and had a good flow"

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

Morning tea and lunch will be provided

Tickets available soon

For more details contact us.

Rainbow Families LGBTIQ Antenatal Class

Rainbow Families' Antenatal Class is perfect for LGBTIQ expectant parents and carers who will be in attendance in the birth suite. The course is aimed at people expecting a baby in the next few months, however depending on numbers is open to all expectant parents.

The class will cover pregnancy, birth and the post natal period and is aimed at parents-to-be. It is an LGTBIQ focused, inclusive, parenting education class.

Topics covered include:

  • Early labour

  • Active labour

  • Birth

  • The newborn baby

  • Feeding and recovery

We are lucky to have an experienced educator and midwife - Janet Broady who works in one of the post natal wards at RPA.

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"

"Lovely group, good size with lots of helpful input from people with different experiences"

"Really enjoyed the presenter, very calm, knowledgable and reassuring"

"Presenter nice and relaxed, talk was planned and had a good flow"

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

Morning tea and lunch will be provided

Tickets available soon

For more details contact us.

Halloween Disco

Halloween Disco

Addison Road Community Centre - Gumbramorra Hall (map)

The Rainbow Families Halloween Disco is back again!!!

Bring the whole family, kids, parents, carers, extended family and friends.
Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Rd Community Centre. 142 Addison Rd Marrickville


DJ Kate Monroe, Face Painters, Jumping Castles and more
Everyone should dress up!

Get set for an afternoon of great grooves and good times as Rainbow Families take over the main hall at Addison Road Community Centre to serve up wicked tunes and spooky shenanigans for the whole family. The wonderful Kate Monroe is returning to man the decks, so expect to hear songs that will get both you and the kids shaking your booty.

The huge outdoor grass area will be available, so bring your picnic blankets as well as your dancing shoes and of course make sure you are dressed up in your scariest Halloween costume. 

The Rainbow Families Halloween Disco is an inclusive event for adults and children with disabilities. There will be a chill out space under the Rainbow Families marquee where families can relax and play while still being part of the main event.

If you would like to volunteer to help out on the day, please contact us

Rainbow Families End of Year Party

Petersham Park (map)

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It's hard to believe that 2018 is almost over. Come along to the Rainbow Families end of year celebration!

Join us at Petersham Park for a BBQ picnic to celebrate all the wonderful things our families have done in 2018.  Rainbow Families will provide a free sausage sizzle and Santa has confirmed he will be there handing out gifts to children.

 

We will be positioned near the playground, just outside the entrance to the swimming pool. Parking can be tricky, so get there early or come on the bus!

Bring your swimmers so we can all jump in the Fanny Durack pool after lunch.

It will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, and of course meet lots of new LGBTIQ families.

As this is a fully outdoor event, it is weather dependent. If we have poor weather, the event will be moved to another venue. Please check the Facebook event on the day for any updates if you are in doubt.