Rainbow Families Playgroup Erskineville Wear it Purple Dress Up Day

To celebrate Wear It Purple Day, the Rainbow Families Erskineville Playgroup is having a very special purple day!

Come dressed in your best purple outfit and join us for some purple arts and craft, playdough and special purple snacks.

Our usual $3 per family weekly attendance fee will be donated to Wear It Purple.

Northern Beaches Rainbow Families Wear It Purple Catch Up

Our monthly Northern Beaches Rainbow Families Catch Up is combining with Wear It Purple to celebrate the wonderful LGBTIQ community on the Northern Beaches.

At the Belrose Hotel from 5pm on Friday 25th August. Come dressed in purple and get ready to meet new friends!

It's hard being a young GLBTIQ person. This event is a chance for the rainbow families of the Northern Beaches to encourage and empower young people in person and on social media.
Wear purple and we will write supportive messages to young people in the community via social media.


Young GLBTIQ people are very welcome to come along and be welcomed into our rainbow community.

Rainbow Families’ screening of Smurfs Lost Village

Celebrate the power of love at Rainbow Families’ screening of Smurfs Lost Village

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Calling all big and little kids, Rainbow Families is hosting an exclusive screening of The Smurfs Lost Village.

Thanks to the folk at Park Sydney Display Suite we have access to a big screen and seating banks and there will be free drinks and popcorn for the kids… (Plus it’s indoors so no chance of a rainout!)

What are you waiting for! Paint your faces blue and get into the spirit of fun as Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty set off on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! (We’ll give you a hint it’s got to do with girl power).

Rainbow Families Smurfs Lost Village screening August 26 at 5pm.

Park Sydney Display Suite, 149/163 Mitchell Rd, Erskineville NSW (opposite Maddox Street).

Entry is limited so RSVP for your free tickets here. Gold coin donation upon entry.

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 August catch up will take place at Sydney Park.  Grab a coffee at the kiosk and take a stroll over to one of the best children’s playgrounds in Sydney and meet other LGBTIQ parents and their kids. 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.

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 participants in the February Antenatal Class:

"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


Location: Joseph Sergent Community Centre. 60 Prospect St, Erskineville

Tickets $50 per person available here

For more details contact us.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Gay Dads NSW are having a Father's Day 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.

Sutherland Shire Rainbow Families Catch Up

The next Rainbow Families Catch up in the Sutherland Shire is on September 9th at 10am, at the beautiful Camellia Gardens in Caringbah. .

Come along and meet other LGBTIQ parents from the area. Grab a coffee at the cafe and wander over to the children playground where we will meet for a play in the park.

Moana at Sydney Park

Moana at Sydney Park

A FREE outdoor screening of Moana at Sydney Park.

With support from Rainbow Families and City of Sydney, Queer Screen want the LGBTIQ and wider community to join us for an afternoon of film, food, entertainment and family fun.

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped, and no one today knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Academy Award nominated Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fantastical creatures and coming up against impossible odds.

Don't miss this fun afternoon!

Drag Story Time

Rainbow Families is thrilled to offer Australia’s first Drag Story Time at the Erskineville Playgroup on October 5th.

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Bring your dress ups for some fun with one of Sydney’s most loved Drag Queens before settling in for some story time.

Joyce Maynge 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 Joyce’s 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.

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.

Rainbow Families Tuning Into Kids Parenting Course

Rainbow Families is pleased to offer a five week Tuning Into Kids parenting course.

A seminar series for LGBTIQ parents and carers of children aged 5-12 who want to brush up on their parenting skills, find new ways of dealing with their children's behaviour and learn the Tuning Into Kids approach to dealing with behavioural challenges. It is also a chance to meet other same sex and gender diverse parents, enjoy learning new skills and gain information about further support.

Tuning in to Kids is an evidence-based parenting program that focuses on the emotional connection between parents and children. In particular the program teaches parents skills in emotion coaching, which is to recognise, understand and respond to children’s emotions in an accepting, supportive way. This approach helps the child to understand and manage their emotions.

Tuning in to Kids™ is a parenting program that helps children learn to understand and regulate their emotions. Previous research has found that parenting styles can influence a child’s emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and control your emotions, as well as being able to communicate to others about how you feel. Children with good emotional intelligence often have better emotional, social, and physical functioning, as well as fewer behavioural difficulties.

Tuning in to Kids™ is a parenting program that aims to give you helpful ways of teaching your child the skills of emotional intelligence. The program teaches you about how you, as a parent, can help your child develop good emotional skills. It teaches parents:

  • awareness and regulation of their own emotions
  • awareness of their children’s emotions
  • to use children’s emotional experiences as an opportunity for closeness and teaching
  • skills in assisting children to verbally label and manage their emotions
  • skills in assisting children in problem solving
  • to guide children’s behaviour with appropriate limits

Tuning in to Kids™ involves watching video material, group discussions and exercises, role plays, reading information, and home activities where you try out different ways of responding to your child’s emotions. Parents are encouraged to share experiences and ideas within the group and group leaders may use these as examples to explain and teach the skills of emotion coaching.

Tuning into kids is not specifically designed for LGBTIQ parents and carers. However the facilitator (Karen Craigie) ran the parenting course for Rainbow Families last year, and although not a member of our community, she is a supporter of Rainbow Families and sensitive to the needs of our families. The learning environment will be a safe space for LGBTIQ parents and carers to share their experience, and learn new skills.

Rainbow Families has developed a workshop to be run on the fifth week specifically for LGBTIQ parents. This will cover topics relevant to our community, and will be a great opportunity to learn from other LGBTIQ parents.

The five week course builds on skills from week to week, so attendance each week is preferred. There are only 14 spaces available, so if you are interested please make sure you can attend all five sessions.

What: Tuning Into Kids Parenting Course

When: Four consecutive Mondays in October – 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6. 6pm - 8.30pm

Where: 60 Prospect St Erskineville

Cost: Free. Thanks to Resourcing Parents, Mental Health Month and City of Sydney for helping to fund the course.

Spaces are limited to 10 participants, so please only register if you are able to attend each session.

Registration here

Child free and full of glee

Child free and full of glee

Rainbow Families drinks

In our members survey late last year, you told us that you would like to see some events focused on the adults, giving us all opportunities to meet and chat without our ever present ‘little darlings’. Here’s your chance....

Ask anyone that came to the last one, it's a load of fun!

The Rose of Australia in Erskineville has been voted the venue for October.

Saturday 14th October from 6.00 pm

Start planning your babysitter, or do a deal with your partner, and get ready to let your hair down.

Sutherland Shire Rainbow Families Catch Up

The next Rainbow Families Catch up in the Sutherland Shire is on October 14th at 10am, at the beautiful Camellia Gardens in Caringbah. .

Come along and meet other LGBTIQ parents from the area. Grab a coffee at the cafe and wander over to the children playground where we will meet for a play in the park.

Halloween Disco 2017

Halloween Disco 2017

Addison Road Community Centre - Gumbramorra Hall (map)

The Rainbow Families Halloween Disco is back again!!!

Bring the whole family, kids, parents, grandparents, extended family.
Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Rd Community Centre. 142 Addison Rd Marrickville
Children free, Grandparents $8, Adults $10.
DJ Kate Monroe
Face painters
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 click here.

Sutherland Shire Rainbow Families Catch Up

The next Rainbow Families Catch up in the Sutherland Shire is on November 11th at 10am, at the beautiful Camellia Gardens in Caringbah. .

Come along and meet other LGBTIQ parents from the area. Grab a coffee at the cafe and wander over to the children playground where we will meet for a play in the park.

Gay Dads Catch Up

Join us for the Gay Dads NSW November 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 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 participants in the February Antenatal Class:

"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


Location: Joseph Sergent Community Centre. 60 Prospect St, Erskineville

Tickets $50 per person

For more details contact us.

Rainbow Families End of Year Party

Rainbow Families End of Year Party

Petersham Park (map)

It's hard to believe that 2017 is almost over. Come along to the Rainbow Families end of year PARTY!

Join us at Petersham Park for a BBQ picnic to celebrate all the wonderful things our families have done in 2017. Bring your picnic blanket, beverages and food for your family. Rainbow Families will provide a free sausage sizzle and Santa has confirmed he will be there. 

Please bring a small present ($15 maximum) for your child or children, wrapped with their name on it. On the day, we will let you know where to drop the present so it can appear in Santa's bag.

We will be positioned near the playground, just outside the entrance to the swimming pool.

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.

RSVP

As this is a fully outdoor event, it is weather dependent. If we have poor weather, the event will be rescheduled for another time. Please check the Facebook event on the day for any updates. 

 

 

Sutherland Shire Rainbow Families Catch Up

The next Rainbow Families Catch up in the Sutherland Shire is on December 10th at 10am, at the beautiful Camellia Gardens in Caringbah. .

Come along and meet other LGBTIQ parents from the area. Grab a coffee at the cafe and wander over to the children playground where we will meet for a play in the park.

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.

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.