Nowra Catch Up

The inaugural Nowra Rainbow Families Catch up is on this Sunday!!

Join  local LGBITQ parents for the first ever catch up in Nowra at Marriott Park on Kinghorne St from 11am. Keep an eye out for the rainbow flags under the trees. Bring a picnic lunch if you like and settle in for an afternoon of getting to know your new friends.

We have always known there are lots of kids with LGBTIQ parents on the South Coast, now it's time to get together and form a community in the area!

For more details check out the Facebook Group

 

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Rainbow Families Illawarra Catch Up

The Rainbow Families Illawarra Catch Up is on again!

Grab a coffee from the cafe at the Beaton Park and Lakeside Leisure Centres and join us at the wonderful children's playground for a catch up with our wonderful community.

Our events are a wonderful way to catch up with old friends, and meet some of the new additions to the Rainbow Families Illawarra group.

For more details check out the Facebook Event.

What: Rainbow Families Illawarra Catch Up

When: Saturday July 7th from 10 am

Cost: Free

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Macarthur and Southern Highlands Rainbow Families Catch Up

Join us at the Robertson Inn from 11 am on Sunday June 17th for a combined catch up with the Macarthur and Southern Highlands Rainbow Families Groups.

The pub has a great kids area with lots of toys, and an amazing menu

For more details check out the Facebook event

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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.

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.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

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.

Vanity will be hosting the day, facilitating dress up fun with the children - think wigs, false eyelashes and stilettos for the kids, followed by story time featuring some of the Vanity's favourite LGBTIQ inclusive story books.

Vanity has been one of Australia’s top Drag Queens for 21 years. Rising to fame in the late 90’s, by the early 00’s she was working everywhere and a fixture on the Sydney scene. She has seen many eras come and go but still holds her own at the top. 

Not only a fabulous queen but also an accomplished make up artist and wig stylist. She toured the world with Priscilla-The Musical as the Associate make up designer and wigs supervisor. And she now co-owns “Wigs By Vanity”, a fabulous online wig company furnishing wigs to drag queens all over the world…including Rupaul!

The event is being run in the school holidays so some of the bigger kids within our community can participate in what has become 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 July 19th 10am - Midday

Cost - $3 per family

Bring - A piece of fruit to share for morning tea

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Rainbow Families Snow Trip

Rainbow Families Snow Trip

We are pleased to announce our fourth annual RAINBOW FAMILIES Snow Trip will take place in July.

RAINBOW FAMILIES will take over the Cool Mountain Lodge in Providence Portal in the Kosciuszko National Park on the weekend of July 27-30, 2018. LBGTIQ parents and our assortment of wonderful kids will all be able to gather together in a safe environment to meet, mingle and play in the snow.

Situated on the shores of Lake Eucumbene, Cool Mountain Lodge is just a quick 15-minute drive from Mt Selwyn and offers spectacular views and a slew of activities that will keep even the most active rainbow families entertained.

Activities include snow skiing, fishing, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, bushwalking, sightseeing and 4×4 touring whilst those who are feeling athletically challenged can kick back in front of a log fire with a hot toddy or a nice cup of tea.

The main Lodge has 22 rooms, all with private facilities. Tea and coffee are available 24 hours a day in the dining room.

There are also three common areas, including a lounge with a log fire and a games room with a pool tables.

Book now direct with Cool Mountain Lodge.  Once you've booked, please let us know via email.

If you would like more info or have any questions, please email us.

For those that are coming here is more info about the weekend. Click here to download

Hills District Rainbow Families Catch Up

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Join the Rainbow Families of the Hills District for a play in the park and catch up.

Grab a coffee, bring the kids, and come along to meet the wonderful LGBTIQ parents and their children that live in the Hills District.

Saturday August 11th, from 10 am at Beecroft Railway Station Gardens

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.

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.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Rainbow Families Big Bright Sparkly Days

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We have talked about it for a while, but finally we are putting on a resilience camp for primary school aged children in the Rainbow Families Community.

A weekend away at Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre from Friday 17th August to Sunday 19th August for primary school aged children and their parents.

We will be meeting on Friday night at 7pm to catch the ferry across the Hawkesbury River to Milson Island where a welcome dinner awaits.

The accommodation is rustic school camp style with everyone in bunk rooms. All meals are provided by the venue and of course dietary requirements will be taken care of.

The aim of the weekend away is to allow opportunities for children to make friends and build social connections, master skills through healthy risk taking, and make autonomous decisions, talk about their family and develop pride and self esteem.

Tickets will be available soon.

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 here

For more details contact us.

Gay Dads Catch Up - Father's Day Special!!!

Gay Dads Catch Up - Father's Day Special!!!

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.

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.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

Hills District Rainbow Families Catch Up

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Join the Rainbow Families of the Hills District for a play in the park and catch up.

Grab a coffee, bring the kids, and come along to meet the wonderful LGBTIQ parents and their children that live in the Hills District.

Sunday August 14th, from 10 am at Fagan Park Galston

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.

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.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

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

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.

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.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.

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.

Hills District Rainbow Families Catch Up

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Join the Rainbow Families of the Hills District for a play in the park and catch up.

Grab a coffee, bring the kids, and come along to meet the wonderful LGBTIQ parents and their children that live in the Hills District.

Saturday December 8th, from 10 am at Lake Parramatta

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.

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.

For updates and more information 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.

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.

For updates and more information 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.

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.

For updates and more information 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.

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.

For updates and more information 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.

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.

For updates and more information check out the Facebook Group.