Penrith Rainbow Families Catch Up

Penrith Rainbow Families Catch Up

Join the Penrith Rainbow Families group for a catch up and play in the water park at Livvi's Place, Jordan Springs.

This park is fun for all ages with water play, mini trampolines, see saw, swings, a rope climb and sand.

Bring a picnic blanket, some lunch if you like and a towel and join us at Livvi's place. We look forward to meeting you all there.

Join the Penrith Rainbow Families Group on Facebook for updates and more information.

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 May 5th from 10 am

Cost: Free

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Western Sydney Rainbow Families Catch Up

Join the Western Sydney Rainbow Families Group for a play at one of the best indoor kids play centers around!

From 1pm on Saturday May 5th, at Chipmunks Playland and Cafe - 850 Woodville Rd Villawood.

This is a new Rainbow Families group, so most people don't know too many other LGBTIQ families in the area, but everyone is keen to grow the community in the Western Suburbs. Come along and make some new friends.

Sunshine Coast Family Pride

Sunshine Coast Family Pride

The first Rainbow Families catch up on the Sunshine Coast will be held on International Family Equality Day.

Come and celebrate the diversity of families on the Sunshine Coast at one of the best parks in the area.

We will be meeting at Pioneer Park in Landsborough from 10am on Sunday May 6th. Bring a picnic blanket, and let the kids run wild in one of the best playgrounds on the Sunshine Coast, while you sit back and meet new friends.

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.

The day comes with an important message – Children's Rights Matter

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Family Pride

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

Rainbow families, friends and allies in Sydney will be celebrating on May 6th from 11am in Sydney Park.

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

There will be a bake sale and LGBITQ kids book swap to help raise money for upcoming events. If you are interested in contributing, bring along a plate of baked goods or a kids book your family has outgrown 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 ACON, Dowson and Turco, PRIDE in sport, NSW Police, Gleebooks, Reverse Garbage and the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, will be joining us with some special activities for the kids.

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.

The day comes with an important message – Children's Rights Matter – and local politicians will be on hand to support the message and celebrate with our families.

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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 here

For more details 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 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 June 2nd from 10 am

Cost: Free

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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 June 10th, from 10 am at The Tuckshop Glenhaven

Making Rainbow Families Seminar

Making Rainbow Families

Making your dream a possibility!

Thinking of becoming a parent? Want to know more about your options?  LGBTIQ community, same-sex couples, single parents who are LGBTIQ, potential parents who are trans or of diverse gender and sexuality are warmly invited to a day-long seminar that will help you find your way through the maze to becoming a parent.

The interactive and informative seminar will include presentations on Paths to Parenting, including:

  • Home insemination - the nitty gritty of DIY!
  • Assisted fertility, including invitrofertisation (IVF)
  • Workshop for potential parents who are trans or of diverse gender and sexuality - a workshop that explores options and answers questions you may have
  • Adoption - is it possible in NSW?
  • Fostering - what are the options available for families in NSW? How does the process work? Find out your options and the myths and realities
  • Surrogacy - Pregnancy and Conception are easy for some, impossible for others. Surrogacy can be a wonderful outcome for all when the process is managed with care.  Come and hear about the possibilities.

Plus Workshops on:

Finding the right health care professional - Know your rights as a health consumer. Tips and ideas on ways to find a respectful and supportive health professional.

Legal rights, legal agreements, children's rights - Love definitely makes a family but successful parenting partnerships need more than love – they need planning, negotiation and sometimes, legal agreements. Come and hear from LGBTIQ legal experts on parenting agreements and donors, life documents, guardians and risk

And then there were 3…or 4, or 5 - Meet a panel of Rainbow Families (parents and children) and hear about their families’ journeys!

Date: June 16th
Location: Sydney CBD
Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Sponsors: TBC

Ticket price of $45 includes: Morning and afternoon tea and full lunch

Tickets available here

 

Agenda

  • 8:30 am: Registration  
  • 9:00 - 9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:15 - 9:45 am: Keynote Speaker
  • 9:45 - 10:00 am: Get to know other prospective parents Icebreaker
  • 10:00 - 10:30 am: Are you ready for a baby? Questions to ask yourself. Presented by
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am: Morning tea (provided)
  • 11:00 - 12:30 pm: Workshops (choose 1)                                     
  1. Making babies – a guide to home insemination and IVF and other assisted fertility
     
  2. Surrogacy, an overview of the options
     
  3. Trans parenting and options for those who are sexual and gender diverse
  • 12:30 - 1:15 pm: Lunch (provided)
  • 1:15 - 1:30 pm: Sponsor Presentation
  • 1:30 - 2:15 pm: Fostering options and fostering to adoption, what you need to knowPresented by Barnardos
  • 2:15 - 3:00 pm: Legal Session. Presented by Dowson Turco Lawyers
  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm: Afternoon tea (provided)
  • 3:30 - 3:40 pm: Sponsor Presentation
  • 3:40 - 4:25 pm: And then there were 3…or 4, or 5: Meet a panel of parents and their children and hear about their journey
  • 4:25 - 4:30 pm: Closing talk
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.

Macarthur Rainbow Families Catch Up

Rainbow Families of the Macarthur region are back in business and keen to catch up with friend (new and old).

Join us for a play in the park at the beautiful Mount Annan Botanic Gardens from 10 am on Sunday June 17th.

The group is aiming to build on the success of the Currans Hill playgroup and the strong Yes votes in the growing Macarthur area to provide a social hub for local LGBTIQ parents and their families.

For more details check out the Facebook event

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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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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 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.

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 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.

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.