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Our Social Groups

Rainbow Families is a volunteer led organisation, providing a network of support to children and families within the NSW LGBTIQ community. One of the ways we support the LGBTIQ community is by working with Social and Play Groups that support Rainbow Families.

To stay informed about upcoming events, connect with us by subscribing to Rainbow Families newsletter.

Rainbow Families Monthly Social Group

Central Coast Rainbow Families Play Group

Currans Hill Rainbow Families Playgroup

Inner West Rainbow Families Playgroup

Gay Dads

Blue Mountain Rainbow Families Social Group

Rainbow Families of the Illawarra

Macarthur Rainbow Families

Newcastle and Hunter Rainbow Families Social Group

Northern Beaches Rainbow Families Social Group

Penrith Rainbow Families Social Group

Southern Highlands Rainbow Families Social Group

Illawarra Playgroup

 

Don't see a social group in your area? Get in touch with us to connect or list your group.

 


Rainbow Families Monthly Social Group

Come along to one of the Rainbow Families Monthly Social Group catch-ups. Catch-ups are usually in the inner west, and on alternate Saturdays and Sundays. 

For more information, join the Rainbow Families Monthly Social Group on Facebook


Central Coast Rainbow Babies and Kids Play Group

The Central Coast Rainbow Families Playgroup is a playgroup for children of families within the LGBTIQ community and our friends.

Come to our playgroup and meet others in a relaxed and friendly environment. A Playgroup is a place for you and your children aged 0-6 years to have fun, make new friends and develop skills through play. 

We are also running throughout the school holidays so family members of all ages can come and enjoy our activities. Please note that we do not meet on public holidays.

When: Every Thursday  11-2pm

Where: Woodbury Park Community Centre - 1 Woolmers Crescent Mardi

For more information join the Central Coast Rainbow Families Playgroup, join the Facebook group

 


Currans Hill Rainbow Families Playgroup

A weekly Playgroup for Rainbow Families and their babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The Currans Hill Rainbow Families Playgroup meets every Wednesday at 10am at the Currans Hill Community Centre. The playgroup was started in early 2014 as a supported playgroup through Playgroups NSW. 

The Currans Hill Rainbow Families Playgroup is an informal session where LGBTIQ parents, carers, babies and children aged 0 to school age come together in a relaxed and friendly environment. We offer a wide range of play equipment, with lots of free time inside and outside so the children can explore and make friends in a fun, safe way. 

The group has grown to have a mixture of lesbian mums, transgender parents, gay dads, and members of our local community who are supportive and inclusive of LGBTIQ families.

Playgroup attendance evolves over time, kids go off to school and new babies arrive. All playgroups depend on new memberships and families getting involved help them grow and keep them running! We would love new members to come and be part of our group!

For more information on the Currans Hill Rainbow Families Playgroup you can turn up on the day. Our weekly session fees are $5. 

Where: Currans Hill Community Centre, Corner of Tramway and Currans Hill Drive, Currans Hill

When: 10am to 12pm on the following Wednesdays:

7th August

4th September

6th November

4th December

Contact: Email us  or get in touch through Currans Hill Rainbow Babies and Kids Playgroup Facebook.

**If your children are a little older, have a look at Macarthur Rainbow Families which many of our members are also involved with.


The Inner West Rainbow Families Playgroup

The Inner West Rainbow Families Playgroup runs from the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and provides parents and carers with an opportunity to meet other parents, make friends and share experiences and ideas. Children have fun, make new friends and develop through play.

What happens at the Inner West (formerly Erskineville) Rainbow Families Playgroup?

“Most of us don’t live in quarter acre blocks, so the thought of setting up art and painting in your apartment can be a headache,” says a playgroup mum. “It’s great to come here and let the kids have those experiences. At each Thursday morning session, children have an opportunity to play music, play with water, make artworks and explore with toys”. 

The children all sit together for a shared morning tea which is an opportunity to socialise and learn food etiquette from each other. Currently, there are also a number of parents with little babies attending, providing a friendly environment for LGBTIQ parents to chat, swap information, swap baby clothes and get support for being a new rainbow family.

Although many of the play group's attendees families are local and come from Newtown, Alexandria, Marrickville, Redfern, Dulwich Hill, Leichhardt and other Inner West suburbs, some come from as far away as Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Potts Point Paddington in the Eastern suburbs and Wollongong, Strathfield and Camden to interact with other lesbian mothers, gay dads, trans and gender diverse parents and other Rainbow families. Friendships made at playgroup have continued outside of the group, for both the parents and the children. Many friendships continue once the children leave to attend school. The group is 100% volunteer, is run by LGBTIQA+ parents and is part of the playgroup network of Playgroup NSW, which is very supportive of the group.

Playgroup attendance evolves over time, kids go off to school and new babies arrive. All playgroups depend on new memberships and families getting involved help them grow and keep them running! We would love new members to come and be part of our group!

For more information on the Inner West playgroup you can ring Ashley (see below), or just turn up on the day. Our weekly session fees are $3 and a piece of fruit to share for morning tea. 

The Rainbow Families Playgroup in Newtown is one of the longest-running LGBTIQ family playgroups in Australia. In 2009, several babies and their LGBTIQ parents started meeting regularly at various cafes and playgrounds around the inner west. They met for friendship both for the children and the parents, and for their children to be around other families similar to theirs. The group’s founder, Nadine Sharpe approached Playgroups NSW about joining their organisation in order to create a more permanent space that could welcome more families. Playgroups NSW was happy to have a Rainbow Family group and the Erskineville playgroup was established and became a funded group through Playgroups NSW that serves lesbian mums, gay dads, bisexual, transsexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) families, including grandparents from around the Inner West and beyond. The group is now coordinated by Gill Stokie.

Where: Joseph Sargent Community Centre

             60 Prospect St 

             Erskineville

When: Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Contact: Ashley on 0481 565 958 or email


Gay Dads Social Group

Are you a Gay Dad? Are you a gay man or gay couple that is thinking about having kids? Gay Dads NSW is a social and online group that was created specifically as a resource for New South Wales gay dads and those thinking of becoming dads. The group is linked to the Gay Dads Australia website and is open to all types of gay dads and gay men who are thinking about becoming dads.

If you are thinking about becoming a father or already have kids, it is likely that you will have many questions and could benefit from connecting with other gay men who are fathers. In addition to connecting with other Gay Dads at Rainbow Families events, the Gay Dads NSW social group offers three avenues to connect: the online forum, the Facebook Group and through social events.

The Gay Dads NSW Facebook group is another place where you can connect with other Gay Dads in New South Wales.

As a social support group, any member of the Gay Dads NSW community can host an event. Events are simple to host and can be as large or small as you like. Many times it is just a catch up in the park with kids. To host an event, just pick a time and place where you would like to meet, email the the details to the online forum and Facebook group and show up. 

Through the years, many creative events have been run to support Gay Dads in New South Wales including seminars on pathways to parenthood, Gay Dad legal issues, and Daddy Boot Camp which supported expecting fathers with practical advice from an early childhood nurse on how to care for their newborn. 

Through the years the type of events and frequency of events changes. Many of the most active Gay Dads NSW members are committee members of Rainbow Families and are now working to support all types of Rainbow Families, including Gay Dads. ] 

The Gay Dads NSW social group will continue to have a few dedicated Dad events each year and these will be publicised on the Rainbow Families calendar, through the Gay Dads NSW online forum and through the Gay Dads NSW Facebook group.

 


Blue Mountain Rainbow Parents Social Group

The Blue Mountain Rainbow Parents social group is open to all LGBTIQ parents and their kids. The catch ups take place in different places throughout the Blue Mountain area and are currently organised by Juliette Meaney. The catch ups are a great place to meet other lesbian mums, gay dads and their children.

To come along, join the Blue Mountains Rainbow Parents Facebook group. We hope to see you and your Rainbow Family there.

 


Rainbow Families of the Illawarra

The Rainbow Families of the Ilawarra social group is open to all LGBTIQ parents and their kids. The catch ups take place in different places throughout the Illawarra area monthly. The catch ups are a great place to meet other LGBTIQ parents/carers and their children.

To come along, join the Rainbow Families of the Illawarra Facebook Group. We hope to see you and your Rainbow Family there.

 


Macarthur Rainbow Families

Join Macarthur Rainbow Families and get to know other LGBTI families in the Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly council areas and surrounds. Originally launched in 2015, the group was re-launched in 2018 with the aim of building on both the success of the Currans Hill Rainbow Babies and Kids playgroup and the strong Yes vote in the growing Macarthur area to provide a social hub for the local Rainbow Family community.

Our gatherings are often at the playground at the Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, while some are even combined events with nearby Rainbow Family groups to the south of Sydney, strengthening connections across the community.

We meet on weekends and during school holidays so that children of all ages can attend.

Contact: for more information join the Facebook Group or contact Alison on 0417401140.

 


Newcastle and Hunter Rainbow Families Social Group

The Newcastle and Hunter Rainbow Families social group is for Rainbow Families in the Newcastle and Hunter region. The group is a place to meet other Rainbow Families in the area. This includes anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ with kids, pregnant or in any stage of planning for a family.

To come along, request to join the Newcastle and Hunter Rainbow Families group on Facebook. We hope to see you and your Rainbow Family at an event in the future.

 


Northern Beaches Rainbow Families Catch Up

The Northern Beaches Rainbow Families meet at different locations on the Northern Beaches. It is a new group of parents who are keen to make connections and build a community in the area.

For more information on the Northern Beaches catch-ups, you can ring Sarah (see below), or just turn up on the day.

Contact: Sarah on 0435 942 578

We hope to see you and your Rainbow Family at an event in the future.

 


The Penrith Rainbow Families Social Group

The Penrith Rainbow Families social group is open to all LGBTIQ parents and their kids. The catch ups take place in different places in the Penrith area and are a great place to meet other LGBTIQ parents, and their children.

Join the Penrith Rainbow Families Facebook Group for more details. We hope to see you and your Rainbow Family there.


Southern Highlands Rainbow Families Social Group

The Southern Highlands Rainbow Families social group is for Rainbow Families in the Southern Highlands region. The group is a place to meet other Rainbow Families in the area. This includes anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ with kids, pregnant or in any stage of planning for a family.

The Southern Highlands Rainbow Families Social Group was started in 2015 after it was discovered that there were a lot of LGBTIQ families in the area, and a few of us thought it would be great to organise a catch-up.  

The group welcomes all types of Rainbow Families from the Southern Highlands.  We have members who come from as far out as Goulburn and from the Camden area.  

We usually meet up at the Mittagong RSL, which has a playroom for the kids to play while the rest of us catch up over a coffee.  We also venture to the park sometimes, but the weather in the Southern Highlands can be a little unpredictable, so the RSL has become a reliable catch up location.

We generally meet on the second Sunday of every month. For up to date information about our catch ups check out the Rainbow Families events page.

For more information about the group, request to join the Southern Highlands Rainbow Families on Facebook. We hope to see you and your Rainbow Family at an event in the future.

 


Illawarra Playgroup

We have a new Rainbow Families playgroup starting in the Illawarra!!! Its for LGBTIQA+ parents and carers and their children birth to six years and it's free to attend!

Playgroup will run each week throughout the school term in a purpose-built space at the University of Wollongong. The Early Start team at the uni are supporting us to create our own playgroup where rainbow families can meet up regularly and play, get to know each other better, and support each other and our kids. As a bonus, playgroup participants will also have free access to the adjacent Early Start Discovery Space, an amazing innovative playspace, after playgroup each week.

Check out the  Early Start and The Discovery Space for more information about the space.

When: Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm (during school term) 

Where: Early Start, Building 21, University of Wollongong Main Campus, Northfields Avenue, Keiraville NSW 2522.

To come along to the new Rainbow Families of the Illawarra Playgroup, contact Jasmin. We have an info pack about attending with details on how to get there. And don’t forget to request to join the Facebook group

We hope to see you and your Rainbow Family there.