EDUCATING, CONNECTING and SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ FAMILIES

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, September 15, 2019
    • Sunday, February 16, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • Rockville Maryland - Details when you register
    • 0
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    Support Group-Pregnancy & New Parents

     

    Rainbow Families is delighted to announce a new Support Group for our community.

    We provide a monthly Support Group for individuals and couples that are pregnant or have babies up to 4 months old. 

    This program is facilitated by a licensed psychologist who specializes in reproductive health and is offered free-of-charge to Rainbow Families members
    (nominal fee for non-members)

    REVISED Dates:   

     Sept 15 | Oct 20 | Nov 17 | Dec 15 | 2020: Jan 19 | Feb 16


    The meeting will take place in Rockville Maryland (address provided once you register).  

    If you are not a member, consider joining us.  We offer benefits specifically for Rainbow Families members. Join


    Rainbow Families does welcome your donations, which help us continue the quality events, advocacy, and education programs so valuable for our community.  Thank  you!


    Facilitated by:  Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

    • Sunday, September 15, 2019
    • Sunday, February 16, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • Rockville Maryland - Details when you register
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    Support Group-Conception/Family Planning

    We Are Currently Full
    PLEASE Add Your Name to the Waitlist
    Spots May Open Up for Dec/Jan/Feb 

    Rainbow Families is delighted to provide a monthly Support Group for people pursuing parenthood using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), including IUI, IVF, and surrogacy.

    This program is facilitated by a licensed psychologist who specializes in reproductive health and is offered free-of-charge to Rainbow Families members
    (nominal fee for non-members)

    REVISED Dates:   

     Sept 15 | Oct 20 | Nov 17 | Dec 15 | 2020: Jan 19 | Feb 16

    The meeting will take place in Rockville Maryland (address provided once you register).  

    If you are not a member, consider joining us.  We offer benefits specifically for Rainbow Families members. Join


    Rainbow Families does welcome your donations, which help us continue the quality events, advocacy, and education programs so valuable for our community.  Thank  you!


    Facilitated by:  Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 515 M Street SE #217, Washington DC 20003


     

    Please join DC Family & Youth Initiative for an informative session on Foster Care and Adoption ABCs

    Topics include: the people (roles) in the life of a child in foster care, the court process, permanency plan goals, and some foster care policies and procedures.

    This session is for all DCFYI volunteers, especially current or prospective mentors, host parent, and adoptive parents.

    REGISTER HERE



    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • Saturday, February 29, 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • Washington DC - Details provided upon registration
    • 5
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    RAINBOW FAMILIES' ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUP

    REGISTER TODAY - SPACE IS LIMITED

    Rainbow Families is pleased to offer a monthly support group for prospective LGBTQ parents going through the adoption process, from starting the home-study process to the "waiting", and the steps in-between.

    The group will be facilitated by an expert in the field of therapy, family counseling, mental health, youth, and families.  She has a Masters degree and will soon complete her Doctorate.

    Location:    We will meet at a conference room in NW DC, near MacArthur Road and "W" Street.  When you register, the exact location will be disclosed.  

    This group will meet monthly for 5 months.

    Meetings are free of charge to Rainbow Families members.  Non-members have a small administrative charge.    No refunds.

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Browne Academy 5917 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310
    Register



    Happy Halloween! Join us for awesome Halloween festivities!   Everyone is encouraged to come in costume - parents, caregivers, children, and friends alike!  

    It promises to be a fun FAMILY evening with music,  food, fun, and of course, a children's costume parade.  Kids of all ages are welcome.

    Our host, Browne Academy, is immediately off the 495 Beltway at Telegraph Road, with ample parking.

    Member Pricing: $10 per Adult,  $5 per Child 
    Non-Member Pricing: $15 per Adult,  $10 per Child

    All children 2 and under are FREE

    If the registration cost poses a financial barrier for your family's participation, please  reach out in confidence to:    info@rainbowfamilies.org as we want to insure the event is accessible to all.

    • Friday, November 01, 2019
    • Sunday, November 03, 2019
    • 549 E Rochambeau Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188
    • 35
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    Rainbow Families Announces
    our First Annual Family Weekend to

    GREAT WOLF LODGE in Williamsburg, VA

    We are SOLD OUT

    We WILL do another Great Wolf weekend soon


    We are sold out - this registration is ONLY OPEN for those who previously booked with Great Wolf Lodge and need to enter their info here, using a special code.




    $150 per room per night!
    Regular "Best Rate"  for these dates: $299

    This special weekend is for us...PLUS our extended family, CHOSEN family, grandparents, cousins, best friends, your KID'S best friends, etc.  as long as they are part of our family community or allies.

    A wonderful, fun-filled  family mini-vacation for you; not to mention for your kids to be around other families like theirs.

    We are excited about our new collaboration with Great Wolf Resorts, and their providing Rainbow Families this special negotiated rate

    All reservations must be secured no later than October 11 2019 -  however if you plan to come, please secure your reservation now, as we expect to fill our block of rooms.   
    DETAILS:

    • Check in 4pm.  You may arrive as early as 1pm to pre-register and receive passes to enjoy the waterpark.  We suggest packing a swim bag prior to arrival, as luggage storage will not be available.

    • Check out  11am.  Guests must check out by 11am but you may stay and enjoy the waterpark until closing of that day

    • Price  $168.88 per room, per night, including tax.  This includes:
      • Family Suite (maximum 6 guests, at no additional cost)
      • Entrance to waterpark
      • 10% discount at Food & Beverage outlets
      • Lodge fee is waived
      • Unlimited Wi-Fi
      • Cancellations
        • You have up to 7 days prior to arrival to cancel with a fee of 15% of your deposit. 
        • If you cancel 4-6 days prior to arrival, there will be a 30% fee
        • If you cancel 3 days or less, the deposit becomes non-refundable
        • If your plans change 3 days or less, call Great Wolf reservations.,  They will attempt to rebook you for different dates, at best available rates on those dates.  If successfully rebooked, your deposit is not lost.

      • Miscellaneous
        • Guests are responsible for all incidentals, as well as any damage caused.  A credit card upon arrival is required, or you will need to make arrangements ahead of time with the hotel to leave a cash deposit.  Amount is determined by the hotel.
        • Trip is subject to Force Majeure - in other words in certain major events, should the hotel be unable to accommodate us, they can terminate the event
        • Rainbow Families and/or Hotel is not responsible for guest's property, lost or stolen items.  Rainbow Families' standard liability release will be required at registration time
        • Hotel has the right to enter and inspect; in the event of illegal activity or activity deemed harmful to persons or objects, Hotel reserves the right to cancel event in its entirety.


      We may offer optional bus ground transportation to and from!  Stay tuned!




      • Sunday, November 03, 2019
      • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA 20120
      Register



      Join us for a fun-filled day at Cox Farm’s Pumpkin Madness! on Sunday, November 3, 2019. 

      Fun for all ages, the Rainbow Families Annual Family Outing to Cox Farm includes pumpkin-smashing, hayrides, live music, farm animals, a corn maze, hill slides, and lots of other activities. Be sure to bring your used Jack O'Lanterns so they can be smashed and recycled!

      We reserved the new new Mini-Mo pavillion; you can come & go, use the 4 picnic tables for a space to eat, etc.  We'll also take a group photo!

      Admission is $12/person (under 24 months, no charge) for members, $14 for non-members.  This discount rate includes entry plus rental of the Pavillion.

          

      Rainbow Families will have a welcome table located near the Cox Farms Ticket Booth. Please visit us at the table to check in.

      Click here to visit the Cox Farms website to learn more about the farm & Pumpkin Madness!

      Please note - Rainbow Families discount tickets (for entry & pavillion) are available until 11pm, Wednesday Oct 30.  Purchases are non refundable after that time.  



      • Thursday, November 14, 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • MCC 474 Ridge Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
      • 42
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      Rainbow Families and Family Equality present
      a special Panel Discussion for LGBTQ+ prospective parents:

      "Mini Maybe Baby Using Donor Sperm to Build a Family"  


      The fabulous and very engaging moderator is Trystan Angel Reese, who many of you will remember as the Keynote Speaker at our Family Conference on May 4th.  



      A variety of expert panelists will provide valuable information on this specific segment of pathways to parenthood for LGBTQ+ individuals and couples.

      Thanks to Family Equality Council, this is being provided at no-charge.  All are welcome.

      Date:  November 14, 2019
      Time:   5:30pm - 6:00pm  Arrival and Introductions
                    6:00pm -  8:00pm  Panel Discussion
      Location:    Metropolitan Community Church
      Please allow plenty of time for traffic & parking, so we may have an on-time start.

        


      • Sunday, December 01, 2019
      • 2:00 PM
      • Adventure Theater - 7300 MacArthur Blvd Glen Echo, MD 20812
      • 61
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      Margery Williams's classic toy story gets a vibrant retelling in this
      brand new adaptation.
      When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real.

      After the performance, you're invited to meet up in
      the "Adventure Theater Rehearsal Room" 
      for a little socializing before heading home

      Directed by Jenna Duncan

      Based on the book by Margery Williams

      Adapted by Patrick Flynn

      All performances held in Glen Echo Park

      Recommended for all ages



      Cancellation/Refunds:     Tickets cancelled after November 26 are non refundable.

      Terms and conditions may be found at Adventure Theatre's website 


      • Sunday, December 15, 2019
      • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
      • MOCO Movement Center 5268 Nicholson Lane Kensington, MD 20895
      • 20
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      L E T  'S    M O V E !

          

      MOCO Movement Center is offering Rainbow Families a fun one-hour activity session on Sunday December 15 2019

      We will do a circle time greeting and then allow for free play to allow the kids to interact and give parents a chance to talk to each other.  After the one-hour play session, participants may want to head out for a snack!

      Space is limited to the first 20 kids who RSVP

      This event is best for children 2 to 5 years.  Parents will be with their kids.

      What is Moco Movement?  MOCO Movement Center is a fully inclusive pediatric therapy practice and athletic movement center. They offer movement classes for children of all ages and abilities and provide therapy services.



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      Note:  No refunds will be provided after 12/12/19

      • Saturday, April 25, 2020
      • 2:00 PM
      • Adventure MTC Theater - 7300 MacArthur Blvd Glen Echo, MD 20812

      Alert the press! A crocodile has turned up in a bathtub in an apartment in New York City’s Upper East Side!

      Not to worry. Lyle the Crocodile becomes good friends with the folks in the building, except for Mr. Grumps, who hates well… everything except his cat. Will Lyle be able to prove his worth to Mr. Grumps and show that our differences actually make us beautiful?

      After the performance, join us in the "Rehearsal Room" to socialize for a bit, before heading home

      DISCOUNTED TICKET PRICE:   ONLY $14.50  
      FOR THIS PERFORMANCE

      TO PURCHASE TICKETS

      Purchase directly from Adventure Theatre's website: CLICK HERE     

      Select Lyle the Crocodile for April 25, 2020, 2pm.

      Enter RFLYLE  promo code in the box (shown below) to receive your discounted tickets!



      Directed by Danielle Drakes

      Adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling

      Based on Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber

      All performances held in Glen Echo Park

      Recommended for all ages


      Terms and conditions are available at Adventure Theater website under ticketing policies



      • Saturday, June 27, 2020
      • 2:00 PM
      • Adventure Theater - 7300 MacArthur Blvd Glen Echo, MD 20812
      • 65
      Register

      "We like to move it, move it!"
      Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar!



      After the performance, you're invited to meet up in
      the "Adventure Theater Rehearsal Room" 
      for a little socializing before heading home

      Directed by Helen Hayes Award Recipient Natsu Onoda Power

      Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture

      Book by Original Music and Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila George Noriega & Joel Someillan

      All performances held in Glen Echo Park

      Recommended for all ages


      Cancellation/Refunds:    $3 per ticket cancellation fee will be charged for any cancelled orders placed prior to June 1 2020.         June 1 to June 20:  $5 per ticket fee.   June 21 to June 27:  Non refundable.


    Past events

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 Pride Night - GW Womens Volleyball
    Saturday, October 12, 2019 Howard County Area Meet-up/Play-date
    Friday, October 11, 2019 Family Activities - National Coming Out Day
    Friday, October 04, 2019 Family Camp Weekend 2019
    Sunday, September 15, 2019 Maybe Baby Fall 2019
    Sunday, September 15, 2019 Playdate in Howard County
    Friday, September 13, 2019 DISCOUNT NATIONALS TICKETS!
    Sunday, September 08, 2019 Annual Picnic at Hillwood Estate
    Saturday, September 07, 2019 Playdate in Arlington
    Saturday, September 07, 2019 Redefining Discipline - A No Gimmicks Guide
    Saturday, September 07, 2019 Building Your Child's Confidence
    Saturday, August 24, 2019 Cat In the Hat at Adventure Theater
    Saturday, August 24, 2019 Playdate at Cox Farms
    Saturday, July 27, 2019 Summer Picnic in Howard County
    Sunday, July 07, 2019 Free Nats Tickets for Rainbow Families!
    Saturday, June 29, 2019 Celebrate PRIDE with the Mystics!
    Sunday, June 09, 2019 Rainbow Families FESTIVAL FAMILY AREA
    Saturday, June 08, 2019 Walk with Rainbow Families at the Pride Parade!
    Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Family Outing to the Nationals
    Sunday, May 05, 2019 Gay Day at the Zoo
    Saturday, May 04, 2019 2019 Family Conference
    Friday, April 26, 2019 Tot Shabbat for Families with Small Kids
    Saturday, April 06, 2019 Adventure Theatre - Winnie the Pooh! Outing & Potluck
    Saturday, March 16, 2019 4th Annual I Am Brave Summit
    Saturday, March 09, 2019 Discount: Huck Finn's BIG RIVER
    Friday, March 08, 2019 Foster & Foster-to-Adopt Info
    Sunday, March 03, 2019 Maybe Baby Spring 2019
    Saturday, March 02, 2019 KidSave - "Host a Child This Summer" Info Session
    Monday, February 25, 2019 Questions on Adoption?
    Sunday, February 10, 2019 WE HEART VALENTINES - COOKING CLASS
    Saturday, February 09, 2019 Rainbow Families FAMILY DANCE! 2019
    Monday, January 21, 2019 Rainbow Families Playgroup/Exercise Fun!
    Sunday, January 20, 2019 Conception / Family Planning Support Group
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 LGBTQ Open House at Sidwell Friends School
    Sunday, December 09, 2018 DSRF Meet Up (Divorced/Separated Rainbow Families)
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Adoption Information Night
    Saturday, November 03, 2018 Cox Farms Pumpkin Madness 2018
    Monday, October 29, 2018 Georgetown Day School LGBTQ+ Open House
    Friday, October 05, 2018 Family Camp Weekend
    Sunday, September 09, 2018 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    Sunday, June 10, 2018 Capital Pride Festival - Booth Volunteers Needed!
    Saturday, June 09, 2018 Capital Pride Parade - Rainbow Families!
    Sunday, May 20, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Sunday, May 20, 2018 Family Outing to the Nationals
    Sunday, May 20, 2018 Adventure Theatre Family Outing & Potluck
    Saturday, May 19, 2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, May 06, 2018 Gay Day at the Zoo - Family Meet-Up
    Saturday, May 05, 2018 2018 Family Conference & Gathering
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, April 15, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 Howard County Area Playground Meetup
    Saturday, April 07, 2018 Charles County Area LGBTQ+ Family Meetup
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, March 18, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 Rainbow Families Potluck & Gathering - Baltimore/Central Maryland
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 Adventure Theatre Family Outing & Potluck
    Saturday, February 24, 2018 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    Sunday, February 18, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Sunday, February 04, 2018 Adoption Support Group
    Sunday, February 04, 2018 Maybe Baby Spring 2018
    Saturday, February 03, 2018 Charles County Area LGBTQ+ Family Meetup
    Sunday, January 21, 2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, January 21, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Sunday, December 17, 2017 I Have a Little Dreidel: An LGBTQ Family Chanukah Celebration
    Saturday, December 02, 2017 Adventure Theatre - Frosty the Snowman: Holiday Outing & Potluck
    Sunday, November 26, 2017 Drag Story Hour w/ Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul's Drag Race
    Friday, November 10, 2017 Family Camp Weekend
    Sunday, November 05, 2017 Family Outing to Cox Farms
    Sunday, October 29, 2017 Rainbow Families Halloween Party
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Fairfax Co., VA
    Sunday, September 24, 2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, September 17, 2017 Maybe Baby Fall 2017
    Sunday, September 10, 2017 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    Sunday, August 27, 2017 Back-to-School Family Outing to the Nationals
    Saturday, August 12, 2017 Disney Brunch: An ICWDC Benefit for Rainbow Families
    Saturday, August 05, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Washington, DC
    Saturday, August 05, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Alexandria/Arlington/Falls Church
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Bethesda)
    Saturday, July 15, 2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Monday, June 26, 2017 Family Outing: Bethesda Big Train Baseball Game
    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Family Outing: Night OUT at the Nationals
    Saturday, June 10, 2017 Capital Pride Parade - March with Rainbow Families!
    Saturday, June 10, 2017 Capital Pride Parade Family Viewing Area
    Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Rainbow Family Story Time
    Sunday, June 04, 2017 Sunday LGBTQ Roller Skating Youth Edition
    Saturday, May 27, 2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, May 07, 2017 Gay Day at the Zoo - Lunch Meet-Up for Families
    Saturday, March 04, 2017 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    Sunday, February 19, 2017 Maybe Baby Spring 2017
    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Before I Do.... with Elizabeth Schwartz and Martha M. Ertman
    Saturday, February 11, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Prince Georges Co., MD (Bowie)
    Saturday, February 11, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Alexandria/Arlington/Falls Church
    Saturday, February 04, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Fairfax Co., VA
    Saturday, February 04, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Prince Georges Co., MD (Laurel)
    Saturday, February 04, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Washington, DC
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Gaithersburg)
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Bethesda)
    Sunday, December 18, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, December 04, 2016 Adoption Support Group
    Sunday, November 20, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Adoption Information Night
    Saturday, November 05, 2016 Family Outing to Cox Farms
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 Family & Friends Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg
    Sunday, October 16, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Friday, October 14, 2016 Family Camp Weekend
    Sunday, September 25, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, September 25, 2016 Maybe Baby Fall 2016
    Saturday, September 24, 2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    Sunday, September 11, 2016 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    Sunday, August 21, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Monday, July 25, 2016 Family Week DMV Regional Gathering
    Saturday, July 23, 2016 Family Week 2016 in Provincetown
    Thursday, July 21, 2016 Loves Conquers Hate: Family Roller Skate Night
    Sunday, July 17, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Saturday, July 16, 2016 A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes: Disney Themed Drag Show
    Saturday, July 09, 2016 Adventure Theatre - Jumanji
    Sunday, June 26, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Saturday, June 25, 2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    Friday, June 24, 2016 CAMP Rehobeth Family PRIDE Camp 2016
    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Night OUT at the Nationals
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 Capital Pride Festival
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 Capital Pride Parade
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 Capital Pride Parade Family Viewing Area
    Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Honest Talk About Race & Adoption
    Sunday, May 29, 2016 Adventure Theatre - Emperor's Nightingale
    Thursday, May 26, 2016 Family Outing to the Nationals
    Sunday, May 15, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, May 15, 2016 Maybe Baby Spring 2016
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Rainbow Families Board of Directors Meeting
    Saturday, April 30, 2016 2016 Biennial Family Conference & Gathering
    Sunday, April 17, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, March 20, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, March 13, 2016 Rainbow Families Conference Planning Meeting
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 Rainbow Families Conference Planning Meeting
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Rainbow Families Board of Directors Meeting
    Saturday, February 06, 2016 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    Sunday, January 24, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 RFDC Board of Directors Meeting
    Saturday, September 26, 2015 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    Sunday, September 20, 2015 Maybe Baby Fall Class
    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 RFDC Board of Directors Meeting


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