Come Connect with Rainbow Families
We're having a HOWARD COUNTY picnic for Rainbow Families members and their kids of all ages, plus other LGBTQ+ families in the area, allies, and extended family. Meet new people, connect with the community, and have fun
(ALL surrounding areas are welcome - DC, Montgomery, Anne Arundel,
Baltimore Counties etc)
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We will be at the beautiful Rockburn Branch Park Pavilion in Elkridge MD from 11:00 am until 3:00pm. Info and Directions HERE.
Please RSVP to indicate how many from your family will be attending.
Rainbow Families is providing this event with NO REGISTRATION COST.
We are also arranging for a few kids' activities - stay tuned! Updates will be found on this event page.
Bring your own lunch, snacks, beverages, a blanket, perhaps some games - and connect with Rainbow Families members and all LGBTQ+ family members.
Enjoy the beautiful venue, have fun, and connect with fellow Rainbow Families members
If you haven't been before, this is a beautiful venue and we always have a great time - for kids and adults
This event is open to all - members, families, allies
Advance tickets - $5 per adult, children under 18 are free
Tickets at the door - $18 per adult, children under 18 are free
Festivities scheduled to include:
Presented in partnership with Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens.
The program takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, picnicking will take place under the shelter of the C.W. Post courtyard tent and the art project, face-painting, and dress-up activities will take place indoors.
*Rainbow Families never wants financial constraints to prohibit attendance at our events. If you need registration assistance for this event, please email our Executive Director, Darren Vance, in confidence.
Fall 2019 Series is Here!
Maybe Baby Program Overview:
Our Maybe Baby series is designed for prospective parents, singled, married or partnered, who are considering parenthood and interested in learning more about the options for building a family.
The series covers a wide range of topics, including readiness, overview of adoption, assisted reproduction, foster, financial and legal issues; building a support network; decision making with a spouse/partner(s); considerations for single parenting; and the joys and challenges of being an LGBTQ+ headed family. The class is designed to provide a balance of active discussion and sharing, as well as to gain practical, accurate information that helps set the foundation for moving forward.
Like all Rainbow Families programs, this is a SAFE and welcoming space for all.
Whitman Walker Health, 1525 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
The cost is $260 per couple, $160 single registration (non Members)
$240 per couple, $140 single registration (Members)
Rainbow Families is delighted to announce a new Support Group for our community.
We will 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)
Sept 22 | Oct 27 | Nov 24 | Dec 22 | Jan 26 | Feb 23
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
Rainbow Families is delighted to provide a monthly Support Group for people pursuing parenthood using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), including IUI, IVF, and surrogacy.
Fall Family Camp Weekend
Camp Tockwogh, Worton MD Friday Oct 4 - Sunday Oct 6 2019
An Annual Tradition!
Members Only - Most Rainbow Families Events are proudly open to the public.
Our Camping Weekend is a special time, a safe space, for our members Join Today: Membership Information
About: Our Family Camp Weekend provides LGBTQ+ families with the very unique opportunity to forge personal connections and build community with one another. Together, parents and children spend the entire weekend enjoying the rustic outdoors, beautiful scenery, and fun activities. A wonderful way for our children to be among other families like theirs.
Camp Tockwogh is in Worton Maryland, about a 2 hour drive from the DMV. A 309-acre family-friendly YMCA campground, located on the Chesapeake Bay.
Learn more about Camp Tockwogh HERE.
Scheduled Activities: Arts and Crafts | Giant Swing | Leap of Faith | Climbing Wall | Archery | Canoeing | | Kayaking | Kidzone Activities | Tie-Dying | Climbing Wall | Boat Rides | Family Hike | Campfire with Smores
AGENDA - This link provides the schedule for our weekend
Pricing and Housing Options: NO INCREASE IN RATES FOR 2019
We do need a minimum of participants, however this has not been an issue in our prior years.
Learn about the available HOUSING OPTIONS HERE. Housing options are limited, and are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Registration fees depend on your housing selection, and range from $115-$160 per person (children and adults ages 3 and up). Registration includes 2 nights accommodations, five meals, an ice cream social, and a wide list of activities.
Rates are per person (2 and under are free):
Cancellations/Refunds: Cancellations received after September 10 will not be eligible for refund. This is a rain or shine event.
Helpful reminders: This is camping. It's rustic. It's a YMCA. It's FUN! Accommodations are basic, most have bunk beds, you bring your linens. Most parents find tremendous value in having their kids (and themselves) unplug for a weekend, and experience an outdoorsy, natural setting, and connect with other families like theirs in this wonderful environment. Also remember, most housing options are shared accomodations...it's part of the camping fun and sense of community. There are limited options for private accommodations however (plus tent camping!).
If you have been before, and would like to submit lodging requests (such as a particular cabin, room number) EMAIL those requests. They will be handled in the order received; while every effort will be made to accommodate, there are no guarantees.
Note: Due to the cost of securing the camp, a minimum level of sign-ups are required for the event to happen. (This has not been an issue before)
Food: There is a full time kitchen team who make meals for us, most from scratch. We eat in the dining hall, and we all help set up and clean up for each meal. Healthier options (vegetarian items, salads, fruit) are always available and they can usually accommodate most allergies, gluten free etc with advance notice. It's not fancy cuisine, but it's not prepackaged microwave meals. You are always welcome to bring your own snacks, beverages, or items for finicky eaters or very special diets.
COFFEE STARTS FLOWING AT 7AM !
See You There!!
Rainbow Families Announces
our First Annual Family Weekend to
GREAT WOLF LODGE in Williamsburg, VA
We have sold out of our 2nd block, and our 3rd additional
block of rooms!
We have over 120 people joining in for the fun.
We WILL do another Great Wolf weekend soon!
$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.
We may offer optional bus ground transportation to and from! Stay tuned!
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.
5614 Connecticut Ave., NW, #309
Washington, DC 20015-2604
P: (202) 747-0407
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