Rainbow Families

Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ Families in the DMV

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, December 04, 2016
    • Sunday, June 04, 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Silver Spring, MD

    Rainbow Families sponsors a monthly Adoption Support Group for individuals or couples in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community who are currently in the process of pursuing adoption, including "waiting" families.  The group is NOT intended for people seeking information on adoption.

    Meetings take place one Sunday afternoon a month in Silver Spring, MD at a location near the Silver Spring  metro.

    Interested? Please contact us at info@rainbowfamilies.org or (202) 747-0407 to find out if the group is the right fit for where you are at.

    • Saturday, January 28, 2017
    • Saturday, June 24, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Cabin John Park, 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817

    Rainbow Families is sponsoring a Playdates & Playmates Group that meets regularly throughout the year at various locations in Montgomery County, MD. This informal group is a great opportunity for both you and your kids to meet other LGBTQ families and create new friendships. Children of all ages are welcome. We will plan to meet the 4th Saturday of each month through June 2017.

    Participation in Playdates & Playmates is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP with your children's ages so we can know how many families to plan for. Also, if you're interested in volunteering to be the point person at the meet-up so people can identify our group, please indicate on the registration form.

    We will meet at the picnic tables at the large playground. Use entrance off Tuckerman for quickest access. 

    The group meets no matter the temperature so please dress accordingly. However, please note it will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

    Click here to learn more about Cabin John Park.


    • Saturday, January 28, 2017
    • Saturday, June 24, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Bohrer Park Playground, 512 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

    Rainbow Families is sponsoring a Playdates & Playmates Group that meets regularly throughout the year at various locations in Montgomery County, MD. This informal group is a great opportunity for both you and your kids to meet other LGBTQ families and create new friendships. Children of all ages are welcome.

    Participation in Playdates & Playmates is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP with your children's ages so we can know how many families to plan for. Also, if you're interested in volunteering to be the point person at the meet-up so people can identify our group, please indicate on the registration form.

    We will meet at the playground. 

    The group meets no matter the temperature so please dress accordingly. However, please note it will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

    Click here to learn more about Bohrer Park.

    • Saturday, February 04, 2017
    • Saturday, July 01, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Stead Park, 1625 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    Rainbow Families is sponsoring a Playdates & Playmates Group that meets regularly throughout the year at various locations in Washington, DC. This informal group is a great opportunity for both you and your kids to meet other LGBTQ families and create new friendships. Children of all ages are welcome.

    Participation in Playdates & Playmates is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP with your children's ages so we can know how many families to plan for. Also, if you're interested in volunteering to be the point person at the meet-up so people can identify our group, please indicate on the registration form.

    We will meet at the playground. 

    The group meets no matter the temperature so please dress accordingly. However, please note it will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

    Click here to learn more about Stead Park.

    • Saturday, February 04, 2017
    • Saturday, July 01, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Fairland Regional Park Playground, 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel, MD 20707

    Rainbow Families is sponsoring a Playdates & Playmates Group that meets regularly throughout the year at various locations in Prince Georges County, MD. This informal group is a great opportunity for both you and your kids to meet other LGBTQ families and create new friendships. Children of all ages are welcome.

    Participation in Playdates & Playmates is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP with your children's ages so we can know how many families to plan for. Also, if you're interested in volunteering to be the point person at the meet-up so people can identify our group, please indicate on the registration form.

    We will meet at the playground. 

    The group meets no matter the temperature so please dress accordingly. However, please note it will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

    Click here to learn more about Fairland Regional Park.

    • Saturday, February 04, 2017
    • Saturday, July 01, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Van Dyck Park Playground, 3720 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Rainbow Families is sponsoring a Playdates & Playmates Group that meets regularly throughout the year at various locations in Fairfax County, VA. This informal group is a great opportunity for both you and your kids to meet other LGBTQ families and create new friendships. Children of all ages are welcome.

    Participation in Playdates & Playmates is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP with your children's ages so we can know how many families to plan for. Also, if you're interested in volunteering to be the point person at the meet-up so people can identify our group, please indicate on the registration form.

    We will meet at the playground. 

    The group meets no matter the temperature so please dress accordingly. However, please note it will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

    Click here to learn more about Van Dyck Park.

    • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • Saturday, July 08, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Potomac Yard Park, 2501 Potomac Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305

    Rainbow Families is sponsoring a Playdates & Playmates Group that meets regularly throughout the year at various locations in Alexandria/Arlington/Falls Church. This informal group is a great opportunity for both you and your kids to meet other LGBTQ families and create new friendships. Children of all ages are welcome.

    Participation in Playdates & Playmates is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP with your children's ages so we can know how many families to plan for. Also, if you're interested in volunteering to be the point person at the meet-up so people can identify our group, please indicate on the registration form.

    Initially, we will meet at the older child playground. 

    The group meets no matter the temperature so please dress accordingly. However, please note it will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

    Click here to learn more about Potomac Yard Park.

    • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • Saturday, July 08, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Fairwood Park - Orchard Theme Playground, 12390 Fairwood Pkwy, Bowie, MD 20720

    Rainbow Families is sponsoring a Playdates & Playmates Group that meets regularly throughout the year at various locations in Prince Georges County, MD. This informal group is a great opportunity for both you and your kids to meet other LGBTQ families and create new friendships. Children of all ages are welcome.

    Participation in Playdates & Playmates is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP with your children's ages so we can know how many families to plan for. Also, if you're interested in volunteering to be the point person at the meet-up so people can identify our group, please indicate on the registration form.

    We will meet at the playground. 

    The group meets no matter the temperature so please dress accordingly. However, please note it will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

    Click here to learn more about Fairwood Park.

    • Saturday, June 10, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

    The whole family is invited to march in the Capital Pride Parade with Rainbow Families! This Capital Pride weekend promises to be bigger than ever as people descend upon DC for the National Pride March, which coincides with Pride. We encourage families from out of the area to march in the parade alongside our DMV families and celebrate our family pride - and show we are "Unapologetically Proud!"

    Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

    As we get closer to the date of the parade, we will send out additional details including our designated meet up location.

    • Sunday, September 10, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

    SAVE THE DATE

    Ticket sales and registration information will be made available closer to the event.

    Connect with other LGBTQ families in Hillwood's urban oasis at this family celebration.


    Festivities include:

    • Pack a picnic from home or purchase food from the café's express menu to enjoy on the magnificent lawn.
    • Play games on the lawn, including hula hoop, badminton, and jump rope.
    • Practice your putt on the Putting Green.
    • Get your face painted with your favorite garden critter.
    • Try on costumes from a collection of hero's capes, royal crowns, knight's sheilds, and more.
    • Create an art project of your very own to take home and discover Hillwood's treasures with an art search activity guide.
    • Explore the special exhibition, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945.

    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.

    • Sunday, September 10, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

    TICKETS NOT YET AVAILABLE!

    Advanced sales: TBD, TBD Child (under age 18)

    Day-of sales: TBD, TBD Child (under age 18)

    Connect with other LGBTQ families in Hillwood's urban oasis at this family celebration.


    Festivities include:

    • Pack a picnic from home or purchase food from the café's express menu to enjoy on the magnificent lawn.
    • Play games on the lawn, including hula hoop, badminton, and jump rope.
    • Practice your putt on the Putting Green.
    • Get your face painted with your favorite garden critter.
    • Try on costumes from a collection of hero's capes, royal crowns, knight's shields, and more.
    • Create an art project of your very own to take home and discover Hillwood's treasures with an art search activity guide.

    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.

    • Friday, September 29, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sunday, October 01, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Camp Tockwogh, 24370 Still Pond Neck Rd, Worton, MD 21678

    REGISTRATION NOT YET OPENED!

    Fall Family Camp Weekend - Camp Tockwogh - Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1

    Various Housing Options Available - Registration Fees TBD/Person Depending on Housing Selection

    Rainbow Families Sixth Family Camp Weekend will be held September 29-October 1, 2017 at Camp Tockwogh in Worton, MD (about a 2 hour drive from the DMV). Camp Tockwogh is a 309-acre family-friendly campground located on the Chesapeake Bay. Since the first camp weekend in 2011, nearly 100 parents and their children have annually attended Family Camp Weekend!

    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 outdoors!

    Registration fees depend on your housing selecton TBD per person (children and adults 4 years of age and up). Registration includes accommodations for two nights, all activities, and five meals. 

    Only include children 4 years of age and older as guest registrants to be factored into your payment. Children aged 3 and under are free.

    Learn about the available HOUSING OPTIONS by CLICKING HERE. Housing options are limited, and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

    Coming Soon - 2017 Draft Schedule of Events and Activities 

    Learn more about Camp Tockwogh by CLICKING HERE. 

    Housing Details:

    • Rustic Cabin - Standard Accommodations (4 Years & Older) – $TBD (USD) - Each rustic cabin sleeps 5-12 people. Each cabin has electricity and lights, but are not heated. They are positioned near shower houses. There is no minimum number of people for a rustic cabin. However, we encourage you to consider sharing accommodations with another family.
    • Upgraded Housing - Cottages (4 Years & Older) – $TBD (USD) - Each cottage can sleep a total of 9. There are 3 separate bedrooms with private baths. Each bedroom has three beds. Family size determines number of bedrooms per family. If you have a family in mind, please coordinate with them and request to be matched in housing with them.
    • Upgraded Housing - Stewart Lodge (4 Years & Older) – $TBD (USD) - The Stewart Lodge sleeps a total of 25 people. There are three sections for 8-9 people. Every section is equipped with an indoor bathroom and shower facility. Minimum of 4 per bedroom. Smaller families will be required to share each section accommodation. If you have a family in mind, please coordinate with them and request to be matched in housing with them.
    • Upgraded Housing - Conference Center/Tickwogh Lodge (4 Years & Older) – $TBD (USD) - These camp accommodations include carpeted bedrooms that sleep 5-6 people each. Every bedroom is equipped with a private bathroom and shower facility. Only 7 units are available on a first come, first serve basis. Must have a minimum of 4 people per bedroom (adults and/or children).

    • Saturday, November 04, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA 20120

    REGISTRATION HAS NOT OPENED.

    Join us for a fun-filled day at Cox Farm’s Pumpkin Madness! on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Fun for all ages, 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!

    Admission is TBD!***  More info to come later.

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


    ***Please note that day of event ticket sales are $15/Person. Discount tickets are ONLY available through advanced online ticket sales. Discount tickets WILL NOT be available at the Cox Farms Ticket Booth.

Past events

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
Sunday, December 18, 2016 Conception 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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