Rainbow Families

Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ+ Families in the DMV

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Georgetown Day High School, 4200 Davenport St NW, Washington, DC 20016
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    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

    Rainbow Families' Family Conference will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 AM-5 PM at Georgetown Day High School, 4200 Davenport St NW, Washington, DC 20016.  This year's conference lead sponsors are Georgetown Day School and McLean School.  

    The conference is the largest gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+)-headed family community in the region. The conference covers family planning workshops and panels for prospective parents and parent education workshops and panels for LGBTQ+ parents.

    Our Conference is a day full of both educational and social events, featuring activities and sessions that allow LGBTQ+ families to not only learn more about the topics that matter to them, but also to build on their own community of support.

    Diverse Workshops & Presentations

    Featuring information and tools for LGBTQ+ families, prospective parents, allies, and for people who work with LGBTQ+ families. Topics covered will include:

    • Paths to Parenthood, Creating Families;
    • Educating Our Children, Welcoming Schools;
    • Raising Our Children, Parenting & Healthy Families;
    • Navigating Our Communities & Institutions, Changing Hearts & Minds; &
    • Legal, Legislative, and Financial Hot Topics

      Kids’ Camp

      A full-day of fun, engaging and nurturing activities for children 2.5 years old through elementary school age

      Resource & Provider Fair

      Information and resources from welcoming DMV area service providers, schools, businesses, and organizations

      Tween & Teen Programs by COLAGE

      Day of programs provides opportunities for creativity, recreation and deep discussion and a safe environment to connect with other youth who are part of an LGBTQ+ family (Learn more about COLAGE here.)

      Registration Fees

      The adult registration fee listed below includes continental breakfast, opening session, a full day of workshops, lunch and ice cream social. The Kids' Camp registration fee includes continental breakfast, a full day of age-appropriate activities, lunch and ice cream social. Registration fees are non-refundable and will be used for the attendance grant fund.

      Early Adult Registration through April 16:

      Members: $50 per person

      Non-Members: $85 per person

      Late Adult Registration - April 17 through May 2:

      Members: $70 per person

      Non-Members: $105 per person

      Adult ON-SITE Registration:

      Members: $85 per person

      Non-members: $120 per person

      Kids’ Camp Registration through April 16 ONLY:

      Members: $30 per child

      Non-Members: $50 per child

      Tween/Teen Programming by COLAGE Registration through April 16 ONLY:

      Members: $30 per child

      Non-Members: $50 per child

      If you are not currently a member of Rainbow Families, you will have an opportunity to activate your membership ($35 annual fee) prior to registering for the conference. This will enable you to receive the member discount for the Family Conference and other events throughout the year. This option exists on-site at the conference as well. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODAY!

      The Family Conference is entirely self-supported and is financed by conference registration fees and the generous support of our sponsors. Because of our sponsors, we are able to offer a registration fee that is much lower than the actual per person cost to attend. Please be sure to thank our sponsors for their support of this program and our community.

      Family Assistance Fund: If the conference registration fees present a barrier from you and your family attending the conference, please email info@rainbowfamilies.org to discuss alternative arrangements. We never want a financial barrier to stand in the way of your ability to attend the conference.

      LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE HERE!

      • Sunday, May 06, 2018
      • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

      Come enjoy the day at Smithsonian's National Zoo! Gay Day at the Zoo will take place on Sunday, May 6 from Noon-5 PM. It is the perfect opportunity to roam the Zoo in a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment surrounded by members of our LGBTQ+ and ally community.

      Rainbow Families & The DC Center are partnering to have a meet-up for families with activities and crafts for the kids at a location TBD.  We also invite you to use the space to enjoy your lunch either purchased on site or packed and brought with you.

      Be sure to explore the Zoo on your own or along with some of your new friends. Or head on over to ride the carousel or explore the Kids Farm.

      STAY TUNED FOR MORE!

      • Saturday, May 19, 2018
      • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Near U Street Metro, Washington, DC
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      New and expectant parents! Here is your opportunity to connect with new LGBTQ parents with newborns, babies, and toddlers and parents who are expecting (either pregnant or waiting for adoption placement) in the DMV area.

      Each family is requested to bring a dish to share and to BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverages).

      This potluck will take place in Washington, DC not far from the U Street Metro. The exact location will be provided to those who register to attend. Only families who RSVP in advance are able to attend so we can plan accordingly.

      Questions? Email Rainbow Families at info@rainbowfamilies.org

      RSVP by Wednesday, May 16 so we know how many to expect. 

      Additional details including the specific address and potluck dish sign-up will be sent to attendees who have RSVP'd as we get closer to the date of the potluck.

      • Sunday, May 20, 2018
      • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
      • 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812


      Join fellow Rainbow Families for a family outing to see Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo.  Please arrive by 1:30 PM. The performance begins at 2 PM. Our group will have access to the party room where we will meet up before the show beginning at 1:30 PM and afterwards until 4 PM.  Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share potluck style for lunch after the performance. Additionally, we'll have a fun craft for the kids to do after the performance. 

      As a group we were able to secure a discounted rate on tickets of $15/person for Rainbow Families members and $20/person for non-members. Tickets are available until Monday, March 5.

      Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt

      Adapted for the stage by Allison Gregory

      Based on the books by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc.

      Directed by Mitchell Hebert

      Recommended for Ages 4+

      Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Come aboard as we launch this world premiere and find out!

      • Sunday, May 20, 2018
      • 1:35 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003
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      Take me out to the ballgame with Rainbow Families at a Nationals vs. LA Dodgers game!

      Join Rainbow Families for a Family Outing at the Nationals on Sunday, May 20 with game time of 1:35 PM. Tickets are FREE, but limited, and available on a first come, first serve basis. Please request tickets for your family only otherwise your registration will be canceled. Registrations exceeding the number of tickets available will be placed on a waitlist.  Please only register if you plan to attend. If you register and do not attend, you will not be able to register for tickets in the future as we need to ensure 100% of our tickets are used in order to have this opportunity available to members for future games.

      For those who RSVP and plan to attend, we will plan to have a meet up for lunch prior to the game at Gordon Biersch. Food and drinks will be the responsibility of each individual family.

      Tickets are available to Rainbow Families members only through May 16. Should any tickets remain at that time, they will be made available to non-members of Rainbow Families.





      • Sunday, May 20, 2018
      • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
      • Takoma Park, MD (Must RSVP for Exact Location)
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      The Pregnancy Support Group is for individuals or couples in the LGBTQ+ community who are currently pregnant or recently gave birth (from conception up through approximately 3 months postpartum). We offer a safe and comfortable environment to share our stories and resources during the journey of pregnancy and the first few months of parenthood. The Pregnancy Support Group is an open support group where new members are welcome to join at any time during the life of the group that meets monthly.


      Please RSVP in order to be connected with the group facilitators and to receive the exact location of the group.contact info@rainbowfamilies.org to learn more about the group.

      • Saturday, June 09, 2018
      • 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! We encourage allies,, friends, and families from out of the area to march in the parade alongside our DMV families and celebrate our family pride!

      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, June 10, 2018
      • 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      • Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC

      Rainbow Families is excited to have a booth at this year's Capital Pride Festival. Please consider volunteering at our booth.

      Please CLICK HERE to see available volunteer opportunities.

      Not able to volunteer? Please stop by our booth and say hi. 

      • Saturday, June 16, 2018
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

      MORE INFO COMING SOON!

      Rainbow Families is working to bring more opportunities for area LGBTQ+ headed families to come together and connect. Therefore, we are planning another dance to reach more families!

      Come out and rock the night away!  We hire a family-friendly DJ for the dance, plus have games and activities.  Plan to join us for this fun event! Kids of all ages are welcome! 

      STAY TUNED!

      • Sunday, June 17, 2018
      • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
      • Silver Spring, MD (Must RSVP for Exact Location)
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      The Pregnancy Support Group is for individuals or couples in the LGBTQ+ community who are currently pregnant or recently gave birth (from conception up through approximately 3 months postpartum). We offer a safe and comfortable environment to share our stories and resources during the journey of pregnancy and the first few months of parenthood. The Pregnancy Support Group is an open support group where new members are welcome to join at any time during the life of the group that meets monthly.


      Please RSVP in order to be connected with the group facilitators and to receive the exact location of the group.contact info@rainbowfamilies.org to learn more about the group.

      • Sunday, September 09, 2018
      • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      SAVE THE DATE!

      Registration Opens in Summer 2018

      Advanced sales: $5/adult, FREE Child (under age 18)

      Day-of sales: $18/adult, FREE 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.

      • Sunday, September 30, 2018
      • Sunday, November 11, 2018
      • 5 sessions
      • Whitman Walker Health, 1525 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
      Register

      Maybe Baby Class Overview:

      The 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, and surrogacy; financial and legal issues; building a support network; decision making as a couple or with a 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. 


      Location: Whitman Walker Health, 1525 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009


      Cost: The cost is $250 per couple, $150 for singles.  


      Fall 2018 Maybe Baby Schedule*:
      • Sunday, September 30 - 2-5 PM - Getting Started + Am I Ready for Parenting?
      • Sunday, October 14 - 2-5 PM - Paths to Parenthood: Adoption 101 + Fertility Options/Surrogacy
      • Sunday, October 21 - 2-5 PM - Legal Issues & Financial Planning
      • Sunday, November 4 - 2-5 PM - Transracial/Transcultural Adoption + Where You're At Now Reflection
      • Sunday, November 11 - 2-5 PM - Parent Panel + Closing & Next Steps
      *Topics subject to change. Pending confirmation of speakers and panelists.
      • Friday, October 05, 2018
      • 7:00 PM
      • Sunday, October 07, 2018
      • 2:00 PM
      • Camp Tockwogh, 24370 Still Pond Neck Rd, Worton, MD 21678

      Fall Family Camp Weekend - Camp Tockwogh - Friday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

      REGISTRATION OPENS IN EARLY SPRING 2018

      Various Housing Options Available - Registration Fees $115-$160/Person Depending on Housing Selection

      Rainbow Families 7th Family Camp Weekend will be held October 5-7, 2018 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. 

      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 selection $115-$160 per person (children and adults 3 years of age and up). Registration includes accommodations for two nights, all activities, and five meals. 

      Only include children 3 years of age and older as guest registrants to be factored into your payment. Children aged 2 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.

      Learn more about Camp Tockwogh by CLICKING HERE. 

      Housing Details:

      • Rustic Cabin - Standard Accommodations (3 Years & Older) – $115 (USD) - Each rustic cabin sleeps 5-12 people. Each cabin has electricity and lights. 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.
      • Stewart Lodge (3 Years & Older) – $150 (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.
      • Cottages (3 Years & Older) – $155 (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.
      • Conference Center/Tockwogh Lodge (3 Years & Older) – $160 (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).
      • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • DC Center, 2000 14th St NW #105, Washington, DC 20009

      November is National Adoption Month! Join the DC Center and Rainbow Families on for Adoption Information Night for LGBTQ+ prospective parents. This event starts at 7 PM at the DC Center for the LGBT Community.

      If you have considered parenthood, and have thought about adoption as a path-to-parenthood, then this event is for you! Come learn about domestic infant adoption, older child adoption, and foster-to-adopt. Meet other LGBTQ+ parents who are going through the adoption process. FREE information and inspiration! No commitment necessary!


    Past events

    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

    Rainbow Families, 5614 Connecticut Ave., NW, #309, Washington, DC 20015-2604

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