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East Bay

Our Family Coalition

East Bay: fall 2019 



OakPride-2019Oakland LGBTQ Pride and Family Garden


After a brief summer hiatus, we're excited to return on September 8th with our not-to-be-missed Oakland LGBTQ Festival Pride Parade Contingent and Family Garden.


Parade contingent participants should plan to meet up at Broadway and 14th at 10am, ready for the 10:30am step off. Families lead Oakland Pride! Just one of many reasons this is a super family-friendly event.


Inside the Festival, we'll be hosting our state-fair-for-queer-fam-style Family Garden, which will be open from 11am to 4pm. In addition to the regular fun–jumpy houses, teacup amusement park ride, bungee jump, petting zoo (alpaca included!), pony ride, fire engine, etc.–this year we have something new in store: live performance!


At 1pm, Grammy award-nominees and all-around righteous social justice champions Alphabet Rockers will be giving an album release concert for THE LOVE!

Here's more:


AlphaRockers-OakPride-FamGarden-2019In proud partnership with Our Family Coalition: THE LOVE Album Release Concert is a one-time-only event. The Family Garden at Oakland Pride is THE place to premiere this music!


Hear guest voices from the album like Kanyon CoyoteWoman Sayers-Roods, Mahawam, RyanNicole, Billy Dean Thomas (Boston), Yiann, Solas Burke-Lalgee, MADlines and introducing Karlon Z, Aris Wong and Rei Matsuno.


PLUS new youth dancers joining Alphabet Rockers for the show.  PLUS our young stars Lil' Tommy, Lily, Kali and Maya.  PLUS The Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful advocacy booth.  PLUS a daylong stage we are supporting of LGBTQI++ Artists for families like Emily Butterfly, mari posa and more to be announced!


For more info, see our Oakland Pride event page here.



 Rainbow-Fam-NightRainbow Family Night at Habitot


Rainbow Family Night facilitator Aisha Hamilton will continue holding this long-running support group for East Bay LGBTQ families and prospective parents the first Wednesdays of the month, with ongoing support from event hosts, Habitot Children's Museum in Berkeley. Childcare and pizza provided with advance RSVP; suggested donation $10; no one turned away for lack of funds.


For more info, see our Rainbow Family Night event page here.



More soon!


We're hard at work cooking up some amazing Oakland-based family support programming: come back soon to find out more. Meanwhile, please stay in touch with us with your questions or ideas:



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East Bay places for DIY meet-ups or pop-up playdates


Oldsters who remember "guerrilla queer bar" actions in the 1990s may like to call these "guerrilla queer tot lot playdates." (Back then, we'd amass and then descend upon places that weren't previously designated as queer spaces. But our critical mass made them so.)


Whether it's at a playground, a park, or the entry area of a zoo, folks can look for one another if enough of you sport rainbow attire, or someone alerts the group to "look for the genderqueer parent in spit-up-stained T-shirt that says 'Ask your other parent'."


As to places you might meet: first and foremost, remember your nearest city park with a half-decent play structure! Never underestimate the E-Z value of a picnic. But when a simple park playground isn't enough, below are some other places you could propose a meet-up or pop-up playdate for East Bay LGBTQ families. Note: most of these are fee-based; we haven't formally vetted them, but are sharing venues where we've hosted family field trips in the past, or gone with our own families.


◦ Children's Fairyland

699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Hours: M - F 10am - 4pm; Sat, Sun 10am - 5pm
$12 kids and adults; under 1 yrs free

◦ MoChA, Museum of Children's Art

1221 Broadway, Lower Level Suite 49, Oakland
Drop-in hours: W, Th, Sat: 10am - 1pm
$7 kids and adults; under 1 yrs free

◦ Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland
Hours: M-F 10am - 4:30pm; Sat, Sun + Holidays 9:30am - 4:30pm
$20 ages 2-14; $24 15 - 64; under 2 & over 76 yrs free
$10 to park a car
*all admission fees $5 less in groups of 12 or more

◦ Nipaki Playspace

3900 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Hours: 10am - 6pm every day but Tues (closed)
$12 per child, siblings $10; adults free



◦ Habitot Children's Museum

2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley
Hours: M-Th 9:30am - 12:30pm; F & Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm
$12 children & adults

◦ The Rec Room

3222 Adeline Street, Berkeley
Drop-in hours: M-F 9am - 1pm
$10 fee per kid, siblings $8

◦ Totland Playground (City of Berkeley)

1644 Virginia St., Berkeley
Hours: sun up to sun down [will check to get more specific]
Free public park

◦ Tilden Park Steam Train 

Grizzly Peak Boulevard & Lomas Cantadas
(within Orinda town limits, but really Berkeley hills)
Hours: M-F 11am - 5pm; Sat, Sun, + Holidays 11am - 6pm
$3 for adults & children; under 2 yrs free



◦ Wee Play (City of Alameda Rec & Parks)

2203 Central Ave, Room 250, Alameda
Drop-in hours: MWF 10am to 1pm
$6 fee per child


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