Families come in every shape, size and color of the rainbow. June is Pride Month, and Los Angeles offers plenty of ways to celebrate your colorful family. While some Pride events haven’t historically been kid-centric, there are now plenty of festive opportunities that kids of all ages are welcome to take part in.  Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate with your own modern family and show your kiddos what Pride is all about.

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The Annual Family Pride Picnic & BBQ
Ditch the masses at the big parade, grab your blanket and come ready for a terrific afternoon with lots of LGBTQ families. Hamburgers and hot-dogs (including the veggie variety), snacks and drinks will be served. Your kids will love the crafts, family games, raffle and more. There’s also an infant play area if some of your brood isn’t yet walking.

When: Sunday June 8th, Noon – 3 p.m.
Where: Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Cost: Free
Online: laglc.convio.net

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The LA Pride Parade
If you do decide to brave the crowds, we suggest getting there early, enjoying the sights and going with the flow. Kids love parades, and this is an amazing one (just know that some of the outfits on display aren’t G rated…you may want to cover your kid’s peepers from time to time). This year’s Grand Marshal of the parade is Demi Lovato, so tweens may swoon…and won’t we be surprised at all if she sings a little something from “Frozen”.

When: Sunday June 8th, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Check website for details
Cost: Free
Online: lapride.org

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The Pop Luck Club
For gay Dads and their kids, why not approach the parade in a friendly group? The Pop Luck Club is an organization for gay fathers and prospective parents, and they have wonderful resources for gay families. Throw on Pop Luck Club tee-shirts and enjoy the parade in style while family and friends cheer you on. (Or be part of the cheering crowd!) In past years they’ve rented a train for all the Pop Luck kids to ride, complete with train whistles for everyone to choo-choo through the hullabaloo.

When: Sunday June 8th at 11 a.m.
Where: Call to ask specifically where to meet to join the parade, or be on the lookout for them as you watch the Pride Parade.
Cost: There’s an annual membership fee to join the Pop Luck Club (and lots of cool perks). Call (323) 942-9323 to ask for details.
Online: popluckclub.org

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Celebrating All Life and Creation Pow Wow
Kids will love repeating the word “Pow Wow”, and they’ll really be sold when you tell them it’s a celebration with music, dancing, drumming and food. This event honors Native American culture and is a great way to bond with the local community and your own family.

When: Saturday, June 28th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Cost: Free
Online: weho.org

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Father’s Day Celebration
Start with a yummy buffet brunch at The Abbey in West Hollywood ($19 adults, $7 kids under 12; RSVP here) and then get your groove on at a free kid-friendly concert in West Hollywood Park. A perfect way to celebrate Dad’s Day!

When: Sunday June 15th
Brunch at The Abbey (692 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Concert in the park (647 N San Vicente Blvd., West hollywood) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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If you’re looking for some bedtime stories after all the fun, check out And Tango Makes Three and In Our Mothers’ House, two of our favorite books that show that a family is defined by loving parents, not gender.

We hope you have a blast at Pride and show off all your colors!

Have we missed anything? How do you celebrate Pride with your family?

–Elena Wurlitzer

Photo Credits: Tim Evanson via Creative Commons, Torbakhopper via Creative Commons, Dave Fayram via Creative Commons, Guillaume Paumier via Creative Commons, Caitlin Childs via Creative Commons and Purple Sherbet Photography via Creative Commons.