Variety Family Council - February 2020 Update

In January of 2018, Variety relaunched the Variety Family Council. Comprised of 15 Variety families, the Council meets monthly to provide guidance on current, and future Variety programming. Learn more about the Family Council here.

During the past four months, the Family Council has been busy collaborating with Variety leadership on current and future programming. Listed below is more information about the outcomes of this work.

Variety Kids & Teens

Social Groups

Our Social Groups are planning new activities for your whole family to enjoy! These two groups, Kids (birth to age 12) and Teens (13 to 21), gather on their own schedules at local venues to enjoy different activities and spending time with each other. Family members stay to share the fun and make new friends.

Interested in joining the fun? Click here to register for the Social Groups and our group leaders will get in touch with you with more details. Information about our social groups is also often posted in our Variety Family Facebook group (see link below) - be sure to join the group to stay up to date!

Variety Alumni

Did you know that a Variety Alumni Group is forming for former Variety Kids as they age out of the programs? Send an email to the Family Council if you would like more information at

Variety Families

Family Networking Group “Conversation Cafe”

In September, the inaugural “Cafe” opened. The objective of this informal bi-monthly gathering is to share resources, experiences, and challenges with a small group of Variety parents with similar needs. Topic selection is determined by the interest of those attending that particular gathering. We will be holding the "Cafes" every other month. Send an email to the Family Council at if you are interested in being added to the notification email list.

Variety Family Conference

Our family conference brought in an inspiring speaker, Dr. Ann Turnbull. She was encouraging and relatable as she shared her story and journey with her son. We look forward to partnering and getting to learn more from her in the future - stay tuned to see when we may next ask her to speak. We will be hosting another conference in December 2020. 

Variety Week

Variety week will be here soon! The Runway Lights Fashion Show will be on April 18th. This year we will feature two designers, Talbot Runhof and Judith Leiber. Dinner with the Stars will be on April 25th and will feature Steely Dan.

Be sure to save the date for April 19th - our free Variety Family Celebration Day! Be sure to pay attention for more information - it is an event you do not want to miss.

Variety Family Facebook Group

Since its spring launch, over 200 members have joined this group to connect with other Variety St. Louis families, get info on social events, community events, ask questions, etc. Have you joined yet? Click here for more info and to join today.

Variety Family T-Shirts

Wear your pride as a Variety Family by outfitting your crew in the latest Variety family t-shirts. Click here to order.

Thank you for your continuing engagement and interest in Variety! If you would like a topic discussed at a Family Council meeting, please contact the Council at