We believe that others should accept our children who have Down syndrome, and by mutual exposure and awareness this acceptance will grow.  Therefore, TBODS hosts community trips for families to attend.  Some of these trips have included water slides, Marine World, and Music In The Park Picnics.  By attending these community events as a group, others learn that our children are ‘more alike than different’ from them and their children.  These events also provide a relaxing and fun filled time for our families to build strong relationships with each other.  





Community Groups

TBODS community groups use Facebook to connect you with other families living with Down syndrome right in your neighborhood. Volunteer run community groups plan monthly meet ups, group classes, holiday parties and mom’s night out events based on the groups interests. Groups are organized by county, join a community group today!

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Buddy Walk

This is our primary fundraising event each year. We host the one-mile walk that promotes understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome. The day includes lunch and a T-shirt to all those who register. At the finish line, the party continues with bounce houses, dance competitions and more! Annually, we give 7% of our income from this event back to the National Down Syndrome Society for their research and advocacy efforts.

For detailed information about this year’s event or to sign up click here!

Community Events

Community events enable families to enjoy fun social outings together in the community all throughout the year. Favorite annual events include Kite Flying Day, SF Zoo trip and Water Park day. Most events are free or low cost for TBODS families. Check out the event calendar to join our next event!


Community Meetings

Meetings are an opportunity to get our families together to build friendships while we develop our understanding of topics related to parenting children with unique needs. New parents, as well as experienced parents, are able to network, share and compare resources and ideas. Often we will have speakers or professional panels on topics regarding Down syndrome. We provide childcare led by an adult with CPR and Standard First Aid certification with assistance by local high school and college age students. Dinner is provided. Check out our event calendar and RSVP for the next community meeting TODAY!

TBODS Conference

Each year The Brighterside of Down Syndrome hosts the Annual Strategies for Educating Children with Down Syndrome Conference. This is an opportunity for educators, parents and professionals to come together to get up to date information specific to teaching students with Down syndrome.

This year we welcome Natalie Hale, award winning author, innovative educator and parent to an adult son with Down syndrome. Natalie is passionate about providing educators with practical tools to open the world of reading to children and adults with developmental delays.


Annual Winter Social & Summer Picnic

In the summer, TBODS hosts an Annual Family Picnic at Micke Grove Park in Lodi. This social event encourages our families to invite close relatives who are a part of their child’s life to join them for a fun day at the park! Hot dogs and hamburgers are provided by TBODS and families are asked to bring a potluck dish to share. We BBQ, visit the Micke Grove Zoo, enjoy games and jump houses.

In December TBODS hosts a Winter Holiday Social with dinner, dancing and pictures with Santa! We have held these at the Stockton’s Children’s Museum, John’s Incredible Pizza and local clubhouse halls. These socials are among our most popular activities because they provide a wonderful opportunity for families to relax and network in an environment where people will understand them and their loved ones without an explanation. Each year families comment on how they truly enjoyed getting together at such joyous times