Where can single parents meet?

Single Parent Dating Services

Many clubs may hold a special night for single parents.
Many clubs may hold a special night for single parents.
Paul Burns/Photodisc/Getty Images

If the Internet still isn't your idea of a good way to meet people, you'll be happy to know that traditional, in-person dating services still exist. Although many of these meetings are organized through Web sites, you might find that the local newspaper or an events center's bulletin board could also be a source for many of the events. If you keep your eyes peeled for flyers and signs, chances are you'll start noticing more of them around town.

One of the more popular of these methods is speed dating. Although it differs slightly from service to service, the essential process is to get a bunch of single people in a room together and have them rotate from table to table, having a series of quick one-on-one conversations with a variety of people as they go. Many of these services cater to certain age groups as well as lifestyles, so you may not have much difficulty finding a night specifically dedicated to single parents.

The options don't end at speed dating. Nightclubs, restaurants and bars often offer singles nights and may occasionally cater to single parents. Depending on where you live, you might also find social clubs that create events for the purpose of meeting new people. These may include a variety of activities like hiking, biking, jogging or skiing, but some cities will also offer indoor events such as karaoke, book clubs or game nights. Depending on your interests and hobbies, you should be able to find a club that suits you well.

These types of services often fall somewhere in between online dating and meeting other people in your everyday life. They may be an excellent fit for single parents who are intentionally looking for people to share activities with, but don't quite know how to go about it. If you're more interested in the age-old method of meeting naturally, read on.