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Top Parent Gathering Spots In Denver

January 17, 2014 6:00 AM

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Art Students League of Denver (credit: CBS)

Art Students League of Denver (credit: CBS)

Art Students League of Denver Art Students League of Denver (credit: CBS)

Having a child changes everything. You go from independent adults to suddenly putting the needs of your child before your own. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have friends outside of your household. There are lots of other parents out there, married and single, that are looking to meet you as well. Why not take a class, join a book club or try one of these other great ways to meet fellow parents in Denver? You’ll end up with some new friends and have some fun in the process.

DenverParent.net
www.denverparent.net

A great place to find and meet up with other parents in the Denver area is through Denverparent.net. This site offers a lot of parenting tips, advice, recipes, products and more, but the focus is on meeting other parents and even some fun family events. You’ll find a handy calendar with many different types of events to attend, plus a lot of other truly helpful parenting information and advice. It is a lot like a parenting magazine but one that holds events and lets you meet other moms and dads in your neighborhood. Hop online and check it out.

Related: Best Places To Make Friends With New Parents In Denver

The Bookies
4315 E. Mississippi Ave.
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 759-1117
www.thebookies.com

Every parent should know about The Bookies. This kid-friendly bookstore is one of the only small independent children’s bookstores left in the state, and it is still going strong with a national reputation. You can just drop in and find lots of great people to chat with or attend one of the many events, storytimes, book signings, book clubs and more. This is also a spot where you will want to bring your kids since they’ll have a blast browsing the shelves and looking for new books to take home.

Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 778-6990
www.asld.org

What better way to get out, meet new people and have some fun in the process than to take a class or two? The Art Students League of Denver excels in bringing art classes to everyone. You can take classes on everything from ceramics to painting to photography and anything else you can imagine. So not only will you be getting out and having some fun, but you’ll be meeting some other people in the process. And, chances are, you’ll find a few other parents looking to do the very same thing. If you don’t end up meeting anyone, well, at least you learned some new skills and had a lot of fun doing it.

Related: Top Mommy & Me Classes In Denver

Meetup.com 
www.meetup.com

The best place to start is Meetup.com, where you can find several different types of meetup groups for parents. Are you a single parent looking to meet others? Meetup has you covered. Are you happily married, but just want to find other parents to enjoy play dates with, share ideas and go out for some fun? Meetup has you covered there too. Do you enjoy live theatre, sports or any other specific activity? You can find a Meetup group for all of those as well. Simply check out the site and search for pretty much any type of gathering, then sign up and meet some new friends.

Head and Heart Parents
3600 S. Yosemite St., Suite 1050
Denver, CO 80237
(303) 770-4667
www.headandheartparents.com

At Head and Heart Parents, you can take a variety of workshops and classes designed to help new parents learn the skills needed to raise a happy and healthy child. Of course, while you are at it, you’ll be meeting other parents that are doing the very same thing. You can take workshops for parents of children of all ages, as you learn valuable skills on how to be the most effective parent you can be. While you are there, strike up a conversation or two with some other people in the class, invite them out for a cup of coffee to discuss the class and then end up with some new friends.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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