North England adult baby play area event in July 2013

Slides in the play area

Update: See this post of Jane’s on her blog for the latest information about what sounds like an incredible venue.

The lovely ABJane, who is skilfully organising the first National Nappy Meet for UK adult babies, DL’s and friends, has arranged another cracker: a play area meet in Lincoln in the North of England. It is happening on 6 July 2013 and should suit the young at heart down to the ground.

A slide in the play area

ABJane has found a play area specially constructed to suit larger little people as well as more conventionally sized children. The play area covers 10,000 square feet, with ball pools, 4 mega slides and it’s all split up onto three levels. What more could a 6’3″ toddler ask for?

The play area opens for private adult parties and in this case the owners are aware they’ll be hosting adult babies who will be wearing nappies and baby clothes as they play. The owners of the play area are completely fine about us enjoying ourselves as we feel most comfortable. And so they should be!

Davy in ForeverAKid shortallsI think ‘most comfortable’ for me means nappy, nursery-printed t-shirt and shortalls. The shortalls might get discarded if it’s very warm and I really enjoy running around – nappy and t-shirt is fine attire for an excited three year old in summer. Don’t worry, I’ve got great legs:) Oh yes, we have to wear socks, so make sure you have some fun ones!

ABJane will also be bringing her stash of colouring books and crayons so we can have something to do when we get tired of running around playing on the slides and apparatus. I bet she’ll also bring her truly epic haul of Duplo too – I’ll try to persuade her if she isn’t. No throwing Duplo at other kids, though; we play nice or we don’t get to play at all!

The North England adult baby play area event is a total bargain at £11 per ticket. It will happen in Lincoln, a three-minute taxi ride away from the station, on 6 July 2013. The times it will run from are 19:30 to 21:30.

There is a nearby hotel currently offering cheap rooms, so we don’t all have to heard off home late at night if we don’t want to. The plan so to go and play (in a more grown-up style) at the hotel bar so we can finish off the evening having relaxed fun with like-minded people. Then we can all scoot of to sleep and wet our beds (hehehehehehehehe).

There is information about the North England adult baby play area event on the National Nappy Meet homepage, and you can buy tickets for it on the NatNapUK.org site as well.

Super brill-person points should be awarded to ABJane for organising another ace event:) ABJane has more than enough to keep her busy without setting up national adult baby functions; yet she does that as well with cool composure and svelte skill. If you come along to one of ABJane’s jollies make sure you give her an extra-big hug to say ‘thanks’ for her efforts:)

  • This sounds relay awesome. I going to see if i can mention something about this on my blog to.

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  • Lanie the toddler

    Wish I could come! I live in the USA though…

  • Tommy_In_Salem_New Hampshire

    Interesting, that there are “arranged” meetups for Adult Babies over in the UK where you are located. No such thing here where I am in the State of New Hampshire.
    I do have to note, is that over the Internet, I have met other Autistic & Cerebral Palsy adults who are also “Adult Babies”.
    Only problem, is that all of them are no closer than several hundred miles away.

  • Hello Tommy,

    I know there are plenty of AB meet-ups in the US; I’ve been to a couple on my extremely infrequent trips to your fine country. You could try looking on Littles Munch or signing up to Fetlife to find events near you.

    I don’t think it’s necessary to do this, but since you mentioned it: I’m also pleased to have met other adult babies who have schizophrenia (or related mental illnesses), as I do, thanks to the power of the internet. It’s great to have friends with shared experiences.

    If I may warm to my topic, I’d go as far as saying some of my most balanced and reasonable friends are insane AB’s. Sure, they may have problems, but some of us have a more sophisticated and rich understanding of what’s important in life than many people who consider themselves totally sane and normal (the tedious dunderheads;).

  • Lauren

    Does anybody know how to book this place for your own party? Do they have a website? I’ve been looking everywhere! ):

  • Tommy_In_Salem_New Hampshire

    Hello Davy!

    Autism is different from Schizophrenia. It is a lifelong developmental disability that affects social functioning. My other lifelong developmental disability is Cerebral Palsy. Both my Autism & CP are “mild”. I do have to wear Stainless Steel/Plastic AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthoses) leg braces to aid me in standing & walking. I also use forearm crutches, related to my CP, which affects my legs.
    Being medically incontinent, both my bladder & bowels, I am in diapers 24/7 around the clock.
    I am a survivor of severe childhood abuse, physical & emotional. My own Mother, who passed-away in 2008 was severely mentally-ill, & never got any kind of proper treatment.
    For me, being an “Adult Baby” is far safer than drowning my Childhood Abuse PTSD away with booze or dope.
    Oh!
    I have read your testimony on Mental Health to Parliament.
    Here in the State of New Hampshire in the USA, the Mental Healthcare “System” is in tatters, due to “draconian” budget cuts the last few years. Back in March of 2011, I myself had to drive up to the NH State Capital of Concord to attend a “Public Hearing” on the “budget cuts”, < 24 hours after my elderly Father "passed-away". I was angry, that I had to "interrupt" my grieving, to " verbally fight" Republican Party legislative "thugs" determined to strip funding services for the Mentally-ill, & the physically & developmentally disabled to "fund" stuff like "Big Business Promotion", & bringing "Casino Gambling" into New Hampshire.
    As I have aged, I have had to become a "crusader" for "disability rights".
    Anyway, good to meet you online.

    • Hi Tommy,

      I do know that Autism is different from schizophrenia, I was merely paralleling your experience of finding similar sufferers online to my similar experience. I’ve found it very good to meet people with similar mental illnesses, as it seems you have with your different illnesses, but at least for me distances are shorter in England so I can meet people with less difficulty than you.

      Disability rights are a good thing to be be crusading for, well done for taking such action. I’m afraid my efforts are merely at the ‘education and enlightenment’ end of the spectrum. The talks I give, like the one to Parliament, on the radio a few times and to various smaller groups of people in different organisations, are more about explaining the experience of having a mental illness like mine and highlighting, and so promoting the use of, talking therapies’ great utility in helping we psychotic types. Not really crusading!

      However, the BBC have picked up on the fact that I have greatly benefited from talking therapy, namely Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis, and that I have promoted its wider use, including giving a talk at the launch of the government’s new mental health strategy of which greater use of such therapies was promised to be a major feature. Surprise, surprise, things like CBT haven’t become terribly easier to access and when people are offered them they are often for too short a period of time to be useful, or can take a vastly long time to actually be delivered.

      Therefore, the BBC will be filming me quite extensively for their current affairs program Panorama for their episode on this subject. It’s a good thing to highlight by a serious, mainstream program. The cost savings of using things like CBT effectively are astronomical. Before I had CBT for psychosis at the end of 2009 I was an in-patient in the nut house about once a month. Since having the CBT I’ve been in hospital only once. In-patient treatment is vastly expensive, especially when people are under 24 hour continuous monitoring as I usually was, so the saving in keeping me out of the loony bin that the CBT have generated are epic. Even though they seem airy-fairy, muddled and imprecise compared to things like hospital and drug treatment, things like CBT are actually the bargain option. The BBC program will attempt to highlight this and press for their greater adoption. It scares the willies out of me to be filmed talking about all this stuff, but since it is for a cause I believe in I’m happy to do it.

      And I’m so pleased with this comment I’m going to turn it into a blog post. Thanks Tommy, for giving me an idea for something to write about 🙂

      By the way, you can use spaces in the name field for comments, you don’t have to use underscores.

      Oh yes, you said other things too 😉

      I know precisely what you mean about being an adult baby as better medication than booze or drugs for childhood trauma. I don’t want to get into the details of my childhood here, that’d just get me really upset, so lets just say there was some trauma involved. I responded to this whilst I was still a very young boy by wanting to be little(r) again, and tried to wear nappies from a very early age. I was pretty much a TB, a Toddler Baby 😉

      The need to be little has stayed with me all my life, but now it’s less themed around dealing with crushing unhappiness and is more just a basic part of the person I am. (Right at this moment) I’m very happy with the person I am, nappies and all, so I’m happy to celebrate and embrace this part of my personality in a happy way. But, yes, the memories are still there and being little now is far more fun than ruining my life with lots of mind altering substances. Even though it has it’s roots in a defence against unhappiness, being little is a happy thing for me now. I’m a very jolly, enthusiastic, excitable, slightly silly little boy and I get a lot of pleasure in bringing those features of myself, bringing my little self, out into the open to express themselves.

      The people I meet seem to like it too: I can assure you that being funny, enthusiastic and bubbly with a big grin on your face when you are talking to people is a fabulous method of making them grin too and like you in the process. Introducing people, especially women, to your teddy bear when you’ve already established yourself as a jolly charmer has never failed, in my experience, as a means to make friends and influence people. 🙂

      Sorry if that was all rather long. I appreciate the time and effort you have made reading my writings and commenting fully on things; it would only be polite to go to some effort to answer you. I hope you continue to enjoy my little website. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

      Waves
      Davy.