Recreation


The Autism Society of Texas offers several recreational opportunities for families to meet one another in an informal setting. Every month, families enjoy play dates for children on the spectrum of all ages, AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Films, and Friends and Family Happy Hour just for adults. Some of our other special events during the year include a roller-skating party for teens, Round Rock Baseball outings, hockey games partnered with the Texas Stars Foundation, our big Candlelight Ranch Picnic, summer fun pool parties, and our holiday wine-tasting party in December. Join the fun!

Upcoming Events

Mar
1
Sun
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Check the AMC website for the monthly sensory friendly film selections.  If the film image shows “Buy Tickets” under it, it is a confirmed film. Other films are subject to change until tickets are available. Please check with your local theater to confirm time and showing.

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Mar
7
Sat
Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Fifth Annual My DSO Concert @ Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Fifth Annual My DSO Concert @ Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces the fifth annual My DSO Concert which will take place on March 7, 2020, at 11:00 AM. The My DSO Concert is a spectacular event that is accessible for all, with special care taken to create a safe, comfortable and fun environment for those with specific needs, including children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities, as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. This year’s performance is presented by Jan Miller and Jeff Rich and supported

by The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, 29 Acres and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Tickets to the My DSO Concert are sold on a “pay what you can” basis with a suggested price of $10. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.mydso.com/buy/tickets/my-dso-2020. Patrons who wish to utilize the “pay what you can” option should call Jena Tunnell at 214.871.4025.

Prior to the performance, patrons will be able to interact with musical instruments at an instrument petting zoo provided by the Dallas Symphony’s Teen Council, participate in a music therapy experience provided by Sound Starts Music Therapy and create Sensory Play Pals provided by My Resurrection Fern Counseling. In addition, representatives from many local organizations and outreach groups will be on hand for a Resource Fair presented by The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation. Pre-concert events start at 10:00 AM.

The My DSO Concert will last about an hour and will be performed without intermission. The performance will not vary from a traditional orchestra concert programmatically, but arrangements will be made to accommodate the individual needs of people with acute sensitivities. Fidgets and Eye Masks will be available thanks to the support of 29 Acres; Quiet Rooms will be set aside in case the music becomes overwhelming; the performance will be broadcast via television monitors on the lower level of the Meyerson; and house lights will be set to a brighter level. There will also be remarks from the stage to welcome the audience and introduce the music.

After the performance, patrons will be invited to stay for a meet and greet after-party with the other guests and the musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The Richard Gussoni Family has generously provided cookies for the after-party.

Past My DSO Concerts have served more than 4,000 individuals, many of whom had never attended a classical concert before.

Sibshops @ Circle C Community Center
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

AUSTIN SPRING 2020 SIBSHOPS
Fun, action-packed workshops for siblings aged 8-12. Sibshops provide
siblings of people with a disability a place to meetother people “who get it.”

March 7 2-5 PM at Circle C Community Center

 

Mar
10
Tue
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Who: Individuals with autism and their family or caregivers-all ages welcome
There is a limit of 35 guests.
Each family is responsible for their own bill.
Gluten friendly items are available.
Mar
14
Sat
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Round Rock
Mar 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Round Rock

Join us for exclusive hours at PlayMazing (previously called Catch Air)! They are opening early for Special Needs Families and offering discount prices for special needs kids & siblings! Ages 1-2 is $5.68 and ages 3 & up are $8.93. They open to the public at 10am but you can stay as long as you want. You can even return later in the day since the pass is good for ALL day.

They are eager to accommodate our group like turning off loud music and/or turning off any lights that might be too overwhelming. During our exclusive hours, our kids can go to any section.

NOTE: Everyone MUST wear socks (adults & kids). You can bring dry snacks but must eat at tables in front. They also have concessions there.

Website with pictures: https://www.playmazing.fun/

 

Saturday Jan 18 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

•Saturday Feb 22 @  8:30am – AUSTIN

•Saturday March 14 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

•Saturday April 25 @ 8:30am – AUSTIN

•Saturday May 16 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

Autism Awareness Night with San Antonio Spurs @ AT&T Center
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join the Spurs on March 14, 2020 for Autism Awareness Night. Each ticket purchased on this link will receive an Autism Awareness Night T-shirt and early access to the building to watch teams warm up. A portion of the proceeds on this link will go back to Silver & Black Giveback.

Upon arrival between 5-5:30PM families will meet at the doors all the way to the right of the East Main Entrance. Doors will open for early access starting at 5:30PM and will lock at 6PM. After entering the building, families will then be directed down to sections 20, 22, &24 to watch warm ups.

Families are requested to bring their own noise cancelling headphones to help with the sound in the building.

Families will also have access to AT&T Center’s Sensory Room on the Balcony Level near La Gloria.

T-shirts can be picked up outside of section 208 before the end of the 1st quarter.

Spurs will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30PM.

Purchase Deadline: Mar 14th @ 5:30pm CST

Apr
1
Wed
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Check the AMC website for the monthly sensory friendly film selections.  If the film image shows “Buy Tickets” under it, it is a confirmed film. Other films are subject to change until tickets are available. Please check with your local theater to confirm time and showing.

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Apr
4
Sat
Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe

Our support group is for caregivers. It is very informal. We share ideas, resources, and support with one another. Kids are welcome to come along. Please joins us for a cup of coffee and to chat about all things autism.

Apr
14
Tue
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Who: Individuals with autism and their family or caregivers-all ages welcome
There is a limit of 35 guests.
Each family is responsible for their own bill.
Gluten friendly items are available.
Apr
25
Sat
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Austin
Apr 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Austin

Join us for exclusive hours at PlayMazing (previously called Catch Air)! They are opening early for Special Needs Families and offering discount prices for special needs kids & siblings! Ages 1-2 is $5.68 and ages 3 & up are $8.93. They open to the public at 10am but you can stay as long as you want. You can even return later in the day since the pass is good for ALL day.

They are eager to accommodate our group like turning off loud music and/or turning off any lights that might be too overwhelming. During our exclusive hours, our kids can go to any section.

NOTE: Everyone MUST wear socks (adults & kids). You can bring dry snacks but must eat at tables in front. They also have concessions there.

Website with pictures: https://www.playmazing.fun/

 

Saturday Jan 18 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

•Saturday Feb 22 @  8:30am – AUSTIN

•Saturday March 14 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

•Saturday April 25 @ 8:30am – AUSTIN

•Saturday May 16 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

 

 

February News (2/4/2020) - Check out what’s happening!  We need Austin Marathon volunteers, Autism Awareness Night is coming up in March with the San Antonio Spurs, and we have many support groups! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
January Mid-Month Updates (1/19/2020) - What’s happening? We’ll see you in San Antonio for DreamWeek, join us Saturday 1/25 at our Sensory Friendly Concert, VOLUNTEER at the Austin Marathon, make a donation- it’s doubled thanks to Moody Foundation & Austin Marathon-Austin Gives Miles, and KEEP VOTING for our Recognize Good Legend, Ann Hart, Board President & amazing volunteer. Vote for […]
January News (1/19/2020) - Check out what’s happening this month! Recreation Event: Sensory-Friendly Concert at Kick Butt Coffee, 2020 DreamWeek: Succeeding with Autism in San Antonio, support groups including our new Waco group for autistic adults, vote for Ann Hart in the RecognizeGood #SayThanksAustin Campaign, getting ready for the Austin Marathon: Join #TeamAutism & more! Read it all here […]
December News (1/19/2020) - Check out our December newsletter here. Subcribe here.
2019 – What a Year! (12/20/2019) - It’s been a great year! From advocacy, to programs & new support groups, we had a year full of programs and educational events to help families and adults with autism. Read our year-end newsletter here. Continue reading here!
November Mid-Month Updates (11/21/2019) - Check out what’s happening for the rest of the month! AutFest Texas film submission deadline is 12/9/19. We’re seeking volunteers for our film screening committee as well as short & feature films! Jingle & Mingle was a huge success, and check out upcoming events, “Preparing for the Holidays” and “Genetic Testing: Guiding Treatment & Care […]
November News (11/4/2019) - Check out what’s happening in November! From support groups, to educational events, and our holiday kickoff  party, Jingle & Mingle, there’s a lot going on. READ the newsletter here! Subscribe here.
October Mid-Month Updates! (10/17/2019) - So many things coming up! Join us for Putt Fore Autism 11/2, Jingle & Mingle 11/15, our Executive Functioning discussion on 11/7 & more! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
September News (9/4/2019) - Our September newsletter is out! Get your early bird ticket to our Jingle & Mingle party, enter our art & photography contest, and read about upcoming events! Read the September newsletter here. Read the September Mid-Month Updates here. Subscribe to the newsletter here.
August News (8/5/2019) - Our August newsletter is out! Read about our upcoming pool party, save the date for the Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party, and check out our monthly support groups! Read the August newsletter here. Subscribe here.
July News (7/5/2019) - Find out what’s happening this month! From Autism Awareness Night with the Round Rock Express, to a yogurt family social with our El Paso chapter, and multiple support groups, there’s a lot going on! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
Preparing for July 4th! (7/2/2019) - Watch the Autism Society of Texas on Spectrum News Austin here to see tips on celebrating July 4th and see our suggestions below! Preparing for July 4th! 1.Plan something that will work for your loved one with autism! Consider what you think your child or teen can handle & pick your activity accordingly. Take into […]
June News (6/3/2019) -
May Mid-Month News (5/16/2019) - Check out what’s happening in the last half of May!  Read the newsletter here.
May News (5/2/2019) - April may be over, but as usual, we’ll be spreading acceptance and awareness year-round! Check out our May newsletter! The Hunter Hinze Fund is accepting applications, we have multiple events this month including First Responder Community Day, The Possibility of Disability Art Show, and our Texas Autism Bike Ride and Fun Run makeup event this […]
April Mid-Month Updates (4/15/2019) - What’s coming up in then next few weeks? Advocacy Day, art & autism at Davis Gallery,  our make-up Park & Play Day, and many support groups! Read about it here. Subscribe here.
April News (4/4/2019) - Check out our April newsletter to read about World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day, our Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, and more! Read it here. Subscribe here.
March News (3/4/2019) - Check out our March newsletter! Read about our upcoming bike ride, Advocacy Day, support group meetings, and more! Subscribe here.
Winner of the 2019 Bike Ride and Fun Run T-Shirt Design Contest! (3/1/2019) - We’re excited to announce the winning design for our 2019 Bike Ride and Fun Run t-shirt design contest! This sweet image was created by 8-year old Camille Olivia C. Nayve in honor of her twin brother. Our graphic design team is working on making it print-ready. Stay tuned to see the final artwork and look for […]
February Mid-Month Updates (2/18/2019) - Check out what’s happening! From our Bike Ride Design Contest to support and education events, we’ve got it covered! Read it here. Subscribe here.