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

Apr
14
Sat
Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconic @ Bullock Texas State History Museum
Apr 14 2018 – Jan 2 2019 all-day

Experience the dynamic nature of Comanche culture through the paintings of Comanche artist and historian Eric Tippeconnic. The artwork is juxtaposed with Comanche artifacts to provide historical context and underscore Tippeconnic’s inspiration for the paintings. Engage with the symbolism and meaning in each painting through hands-on interactives for all ages, including a symbol scavenger hunt, a pattern-making activity and touchable canvases and artist tools. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconic’s paintings are rich with history and the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots.

Dec
16
Sun
Sensitive Santa @ We Rock ATX! @ We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym - Austin
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sensory Friendly Santa is coming to We Rock ATX and he is excited to meet his friends of ALL types! Wear your PJs and come tell our Sensitive Santa what you want for Christmas! In addition to regular gym play, we’ll decorate cookies, play winter games and enjoy holiday music! Each family/child will also have the opportunity for a photo session with Santa; digital copy included with payment. This is an ALL ages, ALL abilities event! Pre-registration is required as spaces are limited in order to keep this event sensory friendly. Call today to enroll your family! 512-687-4443

Dec
20
Thu
San Antonio Holiday Party @ Roosevelt Clubhouse
Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the Autism Society of Texas-San Antonio at our annual Holiday Party on December 20th! This is a fun, free party is for all ages!

The event is free but please register so we can plan for food & activities! Thank you! 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-society-holiday-party-tickets-52710697114

Jan
1
Tue
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Jan 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.

Feb
1
Fri
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Feb 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.

Feb
17
Sun
Austin Marathon: Austin Gives Miles @ Start line at Congress Ave & 2nd St. Downtown Austin
Feb 17 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

We’ve been selected as one of the “Official Charity Partners” again for the Austin Marathon’s charitable giving program, Austin Gives Miles! The Austin Marathon is on February 17, 2019! Mark your calendar, get your running (or walking) shoes on, and sign up to represent Autism Society of Texas! Choose the marathon, half marathon, or 5K!

Please consider making a donation to Autism Society of Texas or one of our team members! Donate here.

How to sign up for the marathon:

  1. Select & sign up for your marathon event on the Austin Marathon page here.
  2. In the “Join a Team” section on the registration page, choose “Autism Society of Texas” as your team in the dropdown menu. The Austin Marathon/Austin Gives Miles program suggested that each member fundraise a minimum of $250, which will be donated back to Autism Society of Texas! Already registered? Go to the charity page and select us here.

Individual Incentives:

  • Raise $250: Get a #TeamAutism dri-fit tee! New design this year!
  • Raise $500: We will cover your event entrance fee! (Plus get the dri-fit top!)
  • Raise $750: Receive a free entrance to our Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run on April 7, 2019. (Plus dri-fit top & marathon entrance fee covered!)
  • Raise $1000: Receive a free massage gift certificate.  (Plus dri-fit top, marathon entrance fee covered, and entrance to our Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run).

Form a Workplace, Corporate, or Friends & Family Team!

Do you own a business or work somewhere that would like to start a team? Would you like to run in honor of someone with friends & family? A team must have at least 3 members, and commit to raising $1500 collectively. Email Jacquie to sign up as a team. If your team achieves the $1500 goal one month before event, we will customize your drifit tees with company or personalized name. Individual incentives above also apply to team members but team tee will be substituted for the #TeamAutism tee.

What does it mean to run for the Autism Society of Texas?

You will be running for a cause, to raise funds to improve the lives of all affected by autism, locally.  We can help match you up with someone from our team if you’d like a running/walking partner, but you’re also free to go solo! We may have one or two optional fun get-togethers, but there is no team obligation other than participating in the event itself!

Not a runner yet?

Read this article: How to start running! (Great tips from the New York Times!)  Or consider signing up for 5K, it’s ok to walk this event!

Volunteer!

If you read all of the above information and running or walking the 5K is not your thing, come & join us at the aid station! We’ll be handing out drinks & snacks to runners, as well as setting up tables of drinks before the start of the race. Volunteers aged 12 & up only please, and everyone under 18 must be with an adult.

Volunteer Interest List  Please use the volunteer interest list if you’d like to help at the aid station! We’ll be sending out shift times for you to select approximately one month before the marathon, when our aid station is finalized.

Please email Jacquie@texasautismsociety.org with any questions related to the Austin Marathon event or volunteering. Thank you!

Mar
1
Fri
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
21
Thu
Newsies the Musical Inclusion Performance @ The Georgetown Palace Theatre
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm

Sensory Performance of Newsies. FREE to special needs citizens and their families. ASL interpreters, Audio Description, and wheelchair accommodations available. The show is one hour in length and sensory adapted for our audience. call for reservations.

Apr
1
Mon
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
7
Sun
Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run @ Georgetown High School
Apr 7 @ 7:00 am – 1:30 pm
Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run @ Georgetown High School | Georgetown | Texas | United States

The 11th annual Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run will be held Sunday, April 7, 2019! Registration is opening on December 10th! The ride starts & ends at Georgetown High School in Georgetown, TX.

REGISTRATION will open on 12/10/18! Register by 1/25/19 and save!

The event benefits the Autism Society of Texas, which provides information and referrals, support, education and advocacy for people in our community living with autism.

Please join us for a 68, 42, 24, or 9 mile bike ride. We will also have a 5K family fun run around the grounds of Georgetown High School for those who aren’t cyclists but still want to join us for the day. Families can register together and the 5K is great for younger children who want to bike, walk or run! Strollers also welcome!

For questions about sponsorship information, resource fair, volunteering, and any other concerns, please email abby@texasautismsociety.org. Thank you!

 

Els for Autism #GameON Golf Clinic - The Els for Autism Golf Challenge held its first Austin based event on September 15th at the University of Texas Golf Course.  Retired NFL players Ricky Williams and Kasey Studdard made the rounds and took photos with players and the local children who gathered for the #GameON Autism Golf clinic by The First Tee of […]
Morgan’s Wonderland Outing - Some photos from the May 18, 2013 trip to Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio sponsored by our wonderful friends at the Austin Elks Lodge!
Bike Ride 2013 - The Autism Bike Ride was a huge success. It was a beautiful day (maybe a little breezy) and over a hundred people rode from 9 to 62 miles to raise money and awareness.

 

December News (12/3/2018) - Read our December Newsletter here.  Check out the Austin Marathon, Holiday Parties, Day of Giving & upcoming events.  
November Mid-Month Updates (11/16/2018) - Read all about what’s happening this holiday season! From parties to support groups, there’s something for everyone! Read the newsletter here: November Upcoming Events Newsletter Subscribe here.
November News (11/1/2018) - There’s so much going on! From our Film Festival, to the importance of voting, to support groups & events, you can read it all here. To get the newsletter, subscribe here.
October Mid-Month Updates & Events (10/17/2018) - Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas! From our Autism Film Festival, to support groups & recreation events, there’s a lot going on! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
August News (8/2/2018) - Our August newsletter is out, and it’s full of information about our pool party, advocacy updates, new employment specialist & more! Read it here. Subscribe here.
July News (7/5/2018) - Check out our July newsletter.  Concerts for a Cause, AutFest, A Night of Metal, Sensory Friendly Hours, and More!  Read it here. To subscribe to our newsletter please sign up here.
June News (6/4/2018) - Check out our June newsletter!  Volente Beach, Blue Piano Concert for Autism, Support Groups, Recreation Events & More!  Read it here.   To subscribe to our newsletter please sign up here.
May Newsletter (5/2/2018) - Read what is happening at the Autism Society of Texas: Round Rock Express Game, Welcome Bilingual Support Coordinator, Summer Camps and more. Read the newsletter here To subscribe click here 
April Updates Newsletter (4/20/2018) - Read about what’s happening through the end of April in our April Updates Newsletter! Not getting the newsletter? You can subscribe here.
March News! (3/9/2018) - Read our March newsletter here! Great information about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, Teen Spring Break Karaoke, Advocacy training & more! Click here to read all the news!
Summer Camp Guide/Guía de Campamentos 2018 (2/21/2018) - Take a look at the 2018 Summer Camp Guide! This is a very comprehensive guide for children with special needs in Central Texas and surrounding areas. Aquí está la Guía de campamentos y recreación para el verano del 2018. Esta es una guía comprensiva para niños con necesidades especiales en el centro de Texas y […]
February Mid-Month Updates! (2/16/2018) - Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas here.  Read about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, Austin Marathon, numerous support groups, our Friends & Family Happy Hour and more! Want to subscribe? Subscribe here.  
February News (2/13/2018) - Check out our February newsletter here!
January News (1/18/2018) - Check out our January newsletters for events & activities. January Newsletter January Mid-Month Updates  
December Mid-Month News (12/20/2017) - Read our December mid-month newsletter here! It’s packed with information & events! Not getting the newsletter? Subscribe here.
December News (12/12/2017) -  Read the entire December newsletter here!  Are you getting our newsletter? It comes out twice a month! Don’t miss out on what’s going on! You can subscribe here.
November News (11/5/2017) - Read all about AutFest Texas, the free surf therapy event with “A Walk on Water”, a recap of our San Antonio Walk in the Park, and more! So much happening this month! Read the newsletter here.  
October News! (10/3/2017) - The October newsletter is out! The San Antonio “Autism Walk in the Park” is this Saturday 10/7 and Disability Mentoring Day is 10/20. Check out our Volunteer of the Month, Ann Hart! You can also honor an “Autism Star” at our film festival, AutFestTX! Read the October newsletter here. Subscribe to our newsletters here. The […]
Bike Camp Volunteers Needed! (6/19/2017) - The Autism Society of Texas has partnered with Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas for a Bike Camp!  We need a huge number of volunteers!  What do you need Volunteers to do? Volunteers will be paired up and work with one rider, jogging alongside them during their 75 minute session helping the rider keep balance […]
Summer Tips! (6/19/2017) - Summer Tips! Create a schedule for each day just like your son or daughter has at school, to help them know what to expect. For pre-readers, pictures are best. There are a variety of schedule apps available for the iPad, Kindle Fire, and phones. Many of them can incorporate photos, or provide the “First/Then” option […]