Recreation


The Autism Society of Central 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

Jul
29
Sat
Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming @ The Bullock Texas State History Museum
Jul 29 2017 – Mar 18 2018 all-day

EXPERIENCE THE PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE ON A WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON

The immersive and interactive exhibit Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming explores the past and future of electronic gaming through the player’s experience.

Discover the scope and impact of the electronic gaming industry as a cultural and technological phenomenon through a behind-the-scenes look at the technology and artistry that drive modern game development.

Dozens of rare artifacts — brought together for the first time from extensive collections across the globe — will be on display, featuring key milestones in technology, art, music, and design that forever intertwined video and games.

PLAYABLE CLASSIC VIDEO GAMES. NO QUARTERS REQUIRED!

Oregon Trail
ZORK I
Centipede
Ms. Pac-Man
Tetris
Super Mario Bros.
Madden 95
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Atari 2600, Nintendo NES, and Sega Genesis classic console re-releases
Guitar Hero
Wii Sports
Angry Birds
Minecraft

On view at the Bullock Museum from July 29, 2017 to March 18, 2018.

The Bullock Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Museum exhibit admission is $9 for youth ages 4 to 17, $11 for college students/military/seniors, and $13 for adults.

Aug
24
Thu
Autism Run Club @ Austin High School Track
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We are very excited to have our own Run Club, thanks to William Greer, avid marathoner from Coalition of Texans with Disabilities!  We welcome parents and caregivers, anyone signed up on the Autism Society of Texas Austin Marathon team, as well as siblings, to join the club and run with us! We will start off with very short distances, but hope to have some of our runners work up to running a 5K or greater! No previous running experience is necessary, and all fitness levels are welcome! The group is for all ages, walking, jogging or runners all welcome.

We meet at the Austin High School track under the scoreboard by the fence, from 6:30-7:30 pm. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Austin High is located at 1715 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703.

Please look for William our group leader, or the lead volunteer under the scoreboard. William pictured in photo below. 

We need volunteers to run with the group! If you’d like to volunteer please give us your contact information so we can email you with details. You do not need to have a child or adult with autism in the program to volunteer! We need a few runners to stay with the group and assist William in encouraging runners, keeping the group together, etc. Sign up to volunteer here.

Individuals with autism should register here. For those under 18, a parent or caregiver must stay on site at the track during run club. Parents/caregivers can choose to observe or participate!

There is no charge to participate. Please email Caroline with questions at Caroline@texasautismsociety.org.

Safety Awareness – Shape It Training @ The Shape of Behavior
Aug 24 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join The Shape of Behavior for a free educational opportunity to learn about safety awareness considerations and techniques for children with autism and other special needs. This is a free presentation and training led by our Austin-based BCBA.

Childcare is provided! The schedule is as follows:

6:45 – 7:00 – Registration/Refreshments
7:00 – 8:00 – Presentation
8:00 – 8:15 – Q&A Session
8:15 – 8:30 – Closing

Please RSVP with Christina Westendorf via email to austin@shapeofbehavior.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Aug
26
Sat
Annual Pool Party @ Southwest Family YMCA
Aug 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at our Annual Pool Party. All are welcome!

Please RSVP.

When:

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

5:30 pm-8:00 pm

Where:

Southwest Family YMCA, 6219 Oakclaire Dr, Austin, TX 78735

Free food, drinks, dessert, swimming, playground, and outdoor movie, “Finding Nemo”! All ages welcome and you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to attend. Please RSVP to help us plan for beverages and food. Thank you!

A huge thank you to the Southwest Family YMCA, who are donating the use of their facilities for this event, and thank you to Thrivent Financial, for providing beverages and desserts!

We hope to see you all there!

If you would like to volunteer for the event, please email us at info@texasautismsociety.org. Thank you!

Aug
29
Tue
Autism Run Club @ Austin High School Track
Aug 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We are very excited to have our own Run Club, thanks to William Greer, avid marathoner from Coalition of Texans with Disabilities!  We welcome parents and caregivers, anyone signed up on the Autism Society of Texas Austin Marathon team, as well as siblings, to join the club and run with us! We will start off with very short distances, but hope to have some of our runners work up to running a 5K or greater! No previous running experience is necessary, and all fitness levels are welcome! The group is for all ages, walking, jogging or runners all welcome.

We meet at the Austin High School track under the scoreboard by the fence, from 6:30-7:30 pm. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Austin High is located at 1715 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703.

Please look for William our group leader, or the lead volunteer under the scoreboard. William pictured in photo below. 

We need volunteers to run with the group! If you’d like to volunteer please give us your contact information so we can email you with details. You do not need to have a child or adult with autism in the program to volunteer! We need a few runners to stay with the group and assist William in encouraging runners, keeping the group together, etc. Sign up to volunteer here.

Individuals with autism should register here. For those under 18, a parent or caregiver must stay on site at the track during run club. Parents/caregivers can choose to observe or participate!

There is no charge to participate. Please email Caroline with questions at Caroline@texasautismsociety.org.

Aug
31
Thu
Autism Run Club @ Austin High School Track
Aug 31 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We are very excited to have our own Run Club, thanks to William Greer, avid marathoner from Coalition of Texans with Disabilities!  We welcome parents and caregivers, anyone signed up on the Autism Society of Texas Austin Marathon team, as well as siblings, to join the club and run with us! We will start off with very short distances, but hope to have some of our runners work up to running a 5K or greater! No previous running experience is necessary, and all fitness levels are welcome! The group is for all ages, walking, jogging or runners all welcome.

We meet at the Austin High School track under the scoreboard by the fence, from 6:30-7:30 pm. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Austin High is located at 1715 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703.

Please look for William our group leader, or the lead volunteer under the scoreboard. William pictured in photo below. 

We need volunteers to run with the group! If you’d like to volunteer please give us your contact information so we can email you with details. You do not need to have a child or adult with autism in the program to volunteer! We need a few runners to stay with the group and assist William in encouraging runners, keeping the group together, etc. Sign up to volunteer here.

Individuals with autism should register here. For those under 18, a parent or caregiver must stay on site at the track during run club. Parents/caregivers can choose to observe or participate!

There is no charge to participate. Please email Caroline with questions at Caroline@texasautismsociety.org.

Sep
2
Sat
JumpStreet Special Needs Hour @ JumpStreet
Sep 2 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

JumpStreet Special Needs Hour is FIRST Saturday of every month at 830am -10am (can stay until 11am) for ALL AGES special needs children and siblings.

Adult supervision is required during this special needs hour!

Children cost $8 each (only $4 if under 4) and parents are FREE to participate! Doors open at 8:30am and we have the entire place reserved until 10am. They have a large trampoline area, 2 dodge ball courts, 2 inflatable slides, foam pit, mechanical bull, maze, tube slide, video games and toddler trampoline area.

They relax a lot of the rules for the Special Needs group so that our kids can access ALL areas and adults can play too! Kids can jump with or without socks. At 10am, the doors open to the public so then we must follow the standard rules. We are allowed to stay until 11am! (Example: kids under 4 must stay in small trampoline area or bounce houses)

Sep
3
Sun
H-E-B Bob Bullock Free First Sunday @ The Bullock Texas State History Museum
Sep 3 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during H-E-B Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month.

Explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state.

Discover the story of the 17th century French ship La Belle and artifacts recovered with the ship in La Belle: The Ship That Changed History.

Experience the player’s perspective on a worldwide phenomenon and play more than a dozen iconic video games in Pong to Pokemon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming.

Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation in American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

H-E-B Free First Sundays Presented by H-E-B.

Sep
5
Tue
Autism Run Club @ Austin High School Track
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We are very excited to have our own Run Club, thanks to William Greer, avid marathoner from Coalition of Texans with Disabilities!  We welcome parents and caregivers, anyone signed up on the Autism Society of Texas Austin Marathon team, as well as siblings, to join the club and run with us! We will start off with very short distances, but hope to have some of our runners work up to running a 5K or greater! No previous running experience is necessary, and all fitness levels are welcome! The group is for all ages, walking, jogging or runners all welcome.

We meet at the Austin High School track under the scoreboard by the fence, from 6:30-7:30 pm. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Austin High is located at 1715 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703.

Please look for William our group leader, or the lead volunteer under the scoreboard. William pictured in photo below. 

We need volunteers to run with the group! If you’d like to volunteer please give us your contact information so we can email you with details. You do not need to have a child or adult with autism in the program to volunteer! We need a few runners to stay with the group and assist William in encouraging runners, keeping the group together, etc. Sign up to volunteer here.

Individuals with autism should register here. For those under 18, a parent or caregiver must stay on site at the track during run club. Parents/caregivers can choose to observe or participate!

There is no charge to participate. Please email Caroline with questions at Caroline@texasautismsociety.org.

Sep
7
Thu
Autism Run Club @ Austin High School Track
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We are very excited to have our own Run Club, thanks to William Greer, avid marathoner from Coalition of Texans with Disabilities!  We welcome parents and caregivers, anyone signed up on the Autism Society of Texas Austin Marathon team, as well as siblings, to join the club and run with us! We will start off with very short distances, but hope to have some of our runners work up to running a 5K or greater! No previous running experience is necessary, and all fitness levels are welcome! The group is for all ages, walking, jogging or runners all welcome.

We meet at the Austin High School track under the scoreboard by the fence, from 6:30-7:30 pm. We meet every Tuesday & Thursday. Austin High is located at 1715 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703.

Please look for William our group leader, or the lead volunteer under the scoreboard. William pictured in photo below. 

We need volunteers to run with the group! If you’d like to volunteer please give us your contact information so we can email you with details. You do not need to have a child or adult with autism in the program to volunteer! We need a few runners to stay with the group and assist William in encouraging runners, keeping the group together, etc. Sign up to volunteer here.

Individuals with autism should register here. For those under 18, a parent or caregiver must stay on site at the track during run club. Parents/caregivers can choose to observe or participate!

There is no charge to participate. Please email Caroline with questions at Caroline@texasautismsociety.org.

 

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.

 

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 […]
June News (6/2/2017) - The June newsletter is packed full of information! We’re starting a new group for girls with autism, and a run club for individuals with autism and their families! We also have an Access-Austin interest meeting this month (adult vocational program), and our First Responder Morning on June 11th which is a free event for kids […]
Run Club Starting Soon! (6/1/2017) - We are very excited to start our own Run Club, thanks to William Greer, avid marathoner from Coalition of Texans with Disabilities! We hope to start in the middle or end of June and hold Run Club at Austin High School. We welcome parents and caregivers, as well as siblings, to join the club and […]
May News (5/30/2017) -          To read about what’s going on in May click below: May Newsletter May Mid-Month Updates Subscribe to our newsletter here.
Summer Camp Guide 2017 & Autism Society Camp Partners (5/2/2017) - Take a look at the 2017 Summer Camp Guide! This is a very comprehensive guide for children with special needs in Central Texas and surrounding areas, developed in collaboration by Easter Seals Central Texas, Parent Support & Training Program, and Austin Independent School District Family and School Support Team. The Autism Society of Texas has […]
April Newsletter & April Mid-Month News (4/5/2017) - The April mid-month newsletter is out! See what’s happening the last two weeks of April!  Read it here. Read all about what’s happening at the Autism Society of Texas in April! We are grateful to have numerous partnerships with local businesses, excited about our upcoming Talent Show, and can’t wait for our Texas Autism Advocacy Day […]
March News (3/17/2017) - We have so many great things going on!  Read all about it here: March Newsletter March Mid-Month Updates Are you getting our newsletter? Subscribe here.
Enter Our 2017 “Give Me a Place to Stand” Autism Society of Texas Photo and Video Contest (2/28/2017) - WHO: The 2017 “Give Me a Place to Stand” Autism Society of Texas Photo and Video Contest is open to all photographers and videographers who are affected by autism, including children, adults, family members and caretakers. WHAT: We are looking for original, striking images and videos of the impact of the Autism Society in the lives […]
February News (2/28/2017) - Check out our February newsletter and mid-month updates!  Read about events and happenings for adults and kids with autism, as well as their families or caregivers. February Newsletter February Mid-Month Updates Subscribe to our newsletter here.
Announcing Autism Society of Texas! (1/20/2017) -   We are pleased to announce that the Autism Society of Central Texas is changing our name and expanding our service area, effective immediately, to the Autism Society of Texas.  We currently maintain priority program coverage for a twenty-four (24) county service area, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet,  Caldwell, Comal, Fayette, Gillespie, […]
November Newsletter: Events, Advocacy & Health & Wellness Day! (11/8/2016) - Check out the November newsletter!  It’s full of everything going on at Autism Society of Central Texas & in our community!  This month we’re launching Access-Austin, our vocational program for adults with autism, and also holding a Health & Wellness Day at Whole Foods at Lamar & 6th Street!  Don’t miss out! Do you want to […]
Free Coding Camp at Microsoft -Domain (6/1/2016) - We love our friends at the Microsoft Domain store! They are reserving a week of their free mini-camp for Autism Society of Central Texas! Parent or caregiver required to stay at store, but they are offering free computer classes for parents at the same time! (Excel, etc). Parents not required to participate in classes if you don’t want to! […]
May Newsletters (5/16/2016) - Are you getting our newsletter? It comes out twice a month & has lots of great information about Autism Society of Central Texas & community events as well!  Subscribe here. May Newsletter May Mid-Month News  
Texas Rowing For All: Summer Camp! (5/2/2016) - Rowing Camp & Camp Kayak: We’ve partnered with Texas Rowing for All for 2 choices of Summer Camps: Camp Kayak (age 8 & up) or Rowing Camp (ages 13 & up), both from August 1st-5th. The camp is usually $200 for the week, however Autism Society of Central Texas will be contribute $100 for each camper, so […]
Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run: Event Details (4/2/2016) - Event Location The bike ride and run will both start and finish behind the athletic/annex building of Georgetown High School (GHS). When traveling North on Austin Ave, GHS will be on your right. Past the main GHS entrance, there will be a sign for the event and a driveway into the Annex parking lot. This […]
2016 Summer Camp Guide (3/3/2016) - The 2016 Summer Camp Guide is out! This is a very comprehensive guide for children with special needs in Central Texas and surrounding areas, developed in collaboration by Easter Seals Central Texas Parent Support & Training Program and Austin Independent School District Family and School Support Team. Download here:  SummerCampGuide2016_Eng_2_29_16
#Amplify Austin #AmplifyAutism #AmplifyAssembly (2/23/2016) - AMPLIFY AUSTIN! #AmplifyAustin is almost here!  24 hours of giving to local nonprofits, from 3/8 at 6 pm to 3/9 at 6 pm!  Please help Autism Society of Central Texas raise $10,000 to provide our water safety swim program free of charge to participants.  Your donation will provide a life saving service here in Central […]
Sensory Friendly Movies For Teens and Adults! (10/5/2015) - AMC and the Autism Society have teamed up to provide movie times featuring new releases for teens and adults! We’re excited that our older teens and adults can go to age-appropriate movies with some accommodations! Adult/teen movies will be shown on Tuesday mornings starting at 10am local time, the second and fourth Tuesday of every […]
Austin’s TILT Performance Group Celebrates 40 Years of FREE TO BE… YOU AND ME (10/27/2014) - [Austin, TX] It’s been forty years since Marlo Thomas and friends launched Free To Be… You and Me into our public consciousness, and TILT Performance Group is celebrating by mounting the iconic 70s musical this November. The cast, comprised of company members Toby Al-Trabulsi, Amy Flores, Kristin Gooch, Emily Newman, Jonathan Pate, Caitlin Primm, Peter […]