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.

Oct
17
Wed
Community Night Spotlight: Disabilities Awareness @ Thinkery
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On October 17, join us to explore the tools and technologies that empower people with disabilities to do amazing things and learn how you can welcome friends of all abilities. Local organizations dedicated to serving and expanding awareness of the needs of people with disabilities will share their expertise, resources and stories. Admission is by donation, with a suggested $1 dollar donation.
Thinkery strives to be an inclusive, friendly, inspiring space to learn for the entire community, regardless of financial status, mental/physical abilities, ethnicity, nationality, race, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity or family status. During Community Night Spotlight evenings, Thinkery shines a light on a unique aspect of the rich diversity that makes Austin such an amazing place to live, play and learn with educational activities facilitated by staff and special community presenters.

Oct
20
Sat
Special Needs Surf Day @ NLand Surf Park
Oct 20 all-day

What can a day of surfing do for your child? Surfing can:
• Improve physical health and physical mobility
• Build self-confidence, self-esteem and personal empowerment
• Improve social skills
• Improve overall well-being
• Become an activity they can continue to pursue here in Texas
• Give your child an incredible experience on the water

Every child will surf with an experienced surf instructor. They will be on the surfboard together at all times (tandem). Safety is our highest priority and all participants will wear life jackets and be with an experienced instructor at all times. The ability to swim is not necessary.

Everyone during the day will find their own success. Success is found whether the participant stands, kneels or even lays on the board during the session. A great day on the water having fun is a big goal of the program.
Please e-mail or text to sign up or ask questions.

AccessAbility Fest @ Market Square
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

AccessAbility fest offers a gateway to resources, opportunities and recreation for individuals facing barriers to their maximum level of independence due to a physical, developmental, sensory and/or mental health challenges.

​The 12th Annual AccessAbility fest will kick-off after the Inaugural abilitySTRONG Parade along the streets of downtown San Antonio and features over 140 exhibitors with information, products, programs and services that promote independence and inclusion where individuals with disabilities live, work and play.

This FREE celebration includes live entertainment, activities for the whole family to enjoy, demonstrations, and food purchase options. Visit Autism Society of Texas at the event!

TEEN NIGHT: Halloween Edition @ We Rock the Spectrum - Austin
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Throw on your costume and come play themed group games! Join us for new friends, pizza, contests, music, zipline, a Halloween movie, and full run of the gym! Costume contest winner will win a surprise gift card! (Though this is a teen & adult event, please make sure costume is appropriate for all ages.)

There is now a drop off fee for participants under 16.
1:1 services are NOT available this night, please send your participant with an aide if necessary!

TEEN NIGHT: Halloween Edition! @ We Rock the Spectrum - Austin
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Throw on your costume and come play themed group games! Join us for new friends, pizza, contests, music, zipline, a Halloween movie, and full run of the gym! Costume contest winner will win a surprise gift card! (Though this is a teen & adult event, please make sure costume is appropriate for all ages.)

There is now a drop off fee for participants under 16. 1:1 services are NOT available this night, please send your participant with an aide if necessary!

Oct
21
Sun
Open Invite Birthday Party!! @ We Rock the Spectrum - Austin
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This month we will celebrate Jacob turning 11!
Please join us to party with the birthday boy!
Absolutely EVERYONE is invited! This is a community where ALL kids are included!
Discounted Open Play includes pizza and treats with our birthday friend!
Call us if your child would also like to be celebrated this day or next month!

512-687-4443

Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group: MINI @ Central Market
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm
Spectrum Girls Social + Support Group: MINI @ Central Market

Our monthly gatherings offer a chance for girls who identify with ASD and their caregivers to make social connections as we navigate through the autism journey from a female perspective. Join us at to exchange information, share stories, and laughs.

We will meet an hour before the Strings in the Park concert to grab a spot and get settled.  Buying food/beverages from Central Market Cafe on your own is optional, otherwise, event is free.

Fall Picnic-Gulf Coast @ Texas Avenue Park Pavillion
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

You’re invited to our annual picnic. We’ll provide the main course, chips, ice, and drinks. Bring your sunscreen, insect repellent, favorite side dish to share, and any special diet food. The park has a basketball court, playground, and tennis courts. Please RSVP here to danadressel68@gmail.com with the number of guests in your group. Hope to see you there!

Oct
25
Thu
STORYTIME: HALLOWEEN @ Bullock Texas State History Museum
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Celebrate Halloween with stories and activities that are sure to excite your little monsters.

Pop in with your young Texans (ages 2-5) for Bullock Storytime on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10am.
Dive into stories, sing your favorite songs, and expand your imaginations through hands-on experiences designed especially for ages 2-5. Program is FREE for members or with exhibit admission.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

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.

 

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 […]
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 […]