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

Jun
26
Wed
Play Groups for All Abilitis (Ages 0-3) @ Easter Seals Central Texas
Jun 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Bring your little one for a fun morning out at Easter Seals! We will have our summer Play Groups for All Abilities for ages 0-3 every other week throughout this summer of 2019!

Jun
27
Thu
Behavioral Innovations Autism All- Stars Event @ Behavioral Innovations Center
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Behavioral Innovations Autism All-Stars Event

1603 Medical Parkway, Suite 100, Cedar Park, TX 78613

 June 27th @ 5:30

Come meet our all-star team during this fun, sports-themed event! We will have games and snacks for the whole family. Plus you get a sneak peek at our newly renovated Cedar Park Treatment Center.

 

FlyerAutism All-Star Grand Re-Opening

 

Jul
1
Mon
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Jul 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.

Jul
8
Mon
I Can Shine Bike Camp @ Clay Madsen Recreation Center
Jul 8 – Jul 12 all-day

Flyer: iCan Shine Bike Camp Flyer 2019

Variety’s iCanShine Bike Camp is back! The Autism Society of Texas and DSACT are also partnering for this camp.
The 2019 Bike Camp is at Clay Madsen Recreation Center in Round Rock, TX from July 8th-12th.

REGISTER HERE

Please email ruthie.hanna@varietytexas.org with questions.

We have a limited number of spots that will be filled on a first come, first serve basis and spot will be reserved when both registration and payment have been completed.

Requirements for Participation (Rider must meet all of below criteria):

· Minimum age – 8 years old
· Able to sidestep to both sides
· Have a disability
· Able to attend camp all 5 days
· Able to walk without assistive device
· Maximum weight 220 lbs.
· Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
· Minimum inseam of 20” (measure from floor while rider is wearing sneakers)

WE NEED MANY VOLUNTEERS!

Please VOLUNTEER HERE! Thank you!

We are in need of volunteers over the age of 15 who can commit to the same 1 hour and 15 minute time slot for Monday- Friday, July 8th -12, 2019. Volunteers will assist riders with special needs toward the goal of learning how to ride a two-wheeled bike on their own!

Volunteers will need to fill out a registration form and complete a background check.

NOTE: Dropping-off Riders at the program is not permitted. A parent, legal guardian or other adult authorized to take responsibility for the Rider (e.g. another parent) must remain on site for the duration of the 75-minute program.

Camp host: Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas
Camp dates: July 8, 2019 – July 12, 2019
Camp location: Clay Madsen Recreation Center 1600 Gattis School RD, Round Rock, TX 78664
Fee: $150.

From iCanShine’s website:

“Our organization began in 2007. Since then, we have successfully taught approximately 20,000 people with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle. The impact of learning to ride a bicycle independently, and our high level of success in helping people with disabilities accomplish this feat, continues to drive demand for our iCan Bike program.

Approximately 80% of the people who participate in our iCan Bike program learn to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle independently (at least 75 feet with no assistance) by the end of our five-day program while attending for only 75 minutes each day! The remaining 20% make tremendous progress towards this goal and leave our programs accompanied by family members trained as ‘spotters’ to pick up at home where we leave off!”

For more information about iCanShine’s Bike Camp Program please visit icanshine.org.

 

 

Jul
10
Wed
Play Group for All Abilities (Ages 0-3) @ Easter Seals Central Texas
Jul 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Bring your little one for a fun morning out at Easter Seals! We will have our summer Play Groups for All Abilities for ages 0-3 every other week throughout this summer of 2019!

Jul
13
Sat
Houston, TX The Hobby Center Foundation Presents Aladdin, A Sensory Friendly Performance @ The Hobby Center
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
The Hobby Center Foundation Presents
A Sensory Friendly Performance of

Saturday, July 13th; 2:00 PM
All Tickets $10
Complimentary Transportation Available

For this special performance, accommodations will be made to allow for a more relaxed and inclusive experience for individuals on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities and their families. These include a supportive audience environment, preshow resource materials and designated quiet and activity areas.

Three Easy Ways to Purchase Tickets

1. Online
Use Code: ALA0713

2. CALL 713-315-2580

3. VISIT the Hobby Center Box Office
800 Bagby
M-F 10 AM-6 PM
Sat-Sun 11 AM-4 PM

SIX TICKET LIMIT PER ORDER

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

For questions or more info, please email: <ahref=”mailto:aladdinsfp@thehobbycenter.org”>AladdinSFP@thehobbycenter.org or call 713-315-2457.
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Jul
20
Sat
Special Needs Resource Symposium @ McKenna Event Center
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE SYMPOSIUM JULY 20, 9AM-4PM | MCKENNA EVENT CENTER

Any Baby Can and Cole Pediatric Therapy have teamed up to bring the parents of our community an opportunity to learn about the following and resources available to help their children:

  • Developmental Milestones (fine motor, gross motor, language delays)
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia (identifying symptoms, coping)
  • Autism (diagnosis and available treatment)
  • Feeding/Nutrition/Adaptive Fitness
  • No to minimal cost Community Resources
  • Transitioning into adult programs

Childcare will be available on-site for all parents in need. Please RSVP with Brandy Gray Brandy.Gray@colehealth.com – (512)-820-6408 or Kasey Chenault kchenault@abcsa.org – (210)-547-3019

New Braunfels Special Needs Resource Symposium Flyer

Jul
23
Tue
Round Rock Express: Autism Awareness Night @ Dell Diamond
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us at Dell Diamond! Autism Awareness Night is sensory friendly, with quieter volume for announcements, no fireworks, and gluten free food options! There is also a Resource Fair with local therapy providers! Contact Elisa if you would like to be part of the resource fair: efogle@rrexpress.com

The Autism Society of Texas will be on the field before the game discussing autism. We’ll also have an information kiosk! Please note, we do not know the end time, it depends on how the game is going! Stay for as little or as long as you’d like! 

Please purchase your tickets using our special link! A big thanks to Round Rock Express who are donating $3 from every lawn ticket sold using the discount code and $5 from every infield reserved ticket to our organization!

Social Story:  If you’d like to view or download a story about going to the baseball game you can do so here: Going to a baseball game.

Jul
24
Wed
Play Group for All Abilities (Ages 0-3) @ Easter Seals Central Texas
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Bring your little one for a fun morning out at Easter Seals! We will have our summer Play Groups for All Abilities for ages 0-3 every other week throughout this summer of 2019!

Jul
27
Sat
Family Waterpark Event @ Volente Beach Waterpark
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Family Waterpark Event @ Volente Beach Waterpark
Please RSVP on this Google Form  https://forms.gle/eEf59uT4wsnq92Yf6
Join families of Autism Society of Central Texas & Austin Special Needs for exclusive hours at Volente Beach Resort & Waterpark on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9-11am. Park opens to public at 11am and we can stay until closing at 7pm. During our exclusive hours, the pirate ship will be open to all our kids (not just those under 42″). Parents are allowed to hold small children on the large open slide so that all can participate!
DETAILS:
-Saturday, July 27th 2019 at 9am-7pm
-We get reserved hours for entire waterpark for our special needs group from 9-11am
-Doors open to public at 11am but we can stay and play ALL day
-FREE parking
-Allowed to bring in igloos (no charge) with food for lunch, snacks, sodas, & water
-Parents can hold small kids down large open slide!!!!
-Reserved picnic area for our group
-Special needs kids are FREE, 2 years & under are FREE, guests are $15 each, kids under 42″ are $10 (both are discounted prices)
-Beachside Billy’s will also be open for lunch
To save time at check-in please fill out this waiver ahead of time: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ab01cd6bbb3c/web/

 

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.

 

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.
Spring Volunteer Opportunities! (2/11/2019)- We have some volunteer needs this Spring! Most are in the Austin area, but if you’re outside Austin some of the tasks can be done via phone & computer, so it’s not necessary to be in Austin. Please email us for details! 1) This Sunday! Austin Marathon Aid Station: Sunday Feb. 17, 2019 We have a charity […]
Update On T-Shirt Design Contest! (2/6/2019)- Due to an overwhelming amount of inquiries about the t-shirt design contest, we have decided to also accept entries from immediate family members of individuals with autism. Honor someone special with your artwork!
2019 Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run is Hosting a T-Shirt Design Contest (1/31/2019)- New This Year! The Autism Society of Texas is celebrating our 11th Annual Bike Ride and Fun Run by hosting a t-shirt design contest. One lucky winner will have their design featured on the front of our official event t-shirt!  All you have to do is download the entry form from our website and submit your […]
January News (1/16/2019)- Check out what’s happening this month! From new staff to Austin Marathon, early bird specials for Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, there’s a lot going on! Read it here.
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