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

Dec
10
Tue
Special Chimes Christmas Concert @ Round Rock Presbyterian Church
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm

Special Chimes is a free hand chime choir for teens and adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities. Please join us for our 10th annual Christmas concert. Hand chime choir, music, readings from the Christmas Story. Light refreshments following the program. This is an all abilities event. Like us on Facebook!

Dec
12
Thu
Recreation Outing: Trail of Lights, Movie Night @ The American Legion
Dec 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Recreation Outing: Trail of Lights, Movie Night @ The American Legion

2019 AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS – MOVIE NIGHT: 12/12
Holiday Screening: Home Alone

General Admission is FREE and open to the public on December 12th!! Parking will be available at the American Legion, where we will meet promptly at 6:45 PM. This should provide us plenty of time to mosey on over to Zilker Park, admire the lights, and get good spots for Home Alone, which begins at 8:00 PM. Bring a blanket and spending money (if you’d like to purchase kettle corn). Movie viewing is included with event entry.

The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is our city’s most beloved and longest running holiday tradition. Produced by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home. Visit with friends, families and neighbors and enjoy more than 2 million lights, 70 displays and lighted tunnels, 90 lighted holiday trees, nightly entertainment, Austin’s famous food trucks, and magical holiday activities sure to create treasured memories.

 

For More Information, Visit – https://austin.eventful.com/events/2019-austin-trail-lights-movie-night-1212-/E0-001-131425648-3

 

MeetUp Link: https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Adults-With-Disabilities-Social-Group/events/266560057/?isFirstPublish=true

Dec
14
Sat
Selfies With Santa @ Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Selfies With Santa @ Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church

Waiting in line for Santa at the mall can overwhelm anyone, especially kids with special needs. Take the time you need to warm up your kiddos in a calm, sensory-friendly environment. Sign-in, relax with a craft or sit for a story time with an elf. We will come get you when it’s your family’s turn to take Selfies with Santa! Free event, open to the public. Visit SelfiesWithSanta.org for more details and to reserve a spot.

(Santa used to work at the Lakeline Mall and Domain, and has been background checked. He’s very experienced with all types of kiddos. This is a passion project of his for retirement.)

 
Action Behavior Centers Plano Grand Opening! @ Action Behavior Centers
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hey Dallas / Fort Worth!

Action Behavior Centers is hosting a Family Fun Day this December!

Join us in celebrating our Plano center opening on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 from 11:00am-2:00pm! This is a winter celebration for all ages! We’ll have games, food, prizes, face painting, treats, and more.

This event is FREE for families and kiddos of ALL ABILITIES and ages, but please RSVP to this Facebook event by clicking “Going”, messaging us with your guest count, or emailing hailey.doyle@actionbehavior.com.

Can’t wait to see you there!!!

Address:
Action Behavior Centers
5085 West Park Boulevard, Suite C-400
Plano, TX 75093

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Dec
16
Mon
Sensory-Friendly Santa is Coming to Town! @ We Rock The Spectrum
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sensory-Friendly Santa is Coming to Town! @ We Rock The Spectrum

Come take family photos with specially trained Santa for children with Autism. Enjoy family fun in a sensory-friendly indoor play gym at a discounted rate of only $5 per kiddo. Pictures with Santa are FREE!! Optional donations will be accepted towards Autism Non Profit Organizations.

RSVP here: https://behavioral-innovations.com/event/austin-santa-event/

Come meet Santa’s special helper, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, Victoria Frescure and learn more about our new Oak Hill ABA Therapy Center opening January 2020

Hosted by Behavioral Innovations w/ We Rock the Spectrum!

Jan
1
Wed
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.

Jan
9
Thu
All Inclusive Adaptive Basketball @ Gus Garcia Recreation Center
Jan 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
All Inclusive Adaptive Basketball @ Gus Garcia Recreation Center

Gus Garcia Recreation Team will be offering it’s first season of Special Olympic Texas adaptive basketball!

Must be 8 years old. All participating athletes must fill out a waiver/medical release form with Gus Garcia Recreation Center prior to stepping on the court. Submit current Special Olympics of Texas Athlete Medical Authorization with a Doctor’s signature.

Practice Information:

Dates : 1/9/20-2/20/20

When: Thursdays

Where: Gus Garcia Recreation Center 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin, Tx 78753

For additional info contact Chris Meza at Christopher.Meza@austintexas.gov  Phone: 512-978-2525

 

Feb
1
Sat
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
16
Sun
Austin Marathon: Join #TeamAutism @ Start line at Congress Ave & 2nd St. Downtown Austin
Feb 16 @ 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 16, 2020! 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!

Volunteers:

We need approximately 100 volunteers for our Aid Station, at Varsity Pizza near 3oth & Duval in Austin on 2/16/20.  Age 12 & up please! We’ll be pouring & handing out drinks to runners. Please sign up here to get a volunteer t-shirt & sign the Austin Marathon waiver.

1) Register for a t-shirt by 2/5 & sign the waiver via Austin Marathon: Volunteer here.

2) Pick your shift time here.

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 benefit 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 in November 2020. (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@texasautismsociety.org 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 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.

Please email us here if you’d like to help at the aid station or for any questions about the marathon! Jacquie@texasautismsociety.org 

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.

 

 

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.
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.