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.

Sep
12
Tue
VELA Courses @ VELA
Sep 12 @ 9:30 am – Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm

VELA offers FREE courses to parents of children with special needs in English or Spanish. Courses start in September and October with the following topics:
Autism Course
Special Education in the Schools Course
Taking Care of You Course

Oct
22
Sun
Sensory Friendly Hours at Thinkery @ Thinkery
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Visit Thinkery for Sensory Friendly Hours from 8–10 am (plus enjoy a free breakfast taco provided by Hat Creek Burger Company!)—then head over to Alamo Drafthouse Mueller for an #AlamoForAll sensory-friendly screening of Trolls at 10:30 am!

Tickets for both events are FREE and generously sponsored by Variety Texas.

Separate reservations required for both events:

Reserve tickets for Thinkery’s #SensoryFriendlyHours presented by Variety (8–10 am): thinkeryaustin.org/sensory-friendly-hours.

Rerserve tickets for Alamo Drafthouse Mueller #AlamoForAll screening of “Trolls” ($5 food and beverage voucher is required to reserve your seat): drafthouse.com/austin/show/2d-trolls.

In addition to exclusive museum access, Thinkery is partnering with some amazing organizations to provide fun, hands-on activities and tailored information:

8:30 am & 9:30 am: Shining Stars – Theatre arts and improv games with Joshua’s Stage.

Autism Society of Texas – Helpful resources for improving the lives of all those affected by autism.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Build a tower with CARD’s BCBA therapists.

Sensory Friendly Hours at Thinkery are presented by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas. Variety is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering children with special needs in Texas.

Putt Fore Autism @ Peter Pan Mini-Golf
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Spark Learning’s 4th annual Putt Fore Autism, will be held on Sunday, October 22nd from 12-3pm. For the 4th straight year, this event will be held at Peter Pan Mini-Golf. Putt Fore Autism is a mini-golf tournament open to children and adults of all ages and abilities.

100% of proceeds will go directly to Autism Speaks and The Autism Society of Texas to fund autism research, grant programs, and adult recreation activities. Medals are awarded to the top finishers in each age bracket. The cost to enter is $10, which gives you discounted club/ball rental (the cost will be $4), entry to the tournament, and one free raffle ticket! Raffle prizes have been donated by many local businesses. Email Lynne@spark-learning.com to donate or sponsor a hole!

Check out the flyer: SparkLearningMINIGOLF_2017_v2.

Oct
24
Tue
Autism Run Club @ Austin High School Track
Oct 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.

Oct
26
Thu
Autism Run Club @ Austin High School Track
Oct 26 @ 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.

Oct
27
Fri
The Horse Boy Camp @ Candlelight Ranch
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day

The Horse Boy Camp is for families of children with autism. It is designed to seem as unstructured for the kids as possible. We want them to delight in the environment, explore and have fun. The camp is held at Candlelight Ranch, a beautiful 100+ acre property. $950 for up to 5 people. Includes food, lodging, horse related activities, zip lining and a guided canyon walk.

Fridays in Motion @ North Austin YMCA
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fridays in Motion @ North Austin YMCA

At Fridays in Motion, children living with autism and their families join together at the YMCA of Austin for two hours of play and recreation! You do not need to be a member, or register for the event. Just show up!  Kids of all ages are welcome!

Oct
31
Tue
Autism Run Club @ Austin High School Track
Oct 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.

Nov
1
Wed
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Nov 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.

 

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.

 

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 […]
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 […]