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
1
Wed
Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids helps Autism Society TX! @ 5-Cuts Haircut Card (Online)
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day
Where: Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids  Austin area locations: Round Rock, Arboretum, Sunset Valley-Brodie Lane, Pflugerville
What: Buy a haircut card now, save money, Cookie Cutters donates to AST.
When: Throughout April!
Why: It’s a great deal & supports a great cause!
  • 5 KidsCuts for $70.
  • Save $40 on the retail price for 5 cuts (which is $110!)   
  • 10% of ALL card sales donated to the Autism Society of Texas throughout April!

Buy your haircut card here:

5 KidsCuts for $70 – Autism Society Donation

Cookie Cutters has been dedicated to being autism-friendly from the opening of their first store! Read about their approach and the Autism Society of Texas training their stylists receive here: http://www.texasautismsociety.org/cookie-cutters-haircuts-for-kids-autism-friendly/

Once this crisis is over, we know your kiddos are going to need haircuts (or DIY cuts will need to be fixed:0))!  Take advantage of this fab deal and help a wonderful cause at the same time! Cards will be mailed to you via USPS. Thanks so much for your support!

Your Cookie Cutters Team

 

Apr
4
Sat
(Canceled)- 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Walk in Burnet, TX @ Burnet Middle School Gym
Apr 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
(Canceled)- 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Walk in Burnet, TX @ Burnet Middle School Gym

We are so excited to have a our 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Walk in Burnet, TX. Some notes about the event. The gym will open at 8:30 AM for registration. Walk-Up Registration is Welcome. Music will be provided by DJ Freddie! We will have prizes for all participants. Each walker/family will be introduced as they walk out on the basketball court. Walk will start around 9:30 and end at 11:00. We will have activity tables for sensory play and this event will be kid friendly.

Family Walk Events Include-Pinwheel Walk, Spirit Walk, Light-Up Walk, & Family Pedometer Contest.

We will end our event with an Eco-friendly biodegradable Balloon Release at or before 11:30. Come and enjoy some good fun and exercise Saturday morning. Before you leave you can take a picture by our Autism Balloon Ribbon Sculpture!

All proceeds are used to fund programs, promote education and awareness, and provide access to resources for families and adults living with autism in Texas.

Gym Information

Burnet Middle School only allows foot traffic only. Strollers will not be allowed on the court but you can use them and bring your stuff in but they will have to stay up by the stands/bleachers. No pets.

(Canceled) Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
(Canceled) Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe

Our support group is for caregivers. It is very informal. We share ideas, resources, and support with one another. Kids are welcome to come along. Please joins us for a cup of coffee and to chat about all things autism.

Please note! This group meets every other month on even months: Feb., April, June, August, October, December

Free Houston Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt @ Brill Elementary
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

FREE EASTER EGG HUNT for Children with Special Needs and their Siblings!

Join us in this special event of Easter Egg Hunting and other eggciting Easter activities at Brill Elementary 9102 Herts Road, Spring TX 77379. Bring your family and meet some special guests!

Spring, TX, Brill Elementary – Sensory Friendly Easter Egg Hunt for children with special needs and their families on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

Join us for this Free Family Fun Event! This event is designed to be sensory friendly, safe and inclusive. Enjoy a meet and greet with photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny along with Olaf, Elsa, Anna and special guests.

IMPORTANT: All participants must pre-register for this event to be able to attend. Make sure to sign up in the right category so that your child will be in the right area to accommodate their special needs.

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – REGISTER TODAY AT http://www.SoulHappyProject.com.

Schedule of Events:
12:00pm – Easter Bunny and Friends Meet & Greet
1:45pm – Special needs Easter egg hunt
2:00pm – Siblings Easter egg hunt

There is no age limit in the Special Needs Egg Hunt category. We welcome all ages and special abilities from age 1 to 100. However, for the siblings, ages 1 to 12 are encouraged. There will also be several different areas based on ability and needs.

AREA 1 – SPECIAL NEEDS AREA – Mobility
This area is specially designed to accommodate children in walkers and wheelchairs
AREA 2 – SPECIAL NEEDS AREA – Dietary Restrictions
This area will contain Easter eggs with special prizes but no candy to be able to accommodate children with any special dietary restrictions.
AREA 3 – SPECIAL NEEDS AREA
This area will be for special needs children. The Easter eggs will contain candy and other sensory friendly items.
AREA 4 – SIBLINGS OF SPECIAL NEEDS AREA
This area is for siblings of special needs children with ages 1 to 12.

*Volunteers & Donations Needed*

Sign up for volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BA9A82AA6FC1-free
Donations please message SoulHappyProject@gmail.com.

Rain Date: This is an outdoor event, and if the weather doesn’t permit it, this will be re-scheduled on Saturday, April 11th time will be the same. We encourage everyone to always check any event updates and visit SoulHappyProject.com for more details.

This Free Family Fun Special Needs Event is brought to you by Collette Sinclaire Risch & Camden Risch with The Soul Happy Project.

The Soul Happy Project

Bringing happiness into the world and creating a cohesive community environment and providing positive community experiences based on the foundations of Love, Joy and Happiness.

The soul happy project was created with the belief that happiness comes from within, where it grows and is passed on to others. It is our goal to foster positive mental attitudes, community inclusion and uplifting experiences for all. The Soul Happy Project was founded on the ideals of human equality, inclusion and love for all with an emphasis on positive and loving foundations to increase understanding of each other and eliminate fear, ignorance and hate. Visit SoulHappyProject.com and join us in making this a better world, one smile at time.

Apr
11
Sat
ACEing Autism – Tennis Program @ World of Tennis
Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm – May 16 @ 3:00 pm
ACEing Autism - Tennis Program @ World of Tennis

Our ACEing Autism program in Austin, TX will be holding their spring session in April, and we hope that you would like to try introducing your child to tennis! ACEing Autism’s adaptive tennis curriculum creates an opportunity for a safe, patient, and fun space for children with autism to foster confidence, the enjoyment of fitness, gain interest in a new sport, and increase social skills, fine & gross motor skills, and turn-taking. Our community programs offer a space for kids to be themselves and have fun while learning tennis! Coaches & volunteers lead participants through drills, tennis skills, and games, advancing each step based on each individual. We provide all of the necessary equipment during the sessions.

Our Austin program will run on Saturdays from April 11th through May 16th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. You can find more information about our Austin Program and reach out to our Program Director, Danny DaGian, here: https://aceingautism.org/locations/austin-tx/

Apr
14
Tue
(Canceled) Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
(Canceled) Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Who: Individuals with autism and their family or caregivers-all ages welcome
There is a limit of 35 guests.
Each family is responsible for their own bill.
Gluten friendly items are available.
Apr
24
Fri
Autism Society of Texas Sensory-Friendly Concert (Postponed) @ TBD
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Save the date! Due to event cancellations, this event will no longer be held in the Band Hall at the Butler School of Music. Directions on how to RSVP, as well as location and parking information, will be coming soon.

As part of an ongoing Community Music Therapy initiative, the Autism Society of Texas will host a sensory-friendly concert on April 24th (between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM). The program will feature performers from the Center for Music Therapy, Hurley Piano, the UT Sting Project, and more! Supported by a team of specialized SFC volunteers (made up of social workers, music therapists, professors, community musicians, and AST personnel), we aim to provide an evening of musical enjoyment for the whole family, free of physical or social barriers. Traditional classical music concert etiquette will be relaxed. Audience members will be encouraged to participate by moving about freely as needed, whether that be to seek sensory input or to practice self-expression through movement and dance. Ear plugs and sensory aids will be provided. A quiet room will be available. Stage and house lighting will be thoughtfully balanced. Sound amplification will be minimal. During the performance, there will be opportunities to engage in an interactive, Instrument Petting Zoo, as well as a musical resource fair. AST is committed to ensuring a positive, inclusive musical experience for every performer and audience member. Organizing these concerts with the guidance of individuals and families impacted by ASD provides us a unique opportunity to explore what “sensory-friendly” truly means. Come out and support this blossoming community of talented performers and organizations!

Apr
25
Sat
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Austin
Apr 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Austin

Join us for exclusive hours at PlayMazing (previously called Catch Air)! They are opening early for Special Needs Families and offering discount prices for special needs kids & siblings! Ages 1-2 is $5.68 and ages 3 & up are $8.93. They open to the public at 10am but you can stay as long as you want. You can even return later in the day since the pass is good for ALL day.

They are eager to accommodate our group like turning off loud music and/or turning off any lights that might be too overwhelming. During our exclusive hours, our kids can go to any section.

NOTE: Everyone MUST wear socks (adults & kids). You can bring dry snacks but must eat at tables in front. They also have concessions there.

Website with pictures: https://www.playmazing.fun/

 

Saturday Jan 18 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

•Saturday Feb 22 @  8:30am – AUSTIN

•Saturday March 14 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

•Saturday April 25 @ 8:30am – AUSTIN

•Saturday May 16 @ 8:30am – ROUND ROCK

(Postponed) Water Safety Presentation @ One of the Kids
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Water Safety Presentation for Parents/Caregivers focusing on how you and your family can be safer around water to prevent drowning.
• Presented by Amy Linkous of Swim for All in collaboration with One of the Kids and the Autism Society of Texas.
• Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death for children under 5 and a leading cause for ages 1-14.
• Drowning is a leading cause of death for children with autism and accounts for approximately 90 percent of deaths associated with wandering or bolting by those age 14 and younger.
• DROWNING IS FAST and SILENT.
• No one is drown proof.
• Drowning is preventable.

Childcare is available on site for this event.

Apr
26
Sun
Sensory Friendly Hours at Thinkery @ Thinkery
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Thinkery is committed to providing an accessible and interactive experience for all. During Sensory Friendly Hours, Thinkery extends a special invitation to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs to explore Thinkery with their families.

A typical visit to Thinkery can be challenging for those who feel overwhelmed by large crowds and excessive stimuli. In acknowledgment of this, the galleries will be modified to reduce extra stimuli and ticket sales will be limited to reduce crowding.

 

 

March Newsletters (3/17/2020) - Read the March Mid-Month Updates here. Subscribe here. March News can be found here.
February News (2/4/2020) - Check out what’s happening!  We need Austin Marathon volunteers, Autism Awareness Night is coming up in March with the San Antonio Spurs, and we have many support groups! Read the newsletter here. Subscribe here.
January Mid-Month Updates (1/19/2020) - What’s happening? We’ll see you in San Antonio for DreamWeek, join us Saturday 1/25 at our Sensory Friendly Concert, VOLUNTEER at the Austin Marathon, make a donation- it’s doubled thanks to Moody Foundation & Austin Marathon-Austin Gives Miles, and KEEP VOTING for our Recognize Good Legend, Ann Hart, Board President & amazing volunteer. Vote for […]
January News (1/19/2020) - Check out what’s happening this month! Recreation Event: Sensory-Friendly Concert at Kick Butt Coffee, 2020 DreamWeek: Succeeding with Autism in San Antonio, support groups including our new Waco group for autistic adults, vote for Ann Hart in the RecognizeGood #SayThanksAustin Campaign, getting ready for the Austin Marathon: Join #TeamAutism & more! Read it all here […]
December News (1/19/2020) - Check out our December newsletter here. Subcribe here.
2019 – What a Year! (12/20/2019) - It’s been a great year! From advocacy, to programs & new support groups, we had a year full of programs and educational events to help families and adults with autism. Read our year-end newsletter here. Continue reading here!
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 […]