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

Jan
25
Sat
Recreation Event: Sensory-Friendly Concert at Kick Butt Coffee @ Kick Butt Coffee
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Recreation Event: Sensory-Friendly Concert at Kick Butt Coffee @ Kick Butt Coffee

The Autism Society of Texas will host a casual, sensory-friendly concert on January 25th at Kick Butt Coffee, featuring The New Motown (Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired), Paradise (The Center for Music Therapy), and Invoke! Bring the family out for an eclectic afternoon of jazz, rock, and classical music. AST is committed to ensuring a positive, inclusive musical experience for every performer and audience member. Earplugs and sensory manipulatives will be available. Our goal is to host similar concerts later in the year with the help of expert performers, social workers, and therapists. 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! 

 

12:15 PM – The Center for Music Therapy:

https://www.centerformusictherapy.com/

https://www.centerformusictherapy.com/workshops

 

1:15 PM – Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired:

https://www.facebook.com/events/3138090909594428/

https://www.tsbvi.edu/

https://thenewmotown.bandcamp.com/releases

 

2:15 PM – Invoke:

www.invokesound.com

www.facebook.com/invokesound

www.instagram.com/invoke.sound

www.soundcloud.com/invokesound

 

Invoke has coordinated sensory-friendly concerts in Austin and abroad. Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical…but not not classical” (SiriusXM), Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other not-nots encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to create truly individual music, written by and for the group. Equally at home in a collaborative setting, Invoke has performed with musicians from widely varying genres, from the Ensō Quartet, to chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin, to beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon. Invoke’s two albums Souls in the Mud and Furious Creek both feature original works composed by and for the group, plus the quartet has also performed and recorded numerous world premieres. Invoke believes in championing diverse American voices, including their ongoing commissioning project American Postcards, which asks composers to pick a time and place in American history and tell its story through Invoke’s unique artistry.

Jan
26
Sun
Spectrum Girls – Social and Support Group @ Mueller Park
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Spectrum Girls - Social and Support Group @ Mueller Park
Our monthly gatherings offer a chance for all girls and women who identify with ASD and their caregivers to make social connections as we navigate through the autism journey from a female perspective. Come picnic with us to exchange information, share stories, and laughs.  Bring your own food and drink from home or any of the many restaurants around the park.  http://www.aldrichstreet.com/listing-category/dine/   (The Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller will be open until 2pm.)
The exact location will be emailed out! Whole family welcome!
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
11
Tue
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ The Bay Area United Way Building
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ The Bay Area United Way Building

Autism Society of TX Gulf Coast Support Group

Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm – 8:00pm except in December. There are NO meetings in December.

Location: The Bay Area United Way Building, 1300-A Bay Area Boulevard , Houston, TX 77058; Second Floor, Conference Room A

Phone: 409-925-1869                      Email: autismsocietytxgulfcoast@gmail.com

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 

Feb
22
Sat
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Austin
Feb 22 @ 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

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.

Mar
7
Sat
Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Fifth Annual My DSO Concert @ Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Fifth Annual My DSO Concert @ Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces the fifth annual My DSO Concert which will take place on March 7, 2020, at 11:00 AM. The My DSO Concert is a spectacular event that is accessible for all, with special care taken to create a safe, comfortable and fun environment for those with specific needs, including children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities, as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. This year’s performance is presented by Jan Miller and Jeff Rich and supported

by The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, 29 Acres and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Tickets to the My DSO Concert are sold on a “pay what you can” basis with a suggested price of $10. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.mydso.com/buy/tickets/my-dso-2020. Patrons who wish to utilize the “pay what you can” option should call Jena Tunnell at 214.871.4025.

Prior to the performance, patrons will be able to interact with musical instruments at an instrument petting zoo provided by the Dallas Symphony’s Teen Council, participate in a music therapy experience provided by Sound Starts Music Therapy and create Sensory Play Pals provided by My Resurrection Fern Counseling. In addition, representatives from many local organizations and outreach groups will be on hand for a Resource Fair presented by The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation. Pre-concert events start at 10:00 AM.

The My DSO Concert will last about an hour and will be performed without intermission. The performance will not vary from a traditional orchestra concert programmatically, but arrangements will be made to accommodate the individual needs of people with acute sensitivities. Fidgets and Eye Masks will be available thanks to the support of 29 Acres; Quiet Rooms will be set aside in case the music becomes overwhelming; the performance will be broadcast via television monitors on the lower level of the Meyerson; and house lights will be set to a brighter level. There will also be remarks from the stage to welcome the audience and introduce the music.

After the performance, patrons will be invited to stay for a meet and greet after-party with the other guests and the musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The Richard Gussoni Family has generously provided cookies for the after-party.

Past My DSO Concerts have served more than 4,000 individuals, many of whom had never attended a classical concert before.

Mar
10
Tue
Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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.
Mar
14
Sat
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Round Rock
Mar 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Exclusive Hours at PlayMazing (Previously Called Catch Air)! @ PlayMazing - Round Rock

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

 

 

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 […]
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 […]