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

Play Group for All Abilities (Ages 0-3) @ Easter Seals Central Texas
Aug 21 @ 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!

Wild Back to School Bash with Traveling Trails Petting Zoo @ Behavioral Innovations
Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We are wild about Kiddos with Autism! Please join us for an Open House & meet our furry guests, Traveling Tails Petting Zoo! Cool off with treats from Kona Ice & meet our Board Certified Behavioral Analyst to learn tips & tricks for kiddos on the spectrum going back to school!

Low Sensory Jam @ Austin Public Library
Aug 24 all-day

Following our successful launch of a Community Code Jam in Austin, Youth Code Jam is excited to host its first free, low sensory event in Austin! At this Jam, young neurodiverse students can learn to code and be inspired to pursue jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”) fields. They can meet professionals working in computer science, cyber security, and more. And their parents? They get to see that technology can be a bridge both to social interaction and lucrative careers.

Planning for Families with Special Needs @ We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym - Austin
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Families with special needs – Join us as we discuss how to build a team of professionals that will support you and your loved ones in every phase of life! From special needs trusts to maximizing government benefits, we will touch on all aspects of ensuring our kiddos with special needs are taken care of!

Attendance is FREE – Please RSVP to reserve your spot! (Please email Sara, call WRTS, or respond on Facebook) Childcare is provided at WRTS gym during info session; please feel free to utilize your complimentary day pass after the session!

2019 Autism Society of Texas Pool Party in Austin! @ Southwest Family YMCA
Aug 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us at our Annual Pool Party. All are welcome!

Please RSVP here.


Saturday, August 24th, 2019

4:00 pm-6:30 pm


Southwest Family YMCA, 6219 Oakclaire Dr, Austin, TX 78735

Join us for pizza (GF available), swimming and playground! All ages welcome and you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to attend. Please RSVP to help us plan for food. Please BYOWB! (Bring Your Own Water Bottle)! Thank you!  Pizza will be served around 5 pm!

A big thank you to Trumpet Behavioral Health for being our Food Sponsor!

A huge thank you to the Southwest Family YMCA, who are donating the use of their facilities for this event. We hope to see you all there!

If you would like to volunteer for the event, please email

Thank you!

Summer Luau Bash @ Garrison Park
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Click flyer for more details:

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We will have water
games, so come in
appropriate clothing and
ready to have fun!


Julianna’s 9th Birthday (Open Invite!) @ We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym - Austin
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This month we will celebrate Julianna turning 9 and absolutely EVERYONE is invited! This is a community where ALL kids are included!!
Please join us to party with the birthday girl in true Minecraft fashion! It’s gonna be TNT dynamite!
Gifts are lovely but not required! Discounted $10 Open Play includes pizza, piñata and treats with our birthday girl! Come practice your party etiquette with a community that invites EVERYONE to celebrate! RSVPs are also not required but helpful for food ordering purposes. See y’all there! #inclusionmatters

Superhero Autism Activity Day @ LifeSkills Autism Academy
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of FREE family fun at the LifeSkills Autism Academy on Sunday, August 25th from 1:00pm -4:00pm!

Whether you’re getting your pictures taken with your favorite superheroes, running around obstacle courses with friends, jumping on the bounce house, getting your face painted by a professional, or getting creative with an arts & craft project, you and your family will have a great time!

Join us for a day of FREE family fun at the LifeSkills Autism Academy! Activities include:

Bounce House

Face Painting


Quiet Area with games and activities

Family Resources & Information table

…and much more!

Space is limited. Reserve your free tickets at

AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


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.

Sensory Friendly Carnival Extravaganza @ Behavioral Innovations Plano
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm

Step right up for our FREE Sensory Friendly Carnival Extravaganza & join the fun. We’re celebrating the Grand Opening of our new Plano Autism Treatment Center. Join us for the greatest show right here in Plano.


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.


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.  
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.