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

Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming @ The Bullock Texas State History Museum
Jul 29 2017 – Mar 18 2018 all-day


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.


Oregon Trail
Ms. Pac-Man
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

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.

Create-A-Story Production, Ages 3 to 5 at Joshua’s Stage @ Toybrary Austin
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 2:30 pm

Your child will have a blast as he/she experiences theatre arts, digital photography, music, movement/dance, arts and crafts, and the Create-A-Story Production! Your child will star in the Showcase on our last class of the session as he/she demonstrates their creativity and increases their self-confidence while performing for you and your family!

Scholarships and tuition assistance may be available. Please contact Joshua Levy, Executive Director, at or 512-825-2744.

Joshua’s Stage uses our The Creative Outlet Method™. The Creative Outlet Method™ is the process used to enhance every student’s unique abilities while providing the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and to increase their self-confidence. To foster and maintain a warm and welcoming environment for every student, qualified staff and volunteers are trained to implement the CUPSS of The Creative Outlet Method™:

Create – create and conduct activities with our passion for the fine arts

Unique – celebrate every student’s unique abilities while recognizing student accomplishments with our “I Feel Good Applause”

Positive – develop and maintain a positive relationship with every student

Support – support students so that they encourage each other to achieve their best

Success – provide an environment for every student to feel successful

Joshua’s Stage – The Creative Outlet for The Exceptional Child – is the premiere performance center for children ages 3 to 18 with a wide range of special needs; featuring classes, workshops, camps, performances, and exhibits in theatre arts, music, dance, digital photography, and filmmaking.

ASTARS: Free KidsActing Program @ Kids Acting Studio
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – Mar 25 @ 3:30 pm
ASTARS: Free KidsActing Program @ Kids Acting Studio | Austin | Texas | United States

kidsActing Foundation is providing free classes for kids and teens ages 8-18 again this Spring. 

ASTARS is a collaboration between the Autism Society of Texas and kidsActing Foundation.Thanks to kidsActing Foundation, students eight and older on the autism spectrum participate in a nine week camp that ends with a showcase! Children will be assigned parts, learn lines, and sing songs. Sessions start on Sunday, January 28th from 2-3:30pm and will occur weekly. The final showcase will be on Sunday, March 25th. If you have questions, please email Caroline at

 RSVP/Register for class using link:

VELA Courses @ VELA
Jan 30 – May 10 all-day

VELA offers free Autism, Special Education in the Schools Course, Self-Care Course, case management, and support groups for parents who have children with special needs. All services are free and provided in English or Spanish. You can see the courses on the web calendar:

Exclusive Hours for Special Needs Kids & Siblings @ Catch Air - ROUND ROCK location
Feb 24 @ 8:30 am

Join us for exclusive hours at ROUND ROCK Catch Air on Saturday, February 24th at 830am! They are opening early for families with special needs kids 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. No RSVP is needed and just pay at front desk when arrive that morning.

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:

Autism Playgroup @ Pump It Up of Round Rock
Feb 24 @ 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm

The Shape of Behavior is an organization dedicated to providing behavior analytic services to children with autism and other special needs, and we invite you and your child to join us for a safe, fun, and sensory-friendly play group. This event is entirely free to you, and we encourage the whole family to attend.

If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to:

And if you have any questions, we’ll have staff on hand at the event who will be happy to address them.


Sensory Friendly Performance “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” @ Zach Theatre
Feb 24 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

From the Zach Theater website-

For ZACH’s Sensory-Friendly performance of Curious Incident of the Dog of the Night-time:

  • We will make environmental alterations including lighting, sound, and more relaxed house rules.
  • We will use glow sticks to indicate where potentially loud noises, big movements, or changes may occur.
  • Groups will have more space to spread out in the theatre before, during, and after the performance
  • Groups will be allowed to come and go as needed during the performance.
  • We will provide quiet space in the lobby or on our plaza (should weather cooperate).

Tickets are discounted for this performance. You can check prices and availability here.

Promotional code details: Promo code information.



AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
Mar 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.

Austin Duck Adventures Tour @ Pick up point to be determined
Mar 7 @ 3:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Austin Duck Adventures Tour @ Pick up point to be determined

We are going to be going on a tour with Austin Duck Adventures. What is a Duck Adventure?

We will be taking a 75 minute tour of Austin on a Duckboat. We will see the capitol, the governors mansion, the Driskill, and even splashing into Lake Austin to see the hill country. Check out the link and video on their website for more information.
This event was originally planned for our adult recreation event, but the company has been amazing enough to give us the whole boat at the same cost. They have been great enough to offer any accommodations that we think will be necessary for the tour. We would love to extend out the offer to our other families as well. At this time we have a limited amount of seats left for families. If you would like to join please fill out the google form below…

If you have any questions please e-mail

Teen Karaoke @ Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
Mar 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teen Karaoke @ Uncle Billy's Brew & Que | Austin | Texas | United States

Come sing your heart out at Teen Karaoke, hosted by Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que! For teens ages 13 and up, and 1 song per teen. Eventbrite coming soon!


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.


Summer Camp Guide/Guía de Campamentos 2018 (2/21/2018) - Take a look at the 2018 Summer Camp Guide! This is a very comprehensive guide for children with special needs in Central Texas and surrounding areas. Aquí está la Guía de campamentos y recreación para el verano del 2018. Esta es una guía comprensiva para niños con necesidades especiales en el centro de Texas y […]
February Mid-Month Updates! (2/16/2018) - Check out what’s happening at Autism Society of Texas here.  Read about the Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, Austin Marathon, numerous support groups, our Friends & Family Happy Hour and more! Want to subscribe? Subscribe here.  
February News (2/13/2018) - Check out our February newsletter here!
January News (1/18/2018) - Check out our January newsletters for events & activities. January Newsletter January Mid-Month Updates  
December Mid-Month News (12/20/2017) - Read our December mid-month newsletter here! It’s packed with information & events! Not getting the newsletter? Subscribe here.
December News (12/12/2017) -  Read the entire December newsletter here!  Are you getting our newsletter? It comes out twice a month! Don’t miss out on what’s going on! You can subscribe here.
November News (11/5/2017) - Read all about AutFest Texas, the free surf therapy event with “A Walk on Water”, a recap of our San Antonio Walk in the Park, and more! So much happening this month! Read the newsletter here.  
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 […]