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

Jul
13
Mon
MIXED MEDIA SELF-PORTRAIT: Variety Arts Virtual Visual Art Camp @ Variety Arts
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – Jul 17 @ 12:30 pm
MIXED MEDIA SELF-PORTRAIT: Variety Arts Virtual Visual Art Camp @ Variety Arts

Students will enjoy a creative week of camp at home making art alongside friends. They will work as a group and individually on visual and performing arts projects with pre-recorded activities and social Zoom meetings.

For this camp, there are daily art projects that add up to a ready-to-be-hung work of art.
$180/student= $120 registration + $60 supply box

Deadline for registration is 10 days prior to camp’s start date.
Minimum 8/Maximum 18 students per class.
Register @ varietytexas.org/variety-arts!

ANIMAL PARADE: Variety Arts Virtual Performance Camp @ Variety Arts
Jul 13 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 5:30 pm
ANIMAL PARADE: Variety Arts Virtual Performance Camp @ Variety Arts

Students will enjoy a creative week of camp at home making art alongside friends. They will work as a group and individually on visual and performing arts projects with pre-recorded activities and social Zoom meetings.

This camp will feature daily animal themes with corresponding activities.
$150/student= $100 registration + $50 supply box

Deadline for registration is 10 days prior to camp’s start date.
Minimum 8/Maximum 18 students per class.
Register @ varietytexas.org/variety-arts!

Jul
14
Tue
(Canceled) Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Jul 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.
Jul
15
Wed
Virtual ASD Cool Kids Club: Show and Tell Group @ Your house!
Jul 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Virtual ASD Cool Kids Club: Show and Tell Group @ Your house!

Hey families! Your kiddos ages 8-14 are invited to the first ever Cool Kids Club Show & Tell! Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education alongside Autism Society of Texas will be hosting this virtual ASD hangout May 27 at 3:30 pm on Zoom!

The Cool Kids Club is all about making friends and showing off how awesome we are! We know this season of quarantine can be difficult for kiddos to make new friends, so we wanted to create a safe place to practice!

RSVP required! Please RSVP here.

Show and Tell Structure:
– Tell us your name
– Tell us about your Show & Tell
– Facilitators and/or the hosting BCBA can ask probing questions if needed
– Q&A time for other kiddos to ask about your Show & Tell!

This is a themed Show & Tell, and the theme is Dinosaurs! Each kid will present something having to do with castles. It can be anything from a dinosaur toy, a dinosaur picture, dinosaur clothing, video games with dinosaurs, or crafted dinosaurs! The opportunities are endless, let’s get creative! We are so excited to see what you show us!

Parent Prep:
– Prepare your child for the amount of time they’ll get to talk during the meeting. We will have a timer shown so kiddos have a visual to go off of.
– Make sure your child’s Show & Tell is ready / technology is set up for the meeting.
– If necessary, have a conversation with your child about appropriate language to use when commenting on other children’s Show & Tell and when presenting on their own.
– Please go over the group rules with your child before the meeting.
– Please make sure that all, if any, of your child’s AAC/communication devices or tools are accessible during group.

Rules:
– Don’t talk when another friend is talking.
– If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it.
– The timer will tell you how much time you have to talk. When the timer goes off, it is someone else’s turn to talk.
– One of the grown-ups will let you know when it’s your turn for Show & Tell.

Okay, kiddos! You have from now until May 27 at 3:30 pm to choose and prepare your Show & Tell! We can’t wait to hear all about it!

Check it out on Facebook, too! https://www.facebook.com/events/178076493531666/

Jul
16
Thu
Free Dance Classes with Clements High School National Honor Society @ Your Home!
Jul 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We are part of the National Honor Society at Clements High School, in Sugar Land, TX, and for our service project we wanted to host dance classes for kids during these stressful times. The classes are very informal and no dancing experience is required; we simply want to have a fun time with the kids and engage in some healthy physical activity. Classes are free and you do not need to RSVP!

The classes will be held over Zoom with this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9455985085?pwd=aFY3OFVKWVE3bzB2WlJjTWROSUNZQT09

Jul
17
Fri
Shine Down For Autism – Car Show @ SC Auto Detail
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Car Show and Motorcycle Show organized by Steve Cuevas, with SC Auto Detail in benefit of the Autism Society of Texas- El Paso. For more information, you can contact the organizer Steve Cuevas at 915-329-5280 or us at the office at 915-772-9100.

Jul
20
Mon
A PROJECT A DAY: Variety Arts Virtual Visual Art Camp @ Variety Arts
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – Jul 24 @ 12:30 pm
A PROJECT A DAY: Variety Arts Virtual Visual Art Camp @ Variety Arts

Students will enjoy a creative week of camp at home making art alongside friends. They will work as a group and individually on visual arts projects with pre-recorded activities and social Zoom meetings. Campers will practice with sketchbook lessons and create a finished art project every day. Each day ends with an exciting Show and Tell Gallery Share and fun visual art games.

$200/student= $120 registration + $80 supply box
Deadline for registration is 10 days prior to the camp’s start date.
Minimum 8/Maximum 18 students per class.
Register @ varietytexas.org/variety-arts!

FAIRY TALE WEATHER REPORT: Variety Arts Virtual Performance Camp @ Variety Arts
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 5:30 pm
FAIRY TALE WEATHER REPORT: Variety Arts Virtual Performance Camp @ Variety Arts

Students with special needs and their neurotypical siblings and caregivers will enjoy this half-day, virtual camp with daily projects that support creating an exciting finale performance with friends. During this creative week of camp at home, students will learn alongside friends, work as a group and individually on visual and performing arts projects, and enjoy pre-recorded activities and social Zoom meetings. Campers will audition for parts, create their own costume and set, and perform a Weather Report from Fairy Tale Land.

Deadline for registration is 10 days prior to the camp’s start date.
Minimum 8/Maximum 18 students per class.
Register @ varietytexas.org/variety-arts!

Jul
22
Wed
Virtual ASD Cool Kids Club: Show and Tell Group @ Your house!
Jul 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Virtual ASD Cool Kids Club: Show and Tell Group @ Your house!

Hey families! Your kiddos ages 8-14 are invited to the first ever Cool Kids Club Show & Tell! Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education alongside Autism Society of Texas will be hosting this virtual ASD hangout May 27 at 3:30 pm on Zoom!

The Cool Kids Club is all about making friends and showing off how awesome we are! We know this season of quarantine can be difficult for kiddos to make new friends, so we wanted to create a safe place to practice!

RSVP required! Please RSVP here.

Show and Tell Structure:
– Tell us your name
– Tell us about your Show & Tell
– Facilitators and/or the hosting BCBA can ask probing questions if needed
– Q&A time for other kiddos to ask about your Show & Tell!

This is a themed Show & Tell, and the theme is Dinosaurs! Each kid will present something having to do with castles. It can be anything from a dinosaur toy, a dinosaur picture, dinosaur clothing, video games with dinosaurs, or crafted dinosaurs! The opportunities are endless, let’s get creative! We are so excited to see what you show us!

Parent Prep:
– Prepare your child for the amount of time they’ll get to talk during the meeting. We will have a timer shown so kiddos have a visual to go off of.
– Make sure your child’s Show & Tell is ready / technology is set up for the meeting.
– If necessary, have a conversation with your child about appropriate language to use when commenting on other children’s Show & Tell and when presenting on their own.
– Please go over the group rules with your child before the meeting.
– Please make sure that all, if any, of your child’s AAC/communication devices or tools are accessible during group.

Rules:
– Don’t talk when another friend is talking.
– If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it.
– The timer will tell you how much time you have to talk. When the timer goes off, it is someone else’s turn to talk.
– One of the grown-ups will let you know when it’s your turn for Show & Tell.

Okay, kiddos! You have from now until May 27 at 3:30 pm to choose and prepare your Show & Tell! We can’t wait to hear all about it!

Check it out on Facebook, too! https://www.facebook.com/events/178076493531666/

Jul
23
Thu
Free Dance Classes with Clements High School National Honor Society @ Your Home!
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We are part of the National Honor Society at Clements High School, in Sugar Land, TX, and for our service project we wanted to host dance classes for kids during these stressful times. The classes are very informal and no dancing experience is required; we simply want to have a fun time with the kids and engage in some healthy physical activity. Classes are free and you do not need to RSVP!

The classes will be held over Zoom with this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9455985085?pwd=aFY3OFVKWVE3bzB2WlJjTWROSUNZQT09

 

 

July News (7/7/2020) - Check out what’s happening in July! Free kids & teens social groups, help us provide funds for adult scholarships through the Hunter Hinze Fund, support & rec groups for autistic adults, support groups for caregivers, Zumba for Autism, and Respite & Support Services Brown Bag Learning Event! Read it here. Subscribe here. 
June News (6/1/2020) - Please note, we will just have one newsletter at the start of the month in June, July & August.  Read the June newsletter here.  Subscribe here.
May Mid-Month Updates (6/1/2020) - Check out our May Mid-Month Updates! Read here. Subscribe here.
May News (5/4/2020) - Check out our May newsletter! Read updates on how you can watch the AutFest at Home films, virtual support groups, and our Self-Care for Autistic Adults event on 5/12! Check out our calendar too! Read the May newsletter.Subscribe to the newsletter.  
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 […]