Recreation


The Autism Society of Texas offers recreational opportunities for families and adults with autism. During the Summer we hosted online recreation groups for kids and teens. We also have events such as seasonal holiday parties, AMC Sensory-Friendly Films, recreation and support groups for autistic adults, and Friends and Family Happy Hour just for parents and caregivers! Some of our other special events during the year have included Round Rock Baseball outings, water park outings, hockey games partnered with the Texas Stars Foundation, and summer fun pool parties. We also partner with other organizations to offer autism-friendly summer camp opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events or subscribe to our newsletter to find out what’s coming up!

Upcoming Events

Apr
1
Thu
Give More Apparel Gives Back! @ Online!
Apr 1 @ 12:01 am – Apr 30 @ 11:59 pm

Give More will donate $5 to Autism Society of Texas for every one of the tees below purchased during April! They will also donate 5% of all other sales made on the website here! Check out the cute designs!

 

 

 

Apr
16
Fri
Free Family Movie Night @ AMC Grapevine Mills 30
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Free Family Movie Night @ AMC Grapevine Mills 30

This is a free social event for families with children that are loved and have autism. We will viewing the movie Shrek in a “sensory friendly” environment. We will also be observing CoVid guidelines, therefore you must RSVP to the event organizer as there are limited tickets.

FamilyMovieNight

Apr
17
Sat
Austin Marathon: Volunteer for #TeamAutism @ Austin American Statesman
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


AST VOLUNTEER DATE IS 4/17/21!

If you want to run (or walk!) for #TeamAutism- the Austin Marathon is on 4/25/21!

We’ve been selected as one of the “Official Charity Partners” again for the Austin Marathon’s charitable giving program, Austin Gives! The Austin Marathon is on April 25, 2021! Mark your calendar, get your running (or walking) shoes on, and sign up to represent Autism Society of Texas, or volunteer at our aid station! If you’d like to support #TeamAutism, choose the marathon, half marathon, or 5K!

COVID-19 PLANS: THE AUSTIN MARATHON ORGANIZERS HAVE A NUMBER OF COVID-19 SAFETY PLANS IN PLACE, AS WELL AS THE OPTION TO DEFER YOUR EVENT UNTIL 2022. AT OUR AID STATION WE WILL WEAR MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCE, & FOLLOW ALL LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS.

VOLUNTEERS – Needed the week before the Austin Marathon- on April 17th!

We need volunteers to pack goodie bags with merchandise and pre-packaged snacks on 4/17/21.  Age 12 & up please with adult! Please sign up using our interest list below and  sign up using the Austin Marathon portal -Eventdog- links are below!  Please include AST after your name so they know you are volunteering on behalf of Autism Society of Texas! Thank you!

AST Interest List: Volunteer Registration

AUSTIN MARATHON PORTAL WITH SHIFT TIMES! 

9 am-1 pm on 4/17:
https://eventdog.com/a/volpage.php?eID=32225&volID=117&token=2597

12-3 pm on 4/17:
https://eventdog.com/a/volpage.php?eID=32225&volID=117&token=2683

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. Go to the charity page and select us here.

Form a Workplace, Corporate, or Friends & Family Team! Register by 2/28/21.

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 Kate@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! 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!

Please email us here if you’d like to help at the aid station or for any questions about the marathon! Kate@texasautismsociety.org 

Apr
21
Wed
Community Night Spotlight: Autism Awareness @ Virtual - Facebook @ThinkeryATX
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Community Night Spotlight: Autism Awareness @ Virtual - Facebook @ThinkeryATX

Tune in to Facebook live @ThinkeryATX for Virtual Community Night Spotlight: Autism Awareness, a virtual event Wednesday, April 21 at 4 pm! Learn what you can do to be a better friend to children with autism. Several local organizations dedicated to serving and expanding awareness of the needs of families affected by Autism will share their expertise, resources, and stories. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this fun FREE event on Facebook!

Apr
24
Sat
13th Annual Run Walk for Autism @ Autism Society of Texas - El Paso
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
13th Annual Run Walk for Autism @ Autism Society of Texas - El Paso

Join us for our 13th Annual Run Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 24, 2021. You can either join us and walk a mile inside Sunland Park Mall while following social distancing and wearing your mask. We will have resource booths, activities, and giveaways.

You can also participate from home either walking, skating, running, or riding your bike.
Use your hashtag #13THANNUALRUNWALKFORAUTISM

To register visit www.autismsocietyep.org

Questions? Call us at 915-772-9100.

Livestream of the event on the following:
FB: @AutismSociety El Paso
YouTube: Autism Society El Paso

Apr
25
Sun
Austin Marathon: Walk or Run For #TeamAutism @ Start line at Congress Ave & 2nd St. Downtown Austin
Apr 25 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Austin Marathon is on 4/25/21!

We’ve been selected as one of the “Official Charity Partners” again for the Austin Marathon’s charitable giving program, Austin Gives! The Austin Marathon is on April 25, 2021! Mark your calendar, get your running (or walking) shoes on, and sign up to represent Autism Society of Texas, or volunteer at our aid station! If you’d like to support #TeamAutism, choose the marathon, half marathon, or 5K!

COVID-19 PLANS: THE AUSTIN MARATHON ORGANIZERS HAVE A NUMBER OF COVID-19 SAFETY PLANS IN PLACE, AS WELL AS THE OPTION TO DEFER YOUR EVENT UNTIL 2022. AT OUR AID STATION WE WILL WEAR MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCE, & FOLLOW ALL LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS.

Volunteers – NEEDED on 4/17/21!

Check our separate volunteer calendar post to sign up! We do not have an aid station this year and will be helping prep goodie bags on 4/17 instead! Details 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. Go to the charity page and select us here.

Form a Workplace, Corporate, or Friends & Family Team! Register by 2/28/21.

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 Kate@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! 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!

Please email us here if you’d like to help at the aid station or for any questions about the marathon! Kate@texasautismsociety.org 

Cancelled: Autism Awareness Day with the Allen Americans! @ Allen Event Center, 200 E Stacy Rd Allen, Texas 75002
Apr 25 @ 2:05 pm – 4:45 pm

UPDATE: 4/13/21- The Allen Americans have cancelled this event. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to schedule another event at a later date.

The Allen Americans Ice Hockey team are hosting Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 25th at 2:05 pm. Lights will be dimmed, and sound will be quieter than usual, and there will be a quiet chill out room to take a break in! For each ticket you purchased, the Allen Americans will donate $6 to Autism Society of Texas!

Buy tickets using this link:  EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED on 4/13/21.

How You Get Your Tickets:
An email from FEVO with instructions will be sent to you before the game with access to your tickets through an Allen Americans account.
**Discounted tickets are available only through the link that will be sent to you, offer not available at the Allen Event Center box office.**

COVID-19 regulations will be enforced for everyone’s safety! The stadium will be at 40% capacity and groups of up to 6 people who reserve tickets together will be seated in “pods” that have vacant seats on each side and behind your assigned seats/”pods”.
Apr
26
Mon
Burgers & Ice Cream for Autism @ Phil's Icehouse & Amy's Ice Creams
Apr 26 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Get your snack on while helping raise funds for the Autism Society of Texas! All you have to do is enjoy some tasty burgers at Phil’s Icehouse or grab a delicious treat at Amy’s Ice Creams and tell the cashier that you are there for Autism Society of Texas!

Order pick up /takeout via curbside is available- just mention Autism Society of Texas when you order!

Amy’s Ice Creams 

Phil’s Ice House

Monday April 26th- all day! Austin- South Lamar location only- 11 AM – 10 PM!

Social distancing and masks required (unless eating/drinking!). Thank you!

Thank you to BlueSprig for coordinating this tasty event!

 

Apr
30
Fri
Autism Society of Texas Virtual Sensory-Friendly Concert @ Zoom
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Autism Society of Texas Virtual Sensory-Friendly Concert @ Zoom

As part of an ongoing Community Music Therapy initiative, the Autism Society of Texas will host a VIRTUAL sensory-friendly concert on April 30th (between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM). The program will feature a variety of performers from across the Austin musical community! Supported by a team of specialized SFC volunteers, we aim to provide an evening of musical enjoyment for the whole family, free of physical or social barriers.

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. Tune in and support this blossoming community of talented performers and organizations!

Only 30 spots available! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-society-of-texas-virtual-sensory-friendly-concert-tickets-145772175501

 

We will send you a Zoom link to your email address on the week of the event.

May
1
Sat
AMC Sensory Friendly Films @ AMC Theaters
May 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.

What’s Happening in April: Autism Acceptance Month! (3/30/2021) - April is Autism Acceptance Month! We will be dedicated to spreading our message of inclusion, where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance!  Spread awareness, “attend” a free event, take action, check out our support groups, treat yourself, or join our virtual Bike Ride & Fun Run/Walk! View other ideas here! Read our “What’s Happening in April: Autism Acceptance Month” […]
March News (3/24/2021) - Check out our March newsletter! Registration is open for our Texas Autism Bike Ride and Fun Run, and free for pets!! Lots of education events and new support groups starting! Read it here. Subscribe here.  
February News (2/3/2021) - Check out our February newsletter! Register for Texas Autism Advocacy Day, check out our new Seminars Across the Spectrum series, new support groups & more! Read it here. Subscribe here.
January 2021 News (1/9/2021) - Please note! The Texas ABLE presentation on 1/7/21 was canceled and is being rescheduled. Read the complete January newsletter here  – upcoming events include our Policy Symposium on 1/14, new Spanish support group, Houston Parent/Caregiver group, and read about our new regional online groups-find support wherever you are! Subscribe to our newsletter here.
2020 Year-In-Review (1/6/2021) - 2020 was an unusual year, but at the Autism Society of Texas we were able to grow programs and add staff, reaching more people impacted by autism statewide. Read the full year-end review here.
December News (1/6/2021) - Read our December newsletter here to learn what’s happening! Subscribe here!
September News (9/3/2020) - Check out our September newsletter! From AutFest at Home: The Sequel, to our Virtual Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, to our online support groups and advococy initiatives, we have a lot going on throughout the month! Read the September newsletter here. Subscribe here.
August News (8/5/2020) - Learn more about our exciting plans for the virtual Texas Autism Bike Ride & Fun Run, meet our amazing supporters, Amy & Michael Ota, learn about AutFestTexas: The Sequel on 9/13, and the continuation of many of our free groups online for teens, kids and adults! Read it here. Subscribe here.
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.