Summer for a family with a member that has Special Needs can be a little different than other families, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!

Some Special Needs families don’t enjoy summers like the rest because of different scenarios like therapies, ESY, doctor’s appointments, and sometimes safety reasons.

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I have learned along the way that you can plan as much as you want, attempt a thousand times, try to learn different strategies, and still may feel undefeated, but at least you tried. Remember, you are learning what works best for your family.

Here are some fun things I have found for us Special Families this summer!!


The first theme park that was created where EVERYONE can play, and there’s Something Fun For Everyone. 

Its mission is to provide a fun, clean, and beautiful environment free of physical and economic barriers that all individuals can come to and enjoy regardless of age or ability.

Morgan’s Wonderland offers 25 Ultra-Accessible™ attractions sprawled across a 25-acre oasis of inclusion. From a wheelchair-accessible Ferris wheel to catch-and-release fishing, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy!

Play For All Park

The park’s mission is to provide a safe, fun place to play and develop new skills for children of all abilities in Round Rock and surrounding areas. The park’s mission is to provide a safe, fun place to play and develop new skills for children of all abilities in Round Rock and surrounding areas.


Enjoy the magic of the movies every month in an environment that’s a little quieter and a little brighter. Getting up to dance, walk, shout and sing is all part of the experience at an AMC Sensory Friendly Film.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays

Chuck E. Cheese is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. Through our Sensory Sensitive Sunday program, we can offer families a quieter dining and entertainment environment, dimmed lighting, and a sensory-friendly arcade experience. Our sensory-friendly events also include a trained and caring staff to ensure each guest has a safe, fun-filled visit. 

Participating locations will open two hours early on the first Sunday of the month to offer a sensory-friendly experience for families.

Big Thicket Third Thursdays

June 16th – August 18th, Big Thicket National Preserve is again partnering with Autism Society of Texas to provide Big Thicket Third Thursdays, nature walks geared towards the Autism community!

 Attendees will meet at 9 am at the designated meeting area for a relaxed walk through Big Thicket (the actual walk begins at 9:15 am).

Big Thicket Third Thursdays are free to attend, but space is limited. RSVP Now for an upcoming Big Thicket Third Thursday here!

Autism on the Seas Foundation

Our Mission is to enrich the lives of families with autism and other developmental disabilities by providing the support required for family bonding, stress relief opportunities, reducing disability travel related barriers, and increasing public empathy through our financial assistance programs that help provide community support systems, travel subsidies, professional staffing services, quality of life research, and professional consultation and training to the travel industry. Autism on the Seas is the Leading Developmental Disability Service Supplier to the Cruise Industry.

Kids Bowl Free

Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Each Day Of The KBF Program All Summer Long!

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games each day of the KBF program, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

Beyond Limits: Sensory Friendly Program 

Beyond Limits provides a peaceful environment of inclusiveness that supports children of all needs. We offer a supportive sensory-friendly space, specially trained staff, and inclusive opportunities to engage and support your learner in San Antonio. 

Autism Society of Texas & Round Rock Express

We are thrilled to be back for Autism Awareness Night at the Round Rock Express game on Tuesday, July 26th! This will be a sensory-friendly event, with quieter announcements and no fireworks so everyone can participate in baseball traditions!

AST will be there with information and support resources and provide an on-field interview before the game to help promote both awareness & acceptance!

Buzz’s Bunch Camp

Coach Williams of Texas A&M Men’s Basketball is bringing back Buzz’s Bunch Camp. This camp is a way to bring together children with special needs and allow them to fall in love with the game of basketball. Here are the details: 

On August 6th, join at Reed Arena for a fun filled day of basketball with the team and staff. Kick things off at 9:15am with registration. Then at 10:15am, gather all together to hear from Coach Buzz Williams and start camp. Attached is a link to a google form, please fill out this form to RSVP for the camp. We ask kindly that you RSVP by July 29!


Don’t forget about your local YMCA, they offer adaptive and inclusive teams, camps, and classes.





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