Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction
Dec
17
5:00 PM17:00

Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction

You guys... I am so touched! Some friends of one my BEST moms in the group, Justine Botello McGee, were unable to attend our Silent Auction/Fundraiser in November. They believe in the program so much (and have seen the good it has done for Justine's son) that they offered to host another event to benefit Austen's Autistic Adventures! This time, not only will there be TERRIFIC auction items, (suitable for Christmas gifts!) a portion of the proceeds of dinner sales at Napolis Wylie will be donated to our program.

So come on out, buy something for that especially hard-to-shop for friend or relative, support AAA, and get a great Italian dinner too, PLUS live entertainment by Clay Mobley and Barrett Phillips (and more TBA!)

I will also be speaking briefly about exciting news! AAA has grown so much in just one year. We need your help to raise money for our Adventurers, and to keep our Nonprofit* Organization operating. *AAA is 501(c)(3) certified.

The event is free to attend (you don't have to eat, but of course we hope you do!), but please let us know you are coming. Merry Christmas! (The "ticketing" link below will take you to our website, where you can learn more about the program. Please do look over our FB page as well, as I post pics and news daily. See our Adventurers in Action! (Hey, I think that's our next tshirt!)

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Indoor Swim and Slide
Dec
15
4:45 PM16:45

Indoor Swim and Slide

How about something this month TOTALLY out of the ordinary for the Christmas season (and our last event before break)? Put on your swimsuit or trunks under your clothes and big coat and head to the Lake Highlands YMCA for 90 mins of swimming in the indoor, heated pool. Water slide and water mushroom too, as well as use of pool noodles. 

Please bring your own towel (and googles or other pool toys, if desired)

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Bingo and Pizza
Dec
14
1:00 PM13:00

Bingo and Pizza

We don't have too many "recurring" events, but this is one! In October of our moms, Bethany, generously purchased bingo supplies for our first AAA bingo party. We had SO much fun that we did it again in November, are doing it again this month! We will play for an hour or so, then have pizza, and then revv it up for another 45 mins or so of gaming. Prizes for winners! Get ready to play! :)

*Note: This month, we are playing an hour earlier so that one of our members may attend. 1-3! :) 

Cost: $25

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Christmas Cookies and Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle
Dec
13
1:30 PM13:30

Christmas Cookies and Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle

Come out to Austen's grandma's house this afternoon! We will be baking and decorating Christmas cookies. Everything you need to make these delicious treats will be provided: aprons, colored sugar and colored icings, and candy decorations. Of course, we will be listening to Christmas music while we bake. Will yours be a gift for your family or will you eat them yourself? (Hint: you can do both :) ) 

While the cookies are baking (or if you just want to take a break), work on our Christmas-themed jigsaw puzzle (100-200 pieces, not too big so that we may finish it in our afternoon). 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Free Play Arcarde
Dec
12
3:00 PM15:00

Free Play Arcarde

Let mom and dad do some shopping for Christmas and come hang out with your pals for some retro gaming fun. Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man! Caterpillar! Galaga! Pinball! Over 80 "retro" arcade games set to "free play", meaning no coins or card needed. It's a great way to get better at your favorite games. Come with us and see if you can set the new high score!   

Soft drink included in fee. If you would like for your Adventurer to have a snack, please send extra money. Free Play has typical pub fare... burgers, pizza, etc. 

Cost: $20

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic.  All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Artists Studio Christmas Session
Dec
11
1:30 PM13:30

Artists Studio Christmas Session

We so enjoyed our visit to Kara's studio a few months ago that we are returning for a special Christmas session! This time, a variety of holiday scenes will be available from which to choose. Kara and her husband actually TEACH us to paint (it's not "paint by numbers"). 

Come with us and create something you and your family can treasure during the holidays for years to come. 

Cost: $35 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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First Annual Christmas Party!
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

First Annual Christmas Party!

  • Msg Jamie for Address / Pick up at Collin Creek Mall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are SO excited to announce that our First Annual Christmas party will feature a ride in a limousine! This party is FREE for AAA members, my gift to you for making our first year so special.

We will meet at 5:00pm outside of "Amazing Jake's" at Collin Creek Mall and load up in our special Christmas limo. Then, we will be whisked away to see some lights while we sing carols and sip hot cocoa on our way to Dylan's home in Celina.

Once at the Bush's home, we will enjoy treats and a small gift exchange (unisex please...we will draw numbers... please do not spend more than $10). THEN we will all walk down to the lovely square in Celina to sing some more carols and look at lights and decorations.

At 8pm, we will load back up in the limo and return to Amazing Jake's at Collin Creek Mall.

Again, there is NO charge for the party. The limo, however, holds 14 people. I need you to RSVP asap to secure your spot for this special day! Parents, we can arrange several carpools so that the "kids" get the limo seats while we follow. (Of course, if the spots are gone, you are still most welcome to attend!)

Merry Christmas everyone!!! CANNOT wait to celebrate with you!

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Ribbons, Bows, Treats, and Gifts
Dec
8
1:30 PM13:30

Ribbons, Bows, Treats, and Gifts

Today we will first gather at Half Price Books to wrap the gift you selected from the "Angel Tree" on Tuesday. I will supply all the wrapping materials: paper, tape, ribbons and tags. Of course, we will all enjoy a treat while we wrap! **Remember, Saturday is our big AAA Christmas party! If you haven't yet purchased your $10 or less unisex gift for the gift exchange, maybe today would be a good day to do that while we are at Half Price Books! 

Then we will head over to NorthPark one last time to deliver our gifts to the Salvation Army Angel Tree. (If you would rather not come on this part of the trip, you are welcome to give your gift to me or another volunteer to deliver.) 

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook  and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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"ELF" Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse *Special Evening Event
Dec
7
8:30 PM20:30

"ELF" Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse *Special Evening Event

Come out to Alamo Drafthouse  as we celebrate one of the best holiday films ever made! Guess what!? You can even dress up and participate in a costume contest! 

Alamo's ELF Movie Party isn't just a movie...it's an interactive experience, featuring all sorts of fun props, a themed contest before the film, and a “real” snowball fight in the theater! 

Please note: Popcorn and one soft drink included in price but please bring extra money if you'd like to purchase dinner or dessert. 

Cost: $25 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook  and purchase your tickets on Pictac. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Lunch at Ali Baba's / Angel Tree at NorthPark
Dec
5
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch at Ali Baba's / Angel Tree at NorthPark

  • Ali Baba Mediterranian Grill (Then NorthPark) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of our members, Dylan, would like for the group to visit one of his very favorite restaurants, Ali Baba's, in Richardson. Does hummus hum? What the heck is a falafel? Find out the answers to these delicious questions! 

After lunch, we will zip down the highway and gather at the Angel Tree in NorthPark mall. Each AAA member is invited to select an tag on the tree with a request for a person in need who has made a Christmas wish. These requests are made by children, elderly, and disabled people who need an "angel" to make their Christmas special. Once we have selected our "angel," AAA members are invited to walk around the mall and look at the fabulous Christmas decorations and snap some photos. Maybe even do a little shopping!
 

Cost: $20

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Christmas Carols with Dallas Symphony Chorus and Meadows Museum
Dec
4
11:30 AM11:30

Christmas Carols with Dallas Symphony Chorus and Meadows Museum

Join your friends at Moody Coliseum for a special Christmas-themed concert performed by the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Bring a sack lunch which we will eat following the concert; then we will head over to the Meadows Museum to take in some of their fabulous art collection. 

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook  and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Round1 Entertainment: All-Inclusive Games and Food
Dec
1
1:30 PM13:30

Round1 Entertainment: All-Inclusive Games and Food

One of our members has been jonesing to go here forever! Finally found a place in the schedule. Come join us for two hours of "all-inclusive fun". Activites include bowling, arcade games, karakoke, billiards, ping pong, food (pizza, wings, fries, ice cream and sodas).

Cost: $35 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and buy your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

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Moslah Shrine Circus
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Moslah Shrine Circus

A treat/break for our Ft. Worth families! An event near you for a change! :)

The Moslah Shrine presents performances by Tarzan Zerbini Circus, which includes ringmaster Joseph Bauer, the Guerrero Duo, clowns, acrobats, aerialists, motorcyclists, dogs, horses, tigers and elephants. There will also be camel and elephant rides!

***NOTE: TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE. PLEASE BUY NO LATER THAN THURS, 11/23***

Cost: $30 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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 Holiday Wonder at Fair Park
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Holiday Wonder at Fair Park

Please join us for this EVENING holiday event! Bundle up (or not...who knows...it's three weeks from now... in Texas it might be 40 degrees...might be 90). 

Here's what's in store for our group as we get in the Christmas Spirit:

"Holiday Wonder debuts this winter in Dallas’s Fair Park. Celebrate the season with beautiful lanterns, magical lights, interactive attractions, performances and food from around the world. 

Visitors will marvel at more than 2 million lights bringing to life stunning winterscapes, floating swans, Santa Claus, and more. Walk through a holiday wonderland that includes an enchanting snowflake corridor, playful polar bears and penguins, a 48-foot-tall Christmas tree, and more than a few holiday surprises. All displays are handmade by artisans whose specialized skills in lanterns go back generations, and are all-new, custom creations for this festival. 

In addition to the magical lights, take a ride on Santa’s Arctic Slide, a two-story slide for kids and adults. Try your hand at hitting targets with real snowballs at the snowball throw. Write a letter to Santa and drop it in the North Pole mailbox. World-class acrobatics and holiday shows with music and dance are performed throughout the evening."

Cost: $30 for Adventurer, $20 for friends/family who would also like to attend 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase tickets on Picatic .All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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2018 Planning Meeting
Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

2018 Planning Meeting

Please join fellow parents and caregivers as we think about how we want to shape the upcoming year for our Adventurers. I have some potentially exciting news to share about our growth, and I definitely want your input on our shared vision for the future. 

Lindsay has reserved a large meeting room at La Madeline in Frisco. If you would like or need to bring your kid, that's fine; there is another room close by where they can gather and chat, eat, and play board games. 

This event will be a separate check evening, so no ticketing but PLEASE let me know if you are coming by clicking "Going" on Facebook. 

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Pixar's Coco and Taco Tuesday at Alamo Drafthouse
Nov
28
11:00 AM11:00

Pixar's Coco and Taco Tuesday at Alamo Drafthouse

**PLEASE NOTE: Time is tentative at this writing. We will see the first show of the day but Alamo does not have time posted yet. WIll change as becomes available**

Buzz is GREAT around this newest Pixar film, garnereing "A" ratings from both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. Furhtermore, one of my writing professors was a cultural consultant on the film so I have even more reason to want to go! 

Here is plot summary: "Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history." 

Once again, we are happy to ask Professor Michelle Navarro andAchievinglatino Academicsuccess students to join us! 

Join us for the movie and Taco Tuesday! (If tacos aren't your thing, you may choose popcorn. Two tacos and drink included in admission OR popcorn and a drink)

Cost:  $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

 

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Wish Lists, Ornament Making, and Christmas Treats
Nov
27
2:00 PM14:00

Wish Lists, Ornament Making, and Christmas Treats

Join your friends at Half Price Books on NW Hwy as we make our Christmas wish lists for the family, pen a letter to Santa, make an ornament, and enjoy hot chocolate (or another treat) and a snack.

We will meet outside the cafe, where there are ample tables and chairs. If this space is unavailable, we will move to the back of the store. There is a room with french doors and additional tables and chairs. 

*Please note: The event originally scheduled for this date had to be postponed due to an illness in the host's family (not me... we had a guest for this event)

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook  and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Thanksgiving Pie Baking Class
Nov
21
1:30 PM13:30

Thanksgiving Pie Baking Class

  • Justine McGee's Home *MSG ME FOR ADDRESS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For our last event prior to Thanksgiving Break (we will be back for Adventures on 11/27!), we will go to Justine McGee's home. Her her dad (honestly the BEST pie baker I've ever known) will teach our group to make his delicious pecan pie. My mom and I work with those who choose to make a pumpkin pie instead. Take your pie to your family's Thanksgiving dinner! Everything will be from scratch, including the crust, and we can also do a vegan and/or gluten-free pie if desired. 

While the pies are cooking, we will work on a fun craft to add to your holiday table.

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

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Trains at NorthPark and Brunch at La Madeline
Nov
20
10:00 AM10:00

Trains at NorthPark and Brunch at La Madeline

A rare morning event, in hopes of beating a little bit of the crowds! 

So many of our "kids" love trains, and for native Dallasites, it's a tradition for lots of us, but the first time AAA will be going as a group! Join us at 10am, when the exhibit opens. Then we will head over to La Madeline for brunch, and walk around a bit too!

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook  and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Daniel's Birthday at Altitude Trampoline Park
Nov
17
1:30 PM13:30

Daniel's Birthday at Altitude Trampoline Park

We have gotten all of the "clarification" (inside joke!) needed and AAA is HAPPY to celebrate Daniel's birthday at his favorite event location, Altitude Trampoline Park. Come jump for joy with your friends! If you have your special Altitude socks, please bring them so I don't have to purchase them again.

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Patriot Paws Service Dogs
Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Patriot Paws Service Dogs

AAA is so pleased to begin working with Patriot Paws Service Dogs. As the name implies, this NPO trains dogs for veterans who have been injured and/or suffer from PTSD. For this first connection with our group, we will tour the facility, meet the dogs (of course!), and see a demonstration. In the future, likely every other month, AAA will be involved in volunteering for this very worthwhile organization. Please join us in giving back to the community that has so generously supported *us*!

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook . Purchase tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum
Nov
14
1:30 PM13:30

12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum

AAA's first Christmas Event of the Season! Austen is soooo excited! Please join us: "The 12 Days of Christmas," the Dallas Arboretum's centerpiece holiday exhibit, lets visitors stroll along a three-quarter-mile stretch of the gardens to view 12 glass-encased gazebos that depict scenes from each verse of the beloved holiday carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The gazebos are elaborately decorated in Victorian style with whimsical animals and mechanical characters that move to festive music. Seasonal sweet and savory treats for children and adults are available for purchase."

Cost: $25

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook . Purchase tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Yoga for Autism
Nov
13
1:30 PM13:30

Yoga for Autism

Come to this special community member-led event and learn some techniques for calming anxiety. We will also try out some gentle stretches to help mprove both your physical and mental well-being. Jaime is incredibly patient and will work specifically with our group's needs. Laura, Harry's mom, has generously donated the space for this event. Please PM me for specific address. If you would like to ride with me from my house, please let me know asap. I have 2 spots in my car :)

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook . Purchase tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

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Sale and Love Farm: Tea Party and Critters
Nov
10
1:30 PM13:30

Sale and Love Farm: Tea Party and Critters

Many of you know Tom Sale, the fabulous artist who has come to work with our group twice: the first time, we made papier-mâché puppets; the second time we created shadow box puppets (and wrote our own show!)

This time, Tom has generously invited our group out to his working farm to, have a front yard tea party with cow feeding. Chicken and duck viewing. And geese holding," HOW could you say no?? 

Tom and his wife Dottie's farm is in Ennis, so a bit of a drive but I promise it will be worth it! I can take two in my car, so if you would like to ride with me, let me know. :)  If you are willing to drive, no charge for your Adventurer. All parents/caregivers may attend at no charge. :) 

PLEASE NOTE: We will leave Dallas about 12:30 and arrive at 1:30. End time of 4:30 includes drive time back, meaning we should be leaving the farm around 3:30 

Cost: $20

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook . All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

 

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Pizza and Art
Nov
9
12:30 PM12:30

Pizza and Art

  • Gatti's (then Quiggley's Clayhouse, nextdoor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come have pizza with us at Gatti's, then we will walk next door to Quiggly's Clayhouse, where you can choose a project to create: paint pottery, sculpt clay, fuse glass or make mosaics! Maybe your art will be a Christmas gift for a family member!  Join us for two hours of messy, creative fun. Wear old clothes (although aprons are provided). 

Cost: $30

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook . Purchase tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Silent Auction and Fundraiser at Blue Mesa
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Silent Auction and Fundraiser at Blue Mesa

Please join us at Blue Mesa in Dallas for an evening of fun with friends from Austen’s Autistic Adventures! We will have a silent auction, photo booth, games, and appetizers to raise money for our Adventurers and to keep our Non-Profit Organization operating.  *AAA is 501c3 certified.

No cost but donations or purchases are GREATLY appreciated! 

 

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"Thriller" Dance Concert
Nov
3
12:15 PM12:15

"Thriller" Dance Concert

Okay, it's a few days post-Halloween and one day post-Dia de los Muertos but I think we all have enough spooky spirit left in us to enjoy Richland Dance Troupe's performance of the classic Michael Jackson piece, "Thriller." Get ready for some spine-tingling fun as we watch these talented dancers!

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and pay via Picatic .  All major credit/debit cards accepted. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Sugar Skulls Part II: Richland College
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Sugar Skulls Part II: Richland College

Time to decorate the skull models we made a couple weeks ago! Even if you weren't able to attend part one, you are most welcome to come help us make the dozens and dozensour Dia de los Muertos colorful and ready-to-sell to the students, staff, and faculty of Richland College. Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to support Austen's Autistic Adventures, which we will put toward our end-of-the-year Christmas Party! So encourage your friends and family to come as well. :)

We will meet in the cafeteria. If you would like to purchase a sandwich or pizza (or a drink/snack) at the Subway, please send extra money. Of course, you are welcome to pack a lunch as well. 

Cost:  $20

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook or call and leave a voicemail: 214.405.7563 and pay via Picatic .  All major credit/debit cards accepted. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

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Dia de Los Muertos: Dallas Aboretum
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Dia de Los Muertos: Dallas Aboretum

Join us for this slightly spooky evening event, a prelude to finishing our Sugar Skulls at Richland College on Thursday! 

"The Arboretum hosts its first Day of the Dead celebration. After-hours activities, located throughout the garden, include face painting for all ages, henna tattoos and a mask-making crafts table. A DJ will spin and wine and beer will be available for purchase, plus on site food trucks. Guests can also bring their own picnic" 

Cost:  $25 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook or call and leave a voicemail: 214.405.7563 and pay via Picatic.  All major credit/debit cards accepted. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Fright Fest at Six Flags!
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Fright Fest at Six Flags!

One of Austen's favorite events of the year! It's not too scary, so don't worry, but the park is decorated for Halloween, with ghosts and goblins and other fun stuff :) 

Come have a good time with your friends! I need PLENTY of parent volunteers, so please consider coming along to help out! (I'll buy you a caramel apple) 

Please DO NOT come in costume. We found out the hard way that this is strictly forbidden.) 

Cost for this event will vary.

If you have a season pass, feel free to use it: $20 / Without: $60

Please bring extra money if you would like to purchase food, beverages, or souvenirs at the park. 

Some ridesharing can be arranged, so please contact me. I can only take two more in my own car, so let me know asap. There is a possibility of carpooling with others if needed; can put you in touch with members in your area. 

We will meet at the park at 6. Time includes travel home; we will leave park at 9. Back to Dallas no later than 10. 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook or call and leave a voicemail: 214.405.7563. All major credit cards accepted or pay via check,or cash. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Party!!
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Halloween Party!!

One of our moms has generously reserved her townhome's recreation center for Austen's Autistic Adventures' Halloween Party! 

Come hang out with us as we dance, laugh, eat, bob for apples, and scare up some fun. Prizes awarded for best costume, best pumpkin decorating, best makeup, and more. 

Please Observe Parking Rules:  No parking is allowe in front of any residence on Tisinger or in the fire lane around the circle. 

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook or call and leave a voicemail: 214.405.7563. All major credit cards accepted or pay via check,or cash. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

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