Activities

Autism Cares Foundation provides nearly 200 diverse activities and programs annually to thousands of individuals of all ages and their families. Many of these events are funded by the generosity of donors and major fundraising events – the annual CARES Gala, annual Race for Resources and other fundraising activities. In order to cover the rental fees, admission costs, and administration overhead, please consider ways to support our organization, enabling us to continue current activities and offer new ones.

Prior to activity registration, we encourage you to read the required policies and procedures to understand age ranges, wait lists, and registration processes. If you have not already done so, please sign up for our MAILING LIST to receive the Activities Newsletter.

ACF requires a completed once-annual, free, family registration. The annual form is valid from September 1 to August 30 each year. To attend any Autism Cares Foundation activity, you will need to complete this REGISTRATION.

Activity Registration

Each month, ACF emails an Activities Newsletter and posts it on our SOCIAL MEDIA, typically between the 20th and 25th of the month, detailing activities for the following month. Specific event details include age, location, number of tickets, and a registration link through Ticketleap. Once registered, you will receive an automatic email response. Confirmation emails with all event details arrive a few days before the scheduled event from ACF. Please retain this email for your records.

The Wait List

Due to the popularity of our activities, they sometimes reach capacity very quickly. When this happens, we create a Wait List, post its opening on our SOCIAL MEDIA, and recommend you sign up for the Wait List immediately. Sometimes the Wait List also fills. We ask families to notify us if they are unable to attend a registered event so that we can add the spot(s) to the Wait List.

Activity Policies

All ACF activity participants must complete an ANNUAL FAMILY REGISTRATION FORM. This registration form includes our waivers and photo/video release options.

Please read the activity details before signing up. Details may include activity age range, location, and timing. It is important to arrive close to the start of the activity. When we host an activity, we pay and contract for a specific time and therefore ask you to please respect that timing. Families must be registered for an activity to attend. Online registration closes 24 - 48 hours prior to the activity.

If you cannot attend an activity for which you are registered, please contact us so that another individual or family from our Wait List can enjoy the activity. ACF pays on a per person basis for most activities, and a no call/no show results in wasted financial resources that could be used for another activity, or provide another family the opportunity to attend. For cancellations, please contact us: events@autsimcaresfoundation.org or 215-942-2273.

Activity Descriptions

 

The following details are recurring, seasonal, and special activities. Please note, this does not list all Foundation offerings.

ACF Friends Groups

ACF, in partnership with Bucks County Community College, recently launched a  6-week, 21+ Friends Group focusing on social skills and life skills. The 6-week program meets once a week from 6:30 to 8 p.m. building social skills that can be applied to the final event in the community at the end of the 6-week period.  Each session will have skills introduced and practiced. Direct skill instruction will be provided by our facilitators, Jill Schweizer and Dana Serlen. Jill and Dana are retired educators from the Central Bucks School District. The practice component of each session will use coaches of similar age from Bucks County Community College. ACF looks forward to scheduling additional sessions after the initial pilot.
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Trampoline Park

ACF rents a local trampoline park. Yes, we take over the ENTIRE PARK for an exciting night of trampolines, zip-lines, and ball pit fun! Due to its popularity, this activity fills up quickly, but don’t worry, we always open a Wait List. Let’s jump!
Open to all ages with disabilities.

Family Swimming

We provide exclusive space, so your family feels comfortable and safe to enjoy! Children under 6 years old are required to always have a parent/caregiver in the water with them. This activity is usually held several times a year. Make a splash with us!
Open to all ages with disabilities.

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Sensory Friendly Movies

ACF goes to the movies! We rent an entire movie theatre, sound is reduced, and lighting brought up to make sure all feel welcome and comfortable. Lengthy previews are skipped to ensure we stay on a timeline that accommodates different levels of focus and sensory issues. Concessions are always open. Join us and enjoy the show!
Open to all ages with disabilities.

Holiday Party

The Annual Holiday Party, a tradition ACF holds dear to our hearts, brings families together during the magical holiday season. We invite families with children, teens, and adults to join us for a memorable time full of activities including a photo with Santa, who presents each registered child with a gift; a delicious buffet; dancing; a special holiday craft; and visits from other surprise guests! This event fills quickly each year, so we encourage you to register early and please look out for our Wait List if you do not get an immediate spot. Come celebrate with us!
Open to all ages with disabilities.

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Family Roller Skating Night

Let’s boogie! Come experience an exclusive night where Autism Cares Foundation rents out the facility just for our families. Lights are turned up and sound is turned down as you roll away on one of the largest skating floors on the East Coast! Meet new friends and have tons of fun with other ACF families. Let’s roll!
Open to those ages 5 and older with disabilities.

Fall Hayride

Families are welcome to join us at a scenic farm for a festive Fall hayride and pumpkin decorating. Your ticket remains valid for several hours, so feel free to enjoy other farm offerings after you have expressed your artistic abilities. Space is limited and this event fills quickly, so be sure to register early. Bundle up and hop aboard!
Open to all ages with disabilities.

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Themed Dances

ACF offers year-round fun with our themed dances – Red, White, and Blue, Halloween, Valentine, St. Patrick’s, and others. These festive evenings feature line dancing and music with their favorite DJ, as well as snacks and dance buddies filling the floor at various venues. Meet you on the dance floor!
Open to those age 14 and older with disabilities.

Look Who’s Dancing

Get ready to dance and exercise, all at the same time! This class meets monthly with an amazing energy you don’t want to miss! We get our groove on learning moves and steps to some of the most popular songs we all know and love.
Open to all ages with disabilities.

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No Bull Training

This one hour, fitness-focused program allows participants to experience cross fit training by moving from station to station. Members should be able to work the various cardio, strength training and flexibility stations during the session at a local gym. Don’t forget your water bottle.
Open to those age 13 and older with disabilities.

Annual Prom

Proms make fond memories for everyone and the ACF Prom adds special touches to make it every more memorable. Our hair & makeup glamour volunteers work their brushes before participants enter our venue, which is magically transformed into the year’s special theme. The evening includes a delicious full-dinner buffet and dancing with buddies. Everyone takes home boutonnieres/ or bouquets and a keepsake photo. Formal dress encouraged.
Open to those age 16 and older with disabilities.

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Bucks County Children’s Museum

ACF hosts a private family event at the Buck’s County Children’s Museum in New Hope. Participants explore the different rooms, including a large light-bright factory exhibit, an artifact and fossil dig experience, hospital, town square, a chance to build Bowman’s Tower and much, much more! Please look, please touch, and please express your feelings openly, as Autism Cares Foundation families are the only guests. Grab your magnifying glass!
Open to those age 3-13 with disabilities.

Art Nights

Let the creative juices flow as we discover our inner talents. ACF Art Nights offer opportunities to explore different media creations including painting, sculpting, drawing and more. Everyone has the ability to display their talents and produce one-of-a-kind artwork.
Open to all ages with disabilities.

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Fun at the Farm

Spring, summer, and fall provide the perfect backdrop for Fun at the Farm. From obstacle courses to wall climbing to visiting with the goats and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy with family and friends.
Open to all ages with disabilities.

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