Once a month on a Sunday, my writers' group has an informal get together we call the Author's Lounge. I've missed the last three meetings due to various complications. This time, it looked as if I was going to have to miss it again since I didn't have anyone to take care of Alex while Dave and Nathan were out. The woman hosting the Lounge offered to let Alex come and play with her two children (4 and 7).
I decided to give it a try. Alex's behaviour has been much improved lately, so I could be reasonably sure we wouldn't have a complete meltdown. Or at least, not one I couldn't anticipate and leave before. I brought his iPad and a snack and we gave it a solid try.
I was only able to stay an hour out of the 3 before Alex decided he was bored and wanted to go home. I decided not to push it. But while we were there, he did very well. He played with his iPad and some Lego and beads that the family had brought out. He wasn't disruptive or trying too hard to get into different areas.
Not a total success but not a disaster. I don't think I'd try to do it again if I have the option, but it's good to know that it's not entirely off the table.