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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Play Dates

Park Days, Activities & Other Ongoing Play Dates  

Park Days are such a wonderful time not only for the little ones to play together, but the support that is shared among the parents is invaluable.

Please note, all information posted below was current when posted.  You know how things go....  Things change and people forget to tell me.  If you find a posting that is no longer current, please contact me at everestacademy1@gmail.com so that I can update the post.

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All activities listed are open to all Alabama homeschoolers regardless of church school affiliation.    Please note that these play dates are not sponsored or organized by Everest Academy unless specifically noted.  If you have questions concerning one of these activities, please forward your questions to the contact listed.  If you would like to add a resource or if you find a broken link, please contact the Everest Academy webmaster

Nov. 5 (Deadline Oct. 28), Columbus, GA: Columbus Museum Field Trip

Date: Tuesday, Nov 5
Deadline to RSVP:  Oct. 28
Rebecca Miller
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am (Eastern Time)
Age: K-5th grade
Cost: $2 per person- payment in cash on the day of tour

Details: Should wear comfortable clothes for sitting on floor. (There will be an art project too so keep your child's artistic personality in mind when choosing clothes!)
Parents are welcome to come and stay with their children. Younger siblings are welcome as long as they are not disruptive. There is a hands-on area for young kids to play in if parents want/ need to take them somewhere during the art project. They will not have extra materials for younger kids to do the art projects unless the children have paid.  This is not a drop-off event.  Please stay on the premises.  

Here is the website for directions and more info.

Hi Homeschoolers! 
I have another trip planned for us.
This one is to the art museum in Columbus which I have never been to, but people say it is great for kids.

The topic is US Western Expansion, and they have a program using "art, storytelling, interactive games, and hands-on activities to learn about the move westward." They divide up the younger kids (K-3rd grade) to learn about pioneers and covered wagon travel and then older elementary (4th and 5th grade) will learn about the Trail of Tears.

Both age groups will get a chance to learn in the galleries and then make a take-home art project in their studio.

The homeschool coordinator tells me there is a place to eat lunch outside afterwards, so my family will be bringing a picnic lunch. We would love to have anyone join us.

This is the only thing I am coordinating in Columbus on that day, but there are several other educational things to do around Columbus if you are interested in an afternoon activity also.
Here are some suggestions from other people on a2z:
Columbus Infantry Museum
Columbus Space Science Center
Chattahoochee Riverwalk
Civil War Naval Museum

And a website with information about all these and more:

Let me know if you are interested in going!
Rebecca Miller

Mobile: BOYS PE/Training Class

BOYS PE/Training Class
Who: This class is for middle school aged boys, 6th-8th graders. Boys only. The class size will be kept to 10-15 boys. 

What: Real PE and training for boys. They will be evaluated and coached in physical and mental skills that will benefit them regardless of what they pursue athletically. This is not a play group. 

Where: Mobile Kinetic Sports
1301 Azalea Road
Mobile, Alabama 36693-4703

When: Tues/Thurs 10:00 am. This class will run the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.

Cost: under $30/month.

Instructor: Rich @ Mobile Kinetic Mobile Youth Sports Training Academy

Want to know what MKS is all about? Check out the great info on their web site under the HOME and PERFORMANCE tabs (see links below). If you are looking for a positive experience that will challenge and inspire your young man...you've found it. I've spoken with Rich today and he has a heart to work with young people and help them reach their potential physically. The goal is not to produce scholarship athletes, but young men who can set goals and reach them. That is a life skill they will always need.

This class is expected to fill quickly. This class is open to any homeschooled boy regardless of affiliation to any covering. Target start date is in 2 weeks, Nov 5, or sooner if participants are able.



Oct. 28, Hanceville: Our Lady of the Angels Monastery & Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Field Trip

October - Catholicism (Christian)

Monday, October 28 
10:00 a.m.
Hanceville, AL. 

In our second month of Study in World Religion, we are looking into Catholicism. The Catholic religion is one of the oldest Christian religions in the world. Catholics celebrate a "Mass" as their form of church service. Please join us as we tour Our Lady of the Angels Monastery and attend a prayer service and a Mass.  Email Danielle at 4neerdowells@gmail.com to register and for more information.

Oct 24, Vestavia: 5th Annual Homeschoolers' Pumpkin Carving Party!!

All homeschoolers welcome to the 
2013 Pumpkin Carving Party!!

Date: Thursday, Oct 24
Time:  4:00pm to ~6:00pm
Location:  McCallum Park*
Rosemary Lane, Vestavia, AL

Did you know that the tradition of carving pumpkins, jack-o'lanterns, originally began with carving turnips, potatoes, or beets? That's right, in Britain, they carved these common foods to make their jack-o'lanterns. When America's first Europeans settled here and found pumpkins, a winter squash indigenous to North America, they found them to be much better for carving; thus, a new variation of the age-old tradition began. 

Event Details: Please bring your carving pumpkin and all materials needed for carving. Buckets for collecting unwanted pumpkin "guts" and remnants will be provided. Also bring a goody or bag of candy to share...pumpkin carving makes hungry little goblins! Please bring drinks for your family.

Every year, we love to line up all the awesome pumpkins and light them for a quick show of creativity, so plan to stay until dusk for the pumpkin lighting! Please note that McCallum Park is not lit & closes at dark. We will need to be cleaned up before dark, and you may want to bring a flashlight, just in case we run a little late. 

Questions? Email Briana Moore ~ self-educated@earthlink.net

*Note: This park is conveniently located at the end of Rosemary Lane right off Rocky Ridge Rd in Vestavia. Please be sure not to park on Rosemary Ln when visiting the park, per the Vestavia Parks Board.

This event is sponsored Everest Academy and is open to all homeschoolers. 
Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.

Oct. 21, Meridianville: Tate Farms Field Trip

Tate Farms

8414 Moores Mill Rd
Meridianville, AL

Activities include a hay ride, animals, hay bale maze, jumping pillow, corn crib, barnyard playground, and everyone will pick a pumpkin!

October 21, 2013

$8.00 ages 2 and up

Payment due by Thursday, October 10th.!!

For questions or payment information contact darlakayhicks@aol.com.

This trip is open to all homeschoolers!

Oct. 15, Childersburg: Desoto Caverns Field Trip

Desoto Caverns Fall Homeschool Day
October 15

Homeschoolers receive our Fun Pac (tour, panning, and maze) at the school group rate of $14.00 per person. This is a fun and educational field trip for homeschool families. No minimum attendees required.

Payment for your family on arrival, no pre-payment required.

We will arrive at 12p for picnic lunch (optional)
If arriving just for tour- arrive at 1:00p (pay, restroom breaks, etc.)
Tour as a group at 1:30p with activities to follow.

RSVP requested (so we can look out for you) but not required.
Sherry Morrow
cell # 205-300-0608 for questions & to contact me the day of if needed.

Oct. 15, Rainsville: Down on the Farm Pumpkin Patch

Down on the Farm 
Pumpkin Patch

October 15th, 2013
RSVP Deadline Oct. 8

Cost:  $7/per person ages 2 and up
Pack a lunch or you can purchase a meal - $4 includes your choice of peanut butter and jelly sandwich, hot dog, or corn dog chips and a small drink
  • Hay ride to the pumpkin patch
  • 1 pumpkin per person
  • you get to paint your pumpkin, if you like
  • cow train for the little guys
  • corn field maze
  • playground with AWESOME CORN BINS
  • new Huge slide that you slide down on burlap sacks
  • petting zoo with farm animals
  • picnic area and real bathrooms (no port-a-potties)WOOHOO!
Please Note:
  • NO PETS, though service dogs on leash are ok
  • Be sure to wear comfy clothes that are ok to get dirty
RSVP Info:
Deadline to RSVP, make payment, and cancellation is Oct. 8.  Because we must meet a minimum, no refunds will be issued after Oct. 8.  Please RSVP to Nicole at mommyrottie@gmail.com or 205-902-0488.  Please include your cell phone number in your correspondence.  

Mail your payment to: 
Nicole Junkin
525 Larue St.
Bham, AL 35206

Cullman 4H

The Cullman County 4-H Community Club will have its first meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8th. The club meets at the Cullman Office Bldg at 402 Arnold St. NE in Cullman. (Enter at the rear of the building.) Many homeschool families participate in this community club.

4-H is for anyone aged 9-19. For more information contact Raydonna Sims or Jay Conway at 256-737-9386.

To learn more general information about 4-H, see their website at: http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/index.php

Jay Conway
4-H Regional Extension Agent
Office – 256-737-9386
Cell – 256-338-4631
Fax – 256-737-9549

Oct. 17, Spanish Fort: Seasons in the Sun Field Trip

Seasons in the Sun

Come join us for a Hydroponic Farm, Garden Center, and CSA program provider tour on Thursday, 10/17 from 10a-12p. This trip will be fun and informative for ALL ages!!  Children 2 and under are FREE (WITH PAYING ADULT AND CHILD IN THE SAME FAMILY). All other ages are $8 a piece. Bring your own picnic lunch, drinks, and snacks to enjoy at the farm :) They do NOT grow peanuts at the farm.

Farm Mission Statement, which describes what to expect from the tour>>> We are offering our neighbors and friends the ability to go back in time to when food was real and kids knew where eggs came from. We grow fruits and veggies, raise all kinds of farm animals and have many many different kinds of chickens. We want kids to be able to come here and learn what growing your own food and raising your own animals is all about. We offer classes and love to help others who want to take part in what we do. We grow fruits and veggies in the fields and hydroponically in the greenhouses... we also grow plants and flowers. Kids can see how earth worms work, catch crickets, feed the critters, see lots and lots of birds, see how plants, flowers, fruits and veggies are grown and get their hands dirty trying ot do it themselves.

***DEADLINE FOR PAYMENT 10/10/13*** 

Address: 13006 Jenkins Pit RoadSpanish Fort, Alabama 36527

Contact info:
Jennifer Rogers

Bham Area (Multiple Locations): Mommy & Me Time Homechool Discount

Mommy and Me Time Fitness is offering local homeschool families a 15% discount on any multi-session packages for their Mommy and Me Fitness Classes and Mommy and Me Play Time classes. The fitness classes offer a great workout for Moms-to-be and current Moms, as well as fun activities and exercise for the kids. The play classes offer a fun, active environment for children to socialize and interact with other children, while enjoying exercise through fun games and activities. Weekday morning classes at 920am, weekday evening classes at 4pm and 520pm, and Saturday 920am classes are offered. Classes are offered in Hoover, Pelham, Vestavia, and Homewood. Fitness classes are $10/class drop-in rate; play classes are $5/class drop-in rate. Costs are per family (no additional cost for multiple children), and costs decrease per class as multiple sessions are purchased. Feel free to check out their website: http://www.mommyandmetime.com/ FB page: https://www.facebook.com/mommyandmetime Or call or email Stacey at (205) 356-0374,stacey@mommyandmetime.com

Stacey Jernigan
Mommy and Me Time Fitness

October 2013 iServe Project: Walk to Defeat ALS

iServe Homeschool Service Club is for homeschoolers in the Greater Birmingham and surrounding areas who are interested in cultivating a desire to volunteer and serve in their community.

We plan hands-on service opportunities for our homeschool students, which vary by locations, dates, times, etc., according to the service opportunity coordinated, but all events will be in the Greater Birmingham area or surrounding communities in Jefferson, Shelby, St Clair, and Blount counties. We strive to coordinate opportunities for all ages, 0-99, but occasionally there will be restrictions for the venue or type of volunteering needed. 

Our first October project will be volunteering for clean-up after the "Walk to Defeat ALS" event at the Hoover Metropolitan Park.
Please click on this link, iServe Club, for more details about join iServe.