Local field trips (A day’s drive from Birmingham, AL) 2018-2019 Season

South East Homeschool Expo (Atlanta, GA)

Come See Us!

Who: FTRU crew

What: South East Homeschool Expo

When: July 27-28, 2018

Where: Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta/ Marietta, GA

More Info: www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com

2nd Annual Back to School 80’s Skate Party (Fultondale, AL)

WHO: All homeschoolers, friends and family
WHAT: Back to School 80s Skate Party with Field Trips R Us Homeschooling. Please dress in your funkiest, wildest, rad 80s outfits! One male and female student will win gift certificates good for use at Funtime Skate Center, courtesy of FTRU!
WHEN: Friday, August 10, 2018 from 11am to 2 pm
WHERE: Funtime Skate Center, 3508 Decatur Hwy, Fultondale, AL 35068
COST: $4.50 per skater which includes skate rental.
FOOD: Eat before you come or bring additional money for the concession stand. NO OUTSIDE FOOD.
MUSIC: Music will be 80s themed.
HOW TO SIGN-UP: This event is a show-up event. No reservation required, but questions should be sent to fieldtripsrushomeschooling@gmail.com
FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/217788232202331

FTRU Supports UAB Blazers Day (Birmingham, AL)~ Neighborhood Series


So excited to offer this for our FTRU community! The UAB Blazers are back and FTRU wants to show their UAB love with this fun field trip in our “Neighborhood Series!”
On Sept 15th, we will
-attend the UAB vs Tulane football game in Birmingham, AL
-attend the Behind the Scenes VIP tour
-participate in pre-game pageantry as a group where we will wave the giant UAB flag on field to get the crowd fired up
-commemorate our day with a post-game photo opp on the historic Legion Field turf
-optional Full Meal BBQ add on per person where FTRU will dine in our special group inside tailgate area


WHO: All Homeschoolers, Private and Public School Students and their Friends and Family


WHAT: Field Trips R Us Welcomes Back the Blazers! Feel free to wear your blazers t-shirts & any other gold and green gear! We’ll do the Behind the Scenes VIP tour, group photo, on the field time for us to wave the gigantic school flag, optional group buffet and of course, the football game!



WHEN: Saturday, Sept 15th UAB VS. TULANE @ 12 noon. FTRU festivities will begin at 10am. Park at Legion Field Parking Lot for only $8 a car. Meet outside Blazer Village (West Side of the Stadium).


WHERE: Legion Field located at. 400 Graymont Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204


COST: $10 per person


ADDITIONAL ADD-ONS: Add $12 per person to participate in group buffet in our special area FTRU group area. Meal consists of Full Moon BBQ, (pulled chicken or pork, beans, chips and drink).


**RESTRICTIONS: We need a minimum of 35 people for the buffet, 35 people for the tour and 50 for the wave the flag experience. Our minimum # of tickets we must sell is 35. FTRU, I will advertise this field trip profusely, but I need your help! Please share the event on your social media channels so we can reach our minimum number of guests to ensure a great experience for all!



******ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS: My cell is 205-908-8332 if you need to call or text me on field trip day! Here is a list of items not allowed at UAB Blazers football: Backpacks, outside food & drink (unless medically related). We do accept any bags that are clear plastic, which can be purchased outside the stadium.




HOW TO SIGN UP: To sign up for this field trip, please follow this 2-step process. (1) Send your field trip total monies to clarissahomeschool@gmail.com on PayPal via GOODS AND SERVICES. YOU MUST ADD IN 3% and 30 cents to your transaction for PayPal fees. (2) Email fieldtripsrushomeschooling@gmail.com to let us know that you paid for UAB, the number in your party and list any add-on’s that you purchased in your email. We will send you back a confirmation email. Please save and bring this email with you on field trip day.


See you in September! GOOOOO BLAZERS!!!

Cintas Factory Tour (Bessemer, AL)~ Stem Series

(Registration opens 8-1-18)

WHO: 20 homeschoolers, including chaperones


WHAT: STEM Series Factory Tour

“Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized products and services to over 900,000 customers that range from independent auto repair shops to large hotel chains. Cintas leads the industry in supplying corporate identity uniform programs, providing entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning. We operate more than 400 facilities in North America—including six manufacturing plants and eight distribution centers.”


WHEN: Friday, Sept 14, 2018 9 am -10 am


WHERE: 5970 Greenwood Parkway Bessemer, AL






OTHER: Meet inside front door in the lobby. Photography is ok.


HOW TO SIGN-UP: Send email to fieldtripsrushomeschooling@gmail.com with the number in your party and ages of students. We will send you back an email confirmation that we have room for you and that your reservation has been accepted.

“CLEAN” Program (Birmingham, AL) ~ Nature Series


(Registration opens 8-1-18)

Who: 30 students. Parents are welcome (no cost) but asked to sit on the banks so facilitators can cram as much education into our field trip as possible. Ages of students should be 10+

What: “CLEAN” Program by the Cahaba River Society, Environmental Streamwalk. “Hands on, Feet Wet,” is a day of environmental enrichment of wading and learning! Field trip will include three activities which are:

-Seine for fish and fish physiology

-Watershed geography activity

-Survey of aquatic micro invertebrates

What to bring: bring signed waiver, which I will email to you when you sign up, sunscreen & hat to protect neck and face. Wear shorts and clothes you don’t mind getting wet & dirty. Any student not wearing closed-toe shoes will be turned away from participating as this is a requirement for safety reasons.

When: Thursday, Sept 20, 2018 10am to 2 pm. Please arrive 10 to 15 mins early as we will have parking to assist with.

Parking: We will meet at a private residence at 3980 Cahaba Beach Road 35243 (do not enter driveway) where our guides will direct us where to park on street parking. The first ten cars will be able to park in these spots and everyone else will have to ferry down from a shopping center a mile up the road in my vehicle. If you need me, please call or text 205-908-8332

Where: see above

Cost: $10 per kid, parents are free

Other: We plan to break at noon for anyone wishing to hydrate and eat some snacks/light lunch.


How to Sign-Up: Since this field trip includes an entry fee, please make sure you follow BOTH steps to sign up.

  1. Send payment via PayPal to clarissahomeschool@gmail.com via GOODS AND SERVICES and add 3% and 30 cents.
  2. Email us at fieldtripsrushomeschooling@gmail.com with your paypal name, the ages of your students and the number of students you are bringing. We will email you back a confirmation that your spot has been reserved.

Kings Garden, where hope grows! (Wilsonville, AL)~ Neighborhood Series


(Registration opens 8-1-18)

Who: 30 students and their guardians, all ages (geared towards k4-3rd grade)

What: A day at the King’s Garden! We will tour the farm, see horses, bees, chickens, pumpkins, participate in a hayride and read “Spookley, The Square Pumpkin,” story as well. Students will also get a mini take-home pumpkin!

When: Thursday, Oct 4, 2018. 1pm (PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINS EARLY TO FILL OUT THEIR WAIVER.)

Where: 32 King’s Ranch Drive Wilsonville, Al 35186

Other: Closed-toe shoes are mandatory

Cost: Parents are $5, and students are $8

Handicap Accessible: Needs can likely be met if we know in advance at sign-up

How to Sign-Up: Since this field trip involves an entry fee, please follow BOTH steps.

  1. Send funds for your party PLUS 3% and 30 cents Paypal fee to clarissahomeschool@gmail.com on PayPal. Payment must be sent via GOODS AND SERVICES per PP policy.
  2. Email Clarissa at fieldtripsrushomeschomeschooling.com with the number in your party and ages of students as well as letting us know your PayPal name so we can match you to your payment. We will send you back an email confirmation that your reservation was confirmed.

See you at the Garden!

Maxwell Air Force Base Tour (Montgomery, AL)~ STEM Serie


What: Tour of MAFB

When: Fri, Oct 12th

Where: Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL

Catering Class (Hayden, AL)~ Classroom Series, College & Career Series

(Registration opens 8-1-18)

Who: 12 students, ages 12+

What: Visit a commercial kitchen and learn about food preparation, safety and general operation. Students will participate in general preparation of lunch which we will enjoy together. Service and manners will also be discussed.

When: Friday Oct 19, 2018

Cost: $10 per student.

Where: 1720 Ponderosa Road Hayden, Al 35079

How to sign up: Paypal $10 per student PLUS 3% and 30 cents to clarissahomeschool@gmail.com via GOODS and SERVICES. Then send email to fieldtripsrushomeschooling @gmail.com. We will send you back a confirmation email that your reservation has been accepted.

The Nutcracker (Pelham, AL)~ Performance Series


Who: All homeschooled students and their friends and family

What: Don’t miss out on this holiday tradition! Alabama Dance Academy partners with Field Trips R Us Homeschooling annually to offer this educational group rate to the Birmingham community. Follow Clara as she falls asleep after holiday festivities and dreams of an evil Mouse Queen, a beloved Sugar Plum Fairy, enchanting Snow Queen, and helpful toy soldiers to name a few!

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018 2pm Show

Where: Oak Mountain High School

Cost: FTRU tickets are $10 for all students and adults

How to sign up: STEP ONE: Send ticket money, (adding 3 percent and 30 cents) via PayPal to paypal address clarissahomeschool@gmail.com. STEP TWO: email us at fieldtripsrushomeschooling@gmail.com to let us know your paypal name and how many tixs you purchased so we can match pymt. We will return your email that your reservation was received. Reservations are only taken this way.

Field Trip Day: Ticket Distribution will be at will call or via me at the venue depending on # of participants that we have. My cell is 205-908-8332, but we will stay in communication with all of our participants via email as well. We plan to get group photos with some of the cast afterwards in their costumes which will be shared on our fb page for easy sharing!

Alabama Public Television Tour (Birmingham, AL) ~ Neighborhood Series

More info coming!

(Registration opens 12-1-18)



Visit the headquarters of Alabama Public Television, the “largest classroom in the state,” and learn how the programs you see on your television get there. APT’s Director of Programming and Public Information, Mike McKenzie, will lead one tour for younger students and a one for older students. We don’t have PBS Kids characters in Birmingham, but Mike will give younger students insight into how their favorite programs are made, what the people at APT do, and answer questions from students about television today. One or two members for APT’s Education team will also talk to students about online games and other resources they might enjoy. The program for older students will focus on television production and modern video technology, media literacy and careers in telecommunications.

Alabama Public Television was the first educational television network in the U.S. and continues to be a pioneer in education technology. The nine-station network serves the entire state of Alabama, operating four 24/7 digital channels, including APT HD, PBS Kids, Create and World.  APT’s online IQ Learning Network serves the growing needs of today’s educators with free, easily accessible digital resources including more than 130,000 video clips, interactives and other online tools. APT’s live, interactive learning adventures allow students to explore locations like Moundville and Dauphin Island in Alabama, and national landmarks including Mount Vernon, Monticello, the U.S. Capitol and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

When: Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019


Christian Publishing Field Trip (Athens, AL)

More info coming!

(Registration opens 1-1-19)



When: Friday, March 1, 2019

Where: 220 S. Marion St, Athens, AL

Tigers for Tomorrow (Attalla, AL)

More info coming!

(Registration opens 8-1-18)





BJCC Tour ~Birmingham History Series, College & Career Series

(Registration opens 1-1-19)


Who: 25 slots including chaperones, students must be high school aged. If our tour fills up we will secure a second tour back to back with this one.


What: The BJCC has invited FTRU to go behind the scenes and learn about all the exciting job opportunities in the entertainment/hospitality industry.  The BJCC is home to the Legacy Arena, Concert Hall, Children’s Theater, Uptown Entertainment Center, AL Sports Hall of Fame and the Sheraton/Westin Hotels and host concerts, circus events, sporting events, comedy events, stage plays and much more. Tour is handicap accessible. Keep in mind that the tour of the Complex will include front of house and back of house areas, so expect a lot of walking. Participants should wear comfortable shoes.


When: Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 9am to 11am


Where: BJCC, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203. Additional information regarding location and parking will be provided in early 2019. We anticipate that there will be a lot of construction surrounding BJCC in the Spring with the ALDOT bridge and road project, so we are unable to determine which areas will be accessible until we get closer to the date.


Cost: Free


How to Sign Up: Email fieldtripsrushomeschooling@gmail.com with the number in your party and lead guest name. We will send you a return confirmation email that your reservation was accepted. Please save the email and bring it with you on field trip day.

Red Mountain Park Tour~Birmingham History Series

More info coming!

(Registration opens 1-1-19)



When: Thursday, March 14, 2019


Jasmine Hill Gardens (Wetumpka, AL)

More info coming!

(Registration opens 1-1-19)





Finding Neverland (Broadway Birmingham)~ Performance Series

(Registration opens June 24, 2018, closes on July 25, 2018)

Who: All homeschoolers, public school and private school students and their friends and family. You must have a student in your party to be able to receive the educational group discount. You do not have to be a resident of the local area to attend, only able to travel to Birmingham, AL for the actual performance.


What: “Finding Neverland” Broadway Birmingham performance via the American Theatre Guild



“Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

Based on the Academy® Award-winning film of the same name, this breathtaking show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME MagazineVogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy® Award-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) directs this innovative musical featuring an original score by noted composer Gary Barlow and Grammy Award® winner Eliot Kennedy, with a book by celebrated playwright James Graham and choreography by three-time Emmy Award® winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium). Packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, FINDING NEVERLAND is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up. “Enchanting! The kind of magical experience that transforms adults back into children, and turns kids on to a lifetime of theatergoing.”-David Gordon, Theatermania.”

Recommended for ages 6+.


When: Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 1pm


Where: BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham, AL


Cost: $48.50 per person (regardless of age). Our seats are in the Center Grand Tier, rows HH, JJ, LL, MM, and NN. A copy of the venue seating chart can be viewed here: https://theaterleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Birmingham-Concert-Hall-Seating-Chart.pdf


How to Sign Up: Deposit of $12 per person is due by July 25th, 2018. Remaining balance is due Feb 28, 2019. You may send all of your payment or only the $12 per person deposit prior to July 25, 2018 to be included on our field trip. Balances on accounts are due by Feb 28, 2019.


Our sign up process is a TWO-step process. By sending us money yo agree to this TWO-step process.

1) Send funds to clarissahomeschool@gmail.com on PayPal via GOODS AND SERVICES option. You will need to ADD in 3% and 30 cents to your transaction each time you send field trips funds to FTRU. *Please note that FTRU does not make money from PayPal. They charge a fee for their services and providing field trips is considered providing a service. Collecting field trip funds by any party (individual or group) for field trips not utilizing the GOODS and SERVICES option is in strict violation of PP policy.

2) The second step is to email me at fieldtripsrushomeschooling@gmail.com to ensure that I got your payment. I will verify that your funds were received and send you a confirmation email.


Refunds: Refunds will only be granted in the event that the show is canceled.

Broadway Birmingham tickets always make for a popular holiday gift with friends and family!

Georgia Renaissance Festival

More info coming!

(Registration opens 8-16-18)


Who: Unlimited spaces for Homeschoolers, their friends and family

What: “On Field Trip Day the Georgia Renaissance Festival transforms itself into an educational adventure where students are immersed in the 16th-century and learn about day-to-day life in an English village. Up close and personal interactions with peasants and royalty, educational (and fun) workshops and presentations, plus music and food. The focus is on learning, but with a festive atmosphere! You won’t want to miss the Royal Joust Tournament where brave knights charge each other while riding 4,000 pounds of equine fury! The Birds of Prey Show will have you on the edge of your seat as magnificent raptors fly within inches of your head! Acrobats and daredevils will entertain you with their unique skills. Our artisans will demonstrate glassblowing, weaving, blacksmithing and more! “


Amazing Downloadable Curriculum Guide can be found here! https://dynamix-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/garenfestcom/garenfestcom_693199657.pdf

Meets Education Standards for Georgia, Alabama & Tennessee

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019





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How to Reach us on Field Trip Day:

“Railroads & Rockets” 2 days in Huntsville, AL ~ Alabama History Series, STEM Series

More info coming!