Colorado Springs: Focus on the Family
While we were in Colorado Springs, we visited what was once one of our favorite places to visit when we lived there, Focus on the Family! Get ready for a pictoral tour involving dozens of photos 😉 I didn’t make the photos big because the post would’ve been really long and slow-loading, but you can click on any picture to make it bigger 🙂
I should probably explain here that Focus on the Family has created a radio series for kids called Adventures in Odyssey. It’s a series of Christian audio dramas about the happenings and lessons learned at a fictional town called Odyssey, that airs daily or weekly, and you can find out where it airs where you live at this link. A lot of the decorations and props at FoF are based on characters and places in the fictional town of Odyssey, where the stories take place.
When you enter, the elevator is decorated like the Imagination Station, a fictional device in Odyssey that lets kids take trips in their imaginations to experience adventures in other times and places.
Whimsical signs and paintings
“Whit’s End” is the favorite soda shoppe of Odyssey kids, owned by the grandfatherly Mr. Whittaker in the radio show. Here at FoF, Whit’s End sells food and drinks 🙂
Lots of stunning murals!
Murals of a greenhouse on the stairway
Murals of stores in the fictional town of Odyssey. If you’re an AiO fan, you’ll get these 😉
There’s the B-17 bomber (which you can climb into) that is the headquarters of the stars of FoF’s Last Chance Detectives (a group of kids who solve mysteries in a small Arizona town). There are 3 movies in the series, which are great Christian adventures for kids.
There is a cool movie cave where you can sit on “rocky cliffs” and watch movies, usually Veggietales (in this case, the Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything movie) or Last Chance Detectives.
There are passageways through the cave as well
A “pirates cave” or something 😉
Looking through the wires…
This section is dedicated to an “Adventures on Odyssey” historical fiction miniseries about the Underground Railroad.
Crates like ones slaves were sometimes shipped in to the North–and freedom (this actually features in the AiO audio drama!)
“Whit’s End” model
Cozy reading corner
Puppet theater and stage
One of the stars of Focus on the Family is the Radio Theater dramas they do, of classics and of biographies of famous people.
They have dramatized the entire book series of the Chronicles of Narnia, and have made a wardrobe that you can explore! 😎
Enter the wardrobe…
…push past the fur coats…
…and discover Narnia!
It’s very cool!
There is a 3-story slide called the “A-Bend-A-Go,” which is tons of fun for the kids 😉
And there is a Bookstore filled with great gifts