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 🙂

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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.

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Hallway

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Cool passageways

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Whimsical signs and paintings

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“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 🙂

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Cute!!

Lunch!! 😀

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Lots of stunning murals!

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A mural of a helicopter-like flying device used in Odyssey

Murals of a greenhouse on the stairway

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Murals of stores in the fictional town of Odyssey. If you’re an AiO fan, you’ll get these 😉

Finneman's Market

Finneman’s Market

Camp What-A-Nut

Camp What-A-Nut

A hat store?

A hat store?

Holstein's Books

Holstein’s Books

The infamous Bart Rathbone's Electric Palace

The infamous Bart Rathbone’s Electric Palace

Cool, mysterious door

Cool, mysterious door

"Guest speaker at church--George Barclay"

“Guest speaker at church–George Barclay”

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.

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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.

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It’s dark and there are twinkling lights in the ceiling

There are passageways through the cave as well

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A “pirates cave” or something 😉

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Looking through the wires…

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This section is dedicated to an “Adventures on Odyssey” historical fiction miniseries about the Underground Railroad.

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Replicas of things related to the Underground Railroad

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Map like ones carried by slaves

Crates like ones slaves were sometimes shipped in to the North–and freedom (this actually features in the AiO audio drama!)

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“Whit’s End” model

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with characters

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Whit, Sherman the dog, and Connie

Eugene

Eugene

More Odyssey characters, that you can add your face too :)

More Odyssey characters, that you can add your face to 🙂

Cozy reading corner

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Puppet theater and stage

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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! 😎

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Enter the wardrobe…

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…push past the fur coats…

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…and discover Narnia!

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a mural with scenes from the book

Mr. Tumnus

Mr. Tumnus

Peter's gifts from Father Christmas--sword and shield

Peter’s gifts from Father Christmas–sword and shield

Susan's bow and arrows

Susan’s bow and arrows from Father Christmas

Susan's horn

Susan’s horn from Father Christmas

Lucy's healing cordial--1 of her gifts from Father Christmas

Lucy’s healing cordial–1 of her gifts from Father Christmas

The robin who guided the 4 children in Narnia (this guy only shows up in the book, not the radio drama or movie)

The robin who guided the 4 children in Narnia (this guy only shows up in the book, not the radio drama or movie)

The beaver's dam

The beaver’s dam

The Stone Table

The Stone Table

The lamppost!

The lamppost!

A great big Aslan mural 8-)

A great big Aslan mural 😎

And a tree with fake ice crystals (I thought this was so cool!)

And a tree with fake ice crystals (I thought this was so cool!)

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It’s very cool!

There is a 3-story slide called the “A-Bend-A-Go,” which is tons of fun for the kids 😉

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And there is a Bookstore filled with great gifts

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