Welcome Center

A view of the Focus on the Family Welcome Center.

If you’re in Colorado Springs, we’d be delighted to have you visit our Welcome Center, located directly off the interstate! We’ve welcomed more than five million guests through our doors since opening the Welcome Center in 1994.

Guests can become better acquainted with Focus on the Family through a self-guided walking tour, as well as have fun with their children in the Kids’ Korner play area and Whit's End Soda Shop.

Attractions

  • A 10-minute film that offers a glimpse into the heart behind Focus on the Family
  • A kids' play area with a three-story slide
  • Whit's End Soda Shop
  • Birthday party rooms
  • G. Harvey Art Gallery
  • Solid Grounds coffee area
  • The Discovery Emporium, complete with a puppet stage and reading area
  • KYDS' Radio Studio
  • Two free birthday party rooms (J&J Antiques and the Odyssey Fire Station – call for reservations)
  • Narnia Adventure Room
  • Guided tours of the ministry that take place Monday through Friday (call ahead to confirm tour times)

For the safety of all children, we ask that an adult stay with children under the age of 16 and that there be one adult for every five children in your group.

An exterior view of the slide at Kids Korner.

Kid's Korner

Downstairs in the Welcome Center, young visitors will love Kids’ Korner, including A-Bend-A-Go, a three-story corkscrew slide that's 76-feet long. Riders must be at least 43 ½ inches tall and no taller than 5'9".

A view of Whit's End showing the counter and some tables.

Whit's End

You’ll also get a chance to visit Whit's End, a turn-of-the-century soda fountain straight from the popular Adventures in Odyssey audio series.

A young girl speaking into a microphone at KYDS Radio.

KYDS Radio

Your child can record his or her voice on an actual Adventures in Odyssey episode written just for KYDS Radio. The complimentary CD you'll take home is sure to become a family keepsake. Space is limited, and reservations are taken onsite on a first-come, first-served basis.

Young children playing in Camp What-A-Nut.

Camp What-A-Nut

Toddlers (ages 0-4) can play safely in this room we designed especially for them.

The party room at Whit's End.

Reservations

To reserve one of our free Birthday Party rooms, please call (719) 531-3400 and ask for extension 1907.

If you would like to attend a taping for the Focus on the Family broadcast in the Administration Building, please note the following information:

  • Seating is reserved. Please call (719) 531-3400 and ask for extension 1907 to reserve a seat.
  • Children under the age of 10 are restricted from attending broadcast tapings. Additionally, there are occasions when the subject matter is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 18. If this is the case, the information will be available when you make your reservation to attend a taping.
  • Please call a day or two before your planned visit to learn of any schedule changes.
  • If you are not able to attend, please call the above number to let us know. We appreciate your thoughtfulness.
A front view of the Focus on the Family Welcome Center.

Welcome Center

The Welcome Center and Bookstore are closed once a month for a staff chapel service. Chapel dates and times vary, so please check for operating hours before your visit by calling (719) 531-3400. Operating hours are also subject to change for building maintenance or other issues.

Winter Hours

Day After Labor Day - Day Before Memorial Day

(Kids play area and Whit’s End Soda Shop is closed the first week of February for maintenance and cleaning.)

Monday - Friday
Welcome Center 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Soda Shop 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Play Area 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A-Bend-A-Go Slide* 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
KYDS Radio KYDS Radio sessions can only be reserved in person on the day of the recording. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Call ahead for more information.

Saturday
Welcome Center 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Soda Shop 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Play Area 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A-Bend-A-Go Slide* 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
KYDS Radio KYDS Radio sessions can only be reserved in person on the day of the recording. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Call ahead for more information.

*Subject to weather conditions

 

Summer Hours

Memorial Day - Labor Day

Monday - Friday
Welcome Center 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Soda Shop 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Play Area 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A-Bend-A-Go Slide* 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
KYDS Radio KYDS Radio sessions can only be reserved in person on the day of the recording. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Call ahead for more information.

Saturday
Welcome Center 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Soda Shop 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Play Area 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A-Bend-A-Go Slide* 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
KYDS Radio KYDS Radio sessions can only be reserved in person on the day of the recording. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Call ahead for more information.

*Subject to weather conditions

 

2017 Scheduled Closures

New Years Day: Mon., Jan. 2
Martin Luther King Day: Mon., Jan. 16
Good Friday: Fri., Apr. 14
Memorial Day: Mon., May 29
Independence Day: Tues., July 4
Labor Day: Mon., Sept. 4
Thanksgiving: Thurs.- Fri., Nov. 23-24
Christmas: Fri.- Mon., Dec. 22-25

Interior shot of the Focus on the Family Bookstore.

Bookstore

We strive to provide a welcoming, comfortable, family-friendly environment for your shopping experience. We offer resources that grow your relationship with Christ, build a healthy marriage and help your family thrive.

In-Store Specials

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Hours

Mon.– Fri.: 9:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (719) 531-3464
E-mail:& bookstore@fotf.org

Address:
8685 Explorer Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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Directions to Focus on the Family

Directions

From I-25 in Colorado Springs, take the Briargate Exit (Exit 151) and merge onto Briargate Parkway.

From the first intersection at Voyager Parkway/CO-83, continue east on Briargate Parkway for 0.3 miles, and then turn right onto Explorer Drive.

Proceed 0.2 miles on Explorer Drive, and turn left onto the Focus on the Family campus, located at 8605 Explorer Drive.

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    Focus on the Family Welcome Center and Bookstore

    8685 Explorer Dr.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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    Focus on the Family Main Administration Building

    8655 Explorer Dr.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920