Welcome Center

A view of the Focus on the Family Welcome Center.

Focus on the Family welcomes visitors to the ministry's Welcome Center in Colorado Springs. There, guests can become better acquainted with the ministry via a self-guided walking tour of that building, as well as have fun with their children in the Kid's Korner play area and Whit's End Soda Shoppe.

The Welcome Center has had more than three million guests walk through its doors since its opening in 1994, and is located next to our on-campus bookstore.

Our guided tours take place Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to confirm tour times.

Families can enjoy a 170-seat theater featuring films like Welcome Home – a glimpse into the heart behind our ministry – The Last Chance Detectives and other presentations.

Attractions

Families can enjoy a 170-seat theater featuring films like Welcome Home – a glimpse into the heart behind our ministry – The Last Chance Detectives and other presentations.

Attractions include a kids' play area with a three-story slide, Whit's End Soda Shoppe, birthday party rooms, the G. Harvey Art Gallery and the Solid Grounds coffee bar. 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.

Additional expansions include the Discovery Emporium, complete with a puppet stage, reading area, KYDS' Radio Studio, two birthday party rooms (J&J Antiques and the Odyssey Fire Station), an area for toddlers (Camp What-A-Nut), the Foley Museum and the Narnia Adventure Room.

An exterior view of the slide at Kids Korner.

Kid's Korner

Downstairs in the Welcome Center, young visitors will love the newly expanded Kid's Korner. One of the main attractions is 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". Safety guidelines are upheld.

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

Whit's End

You will also get a chance to visit Whit's End, which is a turn-of-the-century soda fountain straight from the popular Adventures in Odyssey audio and video 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.

Young children playing in Camp What-A-Nut.

Camp What-A-Nut

Even toddlers (ages 0-4) get a chance to 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 1906. Focus on the Family is ready to welcome you on your next visit!

If you would like to attend a broadcast taping, 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. Typically, the Welcome Center is closed every year during the first week of February for cleaning and maintenance.

Winter Hours

Day After Labor Day - Day Before Memorial Day

Monday - Friday
Welcome Center 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Soda Shoppe 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)
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 Shoppe 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 Shoppe 11:00 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 Shoppe 11:00 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

2016 Scheduled Closures

New Years Day: Fri., Jan. 1
Martin Luther King Day: Mon., Jan. 18
Good Friday: Fri., Mar. 25
Memorial Day: Mon., May 30
Independence Day: Mon., July 4
Labor Day: Mon., Sept. 5
Thanksgiving: Thurs.- Fri., Nov. 24-25
Christmas: Fri.- Mon., Dec. 23-26

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.– 5:00 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