Friday we had planned to visit Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs. I wanted to do the tour and also let the kids play in Whit’s end and the kids area. I really wanted to see where they record their radio programs and if I was lucky maybe even see one.
For those of you who don’t know Focus on the Family has an entire building dedicated to welcoming people. This building was donated specifically for this purpose! It has a basement that has been turned into a virtual kids’ zone. It has a book store upstairs and a theatre and several walls of history and overviews of many of their ministries.
The kids area has a 3 story windey slide, movie area, computer games, actual stage and dressing room complete with costumes for all your favorite Odyssey characters, a puppet theatre with puppets of several odyssey characters and more. There’s a replica plane from one of their movies and interesting memorabilia throughout. There is even a wardrobe to walk into Narnia. There’s a reading area and a whole room for little ones 4 and under.
They even have KYDS radio studio where you can sign up for a 30 minute session and create your own Odyssey episode with up to 4 people. This is done on a first come first serve basis and only when open.
They have Whit’s ice cream shop with very reasonable prices. A peanut butter and jam sandwich is $1.50 and a kids’ ice cream cone is $1.75 and a huge ice cream sundae is $3.75. You can even try the famous wodfamchocsod for only $2.75. (World famous chocolate soda).
We went on Friday and had such a great time that the kids insisted we return Saturday. The kids spent close to 2 hours going down The slide (and visiting with their new friend Hannah who we met as our tour guide and then who supervised the slide and finally when she produced their 2 Odyssey episodes. And she even remembered all 5 kids names the next day – she is a great ambassador and employee for the ministry).
Friday the KYDS radio studio was closed so Saturday we arrived early to get 2 early time slots. We needed 2 time slots so all the kids could be involved because only 3 to 4 kids can do each episode. There are 2 reading parts and then up to two kids can be Foley’s (sound effects). The kids doing Foley had just as much fun as the kids with reading parts! Then when you are done you get a free CD of your episode to take home. I’ll post this and photos when I get home.
They even have 2 party rooms available for use for free simply by signing up.
I have long been impressed with their ministry and we have supported them for years. But this visit just reinforced it. I love the fact that they are mortgage free and all the monies donated go directly to their ministries.
3 of my kids said this was as good or better than Disneyland, which we were at 2 weeks ago.