What is Discovery Land?

Discovery Land is our ministry for children from 6 weeks to 6th grade. Both our Sunday morning DL and Tuesday night AWANA programs combine quality Bible teaching with kid-friendly activities in a safe and fun environment. We aim to create memorable experiences that help kids become resilient disciples of Jesus in an ever-changing world.  

Our Discovery Land Global curriculum equips churches in over 11 countries with the tools to build a strong biblical foundation for their children’s ministries.  


The goal of  is to equip children from birth to 6th grade with Biblical truth to apply to their lives. The fun begins right when you walk through the doors with energetic worship, hands-on activities, games, and more.

Summer in DL

Ready, set—GO! This summer at Discovery Land, kids can take on fun challenges each Sunday for our very own version of the iconic show, the Amazing World Race. Every week, students will tackle themed challenges together with their classes, connecting their activities to truth-filled lessons and building friendships along the way.  

Kids, invite your friends and gear up for a rewarding adventure this summer at Discovery Land’s Amazing World Race! 



 is a fun-filled, Tuesday night program for children three years through 6th grade that challenges kids to memorize Scripture and apply it to their lives. Registration is required for Cubbies and encouraged for students K-6th grade. Visitors K-6th grade are always welcome throughout the year.

Special Needs

We value and love every child, which is why we have designed our One2One Ministry. One2One focuses on children with special needs. Our goal is to create a safe, fun, educational experience for all children while meeting their individual needs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I stay with my child?

We welcome you to stay with your child to observe. Simply stop at the DL Desk and they will be happy to assist you. Because we value your children’s safety, we monitor who is in the Discovery Land facility during our learning sessions. Parents who have not completed a background check must remain with an approved leader at all times. A driver's license will be required to acquire a visitor lanyard.

Do I have to be a member to bring my kids to Discovery Land?

No, you don’t have to be a member. Everyone is welcome in Discovery Land!

How old does my child have to be to come to Discovery Land?

Discovery Land offers Sunday programs for children from 6 weeks through 6th grade. Our Tuesday night Awana programming in Appleton is for children 2 years before 5-year-old kindergarten through 6th grade. To learn more about our youth programming for students 7th grade and older, please visit our Student Ministries page.

How will you notify me if my child needs me?

We will text parents and they should come to the DL Desk.

Is there a fee for Discovery Land?

Our Sunday program is free of charge. 
Our Tuesday evening Awana program has a cost associated with registration, which covers books, fees, uniforms, etc. The costs are listed on the registration.

It’s my first time! How can I prepare?

We suggest dressing your children in comfortable clothing – In Discovery Land, we love to stay active! In the summer months, some activities will be hosted outdoors, weather permitting.

You can also save time at check-in by completing our First Time Visitor Form. When you arrive, please stop at the Discovery Land Welcome Desk to let us know it’s your first visit. In Appleton, you’ll find this right inside the East Entrance. Our welcome team is ready to walk you through check-in and the rest of your morning in Discovery Land.

What are the minimum and maximum ages for attending Awana? What programs are available for each age group?

Puggles - Available for children who are three years away from starting 5K and who have a parent serving in Awana.
Cubbies - Available for children who are one or two years away from starting 5K and who meet all additional criteria. "What are the requirements for registering my pre-K child in Cubbies?" on our AWANA FAQ
Sparks - 5K-2nd Grade
T&T (Truth and Training) - 3rd-6th grade

What do you do for safety?

Safety procedures we have put in place are:

  • Children preschool and under and their parents receive wristbands with matching numbers. When children are picked up, the wristbands are removed by an adult leader after confirming the numbers match. Please note the parent with the matching wristband is the only one allowed to pick up their child.
  • Students K-6th grade must be picked in their classroom by an adult immediately following the service. To ensure your child’s safety, older siblings under 16 are NOT allowed to pick up students.
  • For your children’s protection, screenings and US background checks are run on all Discovery Land staff and volunteers.
  • In order to serve, volunteers in Discovery Land receive training in our safety and security guidelines which include a minimum ratio of two non-related adults with students at all times.  
  • In Appleton, the doors to Discovery Land are locked ten minutes after service begins so classes may move around in a secure environment. They are unlocked to allow parents in for pick up after all classes are back in their classrooms. In Hortonville, entrances are monitored.

What is Child Dedication?

A Parent-Child Dedication service is a time for parents (or guardians) to dedicate themselves to raising their children in a home that honors God, points their children toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and continually value the on-going discipleship process of their child through life. 

A class is required for all new parents prior to dedication so they can fully understand their commitment to God and how the church will commit to support you.

Dedication Service will take place on a Sunday morning at one of our worship services several times a year. It is a great opportunity for you to invite family and friends to come alongside you in support of your commitment to your child and to God as you faithfully seek to honor and glorify Him.

Dedicate your child - Request information about our upcoming Child dedication class by emailing us at

DL Global

Curriculum. Training. Networking.

Our desire to reach the world with the love of Christ is part of who we are. You’ll find it woven into the curriculum as we teach about how God is at work around the world. Discovery Land Global currently partners with churches of various denominations in over 11 countries. 

DL at Home

Can't make it to Discovery Land in person? DL at Home has 62 episodes of worship, Bible lessons, and mission experiences available on-demand.


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Serve in Discovery Land

Serving in Discovery Land is fun and rewarding. You will see yourself grow in your own life as you teach children to build their lives on the truth of God’s Word.
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To stay connected and up-to-date, follow Discovery Land on social media, join parent Facebook groups, and sign up for our e-newsletter, Children's Ministry (Birth-6th Grade).


Kris Smoll

Kris Smoll

Executive Director of Discovery Land Global
Melanie Hilstad

Melanie Hilstad

Director of Discovery Land Hortonville
Andrea Klarner

Andrea Klarner

DL Multi Site Project Manager
Karissa Hildebrand

Karissa Hildebrand

Special Needs Coordinator
Jenessa Schwoerer

Jenessa Schwoerer

Special Needs Ministry Assistant
Laura Page

Laura Page

Birth-Three Coordinator
Colton Westby

Colton Westby

3rd-6th Sunday Coordinator
Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

K-2 Awana Coordinator
Kylie Garris

Kylie Garris

K-2 Sunday Coordinator
Alexandria Abitz

Alexandria Abitz

Assistant to the Executive Director of Discovery Land
Kelsey Madsen

Kelsey Madsen

3rd-6th Grade AWANA Coordinator
Amber Simons

Amber Simons

Discovery Land Adminstrator
Belle Smoll

Belle Smoll

Training and Curriculum Developer
Hannah Wagner

Hannah Wagner

Discovery Land Preschool Coordinator
Mikayla Severson

Mikayla Severson

Discovery Land Administrator