Junior Summer Discovery (Ages 4-6)


Welcome to Junior Summer Discovery 2019 at the Peterborough Museum and Archives! We are excited to be entering into our 32nd season of providing rich, diverse, fun and educational summer camps for children. 

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Our Junior Summer Discovery camps are for children ages 4 to 6. Participants must be toilet trained.

If you are looking for programs for older children check out our Summer Discovery camps or our Wildcard Wednesday camps for children ages 7 to 11.

2019 camp themes

July 8 to 13: Dinosaur world

Let's walk with dinosaurs and discover the fascinating reptiles that ruled the earth for millions of years! We will perform an archaeological dig, make fossils and learn about the beasts of prehistory as we travel back in time.

July 15 to 19: Space explorers

From earth to the far reaches of our solar system, this camp is all about exploring the limitless potential of space. Join us for a fantastic week of experiments as we explore the mysteries of the universe.

July 22 to 26: Imaginarium

There are no limits to your imagination! A playful week of art and activities focusing on creativity, risk-taking, and letting your best and biggest ideas shine through.

July 29 to August 2: Can you build it?

Calling all builders! Get ready to put your creativity to the test as we build bridges, skyscrapers, and more in this week of engineering fun! We will experiment with different materials including Lego, blocks and recyclables and test the strength of our creations in fun challenges.

August 5 to 9: Healthy planet, healthy you! (4-day week)

An important week of discovering how to take care of ourselves and our environment. Through physical and mental health, conservation and sustainability, we will discover how we are all connected to each other and our planet!

August 12 to 16: Castles and dragons

A medieval world of fantasy awaits you at the museum! From building castles, to learning about knights and princesses, to creating fairy homes, this week is full of imaginative adventure for your little one.

Fridays in Junior Summer Discovery

On Friday afternoons, we enjoy water activities. If you register for a Friday afternoon session, please bring a swimsuit, towel, and prepare to get wet!

Online registration

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Camp details


  • Morning program: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Afternoon program: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • All day program (morning and afternoon): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note that there is a supervised lunch break for campers from 12p.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Early bird program (optional): 8 a.m.to 8:30 a.m. Please note that this is only for children in a camp program at the Peterborough Museum and Archives.


  • $22.50 per half day registration
  • $45 per full day registration
  • Early bird program: $5 daily fee, or $25 per week (optional)


Junior Summer Discovery is primarily located in the large, air-conditioned, barrier-free Fine Annex on our grounds. Activities associated with our camp may also take place in the beautiful Heritage Pavilion, the galleries and on our child-friendly grounds, including our accessible playground structure.


  • In person at the Peterborough Museum and Archives
  • By telephone (Visa, Mastercard, American Express): 705-743-5180
  • Online: with our PerfectMind program registration system, look under “Museum Camps”.

What to bring

Please ensure your children come to camp prepared with snacks, drinks, water bottle, a lunch if staying all day, and weather-appropriate clothing. We promote a nut-free environment.

If you are registered for a Friday afternoon program, please bring a bathing suit and towel to participate in water-themed activities!

Personal health form

Each child attending camp must complete and submit a personal health form. We keep this form on file and you only need to complete it once a year. Be sure to submit your health form on or before the first day of camp.

Health concerns

Please notify the instructor about any health or behavioural concerns you may have regarding your child's participation in Junior Summer Discovery. The museum has a protocol for anaphylactic shock and a parental clearance form is required if your child has suffered a suspected concussion.


In the course of all program activities, we may take photos and audio and/or visual recordings. We reserve the right to use all photographs and videos of our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.


You must request a refund up to 5 business days prior to the start of the program and you will pay an administration fee of 10% or a minimum of $5. We will not permit any refunds once the program has started.

A message from our camp instructor

leader with kidsHi everyone! My name is Jeff Guerin and I will be returning as the Discovery Educator for Junior Summer Discovery this summer. My family and I moved to Peterborough from Cambridge, Ontario about four years ago when I took a job with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, and we have been very happy to find friendly people and a variety of community-oriented events in this great city! 
I have been fortunate in my career so far to gain a great deal of experience working with young minds. These experiences include: kindergarten placements during Teacher's College at KidsAbility, volunteering in kindergarten classes in Cambridge, working as the English Language teacher in a Kindergarten facility in South Korea, and teaching a number of primary classes in the Peterborough area as an Occasional Teacher. I am looking forward to developing and delivering a great program that will combine discovery, learning and fun for children and educators alike!