Museum Discovery

Campers Eating in Pavilion

Summer Discovery Day Camps

Where did the summer go? Another season of Summer Discovery Camps has come to an end, and it's always bittersweet to say goodbye to our fabulous campers and staff.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's programs and we look forward to seeing you back "on the hill" soon!  Information regarding 2023 Summer Camps will be available in the New Year. 

Your museum adventure awaits this summer at the Peterborough Museum & Archives! Summer Discovery Camps will be returning for our 35th season of providing rich, diverse, fun and educational summer camps for children.  With new themes weekly and a focus on education, you can expect our camps to deliver quality programming. See below for all of the details regarding our Summer Camp 2022 line up. 

Click here to register online for Summer Discovery Camps

LocationCampers looking at the Lift Lock

Day camps take place in our large air conditioned barrier free spaces (multi purpose room and Fleming Annex), the Heritage Pavilion, galleries and surrounding green space including our accessible play structure. 


  • Junior Discovery is for children ages 4 to 6 years old (based on the start date of the program)
  • Summer Discovery is for children ages 7 to 11 years old (based on the start date of the program)
  • Youth Discovery if for youth aged 12 to 16 years old ( based on the start date of the program)


  • $250 per child, per program (each program is one week in length)
  • $200 per child for the week of August 3 to 6 (shorter, 4-day week)

Summer Discovery Themes

Week of July 11 to 15

  • Junior Discovery: Face Outer SpaceCamper outside with a rocket
    Course Code & Category: 27499; Science & Technology 
  • To infinity and beyond! From our own solar system, through the Milky Way and to the far reaches of our galaxy, join us as we explore the mysteries of space. 


  • Summer Discovery: Space Explorers
    Course Code & Category: 27514; Science & Technology 

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

 Week of July 18 to 22

  • Junior Discovery: Can you Build It?Campers testing out their boats
    Course Code & Category:
    27492; Inspiring Play
    Calling all builders! Get ready to put your creativity to the test, as we build bridges, skyscrapers, and more in the 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. 

  • Summer Discovery: STEAM Lab
    Course Code & Category:
    27517; Science & Technology
    Grab your googles and enter our STEAM Lab! Through experiments and challenges that incorporate the 5 strands of STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) we will challenge you to think outside the box as you build, create, design and explore! Are you up for the challenge?

 Week of July 25 to 29

  • Junior Discovery: Mad Scientist LabJunior Discovery Camp learning science
    Course Code & Category:
    27515; Science & Technology
    Let's explore the fascinating world of science as we observe, hypothesize and conduct experiments to understand the world around us!       

  • Summer Discovery: Magic of Science
    Course Code & Category:
    27516; Science & Technology
    Bubbling potions, mini explosions and more will awe and amaze. It's not magic, it's science! You'll investigate states of matter, chemical reactions, forces in the environment...and that's just the start! 

Week of August 2 to 5 ( short week) 

  • Junior Discovery: Creature Power
    Course Code & Category:
    27493; Inspiring Play
    From the arctic to the tundra to the jungle to the ocean this week is all about Animal Discovery! Through active play, art and investigation we will travel the world to discover different animals and their amazing adaptations.   

  • Summer Discovery: Outdoor Adventure
    Course Code & Category:
    27494; Inspiring Play
    Let's explore the bounty of the great outdoors! Who are the creatures that live in our backyard? What is it like to be them? Investigate these questions through forest games, nature crafts and survival skills in this cool adventure week of nature exploration. 

Week of August 8 to 12 

  • Campers excavating a "dig" Junior Discovery: Dinosaurs Rock! 
    Course Code & Category: 27495; Inspiring Play

    Let's walk with the dinosaurs and explore the fascinating reptiles that once ruled the Earth! Campers will explore the study of paleontology, perform a dig and make their own fossils while learning about these amazing Jurassic beasts.  


  • Summer Discovery: Do Ya Dig It? 
    Course Code & Category: 27496; Inspiring Play
    Can you dig it? Learn the ins and outs of archeology and paleontology as we perform excavations, examine artifacts, create fossils and explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs!  

Week of August 15 to 19

  •  Junior Discovery: Time TravelersCamper with art wings
    Course Code & Category: 27497; Inspiring Play
    Let's do the time warp today! Join us for a week of time travel adventure as we explore the decades through music, art, play and more in this history themed camp! 


  •  Summer Discovery: History Hunters
    Course Code & Category:27498; Inspiring Play
    Peer through the visor of a knight's helmet, sail to the New World aboard a Viking ship and learn about Ancient Egyptians' rituals. Each day will be a time travel adventure, as we discover a new historic era through crafts, stories, STEAM challenges and drama!


Week of August 22 to 26 ( Youth Discovery Camp) 

  • Youth Discovery: Mystery at the Museum
  • Course Code and Category: 32787; Inspiring Play
  • A crime has been committed at the Museum! Why? When? And more important, whodunnit? This camp is for the mystery lover who is ready to plot out the perfect crime by creating an intriguing story of suspicion, deceit and betrayal for their friends and family to solve. You will spend the week devising a plot, writing scripts, creating props and then inviting friends and family to your very own mystery party! Will they be able to catch the culprit or will they escape unscathed? If you have a flair for drama, storytelling and love solving puzzles this camp is for you! Please note that the Mystery Party will be the evening of Thursday, August 25 and as a result camp will run 12 p.m.-8 p.m. that day. 


Campers outside with sidewalk chalk

Camp details - please read through carefully before registering

and sign-out

Drop off and pick up will be located at the Heritage Pavilion, beside the Peterborough Museum & Archives. 

  • Drop off: 8:15 a.m.  - 9 a.m.
  • Pick up: 4 - 4:15 p.m.

Please note that each program is one week in length; there will be no half- or single-day options.

  • In order to maintain site requirements, parents or family members will not have access to the program site and will be restricted to the drop-off and pick-up location at all times;
  • Sign-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. daily. Supervision will not be provided before this time;
  • Adults are required to sign their children into the program upon arrival in the morning, where a daily screening will take place;
  • Sign-out is available until 4:15 p.m. daily. Supervision will not be provided after 4:15 p.m. Participants who are not picked up by 4:15 p.m. will be penalized, as after care is not provided;
  • Adults are required to sign out their children each day, unless written consent has been provided;
  • Late sign-in or early sign-out: as parents / family members do not have access to the program site, please call the Museum to inform of your arrival. A program staff member will then meet you at the front doors of the Museum to complete your entry screening and sign-in, or to walk your child out for sign-out. 


  • Junior Discovery will be based out of the Fleming Annex, just outside the front doors of the museum
  • Summer Discovery and Youth Discovery will be based out of the Multi-Purpose Classroom on the lower level of the museum
  • The Peterborough Museum & Archives is located at 300 Hunter St. E., Peterborough, ON

Registration and refund policy

Registration will open online on Wednesday, February 23 at 9 a.m. and is first-come, first-served. 

  • By telephone (Visa, MasterCard, American Express): 705-743-5180
  • Online: with our new PerfectMind program registration system, you can now create your own account and register for camps from the comfort of home. To navigate the system quickly, be sure to search using the course codes provided in the camp descriptions. 
  • Refund requests are accepted prior to camp start dates and are charged an administration levy of 10% of program fee or $5 minimum.
  • Refunds are not provided once the program starts unless accompanied by a medical note approved by the program supervisor or Manager designate. 
  • Front line teams will refer the request to the program supervisor for approval and will take no action within the event roster or client account. 
  • Pending availability, transfer requests will be accepted and approved at no charge. 


  • We do maintain an active waitlist for our Summer Discovery Day Camps.
  • If you are unsuccessful in registering for a program because it is full, please consider adding your child to our waitlist.
  • Should a spot become available we will contact those on the waitlist first, in the appropriate order using the phone number on your Perfect Mind account. 
  • Depending on the situation we will either leave a voicemail giving you a date to respond by to claim the spot, or in more urgent situations will offer the spot to the first family that answers the phone call. 

What to bring

Participants are required to bring the following each day to the program:

  • Backpack that holds all items comfortably;
  • Refillable water bottle;
  • Nut-free snacks for morning and afternoon;
  • Nut-free lunch;
  • Personal sunscreen;
  • Athletic footwear, comfortable clothing, and a hat
  • Choice to wear a face mask

All items brought to the program require the child's first name and last initial.

Each participant will have their own dedicated cubby space to store their belongings. 

No additional personal or electronic items will be permitted at the program.

No sharing of participant items will be allowed at any time.

This program is nut- and scent-sensitive.

Walking Excursions

Walking excursions may be planned over the timeline of the program, however will be pending local pandemic climate and will follow provincial and local public health guidelines. Families will be provided with communication specific to this activity in advance, if they are to occur. 

Health or Behavioural concerns

Please notify the instructor about any health or behavioural concerns you may have regarding your child's participation in 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. Please see the "Participant information form" below for inclusion of these concerns.


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.

Health and Safety

To ensure the safety and health of our participants and staff:

  • Program staff are fully vaccinated and have completed First Aid and program training prior to program start.
  • Scheduled hand washing, washroom access, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the day. 
  • As per Peterborough Public Health (PPH) recommendation we will notify camp families if there is a potential COVID-19 exposure at camp. If this should occur and your child is considered a close contact of a positive case, PPH is asking that you monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days and that your child(ren) wear a mask to camp. 

In order for this program to be successful, participants and families are asked to adhere to the following procedures and guidelines:

  • We recommend that participants self screen at home prior to attending the program using the online school screening tool 
  • If you child is feeling unwell or does not pass the screening, please do not attend and call the Museum at 705-743-5180 to notify us of your absence.
  • The participant and family members will be required to follow the health and safety and hygiene protocols of the program on a daily basis and compliance will be mandatory. 

Participant information form 

All participants are required to have a completed participant information form, prior to the program start date. Access to the program will be denied otherwise, as registration is not complete without one for each child attending. Please click on the link below to complete the form:

Personal Health and Information Form 2022