Museum Discovery

Kids with youth leader

The countdown is on! Summer Discovery Camps will be returning to the Museum this July and August for ages 4-11. We are currently finalizing all of the details but please continue to check our website for the most up to date information. 

Thank you to the many families - both returning and new to us - that participated in the Peterborough Museum & Archives' Summer Play Program! It was a wonderful summer filled with learning, laughs, a new friends. From the entire programming team, we would like to thank you for your active and engaged participation; we explored the forest, conducted experiments, created crafts, and so much more. We wish you all of the success in the coming school year and hope to see you again soon!

Peterborough's Summer Play Program

The Summer Play Program is an alternative to the City of Peterborough's normal summer day camp programs, reflecting the provincial safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer Play is focused on offering a variety of week-long, full day programs providing children with a chance to practice physical distancing while still having access to summer programming. There are currently two locations for this program: Summer Play - Museum Adventure here at the Peterborough Museum and Archives, and Summer Play - Navy Club, with additional locations being considered based on demand. 

Summer Play - Museum Adventure

Located at the Peterborough Museum and Archives, the Museum Adventure program offers a unique experience for children that includes new activities, access to the museum's exhibits, and a learning-based approach to summer programs. 


  • Junior Museum Adventure is for children ages 4 to 6 years old (based on the start date of the program)
  • Museum Adventure is for children ages 7 to 11 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 4 to 7 (shorter, 4-day week)

Museum Adventure themes

 Week of July 27 to 31
  • Museum Adventure: History Hunters
    Course Code: 15267

    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!

  • Junior Museum Adventure: Space Explorers
    Course Code: 15272

    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 August 4 to 7
  • Museum Adventure: The Magic of Science
    Course Code: 15268

    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!

  • Junior Museum Adventure: Imaginarium
    Course Code: 15273

    Could you imagine a goat rowing a boat, or a bear combing her hair? There are no limits to your imagination! A playful week of art and activities focusing on creativity, risk-taking, and letting you best and brightest dreams shine through!
 Week of August 10 to 14
  • Museum Adventure: Forest Fun
    Course Code: 15269

    Fun in the forest is the focus of the week! Who are the creatures that live in our backyard and share the world with us? What is it like to be them? Campers will investigate these questions as they make connections to the natural world through forest games, nature crafts, survival skills and more! Come explore the outdoors in this action-packed program.

  • Junior Museum Adventure: Mad Scientist Lab
    Course Code: 15274

    Let's explore the fascinating world of science as we observe, hypothesize and conduct experiments to understand the world around us!
Week of August 17 to 21 
  • Museum Adventure: Exploring Ancient Civilizations
    Course Code: 15270

    What ever happened to all those ancient civilizations from the past? Egypt? Greece? The Mayans and Aztecs? These cultures left artifacts that we use to examine who they were, how they lived, and what happened to them. Explore the artifacts from lost civilizations, investigate the mysteries of the ancient past, and use technology and tools to help us uncover what happened to these amazing civilizations!

  • Junior Museum Adventure: Castles and Dragons
    Course Code: 15275

    En garde! A medieval world of fantasy awaits you as we learn about fun mythical creatures such as fairies, unicorns, dragons and more. From building castles, to learning about knights and princesses, to creating fairy homes, this week is full of imaginative adventure for your little one!
Week of August 24 to 28 
  •  Museum Adventure: STEAM Lab
    Course Code: 15271

    Grab your goggles and enter our STEAM Lab! Through experiments and challenges that incorporate the 5 stands of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) we will challenge you to think outside the box as you build, create, design and explore! Are you up for the challenge?

  • Junior Museum Adventure: Time Travelers
    Course Code: 15276

    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!

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Online registration

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Camp details - please read through carefully before registering

COVID-19 precautions and procedures

The City of Peterborough undertakes to safeguard your child while they participate in this camp-alternative registered program. Program staff are doing the following in response to COVID-19 and to support the health of all participants and staff:

  • Program staff will complete COVID-19 screening, First Aid training, and program training prior to program start;
  • Participants will be in groups of 10 children, and 1 to 2 staff for the duration of the program;
  • Scheduled hand washing, washroom access, and physically distanced activities will happen within these groups each day;
  • Groups will remain separated from each other, and will not interact throughout the day;
  • Program equipment and touch surfaces will be disinfected between use and throughout the day;
  • Kits with personal craft equipment and supplies will be provided for each participant, for individual use for duration of their program; and
  • Washrooms will be disinfected after each use, and receive a deep-cleaning each morning

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

  • Participants are not permitted to attend the program if:
    • The participant or any family/household member has travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days;
    • The participant or any family/household member has experienced any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days;
    • The participant or any family/household member her been exposed to a person or group with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days; or 
    • The participant shows any signs or symptoms of any form of illness. 

Families are advised that if any non-compliance occurs at any time, admission to the program will be denied.

  • If the participant shows any signs or symptoms of illness while at the program, the family will be contact immediately by the program, and the child(ren) shall be picked up within a maximum of 30 minutes of the contact call;
  • Program staff request that all clothing and belongings are washed and/or changed each evening in preparation of the following day;
  • Participants are permitted to wear a face mask if they are tolerable for them, but face masks are not required;
  • Refunds for this program will not be provided unless the request is accompanied by a medical note.

The participant and family members will be required to follow the health and safety, physical distancing, screening and hygiene protocols of the program on a daily basis and compliance will be mandatory. 

and sign-out

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

  • Drop off: 8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Pick up: 4:00 - 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 8:45 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 4:30 p.m. Participants who are not picked up by 4:30 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 Museum Adventure will be based out of the Fleming Annex, just outside the front doors of the museum
  • Museum Adventure 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 Street East, Peterborough ON

Registration and refund policy

Registration will open online on Monday, July 13 at 10:00 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. 

Program registration is final sale. Refunds will not be provided unless the request is accompanied with a medical note. 

What to bring

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

  • Backpack that holds all items comfortably;
  • A non-medical face covering / mask (note that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask while participating in the program, but we are asking participants have one available, if needed);
  • Refillable water bottle;
  • Nut-free snacks for morning and afternoon;
  • Nut-free lunch;
  • Personal sunscreen;
  • Athletic footwear, comfortable clothing, and a hat

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.


Lost and Found

This program will not support lost and found due to the current COVID-19 circumstances. 

Health concerns

Please notify the instructor about any health or behavioural concerns you may have regarding your child's participation in Museum Adventure. 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.

Participant information form - Museum Adventure

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:

Participant Information Form - Museum Adventure