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Summer Discovery Day Camps

All spots (including the waitlist) have been filled for our 2021 Summer Discovery Day Camp programs. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in registering. 

Summer Discovery Camps will be returning to the Peterborough Museum & Archives this summer for ages 4 to 11, and one specialty camp for ages 9 to 13. With new themes weekly and a focus on education, you can expect our camps to deliver quality programming while also following current public health guidelines to ensure safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Measures such as offering week long camps to limit exposure, physical distancing, masking requirements and small groupings will all be implemented to create a safe environment to learn and play. See below for all of the details regarding our summer camp 2021 line up. 


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. 

AgesCamper painting outside

  • 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)
  • Animation Studio (specialty camp) is for children ages 9 to 13 (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)
  • $325 per child for the week of our specialty camp, Animation Studio 

Summer Discovery themes

Week of July 12 to 16

  • Junior Discovery: Face Outer SpaceCamper outside with a rocket
    Course Code: 20558

    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: 20560

    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 19 to 23

  • Junior Discovery: Can you Build It?Camper making slime
    Course Code: 20561

    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: 20562

    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 26 to 30

  • Junior Discovery: Mad Scientist LabCamper conducting an experiment
    Course Code: 20563

    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: 20564

    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 3 to 6 ( short week) 

  • Junior Discovery: Creature PowerCampers stretching outside
    Course Code: 20565

    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: 20566

    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 9 to 13 

  • Junior Discovery: Dinosaurs Rock! 
    Course Code: 20586

    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?Camper excavating a dig 
    Course Code: 20568

    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 16 to 20

  •  Junior Discovery: Time TravelersCamper in a Mona Lisa painting
    Course Code: 20567

    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:20569

    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 23 to 27

  • Junior Discovery: Imaginarium Camper painting inside
    Course Code: 20570

    Could you imagine a goat, rowing a boat, or a bear combing her hair? These are no limits to your imagination! A playful week of art and activities focusing on creativity, risk-taking, and letting your best and brightest dreams shine through! 


  •  Specialty Camp: Animation StudioLego creation
    Course Code:20571

    Are you interested in animation? Have you always wanted to make your own film? Discover the world of stop-motion animation in this camp for young film directors at heart! Using LEGO and/or clay, campers will be guided through the step-by-step process on how to create their own short film using stop-motion animation. Suitable for beginners, we will dive into what stop-motion animation is, how to develop a story board, characters, design a set and use the Stop Motion App to shoot and edit their masterpiece. Register early, as spaces are limited in this specialized camp. 


Summer Discovery class
Online registration

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 registered camp 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;
  • Program staff will wear a surgical mask indoors and when within 2 meters of children outdoors. 
  • 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;
  • Kits with personal craft equipment and supplies will be provided for each participant, for individual use for duration of their program, and
  • Frequently touched surfaces including, but not limited to, washrooms, eating areas, doorknobs, light switches, handles, sports equipment, toys and water fountains will be disinfected a minimum of twice daily. 
  • Playground equipment will be used by program participants, with hand washing required both before and after use, and reminders to not touch their face and maintain physical distancing. Only one group will be allowed on the playground at a time. 
  • Outdoor programming will be prioritized whenever possible 

In order for this program to be successful, participants and families are asked to not attend the program if any of the following statements are true:

  • The participant or any family/household member has traveled outside of the 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 has 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 of 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.

  • Families will be asked to complete daily COVID-19 compliance screening, and will require a 'pass' before entering the program;
  • If the participant shows any signs or symptoms of illness while at the program, the family will be contacted 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 in grade 1 (as of September 1st, 2021) and above are required to wear well-fitting face masks while indoors, except while eating; however, all camp participants will be required to wear a mask when visiting the Museum.
  • Participants will not be required to wear a face mask outdoors while physically distanced. 

The participant and family members will be required to follow the health and safety, physical distancing, screen 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 Discovery will be based out of the Fleming Annex, just outside the front doors of the museum
  • Summer Discovery and Specialty Camps 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 Wednesday, April 7th 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. 

What to bring

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

  • Backpack that holds all items comfortably;
  • A face mask (note that it is currently mandatory to wear a face mask while participating in the program, except while eating and drinking);
  • 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 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.

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 - Discovery Camps