School Break Camps

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The winter session of Toddler Tuesday will end on February 27th, followed by a one month break during March. The toddler fun will return on Tuesday, April 2nd  with spring themed crafts, museum play and interactivites.  Admission by donation. 

Register online for a PA Day Discovery Camp 

Upcoming PA Day Discovery Camps

  • For ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $50 per participant for PA Day Discovery Camp
  • A PMA Personal Health & Information Form must be filled out for each participant prior to the start of their registered program. A completed form is required for admittance into the program. 
  • Camp programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Registration opens Monday, March 4th at 9:30 a.m.
  • If registering online, program can be found under "P.A. Day Camps" heading. 
March 8: Ooey, Gooey Fun 

From icky sticky experiments to hands on art, today is all about chemistry and getting our hands dirty as we explore the world of yuck! Campers will make oobleck, finger paint and explore sensory centers in this day of messy fun. 

Code: 56175

April 8: Eclipse Extravaganza 

 Join us to learn about the solar eclipse- a natural phenomena! We will learn about moon phases, what an eclipse is and safely discover the amazing science behind it. Please note campers will not be outdoors during the solar eclipse and safety precautions will be in place during the event. 

Code: 56872

June 7: Anchors Away! 

Ahoy -Matey! Dive in with your imagination as we discover a world of pirates, mermaids and adventure. Campers will go on a treasure hunt, create a parrot friend and build a ship. 

Code: 56873

June 28: Summer Kick Off

Summer is finally here! Kick off your summer vacation on the hill as we celebrate everything the season brings. Fun in the sun will be the theme as we craft, play and discover the outdoors. 

Code: 56874

March Break Discovery Camp

  • For ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $250 per camp participant 
  • PMA Personal Health & Information Form must be filled out for each participant prior to the start of their registered program. A completed form is required for admittance into the program. 
  • Camp programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Registration is currently open 
  • If registering online, program can be found under "March Break" heading. 
March 11- 15: March Break Camp at the PMA 

Spend your March Break “on the hill” as we explore, create, and investigate! Each day will bring new learning activities and themes. We will also spend time discovering the galleries, being active outside and visiting our featured exhibit “Hanging out with Marionettes: Vignettes from the Peterborough Puppet Guild.”

 

Code: 56176

Kids Only - Discovery After Dark

The lights are dimmed, the doors are locked and the galleries are empty... welcome to Kids Only- Discovery After Dark! One Saturday evening a month we give kids the opportunity to take over the Museum. Programming includes flashlight scavenger hunts, games in the galleries, crafts and themed activity. 

  • For ages 6 to 11
  • Cost is $32.50 per participant per evening.
    • Please note an evening snack in longer included in program fee. 
  • PMA Personal Health and Information Form must be filled out for each participant prior to the start of their registered program. A completed form is required for admittance into the program. 
  • Programs run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Upcoming dates are: March 2 and May 4
  • Registration opens Monday, March 4 at 9:30 a.m.
  • If registering online, program can be found under "Discovery Kids - Play and Learn"
March 2: Mythical Creatures 

Have you ever seen a fairy, heard a dragon or pet a werewolf? We’ll learn about the origins of some of our favourite mythical creatures and may discover a new one along the way.
 
Code: 58048

May 4: Junior Curator 

It's Museum Month and we are celebrating with a bonus Kids Only - Discovery After Dark! First, you will attend "official" curator training by learning the ins and outs of exhibit making. You will then put your skills to the test as you build a mini shoebox exhibit! 

Code: 61277

Registration information and program administration

 How to register
  • In person at the Peterborough Museum and Archives (300 Hunter St. E., Peterborough, ON)
  • By telephone (Visa, Mastercard, American Express): 705-743-5180
  • Online: with our XplorRecreation program registration system. Note that by registering online, a valid credit card is required to complete your transaction and registration.
Health and Safety

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

  • Program staff 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. 

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

  • If you child is feeling unwell, 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.

  • If you have any specific health or behavioural concerns regarding your child's participation in camp, please contact the Education and Program Officer at 705-742-7777 ext. 2475 to discuss ways to support your camper and if a 1:1 support role is needed to ensure a positive experience. Please note 1:1 support roles are required to submit a successful vulnerable sector and police screen to attend the program with a child or youth.
  • The Museum has a protocol for anaphylactic shock, and a parental clearance form is required if your child has suffered a suspected concussion and wishes to return to the program. 
Sign-in and sign-out for Discovery Camps

Drop off and pick up will be located in the Museum Classroom, located on the lower level of the Museum.

  • Drop off: 8:45 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Pick up: 4 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Upon arrival, enter through the Museum's front doors and make your way to the Museum Classroom on the lower level by using the elevator or stairs located behind the cubbies.  

  • Adults are required to sign their children into the program upon arrival in the morning.
  • Sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Supervision will not be provided before 8:45 a.m.
  • 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 will be penalized, as after care is not provided.
  • Adults are required to sign their children out of the program daily.
  • Late sign-in or early sign-out: please notify staff by calling the Peterborough Museum & Archives at 705-743-5180 if you require a late sign in or early sign out. 
Sign-in and sign-out for Kids Only- Discovery After Dark 

Program sign-in and sign-out will be at the front desk inside the front doors of the Peterborough Museum& Archives. 

  • Drop off: 5:30 p.m.
  • Pick up: 8:30 p.m. 

Adults are required to sign their children into the program upon arrival and sign out at pick up. 

Please note that the Museum doors will be locked during the duration of the program. If you will be dropping off late or picking up early, please call the Peterborough Museum & Archives at 705-743-5180 to inform us and we will meet you upon arrival. 
What to bring
Please ensure your children come to programs prepared with water bottle and weather-appropriate clothing as well as snacks and lunch depending on the length of the program. We promote a nut-free environment. 
 Personal Health and Information Form

The City of Peterborough undertakes to safeguard your child(ren) while participating in the Museum's programs. Each child attending camp must complete and submit a PMA Personal Health and Information Form prior to the program start.  We keep this form on file, and you only need to complete it once each calendar year. 

  • If you have any specific health or behavioural concerns regarding your child's participation in camp, please contact the Education and Program Officer at 705-742-7777 ext. 2475 to discuss ways to support your camper and if a 1:1 support role is needed to ensure a positive experience. Please note 1:1 support roles are required to submit a successful vulnerable sector and police screen to attend the program with a child or youth. 
Guiding Children's Behaviours 

PMA Discovery Day Camps require participants and caregivers to be comfortable with the following activities and routines that may occur during a camp day:

  • Multiage groupings for Holiday, PA Day and March Break Camps with children ranging in age from 4 years old to 11 years old.
  • Supervised outdoor play on the public playground and in the Park green spaces, on a daily basis dependent on weather. 
  • Supervised activities in the PMA public exhibition galleries.
  • Multiple transitions throughout each day, moving from indoor spaces to outdoor spaces, as well as changes in activity level.
  • Short periods of sitting and listening in a group, for examples, during circle time or during learning lessons on a daily basis.
  • Outdoor nature time through supervised trail hikes and forest games
  • Short periods of screen time in support of learning or during mealtime breaks.

It is the priority of the PMA to create an environment where all children have fun, feel safe and enjoy being in the day camps. In order to ensure this happens, PMA personnel embrace the following guidelines:

  • All bodies must be safe.
  • All feelings must be safe.
  • All environments and equipment must be safe.

Behaviours which are not acceptable and may result in immediate action, such as removal from camp for the remainder of the day, include:

  • Endangering the health and safety of any person.
  • Using vulgarity, profanity, or obscenity.
  • Leaving the program without permission.
  • Failing to follow any direction from PMA personnel.
  • Stealing and/or damaging property.

It is our mission to provide an inclusive, happy, and safe environment for your camper to grow and learn. We appreciate your support in ensuring a positive camp experience for all participants.

 Program withdrawal

Refund requests are accepted prior to camp start dates and are charged an administration levy of 10% of program fees 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.

  • Should a program be cancelled due to public health recommendations all participants will receive a full refund. 
 Photo waiver
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. If you would like to waive the use of your child's image, please notify the Instructor at drop-off.