School Break Camps

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The Peterborough Museum and Archives is closed starting Wednesday, January 5 with hopes to reopen on Monday, January 31, 2022. Our gift shop is open by appointment and for curb side pick up by calling 705.743.5180. 

Registration for Winter and Spring Programs including PA Day Camps, Discovery After Dark and March Break will tentatively open on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

Click here to register online for Winter & Spring Programs 

Upcoming PA Day Discovery Camps

  • For ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $50 per participant
  • PMA Personal Health and Information Form must be filled out for each participant prior to the start of their registered program, and will not be admitted unless completed. 
  • Camp programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Registration for Winter PA Day Discovery Camps opens Monday, January 24, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. 
 Monday, January 31 - Magic of Winter
The snow has fallen, lake is frozen, and it sure is chilly outside! Join us for this “cool” camp where we will explore all things related to the winter season. Don’t hibernate – or else you’ll be too late! 
 Friday, March 4 - Lego Mania 
Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! Get ready to become an architect, engineer, and king of your castle as you unleash your creativity with our collection of LEGO, Plus-Plus, Picasso Tiles and other building materials. 

Friday, April 8 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Are you ready for a road trip? Pack your suitcase because we are exploring our newest exhibit, all about travel! Activities include: travelling back in time to collect souvenirs from Peterborough's past, a suitcase craft, and experimenting with paper airplanes. 

March Break Discovery Camp

  • A 5-day camp running March 14 to 18. Single day registrations are not available. 
  • For ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $250 per participant for the full week of camp. 
  • PMA Personal Health and Information Form must be filled out for each participant prior to the start of their registered program, and will not be admitted unless completed. 
  • Camp programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 
  • Registration for March Break Camp will open Monday, January 24, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
 March Break Discovery Camp

March Break at the Museum is engaging, interactive, and inquisitive. Campers ages 4 to 11 will enjoy a week of programming, with new learning activities and topics to explore each day. Children are encouraged to bring weather-appropriate clothing since we’ll be doing lots of outdoor discovery as part of the camp. See daily themes below:

  • Monday: Shipwrecked
  • Tuesday: Under the Sea
  • Wednesday: Science Mania
  • Thursday: Go Green
  • Friday: Blast to the Past

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, themed activities, and an evening snack. Programs will only operate if local public health unit and current restrictions allow.

  • For ages 6 to 11
  • Cost is $25 per participant per evening
  • PMA Personal Health and Information Form must be filled out for each participant prior to the start of their registered program, and will not be admitted unless completed. 
  • Programs run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Upcoming dates are: February 5, March 5 and April 2.
  • Registration opens on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 9:00 am. 
 Saturday, February 5 - Magnetize 
This program is sure to “attract” all kinds of fun as we investigate and play with magnets! A STEAM challenge, experiments and art will all be part of this mag-nificent night.
 Saturday, March 5 - Spy Kids
Go undercover at the PMA and learn how to become a super secret junior spy! Training includes writing and decoding secret messages, stealth training to be quiet and quick and following clues to solve a mystery. 
Saturday, April 2 - Witches and Wizards

Grab your wands and get ready to dive into a world of fantasy and wizardry! From casting spells, brewing potions and making wands, this camp is full of magical fun.  

Registration information and program administration

 How to register
  • In person at the Peterborough Museum and Archives (300 Hunter Street East, Peterborough, ON)
  • By telephone (Visa, Mastercard, American Express): 705.743.5180
  • Online: with our PerfectMind program registration system. Note that by registering online, a valid credit card is required to complete your transaction and registration.
COVID-19 protocols (subject to change to follow most recent public health guidelines) 

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;
  • Program staff will wear a surgical mask indoors and when within 2 meters of children outdoors;
  • Each program has a maximum of 10 children, and 1 to 2 staff to ensure physical distancing;
  • Scheduled hand washing, washroom access, and physically distanced activities will happen within these groups;
  • 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;
  • 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 not to touch their face and maintain physical distancing; and 
  • Outdoor programming will be prioritized whenever possible.

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 traveled 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.

  • 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
  • All participants are required to wear a face mask indoors for the duration of the program, except while eating

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.

Sign-in and sign-out for PA Day Camp 

Program sign-in and sign-out is located in the back entrance of the Museum. The driveway to enter the back parking lot is on the left hand side of Museum Drive. 

  • 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 in the back entrance of the Museum. 
  • Adults are required to sign their children into the program upon arrival in the morning, where  daily screening will need to be verified.
  • Sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m. daily. 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: as parents/family members do not have access to the program site, please call the Peterborough Museum & Archives at 705.743.5180 to inform the program supervisor of your arrival. A program staff member will then meet you in the parking lot to complete entry screening, or to walk child out for sign-out. 

Please have the same adult complete drop-off and pick-up for the duration of the program where possible.

Please plan ahead for a screening and attendance or end-of-day release lineup on a daily basis. Maintaining physical distancing within these lineups is required.

Sign-in and sign-out for Discovery After Dark

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

  • Adults are required to sign in their children into the program upon arrival, where daily screening will need to be verified. 

  • Late sign in or early sign out: the Museum doors will be locked during the duration of the program.  If you will be late dropping off or early picking up, please call the Peterborough Museum & Archives at 705-743-5180 to inform us and we will meet you upon arrival. 

COVID 19 Screening Tool 

  • Prior to arrival, all participants must complete the online COVID-19 School and Child Care screening tool. Please use this tool to screen your child for any COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival.  A pass is indicated with a green check mark upon completion. Your child must pass the screening in order to gain entry into the camp.  If they do not pass the screening, please do not attend the program and call the Museum at 705-743-5180 to notify us of your absence.

  • At camp sign in, please show the COVID screening green checkmark on your mobile device to Museum staff to indicate a pass. Per public health regulations, staff must see this checkmark to document a successful screening and allow your child entry into the program. In the event that you have forgotten your phone, or have experienced technical difficulties, hard copies of the screening tool will be used and entered into the online tool after sign-in. The digital screener is mandated, and is also used for contact tracing purposes, so it’s very important every child is accounted for. 

  • In the event that you have forgotten your phone, or have experienced technical difficulties, hard copies of the screening tool will be used and entered into the online tool after sign- in. The digital screener is mandated, and is also used for contact tracing purposes, so it's very important every child is accounted for. 
What to bring
Please ensure your children come to programs prepared with a face mask, water bottle and weather-appropriate clothing as well as snacks and lunch if participating in a day camp. 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. We keep this form on file, and you only need to complete it once each year. 

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