School Break Camps

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Scroll down for information about our upcoming school break camps, including themes and how to register.

Each of the following camps take place at the Peterborough Museum & Archives, primarily in the multi-purpose classroom. 

Please note that April Break Camp at the Peterborough Museum & Archives has been canceled due to the provincewide shutdown. All participants have been notified and provided with refunds.   

Upcoming Discovery Camps

Modeled after our Summer Discovery kids programs, these camps include themed crafts, games, experiments, stories, songs, active play, and more. Camps will only operate if local public health unit and current restrictions allow. 

  • For children ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $50 per participant per day
  • Registration opens Wednesday, February 17, 2021
  • A PMA Personal Health and Information Form 2021 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.
    • Drop off opens at 8:45 a.m. and pick-up is no later than 4:15 p.m.
School Break Camp

Expedition to Arctic Canada

Friday, March 12, 2021
Course Code: 18976

Grab your binoculars and let's go on an adventure to Canada's arctic! In this one day camp, we will investigate the unique climate of northern Canada. How do animals adapt to the arctic? Can plants survive in the cold? How is global warming affecting the northern environment? Through experiments, art and visits to our featured exhibit - Flora of the Canadian Arctic - we will answer these question and more.


Please review our registration information and camp administration for details about COVID-19 protocols, sign-in and sign-out procedures, our PMA Personal Health and Information Form 2021, and what to bring to camp.

April Break Camp

April Break Discovery Camp

Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16, 2021*
Course Code: 18975

The Peterborough Museum & Archives is excited to once again offer Discovery Camp programming over the April Break! Kids ages 4 to 11 will enjoy a new theme each day with games, crafts, activities, and learning to match. Can you imagine facing outer space, diggin' up dinos, and cracking codes all in one week? There's no limit to our imaginations, and with the world to use as our classroom, we'll be going on a new adventure each day. 

*Unlike previous years, there will not be single day registrations available - families are expected to commit to a full week of programming when signing up. 


Please review our registration information and camp administration for details about COVID-19 protocols, sign-in and sign-out procedures, our PMA Personal Health and Information Form 2021, and what to bring to camp.

Registration information and camp administration

 How to register
  • In person at the Peterborough Museum and Archives (300 Hunter Street East, Peterborough, ON)
    • Note that in person registration only available if open to the public
  • 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

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
  • 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. 

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 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 required to wear a face mask for the duration of the program, except while eating;
  • Refunds for this program will not be provided unless the request is accompanied by a medical note, or the program is not able to run due to provincial and local health restrictions.

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

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 a daily screening will take place.
  • 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.

What to bring
Please ensure your children come to camp prepared with a face mask, snacks, drinks, water bottle, a lunch (if staying for the day), and weather-appropriate clothing. 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 2021. 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 camps. 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.
 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.