School Break Camps

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Toddler Tuesdays start Tuesday, September 26th at the PMA!
Little ones and their caregivers are welcome to join us each Tuesday morning for a drop-in, tot friendly Museum visit. This unstructured program allows children to play their way through the galleries, with opportunities to explore their senses, create art and make new friends along the way. Admission by donation. 

Registration for all Fall School Break Camps will open to the public on Monday, August 28 at 9:30 a.m.

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 Camp; 
  • A PMA Personal Health & 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 opens Monday, August 28th at 9:30 a.m.
  • If registering online, program can be found under P.A. Day Camps heading. 

September 29: The Great Pumpkin

Join us for a great pumpkin adventure this fall! We will explore the outdoors, learn about the harvest and embrace this wonder-FALL time of year with games, stories and more.   


November 3: Fossilized Fun

Get ready for a day of fossilized fun as we explore the fascinating science of fossils! Through inquiry we will learn what a fossil is, how they are created and what we can learn from studying them. We will perform digs, create our own fossils to take home and work together to put a dino skeleton together.

Code: 46156

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. 

  • 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: October 7, November 4, December 2
  • Registration opens Monday, August 28th at 9:30 a.m.
  • If registering online, program can be found under "Discovery Kids - Play and Learn"
October 7: Walk on the Moon! 
Mission control wants you! Get ready for a night full of outer space fun including astronaunt training, space rocks, moon crafts, aliens and more. 
Code: 46136
November 4: Strange and Wonderful Creatures 
Did you know there are over 7 million different animals living on the earth? Let's discover some of the most unusual creatures and what traits make them unique. We will imagine and create our own wonderfully strange creatures to take home. 

Code: 46148
December 2: Puppet Master 
Let's discover the magical world of puppetry! Activities include making your own puppet, experimenting with shadow puppets and exploring our new marionette exhibition.
Code: 46150

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 PerfectMind 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 are fully vaccinated and 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:

  • We recommend that participants self screen at home prior to attending the program using the online school screening tool 
  • If you child is feeling unwell or does not pass the screening, 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.

and sign-out for PA Day Camp 

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. 
What to bring
Please ensure your children come to programs prepared with 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.