School Break Camps

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Registration for Winter Programs will open on Monday, November 29th at 9:30 am. 

Click here to register online 

Upcoming PA Day Discovery Camps

  • For ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $50 per participant for PA Day Camp; $150 per participant for Holiday Camp (3 days) ; $250 for March Break Camp (5 days)
  • 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 opens Monday, November 28th at 9:30 am.
  • If registering online, program can be found under P.A Day Camps heading. 

Holiday Camp: January 4th to 6th

Full of holiday cheer, this three-day camp will explore all things winter with a touch of festive fun!  Woodland games, gallery visits, “cool” experiments and creative crafts are all on the itinerary. Let’s explore, play and finish the winter break with some fun.

February 3rd: Shark Day 

Duunnn du dunnn...swim on over for a shark infested day at the Museum! We will conduct experiments to discover how sharks float, learn about shark diversity and get creative with a jawesome craft. Don't miss out on this sharktastic day of fun. 
March 10th: Rainbows Rock! 
Join us over the rainbow, as we explore the magic and science behind these colourful arcs. Activities include creating a walking rainbow, a cloud experiment and making rainbow paper. 
 March 13-17th: March Break Camp

Spend your March Break "on the hill" as we explore, create and investigate! Each day will bring new learning activities and themes including under the water fun, buggin' out, archaeology and more. We will also spend time discovering the galleries, being active outside and visiting our featured exhibit "Get Out and Play: Winter Sports in Peterborough." 

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: January 14, February 4, March 4
  • Registration opens Monday, November 29th at 9:30am.
  • If registering online, program can be found under "Discovery Kids - Play and Learn"
 Saturday, January 14: Glow in the Dark Party
Let's glow the night away, as we have fun creating with neon paint, conducting bioluminescent experiments and playing flashlight games in the dark. 
 Saturday, February 4: Sweet Treats
Join us for an evening full of sweet adventure! From fluffy bubblegum slime to giant ice cream cones and candy experiments, this program is sure to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. 
 Saturday, March 4: Join the Circus

Come one, come all! Step right up to the PMA circus. We will walk the tightrope, jump through hoops, and make our own paper circus tents. 

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.

Sign-in 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 - 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 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 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.