School Break Camps

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Fall is here and we are very excited to share our Fall 2021 Programs with you!  Scroll down for information about the return of a program favourite, "Kids Only-Discovery After Dark" and upcoming school break camps, including themes and how to register.

Registration for all fall programs opens Monday, September 20th at 9 a.m.

Click here to register online for Fall Programs

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 6-11
  • Cost is $25 per participant per evening
  • 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 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Registration opens Monday, September 20th at 9 a.m. 
 Nocturnal Animals - October 2nd 2021
Have you wondered why there are animals that sleep during the day, and are most active at night? We'll learn about what classifies animals as nocturnal, their special adaptations, and discover what it's like to live under the light of the moon. 
 Go Figure! - November 6th 2021
Who say's math can't be entertaining? We'll be using dice, playing cards, dominoes and more to play games with a touch of math thrown in. This will be a fun program... you can "count" on it! 
 Starry Night Expedition - December 4th 2021

Star navigation has been used for thousands of years, and tonight we will explore how! We will visit our temporary exhibit "The Ones We Met: Inuit Traditional Knowledge & the Franklin Expedition" and embark on our own expedition through the Museum galleries, learning how to read a map and follow a compass. Are you ready for an adventure?

Upcoming Discovery Camps

Modeled after our Summer Discovery kids programs, these camps include themed crafts, games, experiments, stories, songs, active play, and more. 

  • For ages 4-11
  • Cost is $50 per participant per evening
  • 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 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Drop off opens at 8:45 a.m. and pick-up is no later than 4:15 p.m.
  • Registration opens Monday, September 20th at 9 a.m. 
Arctic Adventure -  Friday, November 26th 
Let's set sail on an adventure this PD Day and discover the remarkable story of the Franklin Expedition. We will visit our featured exhibit "The Ones We Met: Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition", as well as create a map, build a ship and embark on our own expedition through the Museum grounds. 

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

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; and
  • 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. 
  • 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;
  • Participants entering grade 1 in September 2021 or older, are required to wear a face mask indoors for the duration of the program, except while eating; All participants are required to wear a mask when visiting Museum exhibits. 
  • 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.

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 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 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.