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. 

P.A. Day Camps

Modeled after our Summer Discovery kids programs, these camps include themed crafts, games, experiments, stories, songs, active play, and more. Led by the same instructor, both morning and afternoon sessions follow the same theme, but are independent camps with their own unique activities. P.A. Day camps at the Museum offer you the flexibility to register for a half day in the morning, afternoon, or both. 

  • For children ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $20 per half day registration, per child ($40 when registering for both morning and afternoon for a full day)
    • When registering for both the morning and afternoon programs, note that there is a supervised lunch and free-play period from 12 to 1 p.m.
 Friday, March 13: Explorer Experience

 This camp is for those who have a love of adventure and exploring the great unknown! We'll learn about some great explorers of our past, try our hand at map-making, and may even make a new discovery along the way!

  • Morning program: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Code: 13439)
  • Afternoon program: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Code: 14313)
 Friday, April 24: Swing into Spring

 The ice has thawed, the days are getting warmer, and flowers are beginning to bloom. In this camp we'll learn about all that spring has to offer from the animals awakening from their slumber, to unpredictable weather, and vibrant colours of plant growth.

  • Morning program: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Code: 13428)
  • Afternoon program: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Code: 13429)
 Friday, June 5: Outdoor Adventure

 Let's explore the bounty of the great outdoors! Campers will learn skills through games and team building that are particularly useful when out in the environment.

  • Morning program: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Code: 13431)
  • Afternoon program: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Code: 13432)
Friday, June 30: Sport Alternatives 

 In the world of athletics, there's more to sport than your stick and club or ball activities. We'll learn about some of the more bizarre sports from around the world, try some ourselves, and may even invent our own along the way.

  • Morning program: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Code: 13433)
  • Afternoon program: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Code: 13434)

March Break Camps

Please note that as of February 18, all March Break Camps at the Peterborough Museum & Archives are at capacity.
Any registrations completed after this date will be waitlisted and processed in order of submission as space becomes available. No payment is required to hold a spot on a waitlist.

March Break at the Museum is engaging, interactive and inquisitive. Campers will enjoy our themed day camps, each offering unique games, activities, crafts and exploration. Programming takes place in our multi-purpose classroom, in our galleries, and outdoors on the Museum grounds. Register for one day, or all week.

  • For children ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $40 per child, per program
  • March Break camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
    • Drop off: between 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Pick up: between 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Monday, March 16: Artful Antics

 Unleash your inner artist during this fun day of innovation and expression. We will experiment with different mediums and techniques to create our very own works of art. Your masterpiece awaits!

  • Code: 13440
 Tuesday, March 17: Face Outer Space

 To infinity, and beyond! From our own solar system, through the Milky Way and to the far reaches of our galaxy, campers will learn about the limitless potential of space.

  • Code: 13441
 Wednesday, March 18: STEAM Lab

 Grab your goggles and enter our STEAM Lab. Utilizing the 5 strands of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), campers will need to solve various problems using specific materials and their imagination. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Code: 13442
 Thursday, March 19: 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.

  • Code: 13443
Friday, March 20: Diggin' the Dinos

Let's walk with the dinosaurs and explore the fascinating reptiles that once ruled the Earth. Campers will explore the study of paleontology, perform a dig, and make their own fossils while learning about these Jurassic beasts.

  • Code: 13444

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 each month we give kids the opportunity to take over the Museum. Programming includes flashlight scavenger hunts, games in the galleries, themed activities, and an evening snack.

  • For children ages 6 to 11
  • Cost is $20 per child, per program (includes an evening snack)
  • Discovery After Dark programs run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28: Go Figure! 

 Who says 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!

  • Code: 13447
Saturday, April 18: Nocturnal Animals 

 Have you ever 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.

  • Code: 13448

Spring Discovery Camps

Modeled after our March Break Discovery Camps, we've scheduled special days of camp for families who might be looking for last-minute care opportunities as a result of the rotating school closures. During these camps, we will participate in organized games and activities, arts & crafts, visits to the exhibits and outdoor play. Programming takes place in our multi-purpose classroom, in our galleries, and outdoors on the Museum grounds.

  • For children ages 4 to 11
  • Cost is $40 per child, per program
  • Winter Discovery Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
    • Drop off: between 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Pick up: between 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There are currently no Spring Discovery Camps planned.

Registration information and camp 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
    • Click the above link. In the new window, type the code of the course you wish to register for in the search bar located under the title "Program registration"
    • Note that by registering online, a valid credit card is required to complete your transaction and registration.
What to bring
Please ensure your children come to camp prepared with 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 Camper 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 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.