Summer Discovery

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Summer Discovery at the Peterborough Museum and Archives has great instructors, great programs and a great playground! 


Summer Discovery camps are for children ages 7 to 11.

If you are looking for camps for younger children, check out our Junior Summer Discovery camps for children ages 4 to 6.

Discovery camp themes 2020

July 6 to 10: "History Hunters"

Peer through the visor of a knight’s helmet, sail to the New World aboard a Viking ship and learn about ancient Egyptians’ rituals. Each day will be a time travel adventure, as we discover a new historic era through crafts, stories, STEAM challenges and drama!

  • Code: 13982

July 13 to 17: "STEAM Lab"

Grab your goggles and enter our STEAM Lab! Through experiments and challenges that incorporate the 5 strands of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) we will challenge to you think outside the box as you build, create, design and explore! Are you up for the challenge? 

  • Code: 13983

July 20 to 24: "Magic of Science" 

Bubbling potions, mini explosions and more will awe and amaze. It's not magic, it's science! You'll investigate states of matter, chemical reactions, forces in the environment... and that's just the start! 

  • Code: 13984

July 27 to 31: "Set the Stage"

Lights, camera, action! Get ready to write, direct and perform in your very own dramatic work! You’ll have fun creating a script, developing characters, designing costumes, building sets, conducting rehearsals- everything required to stage a real production. 

  • Code: 13985

August 4 to 7: "Think outside – let's get out and play!" 

Fun in the forest is the focus of the week! Who are the creatures that live in our backyard and share the world with us? What is it like to be them? Campers will investigate these questions as they make connections to the natural world through forest games, nature crafts, survival skills and more! Come explore the outdoors in this action packed program. Please note that this is considered a specialty camp; the cost to register is still $200, but is four days instead of five (due to the civic holiday Monday on August 3).

  • Code: 13987

August 10 to 14: "Exploring Ancient Civilizations"

What ever happened to all those ancient civilizations from the past? Egypt? Greece? The Mayans and Aztecs? These cultures left artifacts that we use to examine who they were, how they lived, and what happened to them. Explore the artifacts from lost civilizations, investigate the mysteries of the ancient past, and use technology and tools to help us uncover the what happened to these amazing civilizations.

  • Code: 13988

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Camp details


Our camp programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Drop off and pick up will be located on the lower level of the Museum, in the multipurpose classroom. 

  • Drop off: between 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Pick up: between 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Early bird program (optional): 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at a cost of $5.00 per day. Please note that this is only for children in a camp program at the Peterborough Museum and Archives.


  • $200 per week
  • Early bird program: $5 daily fee, or $25 per week (optional)


Summer Discovery is primarily located in the multipurpose classroom, on the lower level of the main Museum building. Activities associated with our camp may also take place in the beautiful Heritage Pavilion, the galleries and on our child-friendly grounds, including our accessible playground structure.


  • In person at the Peterborough Museum and Archives
  • By telephone (Visa, MasterCard, American Express): 705-743-5180
  • Online: with our new PerfectMind program registration system, you can now create your own account and register for camps from the comfort of home. To navigate the system quickly, be sure to search using the course codes provided in the camp descriptions. 

What to bring

Please ensure your children come to camp prepared with snacks, drinks, water bottle, a lunch, and weather-appropriate clothing. We promote a nut-free environment.

Personal health form

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 a year. Be sure to submit your health form on or before the first day of camp.

Health concerns

Please notify the instructor about any health or behavioural concerns you may have regarding your child's participation in Summer Discovery. The museum has a protocol for anaphylactic shock and a parental clearance form is required if your child has suffered a suspected concussion.


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.


Prior to June 15 of each year, City of Peterborough summer camp refund requests are accepted prior to camp start dates and are charged an administration levy of 10% of program fee, 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.

After June 15, refund requests will be accepted up to 14 calendar days prior to the camp start date and are subject to a 25% administration fee for each occurrence or event registration as applicable. Refunds will not be provided if the request is received less then 14 calendar days prior to camp start date. If the refund request does not meet the required timeline, no refund will be provided (unless the request is accompanied by medical documentation, in which case a 10% administration fee, or $5 minimum will be applied).