P.A. Day & March Break Discovery Camps


The PMA now offers camp programs on elementary school P.A. (Professional Activity) days and most school breaks! Modeled after the successful Summer Discovery camps, these camps are for ages 4-11, and include active play, arts and crafts, games, experiments, stories, songs and much more! 

Upcoming P.A. Day Camps:

Friday, February 3rd - Super Sleuths! (Completed)

kids in playground at the museum

Join Instructors Dustin McIlwain & Maggie McAdams for a day of super sneaky spy shenanigans! Design your own disguise, navigate the laser maze, and learn how to create a code so no one can read your messages. We've got lots of activities, crafts, and training exercises to prepare you as young sleuths. This is one camp you won't want to keep a secret!  

Friday, April 28th - Experience Early Settlers (Completed)

Ever wonder what it was like to be an Early Settler in Canada? Well here's
your chance! We're going to travel back in time with Instructor Kaitlyn Burke to experience what pioneer children did for fun. The children will engage in a variety of crafts, activities and games that are specifically designed to reflect the Early Settler lifestyle. Let's unplug from today's society and imagine what it would be like to explore Early Settlement Canada!

Friday, June 9th - Magical Witches & Wizards ( Completed)

Join us for another magical P.A. Day at the Peterborough Museum & Archives. On June 9th, we will be entering into the world of fantasy and wizardry. Keep your wands at the ready and bring your best magic tricks!

Friday, June 30th - Discover Canada ( Completed)

In honour of Canada's 150th, we decided to start our celebrations a day early! We will kick off summer vacation talking about the wonders of Canada, creating Canada-themed crafts and getting into the summer spirit!

March Break Discovery Camps:

Please note: the information from here to the bottom of the page relates to March Break 2017 (now complete).  Watch for refreshed information about March Break 2018 early in the new year.


Monday, March 13th (2017) - The Changing Climate Discovery Day

Instructor Ashley O'Brien will be joining us to teach about how the world is constantly changing! Whether it's the weather, animals or plants, our environment is always in flux. Our climate is precious and needs your help! Join us for a day filled with experimenting, crafting and learning. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn about the environment changing around us. 

Ashley is a physical geographer, working on her Master's of Science at York University.  She is studying the state of Arctic sea ice and Arctic climatology; she is very intrigued by climate change and the future of our environment.  With 13 years of teaching experience, Ashley has taught all ages.  She likes to discover and learn about the world around her and is interested in engaging education with science and the natural world.

Tuesday, March 14th (2017) - Budding Artists!

Spring is in the air and so is your creativity! Join Visual Arts Teacher & Instructor Pam Merrin as we tap into our imaginative sides and spend the day exploring a variety of art materials and techniques to make mixed-media artwork that celebrates this new season and encourages the budding artist in all of us. Like springtime weather, the creative process can sometimes be a messy one, so please come dressed to muck around!

Pam is a local educator with 18 years of teaching experience in the elementary panel.  Her love of the arts and her interest in children's creative expression led her to earn her Specialist Certificate in Visual Arts.  Pam is excited to share her passion for mixed-media art making with PMA March Break campers!

Wednesday, March 15th (2017) - STEAM: Challenge Yourself!

STEAM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Math. STEAM has become a popular teaching method used by educators around the globe! This camp, led by Dustin McIlwain, is designed to challenge participants to think outside the box while they build, create, design, & explore. Campers will be presented with a variety of questions and tasks that will engage their problem-solving skills in a fun, interactive environment!

Dustin is a junior, intermediate and senior level teacher currently supply-teaching with the KPRDSB while undertaking the role of Education Officer at the PMA.  A graduate of the Trent-Queens Concurrent Education Program with an Honours B.A. in History & English, Dustin has a love for arts and humanities, but regards Science & Technology as another outlet for creativity.

Thursday, March 16th (2017)- Drama & Play with Ray!

Join seasoned PMA Instructor Ray Henderson as he teaches campers all kinds of improvisation and drama games. This day will surely have a colourful cast of characters. One minute you might be a King or Queen of a faraway land, and the next clucking like a chicken! By the end of this camp, you will surely be full of lots of laughs!

Ray is a professional actor and director, active in young people's drama and the director of Arbor Theatre's popular children's Christmas productions.  He is wonderfully skilled in taking young people of any age from pen to performance.  His Summer Discovery camps are ever-popular and his March Break camp provides a terrific theatrical experience for kids.

Friday, March 17th (2017) - Myths & Monsters

This day will be led by a group of Fleming students in the Museum Management & Curatorship Program hosted right here at the PMA. They will be bringing a program that explores Mythical Creatures & Monsters from around the world! Are the stories of what bumps in the night just legends, or is there more than meets the eye? Campers will learn about how mythical monsters are a result of the fears and superstitions shared by the people in cultures that created them.

Like the mythical, multi-headed hydra, this camp will be led by a team of energetic educators-in-training.  Each instructor brings a different set of tools to the task of delivering a fun and entertaining day of camp.  The Museum Management and Curatorship program trains graduate students for the specialized work of museums and galleries and attracts the brightest and best up-and-coming museum educators. 




PA Day camps run two sessions each day (9:00 AM to 12:00 NOON and 1:00 to 4:00 PM).  Morning and afternoon sessions are led by the same instructor and follow the same theme but are independent camps.  Campers can join one or both sessions (lunch is supervised and takes place on site from 12:00 NOON until 1:00 PM for campers staying the whole day).


$17.50/half day; $35/full day 

What to Bring

A nut free morning and/ or afternoon snack, water bottle, appropriate outdoor clothing and nut free lunch (if staying for whole day). The Museum promotes a nut free environment. 

Personal Health Form

Each child attending camp must complete and submit a Personal Health Form. This form will be kept on file at the Museum, and only needs to be completed once each year. The form can either be picked up at the Peterborough Museum & Archives, mailed/e-mailed to you, or downloaded from our website.

Please submit health forms to the Museum prior to or on the first day of camp your child attends. If you would like a form mailed/emailed to you please contact the PMA's Education Officer at 705-743-5180 ext. 2475 or education@peterboroughmuseumandarchives.ca 


Preregister for a half day, a whole day, a week, whatever best suits your schedule. Pre-registration is required for all of our day camp program. You can register online, by telephone (705-743-5180) or in person at the Peterborough Museum & Archives (cash, cheque, VISA, MasterCard or American Express)


Refunds may be requested up to 5 business days prior to the start of the program. An administration fee of 10% of class fees will be withheld, with a minimum fee of $5.  


In the course of all program activities, photos will be taken and audio and/or visual recordings may be made.  The Peterborough Museum & Archives reserves the right to use all photographs and videos of all our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.