Junior Summer Discovery (Ages 4-6)


Junior Summer Discovery Camp Registration is now CLOSED

Thank you to all of our wonderful camp families for a fantastic 2017 summer camp season! Junior Discovery camps have finished for the year, but will be returning summer of 2018. 

Junior Summer Discovery programs are developed especially for children entering JK, SK, and Grade 1.  Each program involves stories, songs, games, arts and crafts, museum exhibits and creative play based on a theme.

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A Message from Our Camp Instructor (2017)

Hi everyone!  My name is Jeff Guerin and I will be returning as the Discovery Educator for Junior Summer Discovery this summer.  My family and I moved to Peterborough from Cambridge, Ontario about two years ago when I took a job with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, and we have been very happy to find friendly people and a variety of community-oriented events in this great city!  I have been fortunate in my career so far to have gained a great deal of experience working with young minds.  These experiences include: Kindergarten placements during Teacher's College and at Kidsability, volunteering in Kindergarten classes in Cambridge, working as the English Language Teacher in a Kindergarten facility in South Korea, and teaching a number of primary classes in the Peterborough area as an Occasional Teacher.  I am looking forward to developing and delivering a great program that will combine discovery, learning and fun for the children and educators alike!     - Jeff

2017 Camp Themes:

July 10 - 14     We Are Canada!

Science Experiment

Help us celebrate Canada's 150+ years with crafts and games spanning our First Nations origins, early English and French settlers, up to the present day. We will look at Canada's contributions to the world, and focus on our proud multicultural traditions.

July 17-21      A Healthy You!

This week we will be looking at all the ways we can keep ourselves healthy in both our bodies and our minds. Bring your runners because we will be outside doing lots of physical activity such as sports, obstacle courses, and co-operative games. We will talk about nutrition and healthy choices. We will also be focusing on keeping a positive mental attitude and how we can be optimistic people who love ourselves and others.

July 24-28       Big Beautiful World

By using a combination of science, art, exploration, and discovery, we will look at the diverse and amazing beauty that can be found all around us. Focusing on the exotic and the local, we will look at themes such as colour, structures (man-made and natural), plants, and animals. We will be spending lots of time in and around the museum grounds discovering what beauty is right under our noses everyday!

July 31 - August 4        The World of Water 

Bring your bathing suits because we'll be exploring everything water! From our oceans and sea-life to the importance of our fresh water and what we can do to keep it clean and plentiful. We will be doing lots of water related activities, both educational and fun!

August 8-11       Everyone is a Scientist!

Through observation and discovery we will be going through the scientific process both in the lab, and in nature! This will be a week packed with fun, interactive experiments, and experiences not to be missed!

August 14-18      Imagine Art!

Through stories, games, and imaginative play, we will be unlocking our creativity and expressing it through lots of fun media including: paint, acting, writing, and music. Bring all of your great ideas and super artistic talent!

TimesKids outside playing

Morning program: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)

Afternoon program: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All day program (morning and afternoon): 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (lunch break is supervised)

Drop-offs as early as 8:45 a.m. and pick-ups as late as 4:15 p.m.


$17.50 per half day registration ($35.00 for a full day)

Register for a half day, full day, one day or multiple days - whatever suits you and your child best.


Junior Discovery is designed for children ages 4 to 6 (birth years 2011 to 2013 - must be toilet trained)


Programs take place at the Peterborough Museum & Archives in the large, air-conditioned, barrier-free Fleming Annex, the beautiful Heritage Pavilion, the Museum's Galleries and the child-friendly Museum grounds, which now includes our new fabulous accessible playground structure.


Registration for the 2017 season will begin on Saturday, April 1st. 

  1. In person at the Peterborough Museum & Archives
  2. By telephone (VISA, Mastercard, American Express): 705-743-5180.
  3. Online (Look under "Museum Programs")

What to Bring

Snacks, drinks, lunch if staying all day, weather-appropriate outdoor clothing.  The PMA promotes a nut-free environment.

Personal Health Form

This form will be kept on file and only needs to be completed once each year.  The form can be picked up at the Peterborough Museum & Archives or downloaded and should be submitted to the Museum by 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 Junior 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, photos may 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 our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.


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.  No refunds will be granted once the program has begun.