Junior Summer Discovery (Ages 4-6)

Junior Discovery Camps 2019

Welcome to Junior Summer Discovery 2019! We are excited to be entering into our 32nd season of providing rich, diverse, fun and educational summer camps for children. 

Junior Summer Discovery programs are developed especially for young learners aged 4-6.  Each program involves stories, songs, games, arts and crafts, museum exhibits and creative play based on a theme.

Instructor helping children with a craft

A Message from Our Camp Instructor (2019)

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 three 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 placementsCamper sitting on the floor 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

2019 Camp Themes:

July 8 - 13     Dinosaur World

Science Experiment

Lets walk with dinosaurs and discover the fascinating reptiles that ruled the Earth for millions of years! We will perform an archaeological dig, make fossils and learn about the people and beasts of prehistory as we travel back in time! 

July 15-19     Space Explorers

From earth to the far reaches of our solar system, this camp is all about exploring the limitless potential of space! Jon us for a fantastic week of experiments as we explore the mysteries of the universe. 

July 22-26       Imaginaruium

There are no limits to imagination! A playful week of art and activities focusing on creativity, risk-taking and letting your best and biggest dreams shine through! 

July 29 - August 2 Can you Build It?        

Calling all builders! Get ready to put your creativity to the test, as we build bridges, skyscrapers, and more in this week of engineering fun! We will experiment with different materials including Lego, blocks and recyclables and test the strength of our creations in fun challenges. 

August 5-9      Healthy Planet, Healthy You! Campers running outside
(4 day week)

An important week of discovering how to take care of ourselves and our environment. Through physical and mental health, conservation and sustainability, we will discover how we are all connected to each other and our planet!  

August 12-16      Castles and Dragons

A medieval world of fantasy awaits you at the Museum! From building castles, to learning about knights and princesses, to creating fairy homes, this week is full of imaginative adventure for your little one!  

*Friday Afternoons will be filled with water activities in Junior Discovery! If you register for a Friday afternoon session please bring a swimsuit, towel & be prepared to get wet.  

TimesChildren painting outside

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 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.)

NEW Early Bird Program for families needing an early start from  8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. 


$22.50 per half day registration ($45.00 for a full day)

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

$5 Early Bird Fee for 8:00 AM drop off. 


Junior Discovery is designed for children ages 4 to 6  - 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 2018 season will begin on Monday, March 19th. 

  1. In person at the Peterborough Museum & Archives
  2. By telephone (VISA, Mastercard, American Express): 705-743-5180.
  3. Online (with our new system PerfectMind, you can now create your own account and easily register)

What to Bring

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

If you are registered for a Friday afternoon, please bring a bathing suit & towel to participate in water activities!

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.