Education Programs

The Thingamakids! Education Program brings children, artists, teachers and science together through sound experiments designed for K-8 schools. Teaching Artists work with children throughout the year in hands-on instrument building, music appreciation and the study of sound produced through made and found objects.

Summer Camp

Hands-on creativity that blends music and science education


Join Thingamajigs' team of artists in a fun and engaging arts camp designed to expand the young, creative mind. Through interactive workshops that incorporate music, movement, visual art and science, campers gain a unique and well-rounded experience in creativity, collaboration and experimentation.

In each camp children hand-create their own engaging instruments out of recycled materials and random treasures found in places like the beach, forests, and even their own recycling bins. Kids become a part of the Bay Area DIY Movement, as they learn how to make one-of-a-kind wind and percussion instruments, such as Bamboo Woodblocks, Soda Straw Oboes, Box Zithers, Packing Tape Drums, and more!

Camp features: 

  • Small classes
  • Dynamic arts educators
  • Extended care option 
  • Tuition discounts for multi-week and sibling enrollments
  • Scholarship program

SUMMER CAMP 2017 : June 19 - July 21
NOCCS : 1000, 42nd Street Oakland

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Little Makers

ages 3-5


Art & Science of Experimentation

ages 6-12



Limited scholarships are available to assist families in meeting tuition expenses. Scholarships are awarded in various amounts; not all aid is equivalent to full tuition. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please, call 510-545-6689.

In-school Residencies

Kids love school! Yes, if lessons are disguised as fun experiments. Teaching Artists collaborate with schools throughout the year, and conduct weekly workshops. These art workshops grow the scientific temper and nurture the artistic spirit in children, through hands-on sound experiments with found objects. Kids develop small interactive instruments and often participate in large-scale assembly demonstrations.




La Escuelita with Robert Lopez

Bridges Academy with Dylan Bolles

North Oakland Community Charter School with Maurissa Dorn

Aurora School with Taylor Gersbach

American International Montessori School with Edward Schocker

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