1. Lawrence Hall of Science is always a fun play date, but next Monday at 1 p.m., the author of a new, gorgeous “Mother Goose” picture book will be on hand too. Fresno artist Doug Hansen added California wildlife to the classic rhymes and set them in iconic California landscapes, including Mt. Lassen and this California mission. (Free with museum admission.)
2. Got a teen musician, stand-up comic or improv artist at home? The City of Pleasanton is hosting a Teen Open Mic Night this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Performers must sign up between 6 and 7 p.m. (Tickets $5-10)
3. April fools, clowns and jesters are the stars in this Sunday’s Berkeley Rep interactive family workshop. (Free, but bring a children’s book to donate to a local elementary school.)
4. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts a family workshop April 5 and 19 called “Setting the Stage.” Create your own miniature stage, and enjoy a reading of “The Magic Flute: An Opera by Mozart,” adapted by Kyra Teis.
5. The Oakland Museum hosts a family-friendly “Eggstravaganza: The Wonder of Eggs” this Sunday, April 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Chat with a local organic farmer and a scientist, and cluck with a live chicken. (Free with museum admission)
Plus… Folktales and storytellers arrive at the San Leandro Library next Wednesday, April 8, when the national touring theatrical troupe, the Activated Storytellers, perform multicultural folktales – “Paul Bunyan and the Beesquitoes” and “Coyote and Eagle” (pictured, right) – at 7:30 p.m. (Free. For info, call the library at 510-577-3954.)