This weekend – the forecast predicts more rain with troublesome winds – meaning I’d suggest you hold off on that run through the park and instead…try to enjoy some of the features of Golden Gate Park offered within the comfort and safety of the inside.

For starters, the winter-long exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers – “Color: A Winter Carnivale” is slowly coming to an end on March 2nd. Children have been going crazy over the “Wheel of Flora-tune,” which offers a casino-style spin of the wheel that sends kids on a hunt for color clues and fascinating facts. Tickets range between $1.50 (children 5 to 11) and $5 (general public). Children 4 and under are free.

Head over to the oldest public Japanese-style garden in the U.S. with your umbrella by your side and hide under one of the nooks and crannies found at the Japanese Tea Garden. Allow the relaxing surroundings of enchanting plants to provide you with the perfect entryway into a day filled with reverie or quiet reading.

How about grabbing a bite to eat at the Beach Chalet, where the views of a misty Golden Gate Park taunt you outside? Perhaps, innovative works of art are calling your name and you’d like to see the men who dub themselves “living sculptures.” A Gilbert & George exhibit has recently started at de Young Museum, offering a colorful combination of film and computer graphics – adult tickets are $15.

Hopefully, the weather will take a turn for the better and the anticipated cloudy days for next week won’t put a damper on the Carnaval San Francisco Celebration being held at de Young Museum (located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive).

On February 29th (6pm to 8pm), the museum opens up with light refreshments and live music from 6pm to 7pm. At Wilsey Court (6:30pm to 8:30pm) – the sounds of samba, salsa, and other Trinidadian blends come to life with Sistas Wit Style; Fogo Na Roupa; and the Misa Malone Project and the Carnaval All Star Band. An extra perk – this event is free.

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