Destination Discounts Weekly Picks

Sure, riding Metro saves you from the stress of traffic, reduces your environmental impact and lowers your monthly transportation costs – but did you know it also entitles you to a bunch of great deals around L.A.? That’s what Destination Discounts is all about – and The Source is here to make sure you don’t miss out.  Every week we’ll highlight our favorite deals from Metro’s local partners – destinations, sporting events, concerts, museums, theme parks, shops and more – and provide all the info you need to take advantage of these offers.

This week in Arts/Entertainment:

This week in Family Friendly:

This week in Sports:

This week in Dining:

Details after the jump.

Arts/Entertainment

Save Up To 57% to see the L.A. Premiere of TRACES
TRACES was created by 7 Fingers (Les 7 doigts de la main), an astonishingly talented French Canadian company, who pioneered a whole new brand of circus, infusing it with infectious urban energy.
Dates: Jan. 11 – Feb. 13
Discount: Save 20-57% on select tickets.
Restrictions: Offer valid for performances 1/11- 2/13/11.  Offer excludes Center Orchestra A –J and is a savings of 20-57%.  Other restrictions apply. May be discontinued at any time without notice.
How to get it: Show your valid Metro pass, Metro Rail ticket or TAP card at the Pantages Theatre Box Office, buy tickets at BroadwayLA.org/Traces or call 1.800.982.ARTS (2787) and use the promotional code PRE2X.
Where: Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine Street
Nearby Rail: Red Line Hollywood/Vine Station
Nearby Metro Bus StopsHollywood/Vine (210, 212/312, 222, 217, 780)

Family Friendly

Save up to 50% on merchandise at Chinatown Year of the Rabbit Celebrations
Bring in the Chinese New Year with two weeks of festivities in Chinatown. It starts with a midnight ceremony to usher in the New Year at Thien Hau Temple on February 2 and continues on the weekends of February 5 and February 12.
Dates: February 2 and the weekends of February 5 and February 12
Discount: Receive a Shopper’s Pass good for up to 50% off at select Chinatown merchants.
Restrictions: None.
How to get it: Show your valid Metro pass, Metro Rail ticket or TAP card at the Visitors Booth in Central Plaza on February 5 and 6.
Where: Chinatown, Broadway/College
Nearby Metro Rail
: Gold Line Chinatown Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Broadway/College (45, 68/84, 83)

Save $3 Off Registration and Get Free Bag Check-In Service at 33rd Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5k/10k Run
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early along with the Chinese Year of the Rabbit! Participate in the running of the 33rd Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5k/10k Run, Walk, Kiddie Run and Bike Ride the weekend of February 12.
Dates: 10am-10pm Feb. 12, 12-3pm Feb. 13
Discount: $3 off the race registration fee and free bag check-in service
Restrictions: None.
How to get it: Visit firecracker10k.org and use the promotional code GOMETRO.
Where: Chinatown, Broadway/College
Nearby Metro Rail
: Gold Line Chinatown Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Broadway/College (45, 68/84, 83)

Save $2 off at Noah’s Ark at the Skirball
A permanent, award-winning children’s and family destination that is the talk of the town! Play, climb, build, explore, make believe, and make friends. Share in a timeless story—and together envision a better world.
Dates: Ongoing
Discount: $2 off admission
Restrictions: None.
How to get it: Show your valid Metro pass, Metro Rail ticket or TAP card at the box office.
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Sepulveda/Skirball Center (233, 761)

Sports

Free ice skate rental at Toyota Sports Center
Come ice skate, play hockey and celebrate special events at the Toyota Sports Center, the official training center of the Los Angeles Kings and Lakers, as well as Olympic Champion Figure Skater, Evan Lysacek. Admission is $7 for children and $8 for adults.
Dates: Ongoing
Discount: Free ice skate rental (value of $3.50)
Restrictions: None.
How to get it: Show your valid Metro pass, Metro rail ticket or TAP card at the box office.
Where: 555 N. Nash Street
Nearby Metro Rail: Green Line El Segundo Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Nash/Grand (232, 626)

Dining

Save 15% at Maria’s Italian Kitchen
Enjoy the delicious taste of Italian classics and gluten free options, with servings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Be sure to save enough room for their homemade desserts!)
Dates: Ongoing
Discount: 15% off bill
Restrictions: Excludes alcoholic beverages.
How to get it: Show your valid Metro pass, Metro Rail ticket or TAP card to the server or cashier.
Where: Downtown, 615 S. Flower St.
Nearby Metro Rail: Red/Purple/Blue Line 7th Street Metro Center Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Wilshire/Flower (20, 439, 445, 460,  487/489)