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Free Long Island events for kids: Roller skating, swimming and more

Cousins Max, 8, and Grace Slayton of Syosset,

Cousins Max, 8, and Grace Slayton of Syosset, 10, enjoy an afternoon roller skating session at United Skates of America in Seaford Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Credit: Barry Sloan

Whether you're looking for something to do with the kids during February break or beyond, children can enjoy activities from swimming, roller skating and stargazing while parents can relish in their savings.

Here's a list of free things to do with the kids in February and March on Long Island.

IKEA FREE KIDS CRAFT NIGHT

Where: 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville

When: First Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m.

More info: Register here; 516-681-4532

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MACARONI KID'S ST. PATRICK’S DAY GOLD HUNT AND FAMILY SWIM 

Take the whole family swimming at Goldfish’s indoor pool while enjoying a leprechaun gold hunt, raffles and snacks. Raffles will be available for $1 per ticket or 12 tickets for $10, cash only. 

Where: Goldfish Swim School, 141 Centereach Mall, Centereach

When: March 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More info: Register here beginning Feb. 21 at 8 a.m.; 631-405-4111, goldfishswimschool.com/centereach

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THE CODER SCHOOL COMMACK GRAND OPENING PARTY

Refreshments, games and STEM activities including robotics, coding and VR. Meet the school’s Code Coaches and participate in coding challenges.

Where: 6558 Jericho Turnpike, Commack

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 14 

Price: Free

More info: Register here; 631-270-5602, thecoderschool.com

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STARS ON SUNDAY

Kids of all ages can view the Moon, Uranus, star clusters, nebulae and double stars with telescopes from the Hofstra Observatory after a presentation about the sky in room 117.

Where: Hofstra Observatory, Berliner Hall, 826 Huntington Pl., Uniondale

When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 1, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 5 

Price: Free 

More info: Register here for March 1, for groups of more than 10 contact observatory@hofstra.eduhofstra.edu/astronomy

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FREE CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Make your own paper rocket or colorful rainbow fish at these weekly craft sessions.

Where: Lakeshore Learning Center, 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

More info: For children ages 3 and up; (516) 616-9360, lakeshorelearning.com

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BINOCULARS WORKSHOP 

With help from parents and store associates, children will create their own pair of binoculars to take home. Kids will get to keep their craft and will receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Where: Home Depot, 172 Fulton Ave., Hempstead

When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 7

More info: Attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Register here; 516-565-3700 

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