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When I Grow Up...

You rarely hear a child proclaim, "One day, I want to be an investment banker!" But perhaps that's just because Goldman Sachs doesn't sponsor a pre-K professional program. For kids with more exciting dream jobs, though, options abound.


TADA! Youth Theater
15 W. 28th St., nr. Broadway, third fl.; 212-252-1619
Children with Broadway aspirations (or at least show-tune fever) flock to TADA!, whether they're looking to write a musical, perform it onstage, or simply sit in the audience.

Mini-Master Series
Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette St., nr. Broome St.; 212-274-0986
By the time he turned 10, Pablo Picasso had painted Le Picador, so these workshop participants have their work cut out for them.

Cosmic Collisions
Rose Center for Earth and Space, Central Park W. at 81st St.; 212-769-5200
To some, reaching for the stars is more than just a cliché piece of advice; it's a career goal. With these kids in mind, AMNH, NASA, and Robert Redford offer up a film of intergalactic crashes and stellar visions.

Once Upon a Ballet
Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-679-0401
Professional ballets can be beautiful, but they can also be way too long for little ones. That's where New York Theatre Ballet comes in with sophisticated hour-long productions for the ADHD set.

The Glory Days: New York Baseball, 1947-1957
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St.; 212-534-1672
Older kids especially will appreciate this exhibition chronicling a time when a Subway Series in October was a nearly annual occurrence.

Fire Safety Tour
New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-691-1303
Whether or not your child envisions adulthood as a firefighter, learning what to do in case of a blaze can only be a good thing.

Rock School Summer Boot Camp
The Paul Green School of Rock Music, 630 Ninth Ave., nr. 45th St.; 917-438-9141
Can a child be transformed into Tunde Adebimpe or Gwen Stefani in just two weeks? This midtown rock school seems to think so.

Digital Play
Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria; 718-784-4520
Up-and-coming game programmers look at how the technology has advanced since PONG and envision where it might go tomorrow.


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