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Blake Morrison, 9
“I want to meet Eli Manning and play football with him and the New York Giants.”

Make it happen:
Get face time with the football icon—or his wax figure, anyway—at Madame Tussauds (tickets from $26.80; 234 W. 42nd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 866-841-3505), where you can also cozy up to new additions Will and Kate and all of the Avengers. As for the sport itself, from July 23 to 27, the New York Giants Youth Football Camp scrimmages at the Chelsea Waterside Park ($459; 877-226-9919; prosportsexperience.com/giants); children ages 6 to 14 can play noncontact football with tips from high-school coaches and ex-NFL players.

Photo: Danny Kim

Benjamin Ho, 5
“I love water. I love to be on it, I love to play in it, I love to build dams and stop it and start it. And I want to eat 1,000 ice-cream cones.”

Make it happen:
Circle Line recently launched a summer series of kids’ cruises (10 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month; tickets from $20; Pier 83, 42nd St. at Twelfth Ave.; 212-563-3200) to the Statue of Liberty; trips feature family-friendly bands, jugglers, magicians, and balloon twisters. After docking, head down to Chelsea Waterside Playground (23rd St. at Eleventh Ave.); the park’s signature blue chess-piece-like sprinklers were closed for much of last summer, but they’re once again gushing. Cool off later with a scoop of creamy chocolate, strawberry, or summer blueberry ice cream at Ronnybrook Dairy (Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., at 15th St.; 212-741-6455).

Photo: Danny Kim

Mila Kapadia, 6
“I want to eat cookies for breakfast, ride a flying dinosaur, and go down a slide.”

Make it happen:
Pick up red-velvet, sweet-corn, or classic chocolate-chip cookies at the recently opened Schmackary’s ($2.75 each; 362 W. 45th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 646-801-9866) before boarding a train at Penn Station bound for Field Station: Dinosaurs (from $18.50; 1 Dinosaur Way, Secaucus, N.J.; 855-999-9010), a new outdoor attraction featuring 31 animatronic dinos, including a pterodactyl. Back home, head to the playground at Silver Towers (42nd St. nr. Eleventh Ave.) to whoosh down a trio of tall slides that are actually the legs and one arm of a giant bronze figure designed by artist Tom Otterness.

Photo: Danny Kim

Darius Anagnos, 7
“I’d go to a water playground and then a rifle-shooting range. Then I’d have a burger and milk shake and bring my pet snowy owl to the whole thing.”

Make it happen:
Get doused in the water-filled Heckscher Playground (Seventh Ave. and Central Park South) and then hit Victorian Gardens (from $6.50 plus rides; 59th St. at Sixth Ave.; 212-982-2229) to play water-pistol game Rising Water—the closest a minor can legally get to a gun in this town. After a steakburger and shake at the recently opened Steak ’n’ Shake (1695 Broadway, nr. 53rd St.; 212-247-6584), head to Bryant Park (40th St. nr. Fifth Ave.) to meet exotic creatures from the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary (Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting).

Photo: Danny Kim

Nina Smith, 10
“I want to go swimming with dolphins and then become a mermaid like the girls on [the TeenNick TV show] H20.”

Make it happen:
Coney Island is the best place to change into a mermaid—and not just during the annual Mermaid Parade (June 23 at 2 p.m.; begins at W. 22nd St. and Surf Ave.). Luna Park has an all-ages Mermaid Parade water ride, along with a new go-kart racetrack (1000 Surf Ave., nr. W. 10th St.; 718-373-5862; open daily through September 9). Aquatic creatures need to eat, so grab a flame-broiled burger from the opening-at-any-moment boardwalk outpost of Prospect Heights’ Tom’s Restaurant (nr. Stillwell Ave.) and then hit the New York Aquarium (from $10.95; Surf Ave. at W. 8th St.; 718-265-3474) to explore the new interactive exhibition “A-Maze-ing Water,” on view through September 9 and featuring a walk-through maze complete with zip-line ride.

Photo: Danny Kim

Rosie Hsu, 8
“I want to fly a Pegasus all the way to my cousin’s house, then go for dim sum and swim next to a waterfall.”

Make it happen:
After being closed for nearly four years, the Forest Park Carousel ($3 per ride; Woodhaven Blvd. at Forest Park Dr., Woodhaven; 718-788-2676) is spinning once again, and the 49 handmade horses move so quickly it’s easy to pretend you’re flying. After filling up on sweet sesame buns, pork dumplings, and other dim-sum delicacies at East Ocean Palace ($2 to $9; 113-09 Queens Blvd., at 75th Ave., Forest Hills; 718-268-1668), amble through Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, where the geysers around the Unisphere are practically waterfall-explosive.

Photo: Danny Kim

Truman Rivera, 6
“I want to go to the Moon and build a robot! Then I want to fly back to Earth and introduce him to my friends and go to the store so he can eat metal and I can have chocolate.”

Laurel Grace Rivera, 8
“I’d use my shrinking teleportation machine to go to a fantasy planet with my best friend. And then we’d become human size and the aliens would freak out because we are so big.”

Make it happen:
The intergalactic journey starts at the American Museum of Natural History (suggested admission from $10.50; Central Park W. at 79th St., 212-769-5100), where families can cruise the “Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration” exhibition through August 12. Buy a Tin Can Robot kit at veteran toy shop West Side Kids ($15.99; 498 Amsterdam Ave., at 84th St.; 212-496-7282) and then customize your own chocolate-covered cookies and pretzels at the recently opened Chocolate Works (641 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 91st St.; 212-799-3630). After a quick air-conditioned subway ride to the High Line, kids can pretend to be giants at the new public-art installation Lilliput, located throughout the elevated park, on view through next April and featuring miniature sculptures that are tough but fun to find.

Photo: Danny Kim

Ned Stimpson, 11
“I’d hop in my private speed jet and go to the San Diego Comic-Con, come back to New York and spend all my money at an arcade, and then go to Belgium for mussels.”

Make it happen:
Geekdom rules at Montasy Comics Chapter 2 (431 Fifth Ave., nr. 38th St., second fl.; 212-683-2018), the new midtown outpost of the popular Forest Hills comic-book shop that regularly hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering tournaments as well as Dungeons & Dragons meets. Next, check out the recently overhauled Chinatown Fair Video Arcade (8 Mott St., nr. Chatham Sq.; 212-964-1001). The seedy consoles and violent games are gone; now you’ll find Skee-ball, touch-screen Fruit Ninja, and tickets redeemable for prizes. Afterward, stroll west to Petite Abeille (134 W. Broadway, nr. Duane St.; 212-791-1360) for Belgian comfort food; kids eat free on Sunday nights, and Wednesdays tout all-you-can-eat mussels for $25.

Photo: Danny Kim

Navah Little, 12
“I want to go to the fabric district with Alicia Keys to make cool clothes, then wear them to the 40/40 Club and eat French fries all night.”

Make it happen:
At the edge of the garment district, you’ll find the Fashion Class (21 W. 39th St., nr. Sixth Ave., fourth fl.; 646-329-6663), a sewing and design program for children ages 6 to 18. Throughout summer, Fashion Star wannabes can take two-week classes ($350 to $500; dates vary), complete with visits to designer showrooms and a climactic runway show. After graduation, wear your best homemade outfit to Sony Wonder Technology Lab (550 Madison Ave., nr. 56th St.; 212-833-8100); although Alicia Keys won’t be there, you can create a remix of her Grammy Award–winning song “Empire State of Mind (Part II)” at the interactive Music Mixer station, which debuted last year. For dinner, head to Serendipity 3 (225 E. 60th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-838-3531). With its $1,000 Golden Opulence sundae and just-added $295 Wagyu hamburger, it’s as expensive as bottle service at Jay-Z’s nightclub. Advance orders required; no strollers allowed.

Photo: Danny Kim

Reginald Chan (left) Third Avenue and 17th Street. On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey Houston and Essex Streets. On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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