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Kid confidential: Ben, 7, Staten Island

A Staten Island 7-year-old shares some of his favorite things to do.

Photographer: Tory Williams

I heard you went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden recently.
Yeah, but it was too hot.

Where else do you go?
Canada. But I didn't get my passport stamped. I got it scanned. The best part was the hotel. You could play video games.

Do you play any sports?
I go to basketball camp, but the positions are not assigned. We got some more Pokmon games.

Maybe you can take the Pokmon to camp.
I don't think I should. It will get broken—I always end up getting hit with the basketball.

That's not good.
Once I got hit so bad in the stomach during a basketball game. I threw up when I got home.

Ouch! So do you enjoy reading?
I like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It's my third time reading it. There's rotten cheese on the basketball court [in the book].

Can you tell me about family movie night?
My favorite is Alvin and the Chipmunks. I like my popcorn plain, but [my sister] Jackie likes pepper on it. I make five bowls of popcorn for everyone.

What's your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Super Slip 'n Slide. You can still do that in the winter, but it would be freezing.

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