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Yippee! This Instagram-worthy balloon festival will lift off in 2019 right near NYC

Yippee! This Instagram-worthy balloon festival will lift off in 2019 right near NYC
Photograph: Courtesy of Rebecca Mensch/Mensch & Company

As much as we adore NYC's best winter activities for kids, we can't help but crave warm weather once February hits—especially when summer news begins to surface.  

We just learned that the world's largest bounce house is Brooklyn-bound July 26–28, and now the 37th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning announced it will also float into town on July 26–28. Snow might still be in the forecast, but we can't help but daydream about our impending summer bucket list, and understandably so.  

Photograph: Courtesy of Rebecca Mensch/Mensch & Company

This feast for the eyes (and Instagram feeds) will feature 100 hot air balloons from around the globe that take flight twice each day—a scene the whole family will certainly appreciate. You and the family can make your way nearby to the Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ for the jaw-dropping display. (And yes, there's an option to ride the balloons, too.) 

But the balloons are but one part of this exciting festival. What better way to ring in the summer than with fun performances from ABBA the Concert tribute band (July 26 at 8pm) and kids' musicians Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza (July 26 at 7:30pm)? Families can also look forward to a lot of other exciting entertainment such as amusement park rides, food vendors, crafters and more. 

Photograph: Courtesy of Rebecca Mensch/Mensch & Company

To learn more about the Festival of Ballooning and its events lineup, click here. Already thinking about snagging tickets? Click here. Note that the event runs from $24–$35 for adults, $10–$15 for children and free for those 3 and under. 

Summer—we're ready for takeoff! 

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