July 27-29 2018

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ


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 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



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Friday Kids' Concert

Recognized as the “queen of children’s music” by People magazine, best-selling children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will headline the first ever concert for children at this summer’s 35th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank.

The singer-songwriter, who grew up in Princeton, NJ and has released 11 best-selling albums, will perform on the Festival’s Opening Day, Friday, July 28 at 1:30 p.m presented by Hackensack Meridian Health.

“We are thrilled to begin celebrating our 35th anniversary with our first ever concert geared for our youngest balloonatics,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “While we have added the top rising Disney teen sensations into our concert series over the past few years for teens and tweens, Laurie Berkner will be our first Kids’ Concert for children ages 2-8.”
Laurie Berkner was the first recording artist to perform in music videos on Nick Jr. and appeared regularly on the network’s Jack’s Big Music Show, the second-highest rated original program on Noggin, a commercial-free cable station.  Her music has graced the short-form animated series Sing It, Laurie! on the 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout and she has been a frequent guest on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up morning show.
What sets the Rutgers graduate apart? Her music speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grownups.
“I want to create songs for children,” said Berkner, who notes she finds inspiration in her audience. “I was singing once and saw a four-year-old girl shut her eyes and start swaying to the music. I thought, ‘That’s the reason I got into music.’ It keeps me wanting to do more.” 
Click HERE to listen to some of her music!
She has written music and lyrics for two Off-Broadway children’s musicals produced by New York City’s Children’s Theater: Wanda’s Monster (2013) and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess (2014). She is currently writing songs for her third NYCCT musical, Interstellar Cinderella, which will debut off-Broadway in November 2017.
Berkner has also authored four books based on her songs including two Barnes & Noble NOOK Kids e-books. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will soon publish three picture books with Laurie. We Are the Dinosaurs will release in Spring 2017. Pillowland is due out in Fall 2017 and Monster Boogie is scheduled for Summer 2018.
Children ages 2 and older will need their own ticket/seat if they will be sitting in the reserved seating area. Children 1 and under may sit on a parent/guardian’s lap without their own ticket. Adult and child tickets are the same price.
A limited number of Super Premium tickets including a Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner are available. Purchasing a Super Premium seat is the only way to secure a M&G.

Unfortunately, due to space restrictions the Kids' Concert does not include access to the VIP Blue Sky Club or VIP Parking.

Concert seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Seats will be assigned to you when you place your order.  Tickets will not be mailed until June or July.  The last day to purchase tickets online and have them mailed to you is Friday, July 21st. Tickets purchased after July 21st will be held at the Will Call booth.

The festival is rain or shine. All sales are final. NO REFUNDS.

For more information on ticket policies, click below.