Friday, February 15, 2013

2013 White House Easter Egg Roll Is April 1st; Event Marks 135th Anniversary This Year

Let's Move! campaign will be spotlighted; free ticket lottery opens February 21st...
April Fool's Day at the White House this year will be devoted to giant bunnies and colored Easter eggs.  President Obama and First Lady Obama announced today that this year’s annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be on Monday, April 1st.  Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! campaign will be spotlighted, as it has been in previous years.  More than 35,000 guests will participate in the festivities on the South Lawn, the White House said. (Above, the President leads kids in the 2012 egg rolling race)

The rollicking Roll marks its 135th anniversary this year, in a tradition that dates back to 1878.  The event takes its name from the centerpiece egg race, where kids do battle with wooden kitchen spoons to race their Easter eggs up a grassy track.

"The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling," the White House said.  "In support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential, the activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives."

Past years have featured celebrity chefs cooking in the Kids' Kitchen with Mrs. Obama, a mini farmers market and gardening crafts, celebs reading on the Storytime Stage, and A-list music acts, as well as costumed characters ranging from the Power Rangers to Adventure Time's Finn and Jake.  

The ticket lottery...
This year's fun is for children ages 13 years and younger and their families, and free tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system.  The lottery opens on February 21st at 10:00 AM EST and closes on February 25th at 10:00 AM EST.  Full ticketing details can be found at www.recreation.gov; CLICK HERETickets are non-transferable.  


Commemorative wooden Easter eggs with this year's logo and reproductions of the President and Mrs. Obama's autographs will be unveiled for sale to the public at easter.nationalparks.org on Feb. 21 at 10:00 AM EST.

For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, visit www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll or call the Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041. 


CLICK HERE for all posts about the 2012 Easter Egg Roll.

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House