The Washington Post

Easter Egg Roll brings thousands of kids to the White House

President Obama and his family play host to the Easter Bunny and thousands of children outside the White House. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Thousands of children hopped across the White House’s South Lawn on Monday as guests of President Obama and his family for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

Professional athletes, musicians and the Easter Bunny took part in games, stories and other activities at the day-long event.

Obama joined WNBA players and a couple of girls on the White House basketball court to challenge an all-boy team to a shootout. The president’s team won.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson were among the athletes helping kids get moving in the “Eggtivity Zone.” Guests could also try tennis, gymnastics, field hockey and a calmer pursuit: yoga.

“American Idol’’ stars Jordin Sparks and Jessica Sanchez and the British boy band the Wanted also performed at the event.

First lady Michelle Obama reads the story "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" to children as daughters Malia, center, and Sasha look on. First dog Bo also listened to the story. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Obama takes a shot while playing basketball with WNBA players and children during the annual Easter Egg Roll. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Easter Egg Roll has long been a White House tradition. President Rutherford B. Hayes hosted the first event in 1878. Free tickets to this year’s event were given out in an online lottery.

Show Comments

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.