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.
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.