I'm really excited about this year's White House Easter Egg Roll event. We don't live too far from the White House in Washington, D.C. so this is a very exciting event for us! Hopefully we can snag some free tickets to attend this fun event. My kids will definitely have a blast!
The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll event will take place on Monday April 9, 2012 with the theme of Let's Move! combating childhood obesity. The White House will open its South Lawn for children aged 13 years and younger and their families.
You can see photos or watch President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kick off the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll HERE.
Date: April 9, 2012, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: White House,1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 456-7041. All guests will enter the event from the Ellipse and will go through a security screening process.
FUN, FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady's Lets Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. A White House tradition since 1878, this White House annual event is attended by thousands of visitors from all 50 states (over 30,000 visitors last year).
This year's event will also give Egg Roll participants to dine at the White House Mess where a special brunch menu will be served.
HOW TO GET TICKETS TO THE 2012 EASTER EGG ROLL EVENT:
White House Easter Egg Roll tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate. The lottery will begin on Thursday March 1st at 10:00AM EST and will end on Monday March 5th at 10:00AM EST. Signing up for the lottery is free of charge. Tickets for winners are free of charge. So mark your calendar for these dates!
HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL:
The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, D.C. would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.
Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House Lawn to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment, sports and interactive cooking demos. And, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll promotes healthy and active living and is designed for children 12 years of age and under.
For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/easterEggRoll.
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