March 23rd, 2009
03:00 PM ET
9 years ago

First Obama WH Easter egg roll to emphasize healthy living

The White House Easter egg roll will be held on the South Lawn.

The White House Easter egg roll will be held on the South Lawn.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have announced plans for their first White House Easter egg roll.

The event will be held Monday, April 13 on the South Lawn. The theme will be "Let's go play," the White House said Monday, and this year's egg roll will encourage young people "to lead healthy and active lives." The ticketed event is open to children aged 10 and younger along with their families, and will also include sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, and storytelling.

For the first time, tickets will be made available online, and will no longer be distributed at the Ellipse near the White House during the weekend prior to April 13. More information is available at

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Things are alot more festive at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than in previous administrations. Michelle Obama fascinates me everytime she reaches out to the community.

    March 23, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. patNY

    shouldn't this man be fixing the economy and not waisting his time on an Easter Egg hunt/roll! Kidding. Happy early Easter!

    March 23, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Dylan from Minneapolis

    I really like that the President and First Lady are advocates for healthy lifestyles. Bravo!

    March 23, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    ...will encourage young people "to lead healthy and active lives."

    Why can't it be about the resurrection of the Savior? If healthy and active lives are the focus of your Easter celebration then you might as well not be having one.

    March 23, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Brian Crooks

    I was shocked about a year ago that there has to be an actual ad campaign to convince kids to play for 60 minutes a day. I like video games too, but not as much as I used to like riding a bike with my friends or playing backyard football or ghosts in the graveyard. Hopefully this will convince this generation to actually run around and get dirty.

    March 23, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Congrats President Obama, and First Lady Obama, I think its great your promoting healthy living

    March 23, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    I just love that family.

    March 23, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Mel

    How cute. And very cool. Wish I could go but its half a country away.

    March 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Laverne

    It is great to see parents who are actually still parenting in the White House. I am sure Mrs. Obama will see to it that this is a great event for the youngsters and their parents.

    March 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Tom Kaye

    Finally people in the White House who really care about American families and their children.

    Healthy living? Outta the White House?

    What a concept!

    Goes to shows there's more to being a President than starting bogus wars!

    Hail to the Chief and Mrs. Chief!!!

    March 23, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Jackie in Dallas

    Now, let's hear the screams from the far right, in 3...2...1...!

    I'm glad our new First Family is stressing healthy living, activity, and the arts. Our children need this example, and so do the adults.

    March 23, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. white female

    Good idea First Lady & Mr. President give some others a chances to come to the White House.
    I love to see this new Family Work this Admin. each and everyday they show us something new to bring this country together.
    Keep up the good work (young People work with this Family and learn a better way of life).
    May god Bless this Country and this World for new grace and mercy for peace all over the world.
    President Obama 2009-2016.

    March 23, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Soccer Nana

    This is so nice for the children to enjoy while on Spring break!

    March 23, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Lesley Anne

    Not everyone has a computer, especially low income households. They should still allow access to buying tickets in person.

    March 23, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Mari

    Nice...... refreshing. We have to get our children up and out of the house and off their butts! We are becoming the most unhealthy country in the world.

    March 23, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Karen - Missouri

    Finally, a nice positive story. Nice change to all the President bashing.

    March 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Steph

    I wish I could attend. It looks like good, healthy fun!

    March 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |