Deets: 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, interactive cooking demonstrations, and, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll promotes healthy and active living and is designed for children 13 years of age and under.
The White House announced the talent line-up for this year’s Easter Egg Roll, which will take place on Monday, March 28th, on the South Lawn of the White House. To honor the final Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration, this year’s theme will be “Let’s Celebrate.” The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.
Headlining the main stage will be performers Idina Menzel, Silentó, Echosmith, Daya, and Trevor Jackson, as well as the cast of Sesame Street and Emcee Tommy McFly. These performers will be featured on the main Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage and have combined for over two billion views on YouTube.
Who You May Spot: The First Family, Idina Menzel, Silentó, Echosmith, Daya, and Trevor Jackson, The Cast of Sesame Street and Emcee Tommy McFly.
In addition to these main stage performances, the Easter Egg Roll will feature guest appearances as readers for the Storytime Stage by Genevieve Goings, La La Anthony, Bear Grylls, and the cast of the Disney television series “Bunk’d.” Additional readers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Celebrity chefs will be joining to host the Play with Your Food station, including the innovative José Andrés, the famed critic Ted Allen, the young and inspirational Kwame Onuwachi, the world-renowned Roblé Ali, the creative Food Network personality Sunny Anderson and DC favorite Spike Mendholson. Additional chef appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Hop-to-It Stage will offer kids the chance to participate in a variety of fun and interactive exercise activities with guests from The Happiness Club, Health and Fitness, Soul Cycle and KidTribe.
In addition, the cast of the talk show “The Real,” and the cast of the ABC television series “Black-ish” will also be in attendance and participating in events throughout the day.
The event will also feature a host of costume characters who will join the fun and interact with the kids. This year’s guests will include:
AbraKidabra! -- Angry Birds -- The Powerpuff Girls -- Buddy from Dinosaur Train -- Captain Planet -- Charlie Brown and Snoopy – Charlie and Checkers -- Cheer Bear from the Care Bears -- Curious George -- Daniel Tiger -- Sid the Science Kid -- Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers -- Duck from WordWorld
Fairy Twinkletoes -- Hatching Chick – Mama, Papa, and Junior Bunnies -- Miffy -- The Minions Bob, Stuart, and Kevin from Despicable Me -- Mop Top the Hip Hop Scientist and Lollipop from Mop Top Shop -- Peg + Cat -- YooHoo and Pammee from YooHoo & Friends -- Paw Patrol -- Peppa Pig and George -- Po from Kung Fu Panda 3 -- Power Panther -- Doki the Dog -- Puppy and Sis -- Nature Cat -- Jet from Ready Jet Go! -- Cookie Monster -- New Zoo Revue’s Freddie the Frog -- Mim-Mim from Kate & Mim-Mim -- Mascot DJ Bunny -- Slapshot -- G-Wiz
Princess Presto from Super WHY! -- Screech -- Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl -- SpongeBob SquarePants -- Super WHY! -- The Cat in the Hat -- The Racing Presidents George, Tom, Bill, Abe, Teddy -- Topspin and Slice
Hint For The Average Socialite: The 2016 ticket lottery is now closed. Each year the lottery can be entered on the Recreation.gov site during one week. Winners are notified at a later date. Tickets are free of charge, and cannot be transferred or sold. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram so you will get a reminder when the 2017 lottery opens!
Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on March 28, 2016 on WhiteHouse.gov/live. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #LetsCelebrate and get the latest updates by checking out Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.
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