The White House Easter Egg Roll is back! Children’s news article
Despite biting cold rain, nearly 30,000 ticketed guests descended on the South Lawn of the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 18, 2022. The beloved the tradition has been canceled for the past two years due to COVID-19 pandemic. The fun event featured a variety Easter-themed activities, as well as appearances by popular costumed characters and celebrities.
“This year, we finally meet again, and it’s so special,” a beaming Mr Biden said from the White House balcony. “It means so much to see and hear the children and all the families show up here today.”
The one-day event was divided into five sessions to accommodate the large number of guests, who were randomly selected from an online site lottery. The fun started around 7:30 a.m. EST, when the first group of kids scrambled to find some of the approximately 50,000 colored eggs scattered around the South Lawn Gardens. They then waited for the president’s whistle to roll their newly found treasures down the soggy back alleys with their long spoons.
After the egg roll, the families explored the various fun activities organized for the day. This year’s theme, “EGGucation,” created by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, transformed the south lawn in school community full of fun educational activities. They included a “cafetorium” for making and enjoying snacks and a school offering fun chores like Easter egg dyeing. An authorized reading nook educatorsauthors and surprise guests – like Dr. Biden – to read aloud popular one-to-one children’s books delighted Young spectators.
Young guests could also embark during an “excursion” to a farm or showcase an act of “egg citation” or performance at the talent show station. Those looking for more activity headed to the “EGGucation” physical area to try their luck at the obstacle Classes. Military music, giant costumed Minions, Sesame Street characters and more beloved child personalities added to the festivities.
In the early 1870s, the Easter Egg Roll was held on the west grounds of the United States Capitol. However, in 1876, US legislators, concerned about damage to the perfectly terraced lawn, passed a law to prohibit public use of Capitol grounds for spring rolls. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes opened the South Lawn of the White House – previously reserved for the private Easter activities of the first family – to egg rollers, and a new, fun tradition was born.
Resources: Whitehouse.gov, Ksla.com, Whitehousehistory.org, usatoday.com, nypost.ocm