For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
March 18, 2008
White House Announces Easter Egg Roll Entertainment
The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be held Monday, March 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the South Lawn of the White House. Activities on the Ellipse begin at 7:30 a.m. with food and entertainment for all children. Children age seven and under can participate in the official White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. For all family members, there will be live entertainment from the pop-rock band the Jonas Brothers, Mickey Mouse, and several other stage performers. There will also be activities to highlight this year's educational theme, "Ocean Conservation," including marine life painting with the artist Wyland.
Special guest readers include sportscaster and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, children's book authors Ms. Nancy Tafuri and Ms. Rosemary Wells, and Kyle Massey, star of the hit television show "Cory in the House." The Cat in the Hat, Tweety Bird, Charlie Brown, Clifford the Big Red Dog, the official White House Easter Bunnies, and many other strolling characters will entertain children on the South Lawn.
The National Park Service will distribute free tickets on two dates for entry to the South Lawn. The majority of tickets will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, and a small allotment of tickets will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24. The tickets, which are timed for entrance, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion (southwest corner of 15th and E Streets). A maximum of five tickets will be issued per person. Children of all ages are welcome to attend, as long as there is at least one child seven years old or under and no more than two adults per group. Tickets are required for every attendee, including small children, to enter the White House South Lawn. No tickets are necessary for access to the events on the Ellipse.
Baby strollers and wheelchairs will be permitted on the South Lawn; however, outside food, coolers, and lawn chairs will not be allowed on the White House grounds. In order to facilitate entry into the event, guests should limit carry-in items. All public entry into the Egg Roll will begin on the Ellipse. Guests will be escorted to the South Lawn according to their designated ticket time. Parking will not be available near the White House and the use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. The closest Metro stops are Federal Triangle and Metro Center.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.
For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please call the Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041. Additional information will also be available on the White House website closer to the event.