On Monday, March 31, the traditional Easter Egg Roll takes place on the
White House South Lawn from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Egg Roll and Egg Hunt are for children
between the ages of three and six, accompanied
by at least one adult. Other family members are permitted, as long as one
person is age three to six. This is a public event, and no invitations
Free, timed tickets are distributed by the National Park Service on a
first-come, first-served basis. Each person, even the smallest child,
requires a ticket
to enter the South Lawn. Ticket distribution begins about 7 a.m. at
the Visitor Pavilion on the Ellipse (the park area south of the White
House), and continues until all tickets are gone. One person can request
up to four tickets (new this year). No advance tickets are available. It
should not be necessary to spend much time in line and it is not
necessary to line up before 7 a.m. Food,
chewing gum, coolers, or lawn chairs are not permitted on the South Lawn.
Theme and Activities
The 1997 theme of the event is Learning is Delightful & Delicious
Each stage is designed to convey these ideas. The Off to a Good
Start area on the Ellipse provides ticket holders with a free,
nutritional breakfast. Stage performers and roving characters will
entertain. Areas designed to offer interactive arts and crafts offer
additional fun. This is also a great opportunity to have photos with
some of the many costumed characters.
The Learning Means the World to Me stage offers a series of
interactive programs for young children. Puzzle Place, Bananas In
Pajamas, and Cathy
& Marcy are a few of the featured acts. The Smart Kids on a Roll
stage features the Broadway Kids (kids who have performed on Broadway),
Trout Fishing in America, and Parachute Express. Learning Adventures
CD-ROM Theater features Barney Broccoli and Bobby Banana who, with
the help of
computer technology, present a show based on the importance of "5 A Day"
nutrition. The Spring into Learning stage offers high-energy fashion
shows, the Paper Moon kids from the national company of Paper Moon, and
the Story Time TV characters. The Imagine the Possibilities
story-telling stage is hosted by Mr. Hatbox, Elizabeth Belle MacDonald,
and a troupe of actors and performers.
Always popular egg dying and decorating are available again. The Great
Train Store creates a fantasy Easter village and K'Nex Toys displays giant
models of historic U.S. monuments. The Giant Nest, for kids to climb
into, is built on the lawn.
To accommodate the festivities on Easter Monday, E Street is closed
between 15th and 17th Streets. On-street parking is not available near
the White House and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.
The recommended Metrorail stations are Metro Center (blue, orange, and
red lines), and Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines).
In case of inclement weather, all events are canceled and not rescheduled.
The Annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House is a wonderful tradition
which The President and Mrs. Clinton hope all families will enjoy.
For the most up-to-date information on this, or other public events at
the White House, please call the Visitors Office 24-hour info line at