White House Easter Egg Roll 2016

Let's Celebrate!

March 28, 2016


 

Official 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll logo and theme Let's Celebrate!

 

 



The last Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration was held on Monday March 28th, 2016 from 7:30AM - 6:45PM. Thirty five thousand lucky guests from across the nation gathered on the South Lawn of the White House for games, storytelling, entertainment and egg rolling.

The official theme this year was “Let’s Celebrate!”. Here is the complete 2016 Easter Egg Roll program and talent line-up.

The White House Easter Egg Roll on Twitter



This Easter Egg Roll Twitter feed contains the best tweets from attendees, special guests, entertainers, volunteers, media and more. See the full-day event coverage here at @WHEasterEggRoll on Twitter.






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Egg Roll Performers in 2016

The artists below performed on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage throughout the day. Tommy McFly returned again this year as the official Emcee.





Singer/actress Idina Menzel

 



18 year-old rapper Silentó

 



California indie/pop band Echosmith

 



Singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Daya

 



Singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Trevor Jackson

 



Singing sisters Chloe x Halle

 


2016 White House Easter Egg Roll Schedule of Events

The Easter Egg Roll features live music, storytelling, sports and fitness zones, cooking demonstrations, fun run, and the traditional egg roll and egg hunt. Full program details here.



Egg Hunt & Easter Egg Roll

Children hunt for Easter Eggs and race each other while pushing eggs with a wooden spoon

Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage

Live musical performances by Idina Menzel, Silentó, Echosmith, Daya, Trevor Jackson and Sesame Street. Emcee: Tommy McFly

Storytime Stage

Celebrities read favorite story books: Genevieve Goings, La La Anthony, Bear Grylls, and the cast of the Disney television series “Bunk’d.”

Hop To It!

Featuring jump rope, hula hoop, dance and more with guests from The Happiness Club, Health and Fitness, Soul Cycle and KidTribe

Eggtivity Zone

Players and coaches from professional sports teams lead kids through a fun fitness obstacle course

Eggsperiment Zone

Fun with science

Yoga Garden

Professional yoga instructors teach movement, breath, and mindfulness

Eggspress Yourself

An arts and crafts area with egg dying, egg decorating, exciting craft projects and more

Play with your Food

Learn about healthy eating with chefs José Andrés, Ted Allen, Mikaila Ulmer, Pati Jinich, Kwame Onuwachi, Roblé Ali, Sunny Anderson and Spike Mendholson

Basketball and Tennis Courts

Professional athletes provide hands-on training in basketball and tennis

 

 

Easter Egg Roll Map of Activities

White House Easter Egg Roll map - 2016

 

Tips for Attending the White House Easter Egg Roll

The easiest way to get to the White House is by taking the Metro. The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines) and McPherson Square (blue and orange lines).

If you do decide to drive, you can find nearby publicly available parking lots and garages here.

Be prepared to wait in long lines when you get there. Your ticket will say what time the line opens up for your group. You may want to get there earlier to get a better place in line. Past Easter Egg Roll attendees have written about their experience and have posted tips and advice for attending the big event. Here are some of the most helpful postings:

 

Easter Egg Roll Lottery is Now Closed

Free tickets for the Easter Egg Roll were made available via a lottery system on the Recreation.gov website from Feb 12th through Feb 17th. Lottery results were announced on February 25, 2016 and winners were notified by email with instructions for obtaining tickets.

Lottery applicants were eligible to request up to six free tickets. Here are the available time slots for the 2016 Easter Egg Roll (Groups A, B, C, D, and E):

Easter Egg Roll lottery ticket screen showing the starting times for each group: A- 7:30AM-9:30AM; B- 9:45-11:45AM; C- 12:15PM-2:15PM; D- 2:30PM-4:30PM; E- 4:45PM-6:45PM

Easter Egg Roll Design Contest



White House Easter Egg Roll official posters

Every year, the White House invites elementary and middle school students to submit their original artwork for the Easter Egg Roll design contest. This year's theme is "Let's Celebrate!" Winning entries will be used in the 2016 Easter Egg Roll program and souvenir poster. This contest is now closed. The deadline to enter was February 22, 2016. Congratulations to winners Felicity Ng and Alexia de Costa.

Last year, students from nearly thirty states submitted entries to the contest. First Lady Michelle Obama chose an 8-year old girl's entry to be used for the souvenir poster and 14-year old girl's entry for the Easter Egg Roll program cover. The winning entries can be viewed here on the Let's Move blog.

White House Easter Egg Roll Volunteers

Each year, the National Park Service puts out a call for Easter Egg Roll volunteers to assist with directions, ticketing, and crowd control. Volunteers receive free t-shirts and must attend a two-hour orientation.

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 White House Easter Egg Roll, visit the NPS website next February to submit an application.

 

Souvenir White House Easter Eggs

Official wooden White House Easter Eggs for 2016


Each year, the National Park Foundation produces souvenir wooden eggs for distribution to children attending the Easter Egg Roll. These commemorative eggs are also made available for purchase online at the National Park Foundation website.

The souvenir eggs for 2016 are pictured above and feature this year's event logo on the front and the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady on the back of each egg. The special Bo and Sunny golden egg is only available when you purchase the entire set of five eggs.

 

Easter Egg Roll Videos

Watch these videos from last year's White House Easter Egg Roll



Easter Egg Roll Photos

White House Easter Egg Roll photogallery

 

 

White House Easter Egg Roll Live Webcam

There are four live web cams in operation at various times throughout the day.



Balcony Cam Live Stream

Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage

Play With Your Food Stage

Storytime Stage

Easter Egg Roll on Whitehouse.Gov - Through the Years

Take a hop back in time and view the Easter Egg Roll pages from whitehouse.gov from the Clinton and Bush years (1993-2008) by clicking on the screenshots below:



Easter 1993

1993 - 100 Years of Peter Rabbit

Easter 1994

The 1994 Easter at the White House souvenir program featured original art by P. Buckley Moss

Easter 1995

The 1995 Egg Roll souvenir program contained original art from Catherine Grunewald

Easter 1996

The original art in the Easter at the White House 1996 program was by Bill Bell.

Easter 1997

The 1997 theme of the WH egg roll was Learning is Delightful and Delicious

Easter 1998

Dressed in period costume, actors portraying historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Betsy Ross, and George Washington strolled around the South Lawn.

Easter 1999

1999 Easter Egg Roll was for children ages three through six

Easter 2000

The 2000 Easter Egg Roll was held from 10AM - 2PM and featured a live webcast from the South Lawn

Easter 2001

The 2001 Easter Egg Roll

Easter 2002

The 2002 White House Egg Roll featured authors such as Norman Bridwell, author of the Clifford series and Marc Brown, author of the Arthur series

Easter 2003

The 2003 Egg Roll honored active duty and reserve members of the military and their families

Easter 2004

The 2004 Easter event had to close early at noon due to rain

Easter 2005

The 2005 Easter Egg Roll continued the tradition that began in 1994 where each state sends a decorated egg to the White House for display

Easter 2006

President and Mrs. Bush invited hundreds of outstanding youth volunteers as their special guests at the 2006 Easter Egg Roll

Easter 2007

The 2007 Easter event featured live entertainment from Sesame Street, Miley Cyrus who stars in the hit series Hannah Montana, and several other stage performances

Easter 2008

The 2008 Easter Egg roll had an educational theme, Ocean Conservation, and included marine life painting with the artist Wyland

Fun Facts for the White House Easter Egg Roll

Ticketing

Eggs

Past Easter Egg Roll Performers, Special guests, and Entertainment

Sustainability

Easter Egg Roll Volunteers

Fun in Numbers