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White House Easter Egg Roll 2010


Yesterday was an exciting day! We were fortunate to score two tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll!! The weather was fantastic!!!

The South Lawn of the White House was transformed into a giant playground for thousands of children. They were calling it “America’s Backyard.” There was music, sports, cooking, and traditional Easter egg rolling.

The theme this year was “Ready, Set, Go!” and aimed to encourage all of us to begin to lead a healthy and more active life. This theme went along with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative – a campaign against the childhood obesity epidemic.

To give you a bit of history… President Abraham Lincoln’s son, Tad, hosted the first documented informal egg-rolling parties in 1861, however, the tradition we know today as the Easter Egg Roll was established by President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife Lucy. Since the early 1870’s young egg-rollers would flock to the Capital’s steep, grassy terraces every Easter Monday for an exhilarating day of play.


Thirty thousand tickets were given away! We were broken up into 5 groups of six thousand! Each group had a two hour time slot.

We were up early and in line for our time slot by 8 a.m.!

Here’s a picture of M while we waited in line šŸ™‚

On the Rock-n-Egg Roll Stage was the Cast of Glee!! I tried to hard so get some good pictures… but none of them came out šŸ™ There were so many people there and we were so far back that all I got were super blurry faces.

Next we headed to the Story Time Stage


This was my favorite part of the day!!!

We got to meet Reese Witherspoon!!!!!!!!

Here’s a picture of her with her daughter šŸ™‚

Reese was on the Story Time Stage reading a story to all the kids šŸ™‚


Apollo Ono was there too… but I didn’t get a picture šŸ™

Next we the Sport Zone. They had kiddie yoga, baseball, softball, football (along with the Washington Redskins), Golf, Soccer, and Tennis!


Next was Hoopapalooza!!! These kids had so much fun with the hoolahoops!!!



In the Egg Hunt area with the traditional Egg Roll, and egg dying, art & crafts, and face painting.


Next was the “Play With Your Food” area! Sadly, I got no pictures of this šŸ™ By this time I had a very exhausted baby.

What I love about this area was all the snacks were fruit! There were no “junk” food at all!

The White House Chefs were there teach all the kids about how fun healthy food is! There was a “Make-A-Garden” section, a Farmer’s Market section where kids learn about local produce, and Fun Food Science!

The snacks included all the fruit you can eat and fresh all fruit smoothies courtesy of Whole Foods.


Here’s a picture of M on the White House grass!!


I tried to leave a little early so M can get some rest, but Obama was playing basketball with the kids and apparently there’s a rule that no-one is allowed to leave the White House grounds while the President and his family are on the lawn. After waiting to leave for forty-five minutes… we got leave.

This event was so worth all the time we waited in line! I loved how organized the event was and how Michelle Obama placed emphasis on being active and eating healthy.

18 Responses

  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on April 6, 2010 at 8:19 am

    How fun!! How did you get tickets? and to meet Reese Witherspoon, so cool! Glad you had so much fun, what great memories! šŸ™‚ I also love how Michelle Obama is placing importance on being healthy and active.

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on April 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

    wow, what an awesome day! i would be so star-struck šŸ™‚ i love it when you post pictures of Marin, she’s one of the prettiest babies EVER!!!

  3. Natalie said on April 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Very cool! I love Marin’s smile and it looks like you all had a good time — it’s so wonderful to see that fresh fruit is making the rounds again as a heathy snack!

  4. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on April 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

    How awesome! We lived in DC a time or two growing up as my dad was in the military. I still have memories of 4th of July and event after event on the White House lawn.

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet said on April 6, 2010 at 9:09 am

    OMG!! My first question on the post was did you se Reese?! I love her. šŸ™‚

    Looks like a blast. What a fun experience. šŸ™‚

  6. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on April 6, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Oh my gosh…this is SO cool!! I am so happy for you and envious all at the same time. I’m pretty much in awe of Michelle. Love her!

  7. Mo@MommyRD said on April 6, 2010 at 11:03 am

    My, Marin is a lovely little girl!
    What an exciting Easter!

  8. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 6, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Iā€™m so jealous you got to meet Reese. Her and her little mini-me are so adorable.

    Sounds like so much fun!

  9. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on April 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    That is AWESOME!!! What a great way to spend Easter!

  10. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on April 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    So cool that you were there! I loved that they served all the fruit you can eat and smoothies!!!

  11. The Candid RD said on April 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    SO COOL!!!! Wow, this is amazing. I am very jealous. What a memory you will have, and your daughter! She probably won’t remember, but at least she’ll get to tell all of her friends one day šŸ™‚

    Regarding the comment you left on my blog, I think 7-8 hours of sleep is still recommended, but it’s good to get through a full sleep cycle before you wake up. For example, if you get through 5 sleep cycles, which is a little over 6.5 hours, but then you only sleep for about 60 more minutes, you have not completed a full sleep cycle (which is 80 minutes) so you may feel grouchy when you wake up and it may be tough to wake up! Make sense?

  12. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on April 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    What an awesome day! Something you will remember forever I’m sure šŸ™‚

  13. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on April 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    How cool!! What a fun day! And– how SWEET does your little girl look? She is a cutie pie!!

  14. Chef Aimee said on April 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    What a lovely and special Easter! Forget everything else going on around you at the special event- you are blessed to have such an adorable daughter! So cute! Happy Easter!

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on April 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    What a super fun event! and a Celeb meeting with Reese….WOW what a great thrill that must have been!! šŸ™‚

  16. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on April 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    How fund and exciting… did you snap the pic of Reese?

  17. Tahara said on April 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    How fun – that’s not something everyone can say they did:) Little Marin looks adorable in her Easter duds (her hair looks like little Charlotte’s – too cute)!!

  18. lynn @ the actors diet said on April 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    wow! i’m so in awe of this – thanks for sharing your experience!