White House Announces Theme and Activities for the 2023 Easter Egg Roll
The First Lady Continues “EGGucation” Theme for Easter Egg Roll with Fun Learning Activities Filling the South Lawn on April 10, 2023
The White House announced today the full program of activities for the 2023 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition dating back to 1878. A teacher for more than 30 years, First Lady Jill Biden is continuing her theme of “EGGucation” for the event held on April 10, 2023, transforming the South Lawn and Ellipse into a school community, full of fun educational activities for children of all ages to enjoy.
In addition to the time-honored traditions of rolling and hunting eggs, this year’s White House Easter “EGGucation” Roll will also feature a School House Activity Area, Reading Nook, Talent Show, Field Trip to the Farm, Picture Day, a Physical “EGGucation” Zone, a Snack Time Tent and more. In a nod to the First Lady’s “EGGucation” theme, NASA sent one of the wooden Official White House Easter Eggs up to the International Space Station, where astronauts could demonstrate the laws of gravity to students everywhere. Videos of the Official White House Easter Egg in space will be available on the White House’s social media platforms leading up to the event.
In total, approximately 30,000 people will take part in this year’s Easter “EGGucation” Roll, including thousands of military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors. Families of the U.S.S. Delaware and U.S.S. Gabrielle Giffords, the U.S. Naval vessels for which the First Lady is the sponsor, are among those invited to attend. Tickets for the general public were distributed to guests from all across the country through an online public lottery. The American Egg Board is continuing its 45-year legacy of participation in the event and support of the Egg Roll.
This year’s event will be broken into nine sessions, beginning at 7:00 AM ET and ending at 7:00 PM ET. Follow along with the White House Easter “EGGucation” Roll activities with #EasterEggRoll and #EGGucation, and the official @White House, @POTUS, @FLOTUS social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
This event will be open to pre-credentialed media. For interested media who have not already registered, please register HERE by Thursday, April 6th at 6:00 PM ET.
Additional information about this year’s “EGGucational” activities and programming is included below:
The tradition that started it all! Children will use wooden spoons to roll colorful eggs in a race across the South Lawn.
Children will find hidden eggs and collect special prizes.
The School House area of the South Lawn will be full of fun educational activities for all to enjoy!
The Talent Show stage on the South Lawn will feature some of today’s most “egg-citing” kids’ educational acts and performances.
Children and their families can fuel up for learning with some seasonal snacks!
FIELD TRIP TO THE FARM
It’s time to head to the farm for a school field trip! Children will learn from farmers about how they help feed our families.
Families will come together for some special story time with children’s book authors and special guests!
Families will remember this day always with a fun photo! Snap a family picture with the White House in the background or capture a moment with your favorite costumed character.
PHYSICAL EGGucation (PE)
Children of all ages will hop, bounce, kick, run, and throw their way through the South Lawn’s obstacle course and favorite schoolyard activities.
Families will enjoy music from local marching bands as they make their way up to the Egg Roll!
As guests make their way to the egg-xit, they will get to learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll!
This year, the White House Easter “EGGucation” Roll will feature educational activities, schoolyard fun, and special performances on the South Lawn, which are supported by (in alphabetical order):
- American Egg Board
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Baltimore Ravens
- Beat Refinery DJ School
- Britt Waters, Lifestyle/Traffic Anchor for ABC7 Good Morning Washington; In-Game Host for the Washington Wizards and XFL Defenders
- Cast members from Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway
- Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
- Chaunté Lowe, Olympian, Team USA High Jump athlete; Designee for the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition
- Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Marie Boyd
- Children’s Book Author, Gigi McBride
- Children’s Book Author, Andrea Beaty
- Children’s Book Author, Jeff Kinney
- Children’s Book Author, Rocco Smirne (age 8) and his mother, Arioth Smirne
- Coca-Cola Company / DASANI Water
- D.C. Divas
- D.C. United
- Dinos Alive Experience/Exhibition Hub
- Divinity Roxx, singer and songwriter, Divinity Roxx Kids
- DJ Mel
- DJs and twin sisters, Amira and Kayla
- Dominique Dawes, former Team USA Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics
- Elana Meyers Taylor, 5x Olympic Medalist; Designee for the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition
- Emily Calandrelli, MIT engineer and host of Emily’s Wonder Lab on Netflix
- Five Below, Inc.
- Founding Farmers
- George Mason University Green Machine
- Halle Bailey, Singer-Songwriter, Actress, and “Ariel” in Disney’s The Little Mermaid
- Inca Social
- Indiana Fever
- INDYCAR SERIES
- Lawrence Hall of Science: University of California, Berkeley
- LEGO®️ Education with Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)
- Loudoun County High School Marching Captains
- Major League Baseball
- Mike Ploger, In-Game Host for the Washington Nationals and Capitals
- Montgomery County Fire/Rescue
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Basketball Association
- National Children’s Museum
- National Confectioners Association
- National Football League
- National Museum of Mathematics
- National Park Service
- Operation Gratitude
- PAAS ® Easter Egg Color Kits
- PBS KIDS
- PBS KIDS Series Creator (Alma’s Way), Children’s Book Author and former Sesame Street actor, Sonia Manzano
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Planet Word
- Professor of Art History and children’s book illustrator for the White House Historical Association, Dr. John Hutton
- Sesame Street
- Sesame Street actor, Alan Muraoka, reading with characters Rosita and Elmo
- “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band
- The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
- The United States Air Force Band
- The United States Army Band
- The United States Navy Band
- The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters (singing the National Anthem)
- TheaterWorksUSA’s musical featuring Ada Twist, Scientist; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Iggy Peck, Architect
- Tommy McFly, Official Emcee & NBC4 Scene Correspondent and Host of Walk A Mile
- Washington Commanders
- Washington Mystics
- Washington Spirit
- West Springfield High School Chamber Orchestra
- White House Historical Association
- Women’s Sports Foundation
- Women’s National Basketball Association
- YouTube Kids/Art for Kids Hub
The following costumed characters (in alphabetical order) will stroll the White House grounds, including:
- Bluey and Bingo
- Captain Planet
- DJ Bunny and DJ Duck
- Doki the Dog
- Dr. Seuss Character, The Lorax
- Gritty, the mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers
- Hatching Chick
- Miffy Bunny
- Milkshake the Cow from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Nickelodeon Characters: Paw Patrol including Chase, Marshall, Skye, and Rubble, Sponge Bob and Patrick from Sponge Bob Squarepants, Blue and Magenta from Blue’s Clues
- PBS KIDS Characters: Alma from Alma’s Way, Donkey from Donkey Hodie, Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Xavier Riddle from Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, Rosie from Rosie’s Rules, Zeke from Work it Out Wombats!, Elinor from Elinor Wonders Why, and Molly from Molly of Denali
- Peanuts Characters: Astronaut Snoopy and Charlie Brown
- Phanatic, the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies
- Poe, the mascot of the Baltimore Ravens
- Screech, the mascot of the Washington Nationals
- Sesame Street Characters Abby Cadabby, and Grover
- Slapshot, the mascot of the Washington Capitals
- Swoop, the mascot of the Philadelphia Eagles
- The Nationals’ Racing Presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt
- The Oriole Bird, mascot of the Baltimore Orioles
- Universal Pictures Characters: The Minions
- Warner Brothers Superheroes: Superman and Wonder Woman
- Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
- Woodsy the Owl and Smokey the Bear from the U.S. Forest Service