2016 White House Easter Egg Roll

138 Years of Fun

Intro 2016

The 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll logo

On Monday March 28, 2016, the First Family will host the 138th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year's theme is “Let’s Celebrate!” and more than 35,000 people will be joining us on the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.

In addition to all the fun and games, the day's activities - which will include sports courts and cooking demonstrations -- will celebrate the initiatives of First Lady Michelle Obama and the contributions the Obama Administration has made to the Easter Egg Roll. In honor of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, this year’s event will also include the first-ever White House Fun Run.

White House Easter Egg Roll tickets can be requested through an online lottery which opens Friday, February 12, at 12:00 PM EST and closes on Wednesday, February 17, at 12:00 PM EST. Winners will be notified at a later date; tickets are free of charge and cannot be sold. To enter the lottery, please visit www.recreation.gov.

EER Prohibited


Prohibited Items: There are no storage facilities available on the White House Complex. The following items are prohibited and will not be permitted into general public and public ticketed areas.
• Laptops, Tablets, Tripods, Monopods, and Camera Sticks.
• Large Bags and Suitcases.
• Drones and other Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
• Animals other than Service/Guide Dogs.
• Bicycles, Folding Chairs, Balloons, Coolers, Glass, Thermal or Metal Containers.
• Signs or Flags of Any Kind.
• Umbrellas (umbrellas without metal tips will be permitted).
• Any Pointed Object(s), Including Pocket Knives.
• Food, Liquids (water will be provided), Aerosols, Tobacco Products, Lighters, Personal Grooming Items.
• Firearms, Ammunition, Fireworks, Laser Pointers, Stun Guns/Tasers, Mace/Pepper Spray, Toy Weapons or Knives of Any Kind.
• Any Other Items Determined to be Potential Safety Hazards.

White House Keepsake Eggs 2016

This year’s White House Easter Egg Roll features five souvenir eggs, designed by graphic designer and blogger Joy Cho. The collection features four colored eggs with stamped signatures of the President and First Lady on the back, and one gold “Bo and Sunny” egg, with stamped “signatures” and “paw prints” of Bo and Sunny on the back.

The National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, produces and sells the commemorative White House Easter eggs. Each child 13 years and younger who attends the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn will also receive a souvenir egg.

The eggs first became part of the tradition in 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of actors, actresses, famous politicians, and athletes.

The 2015 White House Keepsake Easter Eggs

The 2016 souvenir eggs.

Design Contest 2016

One of the 2015 design winners depicting scenes on the South Lawn of the White House

  One of last year's winners.

The White House invites all elementary and middle school students to submit original artwork related to this year’s theme for the 2016 Easter Egg Roll Design Contest. The First Lady will select the winning designs, which will be used as part of the White House 2016 Easter Egg Roll program and souvenir poster. The theme for this year’s event is “Let’s Celebrate!” to honor the final Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration, and celebrate the initiatives of First Lady Michelle Obama.

A Look Back at the White House Easter Egg Roll

Highlights from 2015

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Highlights from 2014

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Highlights from 2013

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Highlights from 2012

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Highlights from 2011

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Highlights from 2010

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Highlights from 2009

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An American Tradition Since 1878

The White House Historical Association presents a look back at the White House Easter Egg Roll from 1898 to 2002.

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Storytime on the South Lawn

2015 White House Easter Egg Roll: President Obama Reads to Kids

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2015 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Lady Reads to Kids

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2015 White House Easter Egg Roll: Calais Campbell Reads, "Curious George"

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2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: President Obama Reads to Kids

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2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Lady Reads to Kids

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2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Debby Ryan Reads "Curious George"

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2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Nina Davuluri Reads "The Giving Tree"

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2013 White House Easter Egg Roll: The Wanted Reads "Caps for Sale"

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2013 White House Easter Egg Roll: President Obama Reads to Kids

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2013 White House Easter Egg Roll: Danica Patrick Reads "Go, Dog. Go!"

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2013 White House Easter Egg Roll: Julianne Moore Reads "Freckleface Strawberry"

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2013 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Family Reads "A Sick Day for Amos McGee"

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2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Lady Reads to Kids

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