Let's Go Play
A Message from The First Lady
Welcome to the 2009 Easter Egg Roll, a White House tradition since 1878! This is the largest public event that we have held at the White House since we greeted guests in the Blue Room the day after the Inauguration. We expect as many as 30,000 families from 45 states and the District of Columbia to converge on the South Lawn today.
This year’s theme is Let’s Go Play! We want to encourage kids to lead healthy, active lives and today’s activities will include basketball on the White House court, soccer, a dance floor, yoga, and Double Dutch! We also have a reading stage, a music stage – some special guests will perform throughout the day – and a Kids Kitchen where White House and guest chefs will teach kids how to cook easy, energizing snacks and meals. In addition to all of these new activities, we have 13,000 hardboiled eggs ready for the traditional Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt!
Be sure and check back throughout the day as we will be live-streaming coverage of the events. It is going to be a very special day and a great way to celebrate the start of the Spring season.
Live Stream Events
The Live streams have ended
Download the Full Schedule of Events (PDF)
Souvenir White House Eggs
Visit the National Park Foundation online to purchase your 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll souvenir eggs. Do not miss a historic opportunity to purchase this commemorative item. Each wooden egg is expertly crafted, painted, and includes the signatures of the President and First Lady. Order your souvenir White House Easter Eggs at www.nationalparks.org/WhiteHouseEasterEgg.
Tickets are no longer available for the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll.
Information for Ticket Holders
Please read your tickets carefully. Each ticket is valid for a specific two hour time period. Once the two hour window has passed, ticket holders will be asked to leave the grounds to facilitate the entrance of the next group.
Please plan to arrive one hour before your scheduled time period. All tickets have a "Doors/Arrive" time listed which is your Arrival time to the Ellipse. To maximize your time on the White House grounds and guarantee entrance, it is important that you arrive at the "Doors/Arrive" time listed on your ticket and not earlier or later.
Ticket holders are allowed to bring strollers, diaper bags, baby formula, and baby bottles. No food or beverages are allowed on the grounds.
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). On-street parking is not available near the White House, and use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.
All attendees will be required to go through a security screening process on the ellipse. The following items will be prohibited:
Food and Beverages of any kind
Knives of any size
Aerosols of any kind
Animals (except guide dogs)
Real or Simulated Weapons/Ammunition
US Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.