WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama wants to open up the White House for everyone. She's doing it with the annual Easter Egg Roll. New rules from the White House Easter Egg Roll will allow out-of-towners to get tickets in advance and travel here for the April 13 event. The theme is "Let's go play!"
Under prior administrations, folks had to stand in line the weekend before to get tickets.
Now tickets will be distributed online. Check out www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll beginning Thursday.
The day long egg roll is keyed towards children. "The White House will open the South Lawn to children age ten and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional Easter egg roll.
below, from the White House
News Release: Announcement of White House Easter Egg Roll and Public Ticket Process
The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 13, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the South Lawn of the White House.
For the first time, tickets for the Easter Egg Roll will be distributed online so that more children and families from across the United States have the opportunity to experience this event. Tickets will no longer be distributed on the Ellipse the weekend before the event. Tickets and more information about the ticketing process will be available through www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll beginning on Thursday, March 26th.
This year's theme, 'Let's go play', encourages America's youth to lead healthy and active lives. The White House will open the South Lawn to children age ten and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional Easter egg roll.
All guests will enter the event from the Ellipse and will go through a security screening process.
For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please call the Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041. Media details will be released in the coming weeks.