White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation and Closure Information
The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.
2012 White House Easter Egg Roll
The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 9. The White House will open its South Lawn to children aged 13 years and younger and their families. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.
This year's White House Easter Egg Roll is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, "Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move!" All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives, the focus of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, a national campaign to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.
For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please visit the White House's website or call the Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041.
As in past years, an online lottery will be conducted to choose the lucky winners of tickets. Signing up for the lottery is free of charge and tickets for the winners are free of charge. You can sign up for the lottery starting Thursday, March 1st at 10:00 am (EST) by visiting the Easter Egg Roll Lottery page. The lottery ends Monday, March 5th at 10:00 am (EST). Lottery participants will be notified via email of the results by Monday, March 12th.
White House Easter Eggs
This year's souvenir eggs come in four bold colors - purple, blue, green, orange - and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. A commemorative red "Bo" egg featuring the First Dog's paw print is included only in the 2012 5-pack Collector's Egg Set. Pre-order them now at easter.nationalparks.org.
Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest
The White House also invites all elementary and middle school students to submit poster designs for the 2012 Easter Egg Roll; designs should reflect this year's theme, "Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move!" The First Lady will select the winning design, which will be used as part of the White House 2012 Easter Egg Roll program.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. Submissions should reflect this year's theme, "Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move!", and may not exceed 2 megabytes (high-quality scans measuring either 8.5"x11" at 600 dpi or 20"x16" at 300 dpi must be available upon request). Please note: submissions may be made public during the selection process.
To find out more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll, visit our page on the history of the Easter Egg Roll.
Did You Know?
The first President to ride in an automobile was William McKinley. He was shot during the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. President McKinley was taken to the hospital in a 1901 Columbia electric ambulance.