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At the White House Easter Egg Roll

EGGCELLENT! On April 1, TFK Kid Reporter Audrey Owolo went to the White House Easter Egg Roll, in Washington, D.C. She interviewed presenters, such as space expert Emily Calandrelli. COURTESY ELSIE OWOLO

On April 1, TFK Kid Reporter Audrey Owolo attended the White House Easter Egg Roll. Here, she recounts her experience.

The White House Easter Egg Roll is a yearly event held on Easter Monday, on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, D.C. The tradition dates back to 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president. The First Lady of the United States is responsible for hosting the event, and this year’s theme was EGGucation.

I went to the White House to report on the event. The Easter Egg Roll seemed like a real-life wonderland! A lawn area known as the White House Ellipse was turned into a classroom, with educational activities for kids of all ages. The event included a School House Activity Area, Field Trip to the Farm, Picture Day, and a Physical EGGucation Zone. As I looked around, I saw kids laughing, rolling colorful eggs, interacting with characters, and taking lots of pictures.

The First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, read to children at the reading nook. She read Bill Martin Junior’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Kids met and took pictures with the First Lady after the reading.

Many performers and celebrities took part. Singer Paul Russell, known for the viral song “Little Boo Thang,” told me he was excited to be there. “It’s a dream come true for me,” he said.

Emily Calandrelli, MIT engineer and host of Emily’s Wonder Lab, on Netflix, conducted experiments. She also read from her book Reach for the Stars. “I’m so excited to meet the little kids who are excited about science and are just hoping to reach for their own dreams,” she said.

This White House event was full of laughter, fun, and educational moments. It was an unforgettable day for all who attended.