After a slow start, White House tours are back on and the lottery for the White House Easter Egg Roll has opened up. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced details for the annual White House event, to take place the day after Easter, on April 17.
The public can request tickets for free through the online lottery, which opens Wednesday at 12 p.m. Eastern time. Families wanting to attend the Easter Egg Roll can apply for up to six tickets and choose up to five preferred time slots. Winners will not be announced until the lottery closes March 18, after which people who have been selected will receive an email March 31 with their tickets and assigned time slot.
The lottery is accessible at Recreation.gov.
The event, which was first introduced by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878, will be held on the South Lawn of the White House. It will offer games and challenges for kids and parents including a Yoga Garden, Eggtivity Zone, Eggsperiment Zone and a Storytime Stage where celebrity guests read aloud. During the 2016 Easter Egg Roll, the special guests who read to children included President Barak Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
The main event, of course, is the official Egg Hunt & Easter Roll, during which kids will race while pushing eggs across the lawn with wooden spoons.
There will also be musical performances and other live acts on the South Lawn stage. The lineup for the 2017 Easter Egg Roll has yet to be announced. In previous years, artists included Justin Beiber, Janelle Mone, Zendaya, Jordin Sparks, Coco Jones, Sara Bareilles, The Wanted and Fifth Harmony.
President and Mrs. Trump are expected to attend, in accordance with White House tradition.Try Newsweek: Subscription offers