WASHINGTON – Egg rolling,Easter egg hunt,food stands,a farmer's mark,music,football,basketball,tennis,yoga,dancing,hula-hooping,teen singer Justin Bieber,the cast of “Glee,” Reese Witherspoon,J.K. Rowling,DJ Tony,Billie Jean King and the Obama family.
If you were one of the lucky 30,000 guests to go to the White House Monday,you'd have seen all these and more.
The first family hosted the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll. This long-standing Easter Monday party brings children from around the country to Washington to hunt for eggs,listen to stories and enjoy the weather.
Michelle Obama,who has been working to end childhood obesity with her “Let's Move” initiative,said she hopes people gained some knowledge from the event.
“Our hope today is that,in addition to having fun and doing some of the traditional activities like the egg roll and the Easter egg hunt,that you can learn about beginning to live a more healthy life,” she said.
Toby Baker,35,a radio show host from Rockville,Md.,said he briefly met the president.
“I congratulated him on health care,” Baker said.
A series of famous people read children's tales at the storybook stage. Reese Witherspoon read a story about a dog that got hit by lightning. Obama read “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Duncan Patchin,9,from Bethesda,Md.,said the music was his favorite.
“I really liked to watch the people from “Glee” perform,” Duncan said.
Kate Hawken came to the egg roll with her husband,Phil,and 2-year-old daughter,Brooke.
“It was well-organized,” said Hawken,34,a communications consultant for the Discovery Channel. “She loved it.”
Brooke said she liked face-painting more than any other activity.
“It's nice there was such variety,” Hawken said. “You could move around and do different things.”
Baker said coming to the event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“That's one of the coolest things about living and working here,” Baker said. “You get to be part of things that blow you away.”
Saundra Honeysett,32,from Fairfax,Va.,brought her 2-year-old son,Evan,to the event. She said it was “very crowded” but a lot of fun. She said Evan enjoyed the activities.
“He liked hunting for the eggs,” she said.
Baker said he was happy he came.
“It was a really cool opportunity to be a part of history,” Baker said. “This is something I'll tell my kids about.”