UPDATE: Obama kicks off 134th annual Easter Egg Roll - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Obama kicks off 134th annual Easter Egg Roll

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Obama and his wife Michelle kicked off a sun-splashed Easter Egg Roll at the White House Monday morning. 

Thousands of kids and their parents joined the first family at the annual event which dates back to 1878 when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

The president said his family was thrilled to have so many guests on a sunny Easter Monday.

The event featured traditional egg-rolling races -- as well as obstacle courses, book-readings, musical performances and sports from basketball to tennis.

Officials expected some 30,000 kids and their parents to take part.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Lots of children and their families from across the country are coming to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

Monday's event is the largest for the public on White House grounds, with some 30,000 people expected. Along with the traditional egg roll, there will be storytelling, games and music.

This year's theme "Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move," encourages physical activity, part of first lady Michelle Obama's initiative against childhood obesity. That means obstacle courses, tennis, basketball, dancing, jump rope, hula hoop and yoga.

The Easter Egg Roll at the White House dates to 1878 and President Rutherford B. Hayes. Watch the event live Monday at 9:30 a.m. at www.wkow.com/live.

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