President Obama is taking his pledge to make the White House more accessible to the public all the way to the annual Easter egg roll.
The White House announced today that for the first time, tickets to the event will be distributed online "so that more children and families from across the United States have the opportunity to experience this event."
The prized tickets and more information about the ticketing process will be available through www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll beginning Thursday. This year, the Easter egg roll will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 13 on the South Lawn of the White House.
Tickets for the annual ritual had been handed out on the Ellipse in Washington the weekend before the event, forcing families to make two trips or spend more time in the nation's capital.
"This year’s theme, ‘Let’s go play’, encourages America’s youth to lead healthy and active lives," the announcement said. "The White House will open the South Lawn to children age ten and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional Easter egg roll."
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