The annual Easter Egg roll at the White House brought stars from Hollywood and families from around the country to the nation’s lawn. Festivities kicked off with a soulful, acoustic version of the National Anthem by Colbie Caillat (which you can see her sing in the video above) and a Presidential introduction of the Easter Bunny and the First Family. Malia and Sasha Obama then made a rare public appearance to read Maurice Sendak‘s classic book, Where the Wild Things Are (video below).
President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama then read Chicken Chicken Boom Boom (with an extremely well behaved Bo Obama at their feet). The President also shot some hoops with kids on the basketball court while thousands of other guests enjoyed performances by Greyson Chace and Willow Smith or played with their food with celebrity chefs like Spike Mendelsohn. There were also tennis, football, and yoga games, appearances by a variety of cartoon characters such as Charlie Brown and Clifford, and some of the most cherished photo-ops any family could have. All went on without a hitch thanks to the months of planning by White House Staff and the leadership of the Director of the White House Visitor’s Office, Ellie Schafer. For photos more photos of the Easter Egg Roll go here.