Kids can enjoy games, see the Easter Bunny at Hayes Easter Egg Roll
published by twalro@presspub… Mon, 03/21/2022 – 06:21
Children are invited to an afternoon of fun on Saturday, April 16 at the annual Hayes Easter Egg Roll – a celebration that replicates the White House Easter Egg Roll that Rutherford B. Hayes tossed when he was president.
The egg roll will take place from noon to 3 p.m., and children and their families can stop by any time during this time to participate. The event is aimed at children ages 3-10, but children of all ages are welcome.
Children are invited to bring three colored hard-boiled eggs to use in the traditional egg games, which will take place on the Hayes Home lawn. These are the same games played during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Children from 3 to 10 years old can also bring a pre-decorated egg to participate in the decorated egg contest. Other activities will include a scavenger hunt, storytelling, crafts and corn hole tossing.
The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and be available to take pictures with event attendees.
The egg roll is sponsored by Roots Poultry and Welly’s Horseradish.
In the event of inclement weather, some of the activities, including the corn hole, story time, and crafts, will be moved to the museum.
President Hayes launched the first White House egg roll in 1877. Before that, children played egg games on the grounds of the United States Capitol building on Easter Monday. Congress, however, banned the event due to the disorder.
Undeterred, a young boy approached President Hayes just before Easter 1877 and asked if the Egg Games could be held at the White House instead. President Hayes agreed, creating a tradition in the White House that continues today.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located in Spiegel Grove, at the corner of Hayes and Buckland Avenues.
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