In an annual family-friendly rite of spring, US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle kicked off the White House Easter Egg Roll, joining tens of thousands of youngsters and their parents in a day of racing, reading, sports and crafts on a breezy, sun-splashed South Lawn.
"We are so thrilled all of you could join us," Mr Obama said from the South Portico, flanked by the first lady, their daughters Malia and Sasha and the Easter Bunny.
"It's a beautiful day - perfect weather," said Mrs Obama. "There's something for everyone. I hope you put on your comfortable shoes."
The annual event, first held in 1878 when Rutherford B Hayes was president, featured traditional egg-rolling races - as well as obstacle courses, book-readings, musical performances, cooking with celebrity chefs and clowns.
There was even a yoga garden. Officials expected 30,000 children and their parents to take part.