Obamas hosting annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Children roll eggs on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 25, 2011, during the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

WASHINGTON — The games and story-telling are under way, as the first wave of some 30,000 kids and their parents swarm the White House grounds for the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are both formally welcoming guests from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., as well as participating in the activities. They include story time, obstacle courses, yoga, dancing, playing sports with professional athletes and, of course, the traditional egg roll.

This year’s theme, “Get Up and Go!” stresses the healthy eating and exercise the first lady has been advocating as part of her campaign against childhood obesity.

The White House Easter Egg Roll dates to 1878 and President Rutherford B. Hayes.