Tours of the White House may be suspended due to the sequester cuts, but 30,000 parents and kids spent time on the White House lawn Monday for the annual Easter egg roll.
The first family and the Easter Bunny welcomed most visitors.
Though some visitors said they were disappointed about not being able to meet the president, overall "the Easter spirit could not be cracked," Michael D. Shear, political reporter for the The New York Time, said.
"My daughter was a little disappointed, we didn't get to see the president or anyone in the family," said Ruth Ifill, who arrived at 6:55 a.m. with her husband, their two children, and a friend's daughter. But they said they said they still had a wonderful time.
President Obama helped encourage several rounds of egg roll competitions. Then, with first dog Bo by his side, he read the popular children's book Chica Chica Boom Boom.
Mrs. Obama urged families to eat healthy and exercise. The theme "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!" echoed her "Let's Move!" initiative.
The first lady encouraged active lifestyles with sports stations featuring NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and NFL player Adrian Peterson, from the Minnesota Vikings, along with healthy eating cooking demonstrations.