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President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn April 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama and the first lady hosted thousands of children for the annual White House event dating back to 1876 that features live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling, as well as the Easter egg roll this year.

*Under sunny skies in Washington, the annual tradition known as the Easter Egg Roll went down today on the South Lawn of the White House.

This year, First Lady Michelle Obama applied a healthy-eating theme to this year’s event as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities

The first lady said the emphasis of the 136th Easter Egg Roll would be keeping young people active and healthy. She spoke from the White House’s Truman Balcony, flanked by the president and an Easter bunny.

Moments later, the president read Maurice Sendak’s children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” to a group of youngsters, growling and gnashing his teeth and at one point challenging them to a staring contest.

The White House was expecting 30,000 to take turns participating in the event on the South Lawn.

Meanwhile, yesterday, the president and his family celebrated Easter with a visit to a church a few miles from the White House. The Obamas received a standing ovation during the welcome, with dozens of worshippers gathering around to shake the Obamas’ hands and take pictures.

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See MORE photos from the Easter Egg Roll event at theGrio.