Obama and Athletes, Celebrities Host Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Meritte Dahl

President Barack Obama joined 30,000 children and parents in festivities Monday for the annual White House Egg Roll on the South Lawn, the Associated Press reported.

The president participated in the egg roll and read popular children's book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" to a group of boys and girls. Obama also played a game of basketball on a team with a couple little girls against a group of little boys.

Athletes, celebrities and the president's family also joined the fun.

First lady Michelle Obama promoted physical fitness and healthy eating. "Eat your vegetables," she said, after reading "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."

Malia and Sasha, the Obama's daughters, read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

The first lady also cooked at the Kids' Kitchen with Food Network chef Anne Burrel and TV anchor Al Roker. The group sang while cooking orecchiette pasta.

The kids played games on the South Lawn, ate apples, and had the chance to meet professional athletes and entertainers. Athletes that helped  teach the kids sports in the "Eggtivity Zone," included Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, Olympic gymnast John Orozco and Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.

Oscar-nominated Quvenzhane Wallis and Robby Novak who plays "Kid President" in YouTube videos were in attendance. Elmo and other "Sesame Street" characters will perform, as well as singer Jordin Sparks and music group The Wanted.

The event was organized by the National Park Service and was funded by sales of commerative wooden eggs and private donations.