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The Flagler Museum's Easter Egg Hunt & Roll

Easter Egg Roll at the Flagler Museum's South Lawn - Palm Beach

Celebrate Easter in Gilded fashion March 30 at the Flagler Museum’s South Lawn for the annual Easter egg hunt. Fashioned after the White House’s Easter Egg Roll, Whitehall opens the gates for children to hunt for more than 5,000 eggs scattered throughout the property and join in for the Easter activities.

 

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with photo ops with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, balloon sculptors and face painting. The Easter egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. for children four and under, with 3,000 eggs scattered across the lawn for the toddlers to find. At 10:20 a.m. the older kids, ages five and over, try their hat at finding more than 4,000 eggs hidden in the South Lawn’s more difficult hiding spaces (for those counting, that's more than 7,000 eggs hidden around the museum's lawns). Following the egg hunt, the Easter egg roll gets underway.

 

A tradition that dates back centuries in some form or another, the Easter egg roll found new traction on the lawns of the White House in 1878 with President Rutherford B. Hayes, when he and First Lady Lucy Hayes welcomed children onto the South Lawn for the first White House Easter Egg Roll. The tradition went into hibernation during the lean years of the 1930s as the Great Depression struck, but was resurrected by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower in the 1950s, and has continued on ever since. Children armed with wooden spoons take to the White House’s South Lawn and race eggs along stretching lanes, often accompanied by the President and First Lady offering encouragement along the way. The Flagler Museum’s Easter Egg Hunt and Roll takes a page from the White House’s book for a morning of excitement the entire family can enjoy.

 White House Easter Egg Roll in 1929 on the White House's South Lawn

The eggs begin to roll at 10:30 a.m. when the wee ones, ages four and under, are given their wooden spoons and begin rolling their eggs across the lawn (with parent’s assistance of course). Children ages five to seven follow at 10:40 a.m., and children over eight take the field for the highly competitive roll at 10:50 a.m.

  • Tickets cost $18 for adults, $10 for children (free for members and their children or grandchildren)
  • Gates open at 9 a.m., with hunt beginning at 10 a.m. sharp.

 

The Flagler Museum

1 Whitehall Way

Palm Beach, FL 33480

561-655-2833

 

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