2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

The White House is opened the gates for its biggest social event of the year, the annual Easter Egg Roll.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are hosting Monday’s festivities on the South Lawn for a crowd of nearly 30,000 adults and children. That’s larger than last year, Trump’s first year in office, when the White House said it expected 21,000 attendees.

The first lady announced last week that lawn bowling has been added to a roster of festivities that includes the tradition of rolling of hard-boiled eggs across the lawn. There’s also a nook where Mrs. Trump and other officials will take turns reading books and a station for kids to make greeting cards for U.S. troops.

The White House Easter Egg Roll dates to 1878. (AP)

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<p>U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the crowd from the South Portico of the White House with first lady Melania Trump and the Easter Bunny at his sides as the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is held on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the crowd from the South Portico of the White House with first lady Melania Trump and the Easter Bunny at his sides as the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is held on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump appears on the South Portico of the White House with the Easter Bunny standing behind him as the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is held on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

U.S. President Donald Trump appears on the South Portico of the White House with the Easter Bunny standing behind him as the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is held on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump kisses first lady Melania Trump among children gathered for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

U.S. President Donald Trump kisses first lady Melania Trump among children gathered for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)

<p>President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump blow whistles to start a race at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump blow whistles to start a race at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

<p>Julia Stimson, 8, from Alexandria, Va., and other children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

Julia Stimson, 8, from Alexandria, Va., and other children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

<p>A young child participates in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

A young child participates in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>Children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

Children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>A child participates in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

A child participates in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>From l-r., Seamus Menefee, 7, from Burke, Va., Skye Kennedy, 5, and his brother Jack Kennedy, 8, both from Montclair, N.J., participates in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

From l-r., Seamus Menefee, 7, from Burke, Va., Skye Kennedy, 5, and his brother Jack Kennedy, 8, both from Montclair, N.J., participates in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>Guests participate in activities during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

Guests participate in activities during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold a “Thank You!” banner at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold a “Thank You!” banner at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>White House Chief of Staff John Kelly holds a young girl in his arms during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly holds a young girl in his arms during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry arrives at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry arrives at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>Guests participate in activities during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

Guests participate in activities during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>Donald Trump Jr stands near his estranged wife Vanessa, who recently filed for divorce, as they attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll with their children on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

Donald Trump Jr stands near his estranged wife Vanessa, who recently filed for divorce, as they attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll with their children on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>Guests arrive for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

Guests arrive for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>In this 2018 photo provided by the White House Historical Association, colorful eggs created at Maine Wood Concepts in New Vineyard, Maine, are displayed outside the White House in Washington. Some of the 110,000 keepsakes created for the association will be used in the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 2. (Photo: David Wiegold/White House Historical Association via AP) </p>
2018 White House Easter Egg Roll

In this 2018 photo provided by the White House Historical Association, colorful eggs created at Maine Wood Concepts in New Vineyard, Maine, are displayed outside the White House in Washington. Some of the 110,000 keepsakes created for the association will be used in the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 2. (Photo: David Wiegold/White House Historical Association via AP)

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