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Come one, come all, for the Dole Institute’s Easter Egg Roll with Dole! Join us on Saturday, March 30, for a morning of family fun, including a White House-style egg roll race, egg hunt, games, crafts, and more. The event is free and open to the public, and will go on rain or shine.


The 2024 Easter Egg Roll with Dole is sponsored by


Special thanks to our partners, the Lawrence Public Library and the Lied Center of Kansas.


Schedule of Events

All Day Activities

The following activities will be available throughout the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Dottie, the Lawrence Public Library Bookmobile
  • Peg Gets Crackin’ Book Sale and Storytime (more details below)
  • Crafts with the Lawrence Public Library
  • Museum Scavenger Hunts
  • Egg Roll
  • Egg Corral (toddlers only)
  • Outdoor Games
  • Bunny Corral
  • Spring-themed Photo Area


Special Activities

The following activities will be held at designated times and locations below.

  • Egg Hunt (all ages, East Lawn)—10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m.
  • Story Time (Peg Gets Crackin’ read by author Jo Renfro, Hansen Hall)—10:10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 10:50 a.m., and 11:10 a.m.
  • Children’s Musician (Tim Kubart, Southeast Lawn)—from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


All children will receive a special gift when departing the event, including candy from the Egg Hunt!


Storytime with Jo Renfro

The Dole Institute will welcome Jo Renfro, author of Peg Gets Crackin’, for storytime in partnership with the Lawrence Public Library. Renfro will be available for book signings and author meet and greets after the storytime sessions between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. You can purchase a copy of Peg Gets Crackin’ from the Raven Bookstore in advance or at the Easter Egg Roll for $17.99.

Special thanks to the Lawrence Public Library for supporting her appearance.


Live Music with Tim Kubart

Grammy award winning children’s musician Tim Kubart will perform live on the Southeast Lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Special thanks to the Lied Center of Kansasaward-winning for supporting her appearance.



What is an Easter Egg Roll?

An Easter Egg Roll is a race for children to push an egg (hard-boiled or wooden) through the grass with a long handled spoon. The fastest to the finish line wins!


The Dole Institute’s Easter Egg Roll is inspired by the White House Easter Egg Roll, held every year on the White House South Lawn. This festive tradition began in 1878 under the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes, and successive Presidents have carried it on to present day.


Watch or read the recap of last year’s Easter Egg Roll with Dole, which saw over 1,000 guests at the Institute, and stay tuned for a recap of this year’s event!


Questions? Call the Dole Institute at (785) 864-4900 or email us at

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