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Public Programs

Kid Convention 2019

Save the date! Saturday, October 19

Free with Advance Registration​Kids + Families​
Group of young people

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Kid Convention 2019 is a day of fun and engaging hands-on activities for children and families where youngsters learn about the legislative process, government, and the importance of making their voices heard.

Sign up for one of two session times: 10 a.m. or 12 p.m., and let us know how many adults and how many children are in your group.

Both sessions include:

  • What Makes A Good Leader? In this interactive game held in the Institute’s Senate Chamber, kids work together to discuss the qualities of a good leader, identify important issues in a local election, and see their ideas come to life. Actors become the candidates that the kids envisioned and discuss the issues suggested for debate.
  • The Polls are Open. While kids may not be able to vote in this fall’s municipal elections, they can cast their ballots for mayor and city council at the Institute’s polling station.
  • Presidential Pet Primary. Gear up for the 2020 election by casting your vote for the pet you think should get the nomination for PPOTUS (Presidential Pet of the United States).
  • Hit the Campaign Trail! All Kid Convention participants are invited to consider a run for office in a scavenger hunt along the campaign trail. Create a campaign button or poster, make a stump speech, and connect with voters.

Kid Convention 2019 is made possible through the generous support of the Martin Richard Foundation. The full day of programs is offered at no charge to families. Advance registration is kindly requested.

Register Here


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.


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Directions are on the Institute’s website. Parking is available in the Kennedy Institute lot.