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Public Programs

Kid Convention 2019

A day of engaging hands-on civic activities for children and families

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 was a day of engaging hands-on activities for children and families where youngsters learned about the legislative process, government, and had some civics-centered fun. The day’s activities included:

  • What Makes A Good Leader? In this interactive game held in the Institute’s Senate Chamber, kids worked together to discuss the qualities of a good leader, identified important issues in a local election, and saw their ideas come to life. Actors became the candidates that the kids envisioned and discussed the issues suggested for debate.
  • The Polls are Open. While kids may not be able to vote the November 2019 municipal elections, they were able cast their ballots for mayor and city council at the Institute’s polling station.
  • Presidential Pet Primary. Kids geared up for the 2020 election by casting their votes for the pet they thought should get the nomination for PPOTUS (Presidential Pet of the United States).
  • Hit the Campaign Trail! All Kid Convention participants were invited to consider a run for office in a scavenger hunt along the campaign trail. They created a campaign button or poster, made a stump speech, and connected with voters.

IMAGES (Click to View Flickr Album) Getting to the Point on Education Reform in the Commonwealth

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