Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Public Programs

Postponed: Kids’ Climate Convention

Free with Advance Registration​Kids + Families​
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How can kids help care for the planet? Join us for a day of family-friendly activities themed around preserving our Earth for future generations of kids. Vote for the best climate action invention in a special program held in the Institute’s replica Senate Chamber, visit the maker studio to do a project with recycled materials, and learn about important climate issues.

This program day is designed for children ages five and up as well as their caregivers.

Drop-in Activities from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Create projects with recyclable materials
  • Design a climate action button to wear and take home
  • Engage in hands-on activities to learn about climate issues

Scheduled Activities in the Institute’s Senate Chamber

  • 10:30 a.m. Upcycled Ideas: Pitch your Climate Solution
  • 12 p.m. Today’s Vote: Ban Fracking Act
  • 12:30 p.m. Upcycled Ideas: Pitch your Climate Solution
  • 1 p.m. Guided Tour
  • 2 p.m. Today’s Vote: Ban Fracking Act

Upcycled Ideas.

Kids take on the roles of Senators, identify an environmental issue to solve, and decide on new policy solutions. Improvisors bring audience suggestions to life in this fun, interactive program. Offered at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Today’s Vote.

Learn about fracking, the process of injecting liquid into the earth to extract oil and gas. Consider whether to ban the practice during a simulated Senate debate on S.3247: Fracking Ban Act. Offered at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Guided Tour.

Explore environmental legislation and earth activists in a special guided tour. Offered at 1 p.m.


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.


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


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute frequently engages in photographing and recording programs and events for its own documentation and promotional purposes. Please notify a staff member or volunteer if you do not wish to be photographed or recorded during your visit.