Public Programs

Celebrate Earth Day at the Institute

Free admission for all ages on Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kids in Chamber during Kid Convention

What environmental issue would you address as a Senator? Visit the Institute to develop new environmental policy solutions, learn about people who made a difference in the environment, and participate in arts and crafts activities to celebrate Earth Day at the Institute.

The following special programs will be offered on a drop-in basis on Friday, April 21 for children ages 5 and up. Admission will be free for all ages, all day on Friday, April 21.

  • Arts and crafts with recycled materials: Drop in between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Bring a clean, empty, recyclable plastic bottle and repurpose it into something new and fun.
  • Boston International Newcomers Academy Painting Workshop: Drop in between 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Participate in a mural painting workshop with guest artist James Hobin and his students from the Boston International Newcomers Academy. This open-ended activity will invite visitors to create a section of a mural or an individual piece.
  • Upcycled Ideas: Offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

    Take on the role of a Senator and identify an environmental issue to solve, or decide on new policy solutions with fellow Senators, at this improvisational Senate debate featuring audience-suggested topics tackling environmental issues.
  • Film Screening of Save Tomorrow: Offered at 1 p.m.

    Attend a screening of Save Tomorrow, a short film from the Young Voices for the Planet series, followed by a discussion with two of the young environmentalists featured in the film. Hear how they teamed up to make a difference in their community, and how other kids can make their voices heard. Young Voices for the Planet short films feature youth speaking out, creating solutions, changing laws, changing minds, and changing society.
  • Today’s Vote: Offered at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

    Debate a bill on whether or not to support research and innovation for new nuclear technologies.
  • Great Senate Debates: Offered at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

    This program brings to life the deliberations of the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Additional Resources

  • Dual Pandemics: Global Youth Perspectives on Fighting HIV and Covid-19

    Join the Kennedy Institute and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation for a conversation with youth leaders from Africa and the United States to discuss the realities that young people face in managing their HIV, adapting peer support, and confronting Covid-19 and HIV as these two pandemics impact our communities simultaneously.

  • Getting to the Point: The Kennedy Legacy and the Call to Service

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service for a discussion on how building a culture of service can strengthen our communities and our democracy.

  • Getting to the Point on the 2020 Census

    In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Commonwealth Museum, and the Massachusetts Archives, the Institute will welcome state and local leaders for a conversation on the importance of the 2020 Census.