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

  • Smithsonian magazine Museum Day

    The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is pleased to participate in Museum Day on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on April 4. Tickets will be available to download starting February 27, 2020.

  • First Saturday Drop-in Tours

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Drop-In tours on the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. This discussion-based tour with a thematic focus offers deeper insights into the Institute’s exhibits and programs. Tours will lead into the Today’s Vote program where visitors can debate and vote on Senate legislation.

  • Kids’ Climate Convention

    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.