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

  • City Awake's Our Convention 2019

    City Awake’s Our Convention is one of the largest and prestigious annual gatherings for young professionals in Boston. In the 5th year of Our Convention, City Awake plans to attract 600 emerging leaders to discuss the important issues focused on the region. With a mix of workshops, fireside chats, keynote speakers, and socializing, Our Convention will connect, inspire and mobilize next-gen leaders for the region.

  • Kid Convention 2019

    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.

  • Mass Humanities Fall Forum

    Each fall, Mass Humanities brings a stellar group of scholars, journalists, and public officials together for a series of public conversations examining fundamental aspects of our democratic culture. This year, leading scholars Danielle Allen and Jill Lepore will explore the role of historians in society, and the importance of history in a democracy.