Public Programs

Free Fun Friday 2019

July 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.




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Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Free Fun Friday on Friday, July 26. The Institute will be open for free all day with special programs, activities, and exhibits. Free Fun Friday is supported through the Highland Street Foundation. See what you’ll experience here.

Highlights include:

  • Act as a Senator-for-a-day and learn about how our government works.
  • Debate and vote in interactive programs: Today’s Vote and Future Senator.
  • See history come to life in historical programs Great Senate Debate: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a new program marking the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.
  • Learn the stories of twenty historic and contemporary trailblazers through artistic representations in the A Seat at the Table exhibit.
  • Enjoy hands-on activities like Campaign Button Creations and contribute to a community-made art project.
  • Explore with the new “Senator-in-training” activity guide books.
  • Visit the Senate Staff Office exhibit and see a replica of Senator Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Pose for fun photos with your family and friends with the Institute’s special photo booth.

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See images from last year’s Free Fun Friday (2018).

The Institute is located on Columbia Point in Boston, next door to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. The Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum are located directly across from the Institute.

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.