Public Programs

Kid Convention 2019

A day of engaging hands-on civic activities for children and families




Group of young people

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.

Sign up for one of two session times: 10 a.m. or 12 p.m., and let us know how many adults and how many children are in your group.

Both sessions include:

  • What Makes A Good Leader? In this interactive game held in the Institute’s Senate Chamber, kids work together to discuss the qualities of a good leader, identify important issues in a local election, and see their ideas come to life. Actors become the candidates that the kids envisioned and discuss the issues suggested for debate.
  • The Polls are Open. While kids may not be able to vote in this fall’s municipal elections, they can cast their ballots for mayor and city council at the Institute’s polling station.
  • Presidential Pet Primary. Gear up for the 2020 election by casting your vote for the pet you think should get the nomination for PPOTUS (Presidential Pet of the United States).
  • Hit the Campaign Trail! All Kid Convention participants are invited to consider a run for office in a scavenger hunt along the campaign trail. Create a campaign button or poster, make a stump speech, and connect with voters.

Kid Convention 2019 is made possible through the generous support of the Martin Richard Foundation. The full day of programs is offered at no charge to families. Advance registration is kindly requested.

Additional Resources

  • Getting to the Point with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

    Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Stephen Breyer will participate in a moderated conversation with Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, about the vital role the Supreme Court plays in providing checks and balances on the federal government, the importance of nominations to the bench and how elections impact these decisions, and the recent rulings of the court.

  • 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award

    Join the Museum of African American History, the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate for the 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event. Now in its third year, the Award is an annual prize that encourages scholarship and writing within the field of African American history and culture by awarding a $25,000 prize and two $5,000 finalist prizes for exceptional adult non-fiction books written in a literary style.

  • The Citizens' Choice: Ranked Choice Voting

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts for a Constitution Day forum on Massachusetts’s Ballot Question #2. The moderated discussion will cover both sides of the Ranked Choice Voting initiative as Commonwealth voters prepare to head to the polls in November.