Public Programs

Postponed: Kids’ Climate Convention

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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.

This program day is designed for children ages five and up as well as their caregivers.

Drop-in Activities from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Create projects with recyclable materials
  • Design a climate action button to wear and take home
  • Engage in hands-on activities to learn about climate issues

Scheduled Activities in the Institute’s Senate Chamber

  • 10:30 a.m. Upcycled Ideas: Pitch your Climate Solution
  • 12 p.m. Today’s Vote: Ban Fracking Act
  • 12:30 p.m. Upcycled Ideas: Pitch your Climate Solution
  • 1 p.m. Guided Tour
  • 2 p.m. Today’s Vote: Ban Fracking Act

Upcycled Ideas.

Kids take on the roles of Senators, identify an environmental issue to solve, and decide on new policy solutions. Improvisors bring audience suggestions to life in this fun, interactive program. Offered at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Today’s Vote.

Learn about fracking, the process of injecting liquid into the earth to extract oil and gas. Consider whether to ban the practice during a simulated Senate debate on S.3247: Fracking Ban Act. Offered at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Guided Tour.

Explore environmental legislation and earth activists in a special guided tour. Offered at 1 p.m.

Additional Resources

  • Postponed: Getting to the Point on the 2020 Census

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

  • Smithsonian magazine Museum Day

    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.

  • Postponed: 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.