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#PickoftheWeek | Superpower Dogs in Queens!
Here’s the chance to rub elbows with some real Hollywood stars…and shake their paws!
The New York Hall of Science will host Superpower Dogs Day on Saturday, June 15. A celebration of the newly released “Superpower Dogs 3D” movie, this multi-hour event includes screenings, meet-and-greets, fire-safety demonstrations, and activities related to the innate heroism of man’s best friend.
First, some info on the 47-minute IMAX documentary. With Chris “Captain America” Evans as the narrator, the plot follows six dogs as they save human lives and protect property in four countries. Now, the upcoming afternoon. At the center of the fun is a screening of the documentary with an introduction by its producer, Taran Davies, and cast members Halo and Miami Dade County Fire Captain Cat Labrada at 2 pm and again at 4 pm. (A noon showing for museum members only is also on the docket.)
At other times, Halo and Captain Labrada will be stationed in front of the NYSCI Store. They’ll host a book signing and discuss this Dutch Shepherd’s training and work as a Disaster Response dog.
Meanwhile, Molly, a background actor who is serving as the film’s ambassador, will hang out in the Science Library. At 1 pm, she’ll participate in a fire-safety presentation with retired firefighter Dayna Hilton. The Dalmatian will demonstrate how she tests smoke alarms and crawls under smoke. The pooch will even turn a few pages of a fire-safety book during a reading. At the end of the session, she’ll raise her paw to swear in young audience members as Junior Firefighters.
(Just another day at the office for Molly, a Trick Dog Champion and five-time American Humane Association Hero Dog Award nominee. She travels the country as the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation mascot.)
They won’t be in attendance, but the other canine stars are Henry, a Border Collie avalanche rescuer in the mountains of British Columbia; Reef, a Newfoundland who serves in the Italian coastguard; Ricochet, a Golden Retriever therapy dog who works with PTSD-traumatized soldiers and special-needs youth; and brothers, Tipper and Tony, Bloodhounds who are fighting to save endangered species in Africa’s Kenya.
The afternoon’s other major activity is Meet the PupScouts from noon to 3 pm. Similar to Girl and Boy Scouts, these canines earn badges by helping others and doing community projects.
Superpower Dogs Day is free with admission, but separate tickets must be purchased for the screenings.
Afterward, the Hall of Science will show the subject movie as per the following schedule:
- June 16 to June 30, daily at 11 am;
- July 1 to Aug. 31, daily at 11 am and 1 pm;
- Sept. 1 to May 31 at times to be announced
The Hall of Science’s entrance is 47-01 111th St. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It’s a few blocks from the 111th Street/Roosevelt Avenue station on the 7 line, and there’s a large parking lot on site.
Images: Superpower Dogs 3D (top); ©2018 Danny Wilcox Frazier VII for Cosmic Picture Limited (bottom)
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