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Cincinnati Museum Center hosts Bark Bash Feb. 22

Dog treats, panel discussion and service dogs highlight event inspired by Superpower Dogs

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) has gone to the dogs. CMC is hosting a Bark Bash, an event inspired by the incredible canines of the OMNIMAX® film Superpower Dogs. The Bark Bash will feature dog treat and craft stations, a panel discussion, mascot appearances and plenty of service dog visits to celebrate our furry four-legged friends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 22.

CMC is teaming up with Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa and Brewhaus Bakery & Dog Bones to celebrate superpower dogs of every breed. Craft and vendor stations throughout the Rotunda will provide treats to take home to your pets and information to make you a better pet owner and best friend.

Pick up a Paw Passport for a chance to win prizes as you visit the following groups throughout the day:

  • Brewhaus Bakery & Dogs Bones will have a treat station so you can take home something special for your best friend (while supplies last).
  • Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa’s mascot will also be available for selfies and belly rubs.
  • Circle Tail and 4 Paws for Ability will be bringing service dogs. Circle Tail provides service dogs to persons with disabilities at no charge to the individual. 4 Paws for Ability provides service dogs for children with disabilities, veterans and adults with hearing loss, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
  • The Matt Haverkamp Foundation and the Blue Line K9 Project will share information about their missions to provide canines and protective vests for law enforcement agencies.

Starting at noon, Bayberry Bakery will offer a free cookie decorating station (for humans) while supplies last. At 1 p.m. a panel of local experts will discuss the physical and emotional benefits dogs: as emotional support animals, service animals and as pets. Participants on the panel include Karen Shirk and her service dog Aiko from 4 Paws for Ability, child psychiatrist Larry Graham, psychiatrist Mina Lockey and forensic psychiatrist Janell Lundgren.

Guests can also visit the OMNIMAX® Theater for hourly showings of Superpower Dogs, a tail-wagging journey around the globe that introduces audiences to dogs who change lives. The film features the extraordinary science behind the super powers of dogs who track poachers in Africa, participate in water rescues in Italy, dig through the snow for avalanche survivors in British Columbia, surf the waves off California with individuals with special needs and scramble through rubble of urban environments with one of America’s most elite disaster response teams.

All activities in the Rotunda and the panel discussion are free. Tickets for the OMNIMAX® film Superpower Dogs are $9 for adults, $7 for children and can be purchased online. The film will show every hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Certified service animals are permitted but please keep all other pets at home. Visit cincymuseum/accessibility for more information on CMC’s service animal policy.


About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit