Pooch-friendly splash days are planned in August and September.
Area pools and water parks will end the swim season with splash parties for you and your four-legged friend. Dogs can splash around in the water, look adorable in beachy costumes, and show off their diving and paddling skills. All dogs must have proof of current vaccinations. Check each venue’s website for other requirements.
Doggie Splash Day
The lap pool, wading pool and 1-meter diving board will be open to canines and people are invited to swim with their pets. Competitive pooches can win prizes in a swimsuit parade, a diving contest, a dog paddle race, and a pet and owner look-a-like contest. Admission is $5 for one owner and one pet, and for spectators
Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Drive, Mesquite.
Paws in the Pool-ooza
Dogs can take a dip in the pool and join in friendly competitions to win prizes. Dog-friendly vendors will be onsite. Registration is $5 per dog with 100% of proceeds going to the Friends of the Tri-City Animal Shelter. The Pool-ooza party is a rain or shine event.
Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crawford Pool, 401 Straus Road, Cedar Hill. Pool-ooza rules.
Dogs can swim and enjoy other features of the aquatic center. Admission is $10 per person with a maximum of two dogs. Concession stands will be open.
Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Aquatic Center, 715 Mary Dr., Hurst. Register here.
The Wet Zone teams up with the Friends of Rowlett Animals for a three-hour swim party at the water park. Doggies and humans can cool off in the pool, shop with vendors, and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win goodie bags. Tickets are $12 per dog, $3 for humans. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Aug. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wet Zone, 5304 Main St., Rowlett. Pooch Plunge tickets.
Dog Day Afternoon
Dogs can dive in and paddle at Everglade Pool’s end-of-summer party. Tickets are $5 per dog, people are free.
Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Everglade Pool, 5100 N. Jim Miller Road, Dallas. dallasaquatics.org.
Dog Day at the Pool
There’s a waiting list for admission to the doggies-only pool party but everyone can enjoy activities in the park including games, treats and specialty vendors. If a spot becomes available, pool admission is $2 for dogs which also includes two humans as chaperones. Advance tickets only, no tickets will be sold at the gate.
Aug. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Park and Roy Savage Pool, 1200 Central Drive, Bedford. Preregister here.
Your fur baby can swim in the pool and compete for treats and prizes in contests such as best tricks, best costume, longest jump and fastest ball retrieval. Vendors will be at the party with pet merchandise and services. Admission is $5 per dog, humans are free.
Sept. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Sun Valley Aquatic Center, 801 South Valley Parkway, Lewisville. Preregister by Sept. 9
Paws in the Pool
Pups and their people can splash, float and paddle during separate sessions for small- to large-size dogs. Admission is $8 and must be prepurchased. Both humans and dogs must have a ticket and each pup must be accompanied by a person 14 or older. Rain-out date: Sept. 11.
Sept. 10 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. (small, elderly and mobility challenged dogs), 10:30 a.m. to noon (medium and large dogs), 12:30 to 2 p.m. (large dogs). Tickets on sale Aug. 12 at 8 a.m.
Wags & Waves
Beach party admission includes access for you and your doggy to the park’s water attractions including the Kona Kooler Lazy River, Oahu Bay Wave Pool and water slides, with separate areas for large and small breeds. There’ll be plenty of fun activities, contests, vendors and concessions. Proceeds benefit local animal nonprofits. $22 for an advance ticket that includes one person and up to two dogs; increases to $25 at the gate.
Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 4550 N. Garland Ave., Garland. Advance tickets.
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in The Colony hosts a luau-themed splash party with doggie swims, contests, games and prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Colony Animal Shelter Injured Animal Fund. Icy treats, drinks and other concessions will be available for purchase. $19.99 for an advance ticket that includes one person and up to two dogs; increases to $23.99 at the gate.
Sept. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, 4400 Paige Rd., The Colony. Advance tickets.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS
Doggie Beach Bash
Pooches and their families have access to NRH2O attractions including the 660-foot Endless River, Frogstein’s Splashatory, the Tadpole Swimming Hole and the white sands of Beachside Bay. Admission is $20 per person (free for ages 2 and younger) with a maximum of two dogs. Proceeds benefit the North Richland Hills Animal Adoption & Rescue Center.
Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NRH2O, 9001 Blvd. 26, North Richland Hills. Doggie Beach Bash tickets.
National Dog Day Beach Bash
Visit Klyde Warren Park’s new dog park for a day of fun with your furry friend. There’ll be splash pools for the pups to play in, music, pet-friendly vendors, puppy portrait stations, and more. My Best Friend’s Park is located in front of the Museum Tower on the corner of Pearl Street and the eastbound Woodall Rodgers access road.
Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas. Free. klydewarrenpark.org.