Beach Party

  • Date: 2/27/2021
    Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location: ARL Main; Kruidenier Second Chance Arena
    5452 NE 22nd ST.
    Des Moines, IA 50313
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Beach Party 

Nothing says stay-cation like lounging on a beach with your dog in the middle of winter at the ARL's indoor arena. Our first-ever beach party features games, prizes and activities for everyone.


The Beach

ARL's Kruidenier Second Chance Arena is a large indoor space that features a sand flooring that's perfect for playful dog paws. The "beach" is enclosed, so dogs can socialize off-leash. Just be sure to clean up after your pet.

The Tiki Bar & Tropical Photos

Grab a beverage from our bar and head over to the photo booth to capture the moment. Then your friends will really think you left town for the weekend.

Bar is stocked with soda, water, adult beverages, and hot chocolate (hey, it's cold out!). The bar accepts cash and credit cards, but please plan ahead as there is no ATM on-site. Please note: no outside beverages are permitted; please drink responsibly.

Activities & Prizes

Play Pools — Kiddie pools will be scattered about, but instead of water they will be filled with beach balls or tennis balls to play in.

Pool of Goodies — Think your pup could score you a prize? Find out — $1 donation encouraged.

Raffle — Details coming soon!


Enter your dog into Des Moines' first ever Pet Beach Body or Biggest Beach Bum contest for a chance to win a gnarly prize and the rad title of Best Beach Body or Biggest Beach Bum, and a ridiculous certificate to prove it.

Photo Contest

How to Participate

1.  Create a profile for your pet on our photo contest website

2.  Share your pet's page with friends, family & colleagues

3.  Collect votes$1 = 1 vote, and all proceeds benefit the homeless animals at the ARL

Collect the most votes & win

You'll win $50 to spend in our Animal House store (in-store or online) and a pack of goodies for your pup! 

Enter the Pet Beach Body Contest


VIP Ticket Packages

$35 — Surfer VIP Pack
  • Admission into the event for 1 human + 1 dog
  • 1 digital image from the photo booth 
  • 30 min. early entry
  • 1 complimentary beverage
  • A treat for your dog
$75 — Lifeguard VIP Pack (you saved a life!)
  • Admission into the event for 2 humans & two dogs
  • ARL sunglasses and tumbler
  • 1 digital image from the photo booth 
  • 30 min early entry
  • 2 complimentary beverages 
  • A treat for your dog
  • This VIP pack also provides 1 day of care to an animal at ARL

Get Tickets

Regular Admission

$15 — 1 Human + 1 Dog

Includes tickets for the two of you, and a treat for the dog! Additional humans will also need to purchase a $15 ticket.

$5 — Admission for Additional Dog

Includes a ticket and treat for the dog!


$10 — Digital Image at the Photo Booth
Get Tickets

Beach party


Can I bring my own lawn chair?

Absolutely! Just remember most dogs will be off-leash and roaming around. 

Is this space heated? 

The arena is not heated so we suggest dressing accordingly, but it is indoor so you will be protected from the elements.

Will there be sand at this beach?

YES! The Kruidenier Second Chance Arena is a large indoor space that features a sand flooring. 

Will there be a pool or water at this event? 

Unfortunately, we won't have any pools due to the temperature and the sand/dirt mixture in the arena, but we will have an awesome backdrop that will make you feel like you're near the water! 

Covid-19 Information:

All event attendees are required to wear a mask when not sitting at their seat and are strongly encouraged to practice current recommended safety guidelines as-appropriate for each individual including (but not limited to) social distancing of 6 feet or more and hand washing. If you have questions about our COVID-19 safety measures, please contact

Fine print:

We welcome friendly dogs of all sizes and breeds and their responsible owners. For the safety of your dog and others, female dogs should not be in heat and please check with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed and under control of their owner at all times. No retractable leashes, choke chains, or prong collars are allowed. Tickets are non-refundable.