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Bullfrog Bash 

Slip into your PJs for some bedtime fun with giant croakers at the Akron Zoo.

Kermit's cold and clammy kinfolk are hosting tonight's Froggy Fever Pajama Party as part of the Zoo Association's nationwide Year of the Frog conservation series. "One-third of all amphibians are heading toward extinction, an indication of the rampant environmental degradation around the world," says David Barnhardt, the Akron Zoo's spokesman. "Frogs happen to be the most charismatic of the bunch. They are the most accessible ambassadors for this rapidly disappearing group."Flumpa the Tree Frog and the zoo's mascot, Conrad Conservation, will also be on hand for tonight's blowout, which features amphibian-related games, dances, and songs. Parents can take a night hike and go on a scavenger hunt. And the zoo will also take the wraps off its new display kiosk on ginormous mountain chicken frogs, one of the world's largest species. "The great part of this event is that there's so much to do. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved," says Barnhardt. "Parents are grateful, and the kids go home tired, happy, and very sleepy." The party runs from 6 to 9 tonight at the Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Avenue in Akron. Admission is $7 to $14. Call 330-375-2550 or visit
Sat., July 12, 6-9 p.m., 2008

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