Celebrating 30 years of the Discovery Center (with photos)

By Amanda Hari

March 8, 2014 Updated Mar 9, 2014 at 12:49 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A popular place for children to play hit the big 3-0. Even though it’s in its third decade, this milestone birthday brought out kids from all over.

The Discovery Center celebrated its 30th birthday Dr. Seuss Style on Saturday. Dr. Seuss also had a birthday earlier this week.

“It’s just fun for me to put days like this together because it brings everyone out and I think everybody is really tired of the winter and they just want to get out and have a good time and so this is a party," said Cheryl Dutko, the event organizer.

The Discovery Center started out in an old abandoned elementary school in downtown Binghamton. Several years later, the mayor gave the center a garage at the Ross Park Zoo. They renovated the garage and in April of 1990 opened the hands-on museum, and it's still the same space they use today.

"We have a loyal following, and new people, and people who come from visiting other museums and say, this is wonderful, it's better than here and there or wherever we've just been," said Executive Director of the Discovery Center Pokey Crocker. "You know why? Because it has soul."

Children played games, did science experiments and held animals.

There was also a Dr. Seuss play called "I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today" to go along with the 30-year theme.

About 500 people attended the event and presents for the children were raffled off for $1 a ticket.

The Seussical themed cake was donated by Baked Euphoria.

The celebration will continue throughout the year with dances, carnivals and parties.

The center will be opening a new exhibit on April 24th called "What the Buzz" about bees.