Following the Yellow Brick Road at the Discovery Center

By Perry Russom

Following the Yellow Brick Road at the Discovery Center

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Discovery Center kicked off summer by clicking their heels three times.

The center decorated its story garden for their 5th Annual Summer Carnival with a "Wizard of Oz" theme.

The Discovery Center's purpose is to get children to interact and learn while playing.

"It's education by doing," said Nancy Hargrave, supervisor of the Story Garden. "It's one of the nine levels of learning is the kinesthetic approach. It's a sneaky way to get entertainment and education together."

Workers were dressed up in "Wizard of Oz"-themed outfits like Glinda the Good Witch of the South and Dorothy.

"The story garden is a literacy based outdoor area and it's an award winning thing," said Hargrave. "It's unique in the country. We invite people to participate in any way they can in the story garden. but there are books laminated for outdoor use and other opportunities for literacy all throughout the garden."

Some of the games today included Yellow Brick Road Hopscotch and Uncle Henry's Farm Hole-In-One.

The story garden is open everyday of the week from dawn to dusk.

It's free to the public.

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