“We were in an exclusive negotiating agreement with the city for close to 18 months. During that period of time, we did a formal feasibility business plan, fundraising feasibility, an impact study, our full concept design,” Akl said. “We essentially did our homework so intensely that we were fairly certain that it was a go.”

Akl said the board wanted the library site for kidSTREAM because of its outdoor space. The site covers approximately 2 acres, including 16,670 square feet of the building itself.

Although the museum has entered a rental agreement with the city, it will not immediately occupy the full site until more funds have been raised.

From left, Kristie Akl, president of the kidSTREAMIn addition to the rental agreement, kidSTREAM was awarded a $30,000 grant on June 27 by the Ventura County Community Foundation to help create its “vision room,” a wing planned for the museum where children can give feedback about what they want to see at the museum.

To celebrate the soft opening of the vision room, the museum is holding a free event called “Kids Dream of kidSTREAM” on Aug. 4. Although the guest list for the event has been capped, Akl said it will be far from the only event held in the space that’s open to the public.

While the museum will operate out of the section of the building starting next month, the full opening of the museum is still years away.

The capital campaign aims to raise $15 million, and construction cannot begin until 60 percent of that funding has been raised, according to Akl. The goal for the museum’s full opening is summer 2021.