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Ventura County's Children's Museum

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The Learning Framework positions kidSTREAM as a robust resource for play that contributes to the well-being of children and the community. With an understanding of children’s development, recent research on brain development, the role of play in children’s optimal development, and deep familiarity with Ventura County and the surrounding region, the Framework orients the Museum towards irresistible experiences that get everyone into the act with play and make its value visible. 



The Exhibit Experience Approach focuses on the first-person engagement that involves all the domains and senses and that is at the core of compelling exhibits and environments. A set of Essential Experiences that all children in the Museum’s age range, regardless of background, should enjoy regularly with family, friends, and peers, identifies the variety of opportunities and experiences. Unifying these experiences, providing coherence among them, inspiring ideas, and expressing a resounding commitment to play is a basic assertion: play = possibilities. 



Gallery Concepts present both narrative and visual descriptions of the environments and activities where children, their parents, grandparents, caregivers, and educators will play, explore and share moments of discovery. Several indoor and outdoor galleries will animate the building and grounds. They are based on local settings and landmarks with play potential for children, their parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers to explore, think, discover, learn, and enjoy. 

  • Health & Human Connections & First Responders Deck is about stepping into the shoes of the grown ups we know and love; building empathy and understanding of our past, present, and future, as well as learning about our local heroes who keep us safe.


  • Agriculture and Farmers Market is about understanding where our food comes from both now and in the future. It is about playing with the possibilities of exploring nature: natural materials, open space, and inspiration. The “Things that Grow” gallery is about playing with the possibilities of the soil, seed, sun and water that help plants and animals thrive.

  • Air, Earth, and Science Gallery will feature the vast realm of the physical to the biological sciences with opportunities to explore a light and dark gallery to further understand the physics of light, as well as opportunities to deepen an understanding of the microscopic world - and what connects us - as well as what makes us unique!

  • Build It is an opportunity to engage in open-ended building design with a variety of different tools and materials. Young Engineers can collaborate on larger scale projects - as well as opportunities to draft and design.

  • Maker's Space is dedicated to open-ended learning opportunities which will be coupled with 21st century skills from coding and robotics to using repurposed materials to propose solutions to modern day problems.

  • Sensory Room is built around an engaging environment that is inclusive to children across the neurodivergent spectrum, which coupled with temporal opportunities for children who may be overwhelmed by the sounds and sights of a full and busy children's museum, such as "Free to be me" windows of time, kidSTREAM will have a dedicated space where things can be a quieter and calmer experience with sensory rich opportunities for learning.

  • Infant +Toddler Play Space is a safe space where children 3 years and younger can safely explore their environment with experiences that mirror the larger galleries around them.

  • Channel Islands and Pacific Ocean Adventure reflects the beautiful coastline of Ventura County as well as the Channel Islands. The gallery includes opportunities to climb kelp, surf waves, and visit a whale pod. 

  • Treehouse Climber + Adventure Trail is a gross motor adventure with many opportunities to climb high amongst the trees surrounding the outdoor galleries - or play low in parallel play adventures. Many adventures abound and allow for children to experience safe risks and test limits in a safe and exciting environment.

  • Sand and Water Play is a sensory playground incorporating drought-responsive water play where children can pump water down a natural creek bed, as well as creating a bank of mud for a mud shack experience, which incorporates a Pygmy Mammoth Dig just at the edge of the sandy beach.

  • Flexible Exhibit Space will be a central and revolving gallery that will provide many different opportunities for community engagement with the first exhibit anchored by a TapeScape, which will be an indoor climber created through a community build of scaffolding and packing tape with many points of engagement for children of all abilities.