The Knock Knock Children’s Museum is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The museum, more than a decade in the making, has officially started the bid process for construction companies to vie to build it. BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight said they hope to have a contractor by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, the museum’s inner workings are also starting to take shape as another donor stepped forward for a construction-themed “By-You Building Learning Zone.”

Betsy Thomas and her husband, Newtron Group CEO Newton Thomas, are giving $425,000 to build the “By-You Building” interactive area. Art Favre of Performance Contractors already pledged $425,000 for the project.

Once complete, the $850,000 building zone will feature construction-related items that children can play with and learn from. The Advocate previously reported that kids will be able to examine items including a construction crane, a real tool work station, a wood block construction table and more.

“We put our support in education and workforce development – the work of Knock Knock will combine both,” said Newton Thomas at the gift’s announcement last week.

The gift from the Thomas family is also on behalf of Triad Electric and Controls, which is part of the Newton Thomas-owned Newtron Group.

The Knock Knock Children’s Museum will be located on the property of BREC’s City-Brooks Community Park facing Dalrymple Drive. The museum is planned to be 30,000 square feet and is expected to feature 18 to 20 interactive exhibits, including an art garden, a bubble playground and a story tree.