FOR a while, it looked like the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles was going to become a monument to apathy, and not the beacon of learning it was meant to be. But prospects for the San Fernando Valley’s first museum have improved, and there’s reason to hope that the facility might just see the light of day after all. A month ago, the museum was $3.3 million short on its bills, and contractors were threatening to pack up their tools and go home. But the city bailed the museum out with a short-term emergency loan of $1.75 million. Meanwhile, contributors have stepped up, big time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Over the last four weeks, the museum has raised $1 million, including a single anonymous donation of $500,000, which is more than it raised in the entire previous year. It might have taken a crisis to spur them to action, but local residents and businesses finally seem energized about the need for this priceless institution. That said, museum officials still must raise another $250,000 in the next 10 days – and beyond that, it will take $20 million more to complete the project. So we still need to dig deep. Donations can be made online at www.childrensmuseumla.org.