Header image courtesy of Cube O Discovery Park
A new marine education centre has opened in Hong Kong, bringing thrilling real-life marine displays, exciting interactive multimedia games, and educational activities to Tsuen Wan. Located in the new Plaza 88 mall, Cube O Discovery Park is designed to be a unique experience integrating a state-of-the-art marine attraction within the context of retail and recreation, in a bid to “promote the message of marine protection.” Here’s what to expect!
Operated by Cube Oceanarium in Chengdu’s Seaside City Mall, Cube O Discovery Park is a family-friendly haven for aquarium lovers, with creative jellyfish displays, a jellyfish “research institute,” educational games, a children’s playground, and a café.
To ensure Cube O would be a top-tier educational and entertainment attraction, Cube Oceanarium enlisted a top aquarium architect, a professional aquarium aquaculture operation team, and a senior marine conservation consultant, as well as a technical consultant experienced in cinematic visual effects.
The 10,000-square-foot centre is divided into over 15 themed zones, with attractions including an acrylic window projection that integrates views of real marine life with projected light and shadow effects, transforming the peacefully drifting jellyfish into a “colourful bubble show.” Meanwhile in the jellyfish kaleidoscope zone, mirrors and coloured lights create the illusion of cylindrical tanks of moon jellyfish stretching out as far as the eye can see.
At the jellyfish research institute, visitors can observe moon jellies in various different stages of life up-close and find out more about jellyfish ecology and the characteristics of different jellyfish species. As part of the experience, visitors will also be able to watch the jellyfish being fed!
Meanwhile, the ocean constellation zone and mixed reality (MR) jellyfish classroom use interactive multimedia technology to enable visitors to observe marine life up close and learn more about nature, environmental conservation, and sustainable living.
In the jellyfish classroom, visitors will be tasked to rescue a stranded green sea in a simulated activity before nursing it back to health and releasing it into the sea. The simulation follows real turtle rescue procedures, with the aim of teaching participants about the importance of marine conservation.
Little ones can frolic in the ocean-themed playhouse, where slides, soft toys, and playing apparatus inspired by marine life can be found. Finally, the Cube O Café slings casual fare like Caesar salad ($58), burgers ($78), chicken wings ($38), and fish and chips ($118), with a kid’s meal ($98) of spaghetti bolognese, sweet potato fries, corn, wings, and fruit. Cap off your meal with a whimsical ice cream cone ($58) from ice cream brand Corner Cone, featuring fantastical cookie-and-ice cream creations in the shape of sharks, birds, and dinosaurs.
Cube O Discovery Park is open now—check out their Facebook and Instagram pages to see more, or click here to buy tickets. Tickets for adults are $198, while concessionary tickets for children, students, and senior citizens are $168.
Cube O Discovery Park, 8/F, Plaza 88, 88 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 3897 7388