The popular BBC animation is spreading its tentacles over the mall in Xintiandi, Shanghai for the summer.
The exhibition is the first attraction in China based around Silvergate Media’s brand, The Octonauts.
Entrance to the theme park, based in the Shanghai mall, will be free. Young fans of the show will be able to enjoy a raft of interactive games and activities. Ten interactive activities are on offer and seven installations, showing scenes from the animated show, can be found around the shopping mall.
They will also be able to have their photo taken with Captain Barnacles and his crew.
A “beach” is being imported to the mall and children will be able to hunt out all kinds of ocean creatures.
The fun also includes an augmented reality game where children will use a plastic hammer as part of a competition to save trapped sea animals.
A wide range of merchandise will be available, including badges, bookmarks and hair bands. A gift pack priced at 68 yuan (US$10) includes 15 game tokens, a cap, watch, balloon stick and stamp map. Each game token costs 5 yuan.
Octonauts is an animated children’s TV show broadcast on The BBC’s CBeebies, owned by Silvergate Media and based on a popular series of children’s books. The Octonauts themselves comprise a team of eight animals who explore the ocean in search of adventure and fun. They include a big-hearted penguin, a courageous polar bear and a daredevil cat with a raunchy eyepatch. The animals have an underwater base, the “Octopod”.
Hubindao Xintiandi opened in 2015. The 58,000 square metre mall includes the NBA playzone, a huge food court and a massive flagship Starbucks.