Heading to Bali with the kids in tow? Fret not, Mums and Dads, 'cause the island is chock full of fun activities and adventures for families of all ages and interests...
If the thought of keeping the kids entertained on holiday leaves your tummy in a twist – fear not. You can leave the temper tantrums at home because Bali is an action-packed tropical playground for both kids and parents alike. With waterslides and safari parks, kid’s brunch spreads and boutique shopping for little fashionistas, you’ll no doubt earn yourself some “cool parent points” with a family trip to paradise.
So strap in parents, because local writer and fellow mum, Rebecca Foreman, has compiled the ultimate list of awesome things to do with kids in Bali. Come rain or shine, these family-friendly activities and adventures mean there’s no excuse for holiday boredom on the Island of the Gods (AKA the Neverland for Kids!). Take a read, and thank us later…
ANIMALS & WILDLIFE
Things to do with kids who love animals
For animal-loving little ones, here’s our list of family-friendly activities that let you get up close and personal with Bali’s exciting wildlife – from the land, sky and underwater!
1. Have breakfast with Orangutans at Bali Zoo
The perfect place to bucket list your wild animal experiences, Bali Zoo is where you can go on a lion safari, feed a tiger, and even have breakfast with an Orangutan! As the first of its kind in Indonesia, the “Breakfast With Orangutans” program invites you and the kids to feast on fresh fruits, pancakes and cereal, all the while watching Indonesia’s majestic orange apes frolic nearby. The experience even includes pick-up from your hotel, not to mention a morning zoo tour with your own zookeeper to meet the zoo’s other animal inhabitants!
Bali Zoo, Jl Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, p. +62 361 294 357 / +62 878 8020 0200, e. [email protected]; Open daily 9am – 5pm.
2. Go ape at Ubud’s Monkey Forest
A sacred forest full of cheeky little Macaques, over 186 species of trees and a stunning Hindu temple at the heart, Ubud’s Monkey Forest is always a great day out for you your little monkeys. Not only a place to get up close and personal with Bali’s native primates, it’s also a research and conservation station for intrigued kiddos who’d like to learn about their long-lost cousins.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, p. +62 361 971 304; Open daily 9am – 5pm.
3. Take a walk on the wild side at Bali Safari & Marine Park
A Safari-inspired wildlife park home to over a thousand amazing animals, Bali Safari & Marine Park promises an entire day (or more!) of adventures and fun. You can spot more than 100 species here, including rare and endangered animals like the Komodo Dragon, orangutan and the Bali Mynah bird. There’s also a Night Safari here, and for true animal enthusiasts, you can even stay over at the onsite safari lodges. Bring your swimming gear for the water park too!
Bali Safari & Marine Park, Jl Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar, p. +62 361 950 000 / +62 811 3811 0400, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 9am.
4. Dolphin watch in Lovina
A trip to Lovina in North Bali is a treat in itself, but add a Dolphin Watching tour onto your itinerary to really nab those parent points! Head out on a traditional outrigger (before the sun has risen is best) and spot playful dolphins leaping out of the crystal clear waters. A treat for both you and the kiddos.
5. Go cuckoo at the Bali Bird Park
Bali Bird Park is a fantastic place to view over 250 species and 1000 birds, many indigenous to Indonesia, as well as exotic breeds from Latin America, Africa and Australia. A family day out with feathered friends!
Bali Bird Park, Jl Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Gianyar, p. +62 361 299 352 / +62 811 3883 388; Open daily.
6. Spot wild deer at Menjangan’s National Park
For adventurous kiddos, take them away from the hustle and bustle of the south and head up to the Bali Barat National Park. Here, on Bali’s north-western coast, you’ll be able to take a trip to Menjangan (AKA Deer Island) which has excellent snorkelling for all ages (equipment and life jackets are available for hire) and is also home to black monkeys and even gorgeous wild deer.
7. Go giddy up at Bali Equestrian
A true Canggu gem, the ever-popular Bali Equestrian Centre is Canggu’s bespoke international riding facility set amidst Instagram-worthy views. Drop-in for pony rides, weekly Tiny Tot classes, photos shoots, camps, show jumping lessons and so much more.
Bali Equestrian Centre, Perumahan Canggu Asri, Jl Karang Suwung, Berawa, p. +62 361 844 6541 / +62 878 6294 9030, e. [email protected]; Open daily 8.30am – 6.30pm.
8. Protect & release baby sea turtles
Since 2011, the Bali Sea Turtle Society has been involved in the conservation, nest protection, hatching and awareness for these beautiful yet endangered marine creatures. Check out the website to find out how, when and where you and the fam can get involved with releasing baby sea turtles and protecting their nests.
9. Meet Nelly at Mason Elephant Park
One of Bali’s most visited attractions and home to over 30 endangered Sumatran elephants, come and experience this multi-award-winning and world-renowned Mason Elephant Park and conservation reserve where you can wash and feed the elephants. They also offer elephant rides, but we highly recommend against this for the elephant’s welfare and wellbeing.
Mason Elephant Park, Jl Elephant Park Taro, Taro Village, Tegallalang, Ubud, p. +62 361 721 480; Open daily 9am – 5pm.
10. Hold giant butterflies at Bali Butterfly Park
At Bali Butterfly Park, you can enjoy the serenity and silence of thousands of butterflies at this small facility in Tabanan. Here you can spot some of Bali’s incredible species, such as the Bali Peacock, the common birdwing. and a host more. Top tip: go in the morning to see the hatchings.
Bali Butterfly Park, Jl Batukaru, Tabanan, p. +62 878 6307 5006; Open daily 8am – 5pm.
ARTS & CULTURE
Things to do with creative kids in Bali
Kids, get ready to unleash your inner Dali as you revel in these artsy activities and creative, culture-filled days out in Bali.
11. Get artsy at Berawa Art House
The perfect place for budding artists, Berawa Art House is a light-filled studio with exceptional materials at your fingertips. Weekly art classes for children and adults of all levels are available, or join one of the daily after-school classes.
Berawa Art House, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 99, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 859 5415 7117, e. [email protected]; Open Mon – Sat, bookings required.
12. Visit the Blanco Museum
For little art enthusiasts, visit the Blanco Museum of celebrated artist, Antonio Blanco. It’s a place where you can savour Balinese life in motion with a visit to the temple, gardens and even the studio which remains undisturbed, complete with an unfinished painting still on the easel.
The Blanco Renaissance Museum Campuan, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 502; Open daily 10am – 5pm.
13. Get crafty with Canggu Jewelry Classes
Great for creative kiddos, Canggu Jewelry Classes offer bespoke workshops (either full or half-day) in the art of jewellery making. For kids aged seven years and up, the in-house smiths will guide your kids through a seriously hands-on workshop.
Canggu Jewelry Classes, Jl Subak Canggu, BB Garden Resort, Canggu, p. +62 821 4522 5550 / +62 821 4494 1686; Open daily from 9am, bookings required.
14. Take a ceramics class at Sari Api
Take part in the fun and creative ceramics classes at Sari Api for kids aged 4 – 14 years. They’ll learn how to prepare the clay and place it on the wheel, before throwing it and moulding it into shape. Their creations will then be placed in the kiln for finishing, however, the creations take three weeks to set and become ready to take home, so this one is best for families living on the island, or visiting for a longer period of time. Materials and hibiscus lemonade are included.
Sari Api, Jl Suweta, Bentuyung Village, Ubud, p. +62 813 3881 4973, e. [email protected]; Kids classes on Sat from 9.30am, bookings required.
15. Make mini Mozarts at Ensiklomusika Music School
Calling all buddy Mozart’s and musicians! Sign your kids up to a class at Ensiklomusika Music School where they can learn how to play the piano, guitar, violin or even have vocal lessons with a trained music teacher.
Ensiklomusika Music School, multiple locations across the island, p. +62 878 8819 9069, e. [email protected]; Bookings required.
16. Watch the wonders of Indonesia at Devdan Theatre
Like the Cirque du Soleil of Bali, the 45-minute stage show at Devdan Theatre takes you on a tour of some of this country’s most famous islands – all through the eyes of two narrators. The kids will be absolutely absorbed by the wonders of the Indonesian archipelago, with floor acrobatics, aerial dancers and pyrotechnics.
Devdan Theatre, Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, Komplek ITDC Nusa Dua, Benoa, p. +62 361 770 197, e. [email protected]; Shows every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat from 7.30pm.
17. Strictly come Balinese dancing at Desa Seni
For little dancers and teeny twinkle toes, you can watch a beautiful swarm of village girls learning the art of Balinese dance at Desa Seni. This is an awesome free sighting, set amongst the truly beautifully handcrafted setting of this art village in Canggu, where you can also rent a wooden bungalow, or even take part in a yoga class.
Desa Seni, Jl. Subak Sari No. 13, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 844 6392 / +62 811 399 536; Every Sunday at 2pm.
18. Get cultured at a cultural workshop
For an all-immersive Balinese cultural experience, take the whole fam to the Bali Culture Workshop and take part in puppet-making, traditional dance, gamelan and daily offerings. You can even feast on Balinese cuisine, and enjoy a live shadow puppet performance in the evening.
Bali Culture Workshop, Oka Kartini BnB, Jl Raya Ubud, Ubud, p. +62 878 6057 5571, e. [email protected]; Bookings required.
19. Paint a pot at Jenggala
Kids, get ready to paint your own pot at Jenggala in Jimbaran. The Paint-a-Pot program allows for kids to bring home a souvenir for friends, family or maybe even Mum and Dad! Anyone can take part, no matter their age or artistic experience. Creations are fired in Jenggala’s on-site kilns and will be ready in 5 to 7 days.
Jenggala, Jl Uluwatu II, Jimbaran, p. +62 361 703 311; Open daily 10am – 5pm.
20. Potter away in Ubud
For those interested in introducing the kiddos to the wonders of a clay creation, then check out Rusters’ pottery workshop in Ubud. Just for the kids, aged between 3-14 years, let them create their own clay masterpiece under guided supervision while the folks chill in the restaurant for a healthy Rusters brekkie and awesome coffee. Kids can also bring their creations home for a small fee to paint and kiln, and there are also workshops for adults.
Rusters, Jl Raya Kengetan No. 44, Ubud, p. +62 811 380 4341; Every Sun 10am – 11.30am, bookings advised for private classes.
21. Creativity & curiosity at Joshua District
Grab the kiddos (3 years and above) and make a bee-line to the creative space at the Joshua District set among the stunning rice paddies of Tabanan. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to join and get involved in the ever-changing activities on offer. Rest assured, it will stimulate your littlies curiosity – like painting the walls and the floors! Grab a wholesome feed in the open onsite restaurant while you’re there, and enjoy the music and breezy vibes while you watch the sun go down over Tabanan.
Joshua District, Jl Kebo Iwa, Tabanan, p. +62 812 3709 2872; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Things to do with culinary kids in Bali
Hungry for things to do on your family holiday? Feast on these top tips for cooking with the kids across the island…
22. Cook up a storm at Asmiera Spice
Weekly cooking classes for the kids.. check. Learning how to use professional cooking equipment and follow recipes… double-check. Bringing yummies home for mumma to try, triple-check! Make sure you and your kids investigate the Saturday cooking school at Asmiera Spice in Umalas. Offering kids aged 5 – 12 the chance to explore a new dish every week, they’ll master the fundamentals of cooking in a custom-built school kitchen. Don’t miss out on all the seasonal and holiday special cook-ups. YASS Puh-lease!
Asmiera Spice, Kerobokan, p. +62 813 3771 5517.
23. Make artisanal chocolate at PRIMO
Calling all chocolate lovers! Take this workshop with PRIMO to experience the journey that a simple cocoa bean takes to become a chocolate bar, so that you can take it home and share with the family – or eat it on the way home (we won’t judge!).
PRIMO, Jl Verdacchi, Pejaten, Tabanan, p. +62 811 3940 3595, e. [email protected]; Open by appointment.
24. Get your chef on at an Indonesian cooking class
With so much fresh and delicious produce available across the island, taking part in one of Bali’s best cooking classes should be high priority on your family hit-list. Scour the local markets for the best ingredients, learn the tricks to Bali’s cooking trade and spice up your sambal skills to really nail your next Nasi Goreng.
Things to do with active kids in Bali
For active kiddos, there’s no better way to explore the island than getting them stuck into activities and adventures that’ll raise the heart rate. Here’s our list of our fave kids activities in Bali.
25. Boulder shmoulder at Bali Climbing
Let your little monkeys climb to their heart’s content at Bali Climbing – an open-aired climbing facility for active kiddos. An uber-cool walk-in bouldering gym close to the beach, it’s where all climbing levels can scale literally to the rooftops. Rock climbing shoes are provided, as well as professional supervision.
Bali Climbing, Jl Munduk Catu, Canggu, p. +62 856 121 4327; Kids (aged 4 to 11 years) daily classes at 4pm – 5pm.
26. Strike it lucky with ten-pin bowling
As the latest and greatest modern ten-pin bowling experience in Bali, Strike at Finns Rec Club is a fabulously fun and family-friendly day out. There are six lanes with automatic pinsetters and a computerised system for scoring, and for littlies or first-timers, there are even bumpers available to keep the balls from going off track. Tuck into the family-sized pizzas for extra parent points.
Strike at Finns Rec Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 848 3939 / +62 811 388 2015; Open daily from 11am.
27. Learn to pounce at Bounce
Bounce is Bali’s first air-conditioned trampoline facility located at Finns Rec Club. It’s been specifically designed with spring-loaded frames for maximum bouncing fun, complete with jumping classes on the hour, every hour. Try one of the scheduled and specialised classes, like the private bounce boarding, trampoline fitness, dodgeball or basketball, or leave the kids at home and go disco bouncing on a Friday night!
Bounce at Finns Rec Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu; Open daily from 10am.
28. Welcome to the Ubud jungle
Ubud isn’t only about cool cafes, awesome yoga studios and hip bars – it’s also great for thrill-seeking families! You can get your fill of quad biking through the jungle, rafting down white-water rapids, cycling through the wide open terrains or camping under the stars. There’s plenty of tour operators in Ubud offering all this under one adventurous package.
29. Battle it out with paintballing
Get ready to aim and fire at Bali’s most awesome paintballing facility Jimbaran Hill Paintball Arena with its bushes and bunkers on Bali’s Bukit peninsula. All equipment is provided including overalls to protect your clothes, so you only need to bring your own sneakers. This one comes with a minimum age of 10 – 12, and requires parental supervision too.
Jimbaran Hill Paintball Arena, Perumahan Bali Kencana Resort, Jimbaran, p. +62 877 6045 4222, e. [email protected]; Open daily.
Things to do with adventurous kids in Bali
Get the kids off the devices and get them exploring Bali’s great outdoors, from beautiful mountains and caves to waterfalls and pristine bays.
30. Visit the Botanical Gardens
Fresh mountain air, wide open spaces and manicured gardens for as far as the eye can see – the kids will love a trip to the Botanical Gardens in Bedugul. There’s a bamboo forest that the kids will love exploring, plus plenty of space on the grass for a picnic (don’t forget to grab a punnet of fresh strawberries from the roadside!).
Botanical Gardens, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan, p. +62 368 203 3211, e. [email protected]
31. Go chasing waterfalls
Bali isn’t only about beautiful white sandy beaches, rolling surf and picture-perfect sunsets – the island is also home to many stunning waterfalls to add to your adventurous bucket list. Take the family to visit one of these hidden treasures, and take your swimming gear too, because the kids will love diving in! Here’s our list of Bali’s very best waterfalls.
32. Climb to the top of Mount Batur
Take a hike and you and your crew can witness one of Bali’s best views – above the clouds on Mount Batur! This volcano hike only takes a few hours, and is not too challenging (no proper hiking boots needed) so most active children of any age can do it. You’ll need to wake up early though, as these hikes usually include a mountaintop breakfast at sunrise to beat all others. Pickup, transport, entrance fee, flashlights, experienced guides and brekkie are all included with Bali Sunrise Tours.
33. Trekking through Ubud’s rice paddies
Bali has many working rice fields, and the Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are some of the most famous thanks to their beautiful valleys of rice that stretch for miles. In every direction it’s a sea of stair-like rice fields, dotted by hard-working farmers tending to their treasured crops. It can get busy here, so if you want to avoid the tourist crowds, head to Jatiluwih instead – a World Heritage-listed rice terrace.
34. Watch a Bali sunset
It’s just not a Bali holiday without witnessing a famous candy-coloured sunset, so round up the fam for a wow-worthy golden hour. Some of our fave spots? Any of Bali’s best beach clubs come with premier perches, or you can add some culture to your sundowners, either at Uluwatu’s Monkey Temple, or the ever-famous Tanah Lot – an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple set out on the ocean.
35. Soar above nature on a swing
Bali’s ever-famous swings aren’t just for kids – these incredible creations soar high above nature for a ride like no other. There’s the Insta-worthy jungle swing at Ubud’s Zen Hideaway retreat, the sea-view swings in East Bali, or if you want to swing with your toes in the ocean, head to Pandawa Beach or Gili Trawangan. And don’t forget to snap the kids swinging their hearts out against these beautiful Bali backdrops!
36. Nature glamping never looked and felt so good
For families that love to glamp, look no further than Bali Beach Glamping compound in Tabanan. If the tastefully designed, luxury-furnished glamping tents with AC don’t snag you then the oh so stunning infinity pool right on the beachfront may just sway those who are sitting on the fence. Not forgetting the amazing facilities, like gym, restaurant, spa, plus the option to choose from any number of activities like island trips, horse riding or water sports. All can be arranged to ensure a fun family break away set amongst the tropical splendour of Tabanan’s gorgeous rice paddies. Or for those with a hankering for mountain view, check out Sunrise Hill Camp for white stylised camping tents, fire pits and BBQ options, plus heated pool at your disposal. You can organise Mount Batur tours easily with management and all sorts of other thrill seeking adventures like waterfall trekking or simply enjoy the stunning Mt Batur view from your comfy glamping spot.
Things to do with littler kids in Bali
If they’re too small for a wild adventure, there’s nothing better than good old fashioned playtime. Here’s our round up of the best indoor and outdoor playgrounds for the kids to enjoy in Bali.
Parklife is an all-encompassing family hub in Canggu that invites you and your little ones to explore their imagination through uninhibited play in a beautiful, green and – most importantly – safe park. A playground and restaurant combo, this lush expanse is dotted with a jungle gym, bouncy castle, a mini beach and even an outdoor cinema. Family-friendly heaven right there!
Parklife, Jl Raya Uma Buluh No. 15, Canggu, p. +62 818 0511 3200; Open daily.
38. All day play at Cubby House Kids Club
The perfect place for kids to play and learn in a lively and stimulating environment, the Cubby House Kids Club at Finns is where children can play and learn at the same time. Kids aged between 2 and 12 have a huge range of toys and activities to keep them entertained, including the toy area, movie theatre, library, arts & crafts area, computer stations, dress ups and more. Meals and snacks are also available to keep their tummies happy.
Cubby House Kids Club at Finns Rec Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 848 3939 / +62 857 3840 8745, e. [email protected]; Open daily 9am – 6pm.
39. Come and play at Play by COMO
Keep your kids busy at Play by COMO with an abundance of cultural activities, like Balinese dancing, gamelan lessons, rituals and Batik cloth making, as well as the more traditional wooden toys, arts and crafts, board games and a library full of books and magazines for even the most discerning reader. There’s even yoga for kids here, too.
COMO Uma Canggu, Jl Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 361 620 2228 / +62 811 3821 4845, e. [email protected]; Open daily 9am – 6pm.
40. Monkey around at Jungle Play
There’s no end to the amount of energy kiddos need to burn, and for littlies that love to climb and run and swing hard, then head to Jungle Play in Jimbaran. A fab family Recreation Park with a wooden playground, tree house and jungle gym, there’s also a playhouse and mini maze for hours of fabby dabby kiddy entertainment. Also available for private birthday group bookings. Pssst, don’t forget to feed the rabbits before you leave!
Jungle Play, Jl Karang Mas, Jimbaran, p. +62 878 6355 0067, e. [email protected]
SHOP & SPA
Things to do with little Princes & Princesses in Bali
For little ones who love a bit of self-care, check out our top spots for retail therapy and family-friendly spa-going in Bali.
41. Spa, shop & skate at Bali’s best shopping malls
Tamora Gallery in Canggu is an Instagrammer’s dream-come-true, and also an island heaven for mums, dads and little ones too. This uber-cool lifestyle shopping arcade is full to the brim with boutiques, cafes and restaurants, while for the kiddos, there’s a grassed playground and skatebowl for them to let off some steam. If you’re in Kuta, treat you and your little humans to some serious retail therapy at Beachwalk Shopping Mall where you’ll find high-street greats like H&M, Zara, Mango, Bershka & Topshop to name a few. There’s even a cinema here (with Gold Class too!) plus plenty of restaurants, play areas and even family-friendly events held on centre stage.
42. Create your own perfume
For kiddos aged between 5-11 why not try a perfume workshop to introduce them to the subtle art of fragrance and perfumery. At L’Aterlier they will be able to select and identify various scents, use specialised laboratory utensils and create their very own scent. What a treat to walk-away with a certificate as a souvenir plus a 30ml bottle of customised perfume carefully labelled with the name they will choose.
L’Aterlier Parfum & Creations, TS Suites Hotel, Seminyak, & Grand Hyatt Bali, Nusa Dua, p. +62 877 8501 2500, e. [email protected]; Bookings required.
43. Indulge in some Mummy & Me time
Pamper alongside your little one at one of Bali’s many family-friendly spas. There’s K by Karima in Canggu that treats you and the kiddo to massages with only the most natural of ingredients used in the “Kids Massage” treatment. Otherwise, head to Think Pink Salon for a mummy and mini-me mani-pedi. Relax as your little one sits in their very own pint-sized chair perfect for princess pedis, with every polish and gel colour available.
44. Create your own body care range at Republic of Soap
Grab your creative spirit and head to Republic of Soap with the kids to make their own body care range at the fun DIY Station and choose their favourite scents and make their own body wash, bubble bath, lotion, sunscreen, dry body oil, scented roll-ons, diffusers, even their own room spray. There’s also a refill station where kids can bring their own bottles and learn about the eco friendliness of reusing containers and re-filling them with their own creations.
Republic of Soap, Jl Gn. Tangkuban Perahu No. 305, Denpasar, p. +62 361 734 934, e. [email protected]; Advance bookings recommended.
Things to do with sporty kids in Bali
Active kids are happy kids, and there’s plenty to keep sports lovers’ on the move in Bali.
45. Join a team at JSA Bali
Any child with an ounce of energy will be in seventh heaven at this Canggu-based sports academy. JSA at Finns Rec Club offers a whole host of sporting activities from 3-17 years of age. Perfect for those on holiday or those living here, sign up for drop-in sessions or a whole season.
JSA at Finns Rec Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 859 5991 7858, e. [email protected]nnsrecclub.com; Open daily.
46. Take the whole fam to Titi Batu Ubud
Pack up the kids and head to Titi Batu – Ubud’s premier gym, fitness and family community centre situated on sacred holy land. Enjoy family hangs by the 25m pool, or let the kids go cray in the skate park, kids room, playground and even in the indoor and outdoor sports courts. Settle in for the day with a day pass or sign up for a year-long membership. Psst! Mums and dads, there’s a sauna, steam & jacuzzi here too!
Titi Batu, Jl Cempaka, Kumbuh, Mas, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 134 / +62 811 381 7755; e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
47. Break a sweat with action-packed martial arts classes
At JH Kim Taekwondo, the programs have been carefully structured for each age group starting at age 3+ to learn both the modern Olympic style of Taekwondo and the traditional method. The kids will learn from highly trained, certified, dedicated and champion instructors in the well-equipped training facility in Kerobokan. Or, let the kids loose at Bali MMA‘s Kids Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes. Designed for kids aged between 7 and 14 years, these martial arts classes will teach your child how to conduct themselves in a group setting, all the while instilling confidence, discipline, teamwork skills, and the importance of respect – not to mention learning from professional athletes, all at Indonesia’s number one mixed martial arts academy. Cowabunga!
48. Get them moving with Capoeira
Combining music, rhythm and good vibes, kids Capoeira classes are all about having fun. They’re designed for ages 4 – 12 to discover, explore and learn the beauty and mystery of this Afro Brazilian culture through movement and song. We dare you to resist signing up to the adults classes yourself…
Capoeira Bali, Jl Banjar Gg. Rajawali, Kerobokan, p. +62 815 5855 9660; Open Mon – Sat, bookings recommended.
49. Ready, Aim, Arch
What could be more fun than learning the traditional art of Indonesian archery (indoor or outdoor) at the Bali International Archery. Kids Archery programs are curated for ages 4-15 years, and opening days are Tuesday to Sunday.
Bali International Archery, Jl Padang Getas, Ubud, p. +62 878 4025 5392; Bookings recommended.
50. Dance your heart out
Just Dance Bali is a dedicated dance studio based in the heart of Canggu and runs classes weekly for kids aged from 4 years up. So if your little one likes to groove and jive, then check out all the dedicated classes for kids (and adults), including yoga, ballet, hip hop, jazz and Balinese dance classes. For those that like to sing and dance, you can check out all the offerings for littlies at the ever popular Eva Scolaro Talent Studio.
51. Golf in mountain volcano resort at Handara
Why not check out Handara Golf & Resort for the chance to experience golfing in the cool, calm climates of Bedugul. Here you will have the chance to view crater lakes and an equatorial rainforest creating a most stunning backdrop for golfing, bike riding, or simply strolling around the stunning resort grounds. Kids can start off at the putting green before trying their hand at the driving range plus lessons can easily be arranged. This is the opportunity to escape the beach and enjoy relaxing family times insta-worthy pics of the fam bam at the famous Handara Gates.
Handara Golf & Resort, Pancasari Village, Singaraja, p. +62 362 3422 646 / +62 878 8883 6888
Things to do with water babies in Bali
Swimming pools, sparkly ocean, or even hot springs – take your pick from these fun-filled water adventures in Bali and get the whole family submerged!
52. Snorkel with turtles and find Nemo!
Bali is home to some of Indonesia’s most stunning underwater scenery and marine life, so why not rent a snorkel and mask and search for sea turtles with the kids! Hop over to Nusa Lembongan for crystal clear lagoons, or head up to Tulamben and Amed for black sands and vibrant reefs. These are without doubt the best spots to find Nemo in Bali.
53. Splish and splosh at a waterpark
The ultimate water-filled day out in Canggu, send the kids to Splash to slip and slide down four world-class waterslides (the Giant Racer, Speed Racer, Super Bowl and the Big Red). For the littlies, there’s a Water Wonderland with cannons, mini slides, a climbing fort and big water bucket, and a lazy, Crazy Creek for a relaxing dip. Staying in Kuta? Take the entire fam to Waterbom for a day of heart-pumping splashing and sploshing! Voted Asia’s best waterpark over and over, there are all sorts of rides for all ages here, from the Lazy River and the curly-whirly slides for little ones, to the dizzyingly high Climax for the brave. Both toddlers and adrenaline junkies will not leave disappointed from this world-class family destination. Top tip: arrive early to miss the queues.
54. Take a dip in Bali’s hot springs
After so many high-paced family activities in Bali, why not treat the kids (and you) to a relaxing and therapeutic day at Bali’s four hot springs, located southwest of Lovina. Grab lunch at the restaurant and then bliss out with a massage and body scrub before submerging in the sulphur-rich, healing warm waters.
55. Hit up one of Bali’s best beach clubs
Because parenting doesn’t have to be stressful, take the kids to one of Bali’s best beach clubs and spend the day sprawled out beside one of Bali’s beautiful beaches. While the kids splish and splash in the pools or the ocean (with supervision and lifeguards on hand, of course) you can kick back with a designer cocktail in hand and your toes touching a glittering infinity pool. Now that’s a family holiday!
56. Take a stroll under the sea
Surely the easiest and most comfortable way to explore Bali’s ocean biodiversity, a Sea Walker lets you walk along the sea bed with the help of your own breathable helmet. It requires no special skill or prior swimming knowledge, so it’s great for little ones who want a taste of the underwater world before taking the plunge (pun intended) into scuba diving.
Sea Walker, multiple locations across the island.
57. Ride the island’s waves at a surf school
Bali is world renowned for its idyllic surf spots, so round up the kiddos and get them riding the island’s awesome waves with a professional surf school. There are so many great surf schools to choose from, but for Mums and Dads who want to know that their kids are in the best hands, we recommend the tried-and-tested Thumbs Up Surf located in family-friendly Canggu, or the world-renowned Rip Curl Surf School in Sanur.
58. Bounce, slide & splash at Aqualand
By far the most fun you can have on an inflatable in Bali, Aqualand is an enormous inflatable assault course that’s suitable for all ages (mums and dads included!). Let the kids run, jump or slide their way round the various obstacles, with some reaching over eight metres high. If you’d rather sit back and watch the mayhem unfold, there’s an onsite bar and restaurant and even a man-made beach to relax on.
Aqualand, Jl Raya Pelabuhan Benoa No. 7X, Denpasar, p. +62 361 846 8866, e. [email protected]; Open daily 10am – 6pm.
59. Learn to wakeboard at Bali Wake Park
Located on the same site as Aqualand, Bali Wake Park is the island’s only cable park for wakeboarding, skiing and knee-boarding, spread over a five hectare lake that can accommodate up to eight riders at one time. Suitable for all levels (there are beginner boards and also jumps & rails for pros) Bali Wake Park is a fab day out for families, with a bar, pool and restaurant overlooking the lake.
Bali Wake Park, Jl Raya Pelabuhan Benoa No. 7X, Denpasar, p. +62 361 846 8866, e. [email protected]; Open daily 10am – 6pm.
60. Explore the underworld at Tulamben
Take the kids (tens years and older) for a day of diving at the famous shipwreck in Tulamben in Amed, East Bali. This is an awesome family day and no prior experience is necessary. Just book in with Adventure Divers who will take the time to teach you and the kids, all you need to know about exploring in the open seas with scuba equipment and professional instructors, where you will have the wonderful opportunity to explore Bali’s most popular dive site, the USS Liberty Shipwreck, an army cargo ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942 and beached on the island of the Gods.
61. Take them White Water Rafting
For a serious adrenalin rush and awesome aquatic adventure, take the kids white water rafting around hairpin curves and through Ubud’s carved valleys. Go with Mason Adventures for the longest ride (and most professional services) where you’ll get wet and wild on a thrilling and scenic journey along the enigmatic Ayung River. All top quality equipment and facilities are provided, included air-conditioned transfers, insurance, changing rooms and even a gourmet buffet lunch.
62. Slide into Toya Devasya
Join in all the fun at Bali’s one and only hot spring waterpark, Toya Devasya, situated in the northern east part of Bali and right smack bang in the heart of Mt Batur country. Here you and the family will be able to enjoy an infinity hot spring pool right on the edge of stunning Lake Batur, and there’s even a cool Water Boom slide park, plus loads of water activities (think jetski and flyboarding) to choose from, along with hiking, touring adventures, and plenty of spa options. You can choose from a range of food dining options, all showcasing the best in fresh local fare.
Toya Devasya, Jl Puri Bening (STA), Toya Bungkah, Kintamani, p. +62 366 512 05, e. [email protected]; Open daily.
Things to do with skater kids and motor heads in Bali
Keep the good times rollin’ and take the kids to these parks, adventures and activities where they can have a wicked time on two or four wheels.
63. Skate up a storm at Amplitude
Get the kids rolling and active outdoors at Bali’s premier Amplitude Skate Park. This purpose-built skate park encompasses a 3000 metre facility featuring a street course, pump track and skate bowl. All ages are welcome, and you can either bring your own wheels or rent them. Classes are daily and private lessons are also available.
Amplitude Skate Park, Gg. Nata No. 5, Kerobokan, p. +62 811 385 0711; Open daily
64. Zoom the laps at Karting Star Bali Club
Karting Star Bali Club is the one and only go-karting open air track on the island, based in Jimbaran. Grab your tribe and hit this purpose built 400 meter go carting track complete with bridge and tunnel and see who can do the fastest lap in the 9HP Honda engine carts. These speedy carts can propel up to 70kph so great for adults who like to race and appropriate for kids 10 years plus. Grab your helmets and make the most of tall the fun times to be had at kart track.
Karting Star Bali Club, Jl Karang Mas, Jimbaran, p. +62 812 3899 3412; Open daily 10am – 6pm.
65. Rent a quad bike on the beach
We’ve all seen quad bike adventures in Bali, but how about a quad biking tour on the beach?! Aussie Bali Adventures and Keramas Activity are tried and tested options for a family fun ATV adventure exploring rice paddies and beacheswhere you can ride free along countless miles of remote black sand beaches, or up through scenic World Heritage-listed rice fields, jungle tracks and down through traditional local villages – then back onto the beach for a final run. Let the kids loose on their own, or choose to go tandem with little ones.
66. Cruise vintage-style in a VW Safari
Drop everything and take a ride in ‘The Thing’ – an open-topped, classic VW 181 convertible tour. Choose your location and your driver will take you down small village roads, stop off at local markets and show you around Bali’s most notable sites – all in ultimate vintage style!
67. Cycle and sightsee through local villages
What better way to cover off sightseeing in Bali than on a bike tour? Cycle through the “real Bali” on secret back roads and through traditional villages to take your fill of lush, panoramic rice paddies while absorbing the sights and smells of local village life. We recommend Mason Adventures and Bali Eco Cycling.
WEIRD & WONDERFUL
Things to do with wild & wacky kids in Bali
Way off the beaten track or down the rabbit hole, these otherworldly pursuits are at once weird, wacky and totally wonderful!
68. Get seriously muddy at Mepantigan Bali
A muddy fusion of performance and martial arts, Mepantigan promises a Bali experience with a difference. They offer programs for adults and kids with an introduction to the art of wrestling in mud. Prepare to get down and dirty – there’s no better place to have fun in the mud.
69. Get freaky at Frankenstein’s Laboratory
A year-round Halloween-themed theatre restaurant, Frankenstein’s Laboratory is where the kids can meet a zombie, watch a cabaret, get involved with zombie face painting and watch a band – all squeezed in around dinner. It’s a great experience for young families, with a special family session for kids up to 14 years of age.
Frankenstein’s Laboratory, Jl Camplung Tanduk No. 6, Seminyak, p. +62 361 731 622 / +62 813 3871 3280, e. [email protected]; Family session available during the low seasons
70. Keep calm and cool at Timezone
When you’ve tired of shopping, surf and the sun but still have time to kill, grab the kiddos and try some good ol’ fashioned arcade gaming at a fully air conditioned Timezone outlet. Located at Mall Bali Galeria, Level 21 and Samasta Lifestyle Village, load up the Timezone credit cards and watch your littlies throw themselves into the wonders of the interactive gaming machine world in order to accrue those precious tickets, which can later be exchanged for cool goodies to take home!
71. Throw axes at Mother Huckers
Bali’s first and only indoor urban axe throwing club. Mother Huckers brings the thrill of a traditional Canadian backyard pastime to the Island of the Gods. Bring the kids in for a spot of heavily supervised axe throwing against the backdrop of great music for a mother hucking ‘axperience’ that won’t soon be forgotten.
Mother Huckers at Finns Rec Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 878 6000 6482, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 12pm.
72. Get involved at Shooters
At Shooters in Petitenget, you don’t just watch, you get in and go for it! Think awesome activities and games for the whole family, like mini-golf, basketball throwing, pool, darts, ping pong, lawn bowls for the more relaxed or axe-throwing for those who like to dare. Share American comfort eats like hot dogs, pizzas, burgers and nachos with plenty of vegan and veggie options to choose from. Sign me up Scotty…Head to Shooters for all the fun you can handle.
Shooters, Jl Petitenget No. 43D, Petitenget, p. +62 813 3774 7863, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 11am.
73. Take them plane spotting
Random? Maybe. Boring? We think not. Take the kids on a quirky Bali adventure to spot some of the seven reported abandoned planes on the island. This is a free activity with no booking necessary – only an intrepid spirit, a willing driver and Google Maps needed! We’ll give you some clues: you’ll find the top 3 most popular ones in Pandawa, Kerobokan, and half way up Bypass Ngurah Rai… Happy hunting!
74. Let them be blessed by a Balinese healer
Take the kids for an experience of a lifetime and organise a Balinese blessing at one of the island’s many tourist temples. You can usually organise a blessing through your hotel or villa, or check out our list of the island’s best Balinese healers.
75. All things great and green
Ever wanted to experience a piece of the famous Green School, then waste no time and sign the family up to any number of nature-inspired camps. Located at Green School Bali, you and the kiddos (and teenagers) can explore and immerse yourselves in a range of holistic nature experiences with Green Camp Bali. Everything from family camps, kids and youth camps, even a three-island-adventure camp!
Words by Rebecca Foreman
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