Parents, don’t let that ‘Covid hangover’ ruin your 2020 vibe. Try this list of fun family activities to make this month a tropical Bali breeze!
Mums & dads, we get it. When it comes to keeping the kids busy each month in Bali, the bog-standard just won’t do. You need the hottest kids hotels and luxe family villas, the on-the-pulse family friendly restaurants to chomp on awesome wholesome fare, and all the brand new fabby dabby things to do, ‘hood by ‘hood (Canggu for the weekend, kids?). Well, look no further, ‘cos resident expat and mum-in-the-know, Rebecca Foreman, has got you covered with this October 2020 kids guide…
If you and the kids are twiddling thumbs and need some super cool ideas and inspo on things to do this month in Bali, then bookmark this page, because here are all the hottest family happenings for October 2020. From special stay deals, shopping discounts and new restaurants that let you bring your fur-kids along too, here’s what you and the fam will want to tick off this month in Bali.
Things to do in Bali with kids: October 2020
TREK & STAYCATION
Three for two deals in Pemuteran
Dreaming of white sandy bays, beachfront restaurants, bars and snorkelling on your doorstep? Make the most of the 3 for 2 September special deals at Taman Sari Resort in Pemuteran. Kids (and parents) will not be bored with plenty of grass to roam, pools to splash in and spa treatments on tap. There are a number of accommodation options to choose from, including one- to four-bed villas, suites and oh-so-cute rustic bungalows.
Keep active in the mountains at Handara Golf & Resort
October is the time to head for the hills and make the most of the special promotions at Handara Golf & Resort for crater lake views and a dramatic rainforest backdrop. Let the kids try golfing, bike-riding, monkeying around on the wooden playground, feeding the bunnies, or simply strolling around the stunning grounds. October is the perfect opportunity to escape the tropical heat and snuggle up at night roasting marshmallows around a crackling fire pit. Venture to nearby Bedugul, where there’s always time to pick a stack of strawberries, then take Insta-worthy piccies at the famous Handara Gates and Pura Ulun Danu Beratan – without the usual queues of tourists.
Family Fundays at COMO!
Look out Sundays, the weekend is starting to look a whole lot better thanks to COMO Canggu Family Sunday! The vibe on Sunday is all about a relaxed family atmosphere with daybeds by the pool ready and waiting for mums and dads to take a load off and watch the world go by between swims in the pool and overlooking Canggu beach. For the youngsters, have them sign up to Play by COMO – the resort’s dedicated space for children offering educational toys, games and activities. Don’t forget kids, you can enjoy complimentary ice cream with a choice of toppings too, if you are under 12 years old!
Spend a family beach day at Melia Bali
October is the month to make the most of Melia Bali, where you can nab 30% discounts and book now, stay later options. Grab the fam bam and enjoy a relaxing Melia Day Pass that allows for pool use, cabana hire, towels, paddle surfing and bike rental all included. The food menu never disappoints either, with its sumptuous Indonesian and western classics. Check the Melia Highlights for all the latest offerings, including a Family Halloween Play Date or the special massage treatment and lunch combo deal. Painting & wine days? Yes please! The kids can splash away in the pool and hang out at the beachside Kids Club, or simply play by Melia’s insta-worthy white sandy beach, complete with the famous Bali sea-swing. It’s the perfect way to spend a family beach day.
Hang out at Hotel Komune
If the beach is calling, then check out all the great domestic traveller deals at Hotel Komune and Beach Club, overlooking the famous Keramas surf break on Bali’s East Coast. Komune offers groovy family rooms with the best free-range kids club in town, including tramps, a playground, kids yoga, slides and plenty of green space for when they’re tired of splashing poolside.
Submerge in Lovina
Perhaps you fancy a weekend of underwater and dolphin exploration? Round up your besties, swimming cossies and explore the charms of Lovina. Make the most of all the amazing low-season deals right now, like the ideal family hang-out Villa Bloom, featuring a pool, soccer field, kids play areas, toys, and plenty of kids activities to keep them amused while Mumma organises an onsite massage or yoga sesh in the garden… Sign us up!
Stay 3, pay for 2 in Amed
Did someone say 3 for 2 deals in a comfy boho ocean view bungalow in Amed? Yes, we did! Make the most of Santai Hotel’s special 3 for 2 night deal running until the end of the year. Check out the super special prices for both ocean view and garden view bungalows, including breakfast! The kicker? You can go snorkelling directly from the beach out front!
Explore the great outdoors with a Family Camping Event
Get stuck into nature and explore all the best jungle trails, on a Bali Camping Community Family Camping Event. From October 15th – 17th, round up the kids (and parents) and immerse into lush green surrounds where you can all enjoy adventure hikes, campfire action, river excursions, water ceremonies, monkey fun and so much more. Spaces are limited, so sign up quick for the next available spot.
Go green with Green Camps Bali
Inspired by nature and 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 Camps Bali. Everything from family camps, kids and youth camps, even school camps are on offer here. Make the most of all the special discounts for October, and if you hurry, you may be able to book into the Three Islands Camp where kids can explore Bali, Lembongan and Ceningan. Spaces are limited and filling up fast, so sign up quick!
CHECK OUT BALI’S TOP ATTRACTIONS
Spot wildlife at Bali Safari Park
Get ready for a renewed safari experience at Bali Safari Park, the only place to venture when it comes to seeing all your favourite Indonesian, African and Indian safari animals up close and personal in a stunning tropical habitat. Sit in the comfort and safety of the safari truck for the ultimate safari experience, while you and the kids tour the park, jumping off at your leisure to watch the daily scheduled shows throughout the day. Lunch at the Tsavo Lion restaurant is especially splendid as you enjoy the very rare opportunity to sit and watch the lions, hippos and meerkats go about their day right alongside you (behind strong glass windows of course!). Take advantage of the super online deals happening right now for local residents and KITAS holders.
GET CRAFTY & CREATIVE
Potter away at Rusters in Ubud
For those interested in introducing the kiddos to the wonders of a clay creation, then check out a Rusters 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.
Workshops in the jungle at Kid X Craft
For art in the Ubud jungle, check out Kid X Craft. For a small fee, all kids (aged 3-14 years) are welcome to come and join creative Sunday classes at Kampung Ubud Bungalow. Every experience level is welcomed and prices include a two-hour long guided workshop using safe materials, healthy snacks and water.
COOK, EAT, REPEAT
Cook up a storm at Asmiera Spice
Trying out a new dish is always a treat – even better when your little one has cooked it for you! So 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.
Pub grub galore at Shotgun Social
If you love wide open spaces and plenty of turf for the kiddos to kick a ball while you enjoy awesome pub food, then check out Shotgun Social – Sanur’s hottest new restaurant. With its mighty range of craft beers on tap, fabby dabby New York-inspired pizzas, burgers, fish ‘n chips, and mini kid’s sliders, everyone is well looked after here. You won’t regret Shotgun Social’s scrummy yummy desserts either: burnt cheesecake or churros anyone? Psst… Dogs on leash are also welcome and even have their own special Doggy Menu to choose from – minced beef bowls, no less! The new wooden treehouse playground is open too, so let the kiddos climb to their heart’s content while you sit back and enjoy the delights of Sanur’s pub grub and liquid refreshments.
Kids eat free at Hard Rock Cafe
Hands up, who loves a freebie? We do! Don’t delay, round up the tribe and head to Hard Rock Cafe in Kuta (just next door to Beachwalk Mall) for some slap-up American fare. With every main course purchased, your little rockers will receive a free kids’ meal. Hurrah!
Sit back and enjoy the show at Shima Teppanyaki & Shabu Shabu
If it’s fine quality meat and fish you want accompanied by the best possible island veg, then look no further than Shima Teppanyaki & Shabu Shabu. You and the kiddos will be completely immersed in the delights of a teppanyaki cooking show right in front of you at the teppanyaki grill when you enjoy one of many set menus to choose from. With 15% off your October dining experience, you’ll want to book your seat… They’re filling up fast for a reason!
Shop, sip & brunch at Neon Palms
Island lovers and stayers, check out the 50% super dining savings on all menu items ALL day at Neon Palms. Brunch o-clock with the kids has never been so colourful than at Neon Palms with a menu that includes fluffy banana pancakes, all day eggs, and heaps of healthy fare (avo on toast with halloumi, anyone?) plus super smoothies that look like rainbows. Mamasitas, take note, there’s super savings on brunch cocktails, and even more deals downstairs at fashion icon, Bali Boat Shed!
Coffee combos at Milk & Madu
While the kids frolic and play on the onsite cubby-house and are entertained with arts and crafts activities, folks can grab the special promo on bacon & egg rolls or hot dawgs and a cold brew coffee combo! And don’t forget, you can now nab cinnamon cream cheese sticky buns and select Dreamwave vegan donuts at Milk & Madu too!
Double the deliciousness at Pod Chocolate
If you find yourself trekking round the Island of the Gods, why not pop into Pod Chocolate for a tasting session of the Pod Chocolate range, including white, milk and dark chocolate blocks (spreads too)! For the month of October, if you buy one you can get one free, on any flavour. This is an unbeatable 2 for 1 deal on the entire chocolate range including spreads, but only till the end of October!
Become a yogi at Yogurt Republic
Now is the time to try all the insane family pack deals and discounts at Yogurt Republic. Yogurt Republic frozen yogurt is made in-house and fresh every day from only the best all-natural ingredients – 98% fat free, gluten free and Halal certified too. Check out the Dhyana Pura store for incredible frozen yogurt and scrummy Gelato (also made in house). Take your time with a coffee to decide between waffle cone, waffle bowls, egg ‘bubble’ waffles, Belgian waffles or crepes or simply check out all the current offerings.
Feel fun-tastic at Finns & JSA
One of our all-time fave hangs for all things kid-tastic in Canggu: Finns Recreation Club! Now open and facilitating JSA activities, sign the kids up to football, boxing, dance classes, swimming, tennis and more! The new Term starts 19th October, so make the most of walk-in day passes or the massive 50% off promotion for memberships, applicable for family and kids. Enjoy facilities such as the lap pool, fully equipped gym and fitness classes, multi-function hall, grassed sporting field, and don’t forget Bistro C for the best post-workout coffee-with-a-view.
Bounce to your own beat
Make the most of the October promotions at Bounce – if you and the kiddos are KTP or KITAS holders, you’ll get a whopping 50% off the normal published price, or pay for 15 bounce sessions and receive 15 free. Double the fun, half the price! The school holidays have never looked so energetic…
Monkey around at Jungle Play
No doubt about it, 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 natural playground, tree house and jungle gym (flying fox, too!), there’s also a wooden playhouse and mini maze for hours of wholesome kiddy entertainment. It’s open every Saturday and Sunday, and also available for private birthday group bookings. Pssst, don’t forget to feed the rabbits before you leave!
Bend and stretch at Bali Gymnastics
Why not schedule in a weekly gymnastic class with Bali Gymnastics (at either CrossfitWanderlust in Canggu or Titi Batu in Ubud). Bali Gymnastics offers a unique blend of artistic gymnastics with yoga elements which teaches the fundamentals of floor, beam and vault skills (age 6 and up). The kiddos can expect lessons to follow a warm up, flexibility and drills format with added emotional and wellbeing benefits, such as visualisation and imagination exercises. Capped class numbers means all kids can expect equal attention and a 7 to 1 ratio per coach.
Bend it like a Bali Bulldog
If ball sports are more the jive, then check out all the latest footy classes for under 6s (new class), under 8s, 10s, under 12s and adults at Bali Bulldogs Football Club. Offering two practice classes a week and two games per month with outfits included in the registration fee, contact Bali Bulldogs for a free trial session.
Dance to your own rhythm at Just Dance
Check out the monthly roster at Just Dance, Canggu’s newest all purpose-built dance studio, where kids of all ages and levels can now try their own dedicated yoga class, along with weekly ballet, hip hop, jazz and Balinese dance classes.
Fire-up at Paintball Canggu
If you have older kiddos (12 and up) then you can’t go past the excitement of Paintball Canggu, Bali’s largest and most exciting paintballing field which offers up to ten different games. Think Save the Flag, Zombie and Protect the President.
Gather your crew and go rafting with Bali Sobek
If your kiddo is having a birthday party and you need party inspo, or perhaps you’re having a weekend staycation in Ubud, then check out the amazing rafting deals for domestic guests and KITAS holders at Bali Sobek. The special price includes a 2 hour rafting tour that includes all equipment, instructor, shower facilities, set lunch menu, drinking water and insurance. Bring your own towels and get ready for a rafting experience on the Ayung river that you will never forget!
Keep on rollin’ at Donkey Skatepark
For teens that like to ride the skateboard variety, there’s always the awesome smooth indoor skatepark facility, Donkey Skatepark on Sunset Road. Open 9 – 5 daily for a nominal entrance fee, let the kids ride all day on concrete flooring and wooden ramps for a crankin’ good time! #cowabungadudes
Go fat biking
Ever wanted to try out e-biking or fat biking? Well, now is the time to make the most of all the special promo deals at Bali Fat Bike Cycling Tours. Grab the fam bam (height restrictions apply) and take a tour through rice paddies, near Tanah Lot Temple, on the beach, or perhaps a heritage tour is more your vibe. Even lunch is included in the promo price! There’s so much to choose from and a custom-made tour can be ready and waiting at just 24 hours notice. Enjoy the special deals while they last!
Ready, aim, arch!
What could be more fun than learning the traditional art of Indonesian archery (indoor or outdoor) at the Ubud Archery Club? Kids Archery programs are curated for ages 4-15 years at the Njana Tilem Museum, and opening days are Tuesday to Sunday. Make the most of KITAS holder specials right now, or special barter deals in exchange for classes… A 100kg bag of rice can be exchanged for 10 classes!
Zoom laps at Go Karting Bali
Go Karting Bali 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 the special promo deals while you can.
TAKE THEM SHOPPING
The good life at a great price
There’s always fun to be had shopping for new threads, and right now, there are plenty of summer sales to be taken advantage of at Mal Bali Galeria, Beachwalk Shopping Centre, Trans Studio Mall or Level 21 Mall Denpasar where you’ll find discounts at all your favourite shops and eating joints. Or, if bespoke or locally-made threads are more your style, check out our list of Bali’s best boutiques for kids.
Keep calm and cool at Timezone
When you’ve tired of all that shopping but still have time to kill, some good ol’ fashioned arcade gaming might rock your boat at Timezone. Take advantage of the Family Deals currently on offer. Located at Mall Bali Galeria, Level 21 and Samasta Lifestyle Village, load up the kids Timezone credit cards and watch them hit the interactive gaming machines to accrue those precious tickets, which can later be exchanged for cool toys to take home!
Kids galore at Tamora Gallery
Tamora Gallery is the first family orientated lifestyle shopping village located in Canggu where education meets recreation, cool eateries (we see you Missibu, INK & Shmurger Burger) and there’s even a co-working hub. Grab the kids and let them roam free on the playground or carve up the skate bowl while you shop and eat to your heart’s content.
GET WET & WILD
Fly high at Bali Wake Park
A day spent at Bali Wake Park & Aqualand is always a great idea, and making the most of the special October all-day Aqualand and wake-boarding deal is an even greater idea! Not only can they climb and slip’n’slide the inflatable adventure course under the watchful eye of an onsite swimming guard, but there’s also a Wednesday Ladies Only Wakeboarding sesh that will ensure an awesome workout for Bali’s Mamasitas looking for a new way to keep fit and fabulous. Make sure you take advantage of the wholesome lunch at the onsite restaurant, serving up fresh and fabby-dabby Aussie and Indo staples.
Life’s a wave, catch it with Bali Kids Surf Camp
With the roaring success of Bali Kids Surf Camp, the Bali Kids coaching team are now offering everyday surf training. Kids can choose when they want to surf, with only one days’ notice. The aim is to take your little groms to the best available beach on any given day with ideal small green waves (if available), and teach the kids about surfing, not just pushing them into waves. They will learn theory, balance exercises and a weekly professional video analysis provided for those who have purchased a five day package. All surfing packages include rash guards and surfboards if needed and the meeting place is Kosta Hostel Brawa.
BLISS OUT AT A SPA-AHH
Relax, renew and refresh at Aliya Spa
For the month of October, Aliya Spa in Umalas continues to offer parents and kiddos 25% off special Mummy and Me (or daddy and me) massages, cream-baths, manis, pedis and facial treatments for your next family spa day. Top tip: keep Aliya Spa on speed dial for its in-house specialist kiddy lice treatment. As we all know, nits rock the boat for our chillaxed Bali vibes…
Retreat to Sundari Spa
To enjoy an amazing 25% off all healing rituals and 15% discount on all other treatments, treat the family to a simply stunning spa sesh at Sundari Day Spa. Mummy and littlie can have a matching pedi and mani, while Dad and little one can choose from a range of massage options and reflexology. Yes please!
Create your own natural skincare at Utama Spice
If natural is the only way when it comes to your skincare products, then look no further than having your child explore the creation of their very own custom-made skin care range at Utama Spice. Grab your kids and head to one of their many stores island-wide and hit the DIY station for body scrubs, bath salts, body mists, body oils and lip balm creations.
Looking for more awesome things to do with kids this month? Check out our ultimate guide to kids activities in Bali!
Words by Rebecca Foreman
Currently living the island life in Bali with her family, Rebecca fills her days with travelling, writing and reviewing, often with the kids in tow. Follow her bountiful island adventures on her Instagram page.