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 September 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 September 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: September 2020
TREK & STAYCATION
Explore Menjangan Island
This September, why not venture further up north to the wonders of Menjangan Island and stay at the gloriously chilled The Menjangan Resort? Currently offering hugely discounted deals on rooms, you’ll also nab complimentary kiddy inclusions like horseback riding, snorkelling, bird watching, trekking, kayaking and biking.
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
This month, head to Handara Golf & Resort for crater lakes and a dramatic rainforest backdrop for golfing, bike riding, or simply strolling around the stunning grounds. This is the 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 strawberries, then take Insta-worthy piccies at the famous Handara Gates – without the usual queues of tourists.
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 Candidasa
Perhaps you fancy a weekend of underwater exploration? Round up your besties, swimming cossies and explore the charms of Candidasa. Make the most of all the amazing low-season deals right now, like the designer haven Villa Manis, featuring an outdoor jacuzzi and garden sauna.
Explore the great outdoors with Bali Camping Community
Bali is all about getting into nature and exploring its trails, so what better way to enjoy pure unadulterated family time than at a Bali Camping Community Family Camping Event. Get the kids (and parents) off the devices and 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.
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.
Slip ‘n’ Slide all day at Waterbom
As of this month, Bali’s waterpark institution, Waterbom, is swinging the gates open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with fabbo discounts if you book online. Take advantage of queue-less sliding and riding all day long at one of Asia’s leading and sustainable waterparks. Don’t forget to mask up and practise social distancing measures while you’re at it.
GET CRAFTY & CREATIVE
Paint works of art at New Arts Club
For those interested in introducing the kiddos to the wonders of producing their very own canvas creations, then check out New Arts Club Bali. Here you will discover specialist art classes running weekly for kids and adults in lush villa surrounds in Canggu and Ubud. Book in for a four hour sesh, or just let the kids create till their heart’s content and they will no doubt bring home a masterpiece worthy of the mantle.
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 includes 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.
Special Sunday brunch at Mauri
For marking those special occasions, treat yourself and the kids to a fine dining experience at Mauri Sunday Brunch, where kids aged 5-12 years can nab special discounts. Whether your kiddo is hitting the double digits birthday, or you’re simply a family of foodies, make the most of this leisurely dining affair offering a string of opulent courses. Think yellowfin tuna with burrata or roasted black Angus beef, finished off with a selection of artisanal cheeses and a mini dessert tray! Keep an eye on the socials, because Chef Maurizio Bombini will be teaming up with leading chefs throughout the coming months to create super special dining extravaganza’s not to be missed.
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! Top tip: the new wooden treehouse playground is set to open in September, so bring the kiddos to test it all out.
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 September dining experience, you’ll want to book your seat… They’re filling up fast for a reason!
Donut worry, be happy at Dreamwave!
For dessert, why not swing by Dreamwave Donuts (now on Go-Jek doing promos) for super duper plant-based donuts with new flavours joining the ranks monthly. We have our taste buds firmly set on family favourites like traditional cinnamon, lemon drop drizzle (yum!) and triple chocolate with cacao nibs. You won’t regret it, and neither will your tums…
Feel fun-tastic at Finns
Re-opening in September is our go-to fave for all things kidtastic in Canggu: Finns Recreation Club. Make the most of your walk-in day pass or monthly membership and enjoy facilities such as the lap pool, fully equipped gym and fitness classes, multi-function hall, grassed sporting field, in-house sports for kids, Bounce Trampoline Centre and don’t forget Bistro C for the best post-workout coffee-with-a-view.
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 8s, under 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.
E-asy riding with EZYriders
There’s nothing better than taking the family out for an outing on wheels! Why not hire some electric E-bikes at EZYriders and go cruisin’ for the day. E-bikes are perfy for those long rides (and whiney kiddos) for exploring all the best Bali beaches, or most Insta-worthy spots on our Island of the Gods, like the Ubud rice terraces, or stunning sacred sites like Tanah Lot.
Keep on rollin’ at Motion Skatepark
For teens that like to ride the skateboard variety there’s always the awesome smooth indoor skatepark facility Motion Skatepark on Sunset Road to take advantage of – where concrete flooring meshed with wooden ramps means a crankin ‘good time! #cowabungadudes
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 Mall Bali Galeria (Check out Smiggle on Floor 2 for those back-to-study supplies!) and Beachwalk Shopping Centre where you’ll find discounts at all your favourite high street shops, like H&M, TopShop and Uniqlo. 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 game on 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. Located in three locations island-wide (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!
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 September deals 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.
Learn the ropes at Tropic Surf
If your kiddos are testing the surfing waters and you want 100% assurance they are in the best possible hands, then try a personalised surfing lesson at Tropic Surf. Under the care and guidance of accredited surfing instructors, your littlies can practise the fundamentals of surfing in the luxurious COMO Uma Canggu lagoon pool before hitting the open waves of Batu Bolong nearby…
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.
Blissed out at Toya Devasya
Toya Devasya, tucked away in the northeastern part of Bali, is the only hot spring waterpark of its kind currently open for business – not to mention they are running super cool promo deals on their deluxe rooms right now. Let the kiddos go wild in the unique hot spring waterpark, and experience slides and water sports, while you and your partner take advantage of the spa. Relax, then enjoy fantastic local fare against the stunning backdrop of Mount Batur. #bliss
BLISS OUT AT A SPA-AHH
Learn the art of spa at BISA
How about teaming up with a group of other mummy mates to learn the art of nail spas, hair-baths and facial fundamentals with your little ones? Bali International Spa Academy is currently offering speciality workshops for mums and daughters where you can learn how to manicure nails and perform facials or hair care under the professional tutelage of BISA trainers! Think of all the fun you’ll have with your little one, while learning how to take the spa experience home with you!
Relax, renew and refresh at Aliya Spa
While you’re in the spa mood, Aliya Spa in Umalas is offering 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…
Doggy daycare at The Dog Club
Let’s not forget our precious fur-babies this September! Book your canine-kid into The Dog Club for a special doggy massage, spa and grooming session directly opposite Aliya Spa, so everyone in the family can indulge in their own mini spa treatment at the same time. #bringit!
Create your own scent at L’Atelier
Feel like trying something new and scent-sy? Grab your mini-me (ages 5 – 11) and bee-line to Seminyak’s premier French perfumery, L’Atelier. This 40 minute workshop will introduce your child to the art of fragrance creation, where they’ll be able to select and identify various smells and use the laboratory utensils to create their own signature fragrance. Ooh la-la!
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.