Looking for fun things to do with the fam in Canggu? Here's our 15 favourite activities & adventures to keep the kids busy.
It’s no secret that Canggu is a hedonistic party playground. It’s fast becoming the new and improved sista suburb to happening Seminyak, chock full of swanky spas, beachfront bars and more boho boutiques than we can shake a coconut at. But it turns out, Canggu is also the perfect place to park the kids too, thanks to the ever-growing community of expats and holidaying families making a stop in this not-so-sleepy coastal neighbourhood.
So, to bring you the full lowdown on allllll of the family-friendly activities and adventures here, we sent local writer and fellow mum, Rebecca Foreman, to scope out the most awesome things to do with kids in Canggu – together with her littlies in tow. So if you’re travelling to Bali with kids and need to add some awesome activities to the itinerary, here’s our guide to the Top 15 things to do with kids in Canggu.
AWESOME THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN CANGGU
Splish and splosh at Splash Waterpark
Situated inside the ever-family-friendly Finns Rec Club, Splash Waterpark is the ultimate water-filled day out in Canggu. Slip and slide down four world-class slides (the Giant Racer, Speed Racer, Super Bowl and the Big Red)or wind your way around the relaxed Crazy Creek. For the littlies, there’s a Water Wonderland with cannons, mini slides, a climbing fort and big water bucket under the watchful eye of life guards. All of that splishing and splashing is hungry work, so there’s also a delish dining menu of Indonesian and western dishes that can be ordered direct to your sun bed or table.
Splash Waterpark at Finns Rec Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 848 3939, e. email@example.com. Open daily 9am – 6pm.
Learn to pounce at Bounce Trampoline Centre
Just over the road from Splash Waterpark is Bounce – Bali’s first air-conditioned trampoline facility that’s been specifically designed with spring-loaded frames for maximum bouncing fun. You can free bounce and practice tricks all day long (there are jumping sessions on the hour, every hour) or try one of the scheduled and specialised classes, like private bounce boarding, trampoline group fitness, trampoline dodgeball, basketball and even Friday night disco bouncing!
Bounce Trampoline Centre at Finns Rec Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 848 3939, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Sun – Thurs 10am – 8pm & Fri – Sat 10am – 9pm.
Strike it lucky with ten-pin bowling
Need to chill out away from the balmy Bali sun for a couple of hours? Head over to Strike for a spot of family-friendly ten-pin bowling. Strike offers the latest and greatest modern tenpin bowling experience in Bali, with six lanes with automatic pinsetters and a computerised system for scoring. For littlies or first-timers, there are even bumpers available to keep the balls from going off track. And to keep hungry tummies happy, there’s an entire menu of scrummy food and drinks, including enormous family-sized pizzas, served lane-side.
Strike Bali at Finns Rec Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 848 3939, e. email@example.com. Open daily 10am – 9pm.
Surfs up! Hit the waves with 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. There are so many great surf schools to choose from in Canggu – you only have to step onto Batu Bolong beach to spot them all. But for Mums who want to know that their kids are in the best hands, we recommend the tried-and-tested Thumbs Up Surf and Bali Local Surf School. Thumbs Up is geared toward teaching children the art of surfing and survival in the sea (all the while ensuring your kids leave with big cowabunga smiles on their faces!) while Bali Local Surf School is ready to turn your littlies into little grommies. Both schools will take extra special care of your child through all stages of surfing, and lessons can either private or in a group (children are put with others of a similar standard). What’s more, every level is catered to, so parents can learn alongside their water babies, or watch from the shore with a cold beer in hand.
Thumbs Up Surf, Jl Gunung Salak, Gg Salak Swaru, No. 8, p. +62 815 5581 3448, e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bali Local Surf School Jl Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu. P. +62 877 61200 600, e. email@example.com.
Giddy up! Take them horse riding
A true Canggu gem, Bali Equestrian Centre is Canggu’s bespoke international riding facility set amidst Instagram-worthy architecture and lush acreage. Fast becoming the hippest destination for horse lovers in Bali, the facility is designed to accommodate the entire family, with drop-in pony rides, weekly Tiny Tot classes for littlies, photos shoots, camps, show jumping lessons and so much more. In fact, Bali Equestrian Centre can cater to any aspect of horse husbandry that you request. And to watch your kiddos go giddy up, there’s an onsite café overlooking the main riding arena to sit back or get snap happy. Private kids lessons with Internationally qualified instructors are also available, as are spectacular unicorn parties!
Bali Equestrian Centre, Jl. Karang Suwung, Brawa, Canggu, p +62 361 8446533, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 7.45am – 12.45am & 2.45pm – 6.45pm.
Make mini Mozarts at Ensiklomusika Music School
If your kids are into music, then sign them up to a class at Ensiklomusika Music School where they can learn how to play the piano, guitar, violin or have vocal lessons with a trained music teacher. Weekly one-on-one music classes for 30 or 60 minutes can be done in the studio or at your villa/hotel for a small house call cost. There’s a Mini Melody group class for 1.5 to 3.5 year-olds, the Little Mozart method for 4 to 6 year-olds, and there’s even classes for adults if a rocking family band is on the agenda. What’s more, if your child is already a mastered musician, this school can help them sit the internationally-recognised ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exam.
Ensiklomusika Music School, Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p +62 818 021 95999 e. email@example.com.
Get crafty with Canggu Jewelry Classes
For creative kiddos, bespoke workshops (either full or half-day) are available at Canggu Jewelry Classes to immerse your little silversmiths in the art of shaping recycled sterling silver into their own piece of jewellery. For children aged seven years and up, the in-house smiths will guide your kids through a seriously hand-on workshop, with children getting stuck into grinding, cutting, shaving and hammering using the tools of the trade. A boutique attached sells many original pieces that are made by the in-house designer.
Canggu Jewelry Classes, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No. 27B, Canggu, p + 62 821 473 48746 e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Monday – Friday.
Strictly come Balinese dancing at Desa Seni
For a bit of Balinese culture, take your kids to Desa Seni to get a glimpse of life as a local Balinese girl. At 2pm every Sunday, you can watch a beautiful swarm of village girls learning the art of Balinese dance. Watch in awe as twenty or so colourfully dressed girls in mock ceremonial outfits – aged between six and ten years of age – practised a variety of routines and meticulously stepping and moulding themselves into line, mimicking butterflies and birds. This is an awesome free sighting, set amongst the truly beautifully handcrafted setting of Desa Seni.
Desa Seni, Jl Subak Sari #13 Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 81 139 95 36 e. email@example.com. Open daily.
Make your own artisanal chocolate
The “Bean to Bar” chocolate making classes at Primo are exactly that – a workshop that shows you how a simple cocoa bean becomes 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). Mother of two, Nyoman, is an expert at keeping your littlies on task as she guides you through the process of cocoa-bean sorting, crushing, sifting, grinding, tempering, moulding, setting, and finally the best bit – eating. It’s definitely worth the trip (slightly out of town) in order to experience the makers of chocolate that stocks many of the island’s exclusive hotels and award-winning restaurants. This is an authentic Balinese experience, so make sure you set aside a good hour and a half to learn artisanal chocolate making from start to finish.
Primo, Jl Bumbak Duah No. 130, p. +62 812 361 14454 e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open by appointment.
Shop, play & skate at Tamora Gallery
Tamora Gallery 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. To top it off, anyone can join Tamora Gallery’s ‘KIDS SUNDAY’ (from 9.30am – 1pm) with a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, face painting, a Cheeky Monkeys Kid’s Corner and a multidimensional array of activities for children to enjoy (music, singing, dancing, DJing, martial arts and thematic events to name drop a few). Many of the restaurants here offer kids meal promotions too (our faves are INK, Missibu, Shmurger Burger and Banh Mi & Beans) and while you browse the shops or hit the spa, you can park your kids in front of an outdoor movie from 6.30pm – 8pm every weekday, weather permitting.
Tamora Gallery, Jl Pantai Berawa No.99, Berawa – Canggu, p. +62 821 4752 3282. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Get artsy at Berawa Art House
For budding artists, Berawa Art House is a hidden treasure neatly tucked away at Tamora Gallery. It’s a wonderfully well-run art school for kids and adults wanting to get artsy. Overlooking rice paddies, Berawa Art House is a light-filled studio with exceptional materials at your fingertips. Whether it’s graphite and ink, watercolours or acrylic, Berawa Art House will shepherd your children through the creative process. Weekly art classes for children and adults of all levels are available, or simply join one of the daily after-school classes that are capped at ten kids to keep things personal.
Berawa Art House, Tamora Gallery, Jl. Pantai Berawa No. 99,, p. +62 859 541 57117, e. hello@BAHbali.com. Open Monday – Saturday.
Yes Chef! Cook up something fun at Kids Kitchen
When it comes to awesome things to do with kids in Canggu, the Kids Kitchen at Finns’ Cubby House Kids Club is the perfect place to set your kids on a path to culinary stardom. While you bliss out with a massage or break a sweat in the gym next door, you can rest assured that your budding chefs (aged between 4 and 12) will find these creative cooking classes both fun and educational. For an hour they will stir, blend and whip up a memorable dish of the day which can then be taken home along with a Certificate of Cooking, signed by the Head Chef.
Kids Kitchen at Cubby House Kids Club, Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. + 62 858 5722 2942 e. email@example.com. Every Saturday 10am – 11am. Bookings advised.
Boulder Shmoulder at Bali Climbing
Let your little monkeys climb to their heart’s content at Bali Climbing. There’s no better way to de-crazy your kids than letting them loose at this open-aired climbing facility. It’s an uber-cool walk-in bouldering gym close to the beach, where beginners can learn how to climb without the use of ropes, and rock climbing shoes are provided for all sizes. For avid climbers, the 50 different routes and pathways are changed weekly to keep things fresh and exciting, while birthday parties, climbing tours, retreats and one-on-one or group lessons, are all on the menu with the in-house team of professional climbers.
Bali Climbing Jl Munduk Catu, Canggu, p. +62 85 239 136 442 e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Kids classes daily 4pm – 5pm.
Come and Play at Play by COMO
Parents take note – this is next level relaxation if you’re looking for laid-back things to do with kids in Canggu. While your littlies are perfectly taken care of at Play by COMO – a place children to revel in a mix of mindful and sensory play-based activities with a healthy dose of culture thrown into the mix – you can indulge in any number of facilities on offer, from the fancy gym and yoga studios, to the spa or oceanfront pool at COMO Beach Club. At Play by COMO, the kids will be kept busy with cultural activities like Balinese dancing, gamelon 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. If your kids are lucky enough to join one of the mindful yoga classes (specifically designed with fun in mind) it’s fair to assume they’ll be hooked for life…
Play by COMO at COMO Uma Canggu, Jl Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 361 3022228. Play by COMO is open daily 9am – 6pm.
Mummy and Me Time at K by Karima
If you feel like a spot of pampering alongside your little one, then check out the oh-so family-friendly K by Karima for a cute Mummy and Me spa sesh at their Kids Spa. Relax and lie back with your little prince or princess in a double treatment room, as you drift off to gentle pipe music while indulging in facials, massages or mani-pedis. Only the most natural of ingredients are used on littlies (think natural yoghurt cleanser and papaya face masks) in their special Spa Facial for Kids treatment. This is 45 minutes of pure, luxurious bliss, but make sure you book in advance to bag the double treatment room.
K by Karima, Jl Subak Sari No.4, Canggu, p. +62 819 277 66602 e. email@example.com. Open daily 9am – 9pm
COMING SOON: Play, Learn & Explore at Parklife
Explore your imagination through uninhibited play in a beautiful, green and – most importantly – safe park, playground and restaurant combo. Watch this space for Parklife – a Family Hub opening soon in Canggu!
Parklife Canggu, p. +62 818 0511 3200
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.