Things to do in Bali with Kids – Under 5 yrs

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You have booked your family holiday to Bali and now at the stage of finding things to do with kids in Bali. Bali has fabulous activities for kids of all ages and the under 5’s are no exception! Here is a list of 10 activities that are great with kids under 5 in Bali. There are plenty more so stay tuned for future posts 🙂

  • Pool Time

Having fun in the pool is definitely at the top of our kids list of fun things to do. The weather is so lovely for swimming all year round and is such a great way to have fun as a family. The nannies that we use and recommend can all swim so when you are sick of turning into a prune its great to have another pair of hands that can swim with the kids while you relax by the pool.

Holiday Inn Benoa
Swim time with Dad at the Holiday Inn Benoa in June 2015

 

Located in Canggu this awesome place is also an Early Learning Centre so the facilities are great for families on holidays! The kids club operates 7 days a week and kids aged 2-12yrs can enjoy a play while kids under 2 can also join in with a carer accompanying them. They can also purchase food from the Sprout Cafe which is perfect if they stay and have a play for a couple of hours while Mum and Dad enjoy a quiet lunch out together.

Gardens Kids Club Bali
Charlotte exploring the Gardens Kids Club

Located on the bypass in Sanur, we have had a play at Peekaboo 5 times now. It’s usually the first thing Charlotte asks to do once we get to the villa in Sanur, she has so much fun. It has an indoor play area with AC so great to beat the heat and also an undercover outside slides and swings space. The onsite cafe with wifi make quite a nice coffee and because the place is secure I could even sit back and enjoy a coffee while the kids ran around.

Peekaboo Play Centre
Charlotte at Peekaboo the first time in 2012

If you are looking for a full day out The Bali Safari and Marine Park can be a good option. The prices aren’t particularly cheap and it’s at least a 30 minute drive from Sanur so going early is best to beat the heat. The bus safari is great to rest the legs and even give the littlies a chance to have a nap in the AC buses. The waterpark and funpark will keep the kids entertained too so be sure to bring bathers. We have also stayed at the Mara Mara River Lodge and Charlotte still talks about it now so worth looking at but maybe once the kids are a bit older. We usually get a driver to take us then they will hang around for the day until you are ready to go home.

Safari and Marine Park
Charlotte ready to explore at the Safari and Marine Park Bali

We had a great day out with the kids when they were 1 yr, 18mths and 4yrs on our 2015 holiday. Splash provides great waterslides that even Charlotte as a 4 yr old had a go at and the water playground was a hit with the boys. Smaller in size than Waterbom it was a lot easier to keep an eye on everyone and the boys even had a nap in their strollers in the AC bar while the older boys had a game at pool. Canggu club also has other great facilities like Bounce, Strike Bowling and the Cubbyhouse Kids Club.

Splash Canggu Club
Kids play area at Splash Waterpark
  • Kids clubs

I won’t lie, I love a great kids club! Yes we go on holidays to spend time together as a family but oh boy do I love some peace and quiet too! I recently did a post on Kids Clubs and Playgrounds that you can access even if you aren’t staying in a hotel. Also one on hotels with great kids clubs here. Often you will need to check what ages the Kids Club start at but often places will allow the young ones in with a nanny or parent.

Holiday Inn Benoa Kids Club
Kids Club at Holiday Inn Benoa
  • Beach time

We love going for a walk along the beach but that’s not always the case as Mason loves to jump straight in. I will be honest and say I’ve only swam in the beach once in Bali! Australia really does have much better cleaner beaches to swim at and you need to be very careful swimming in Bali even in the tourist areas like along Kuta, Legian and Seminyak beaches. It’s fine going in the shallows for a splash with the kids especially in the areas like Sanur, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua but please be aware that the beaches can have nasty rips at times so be careful and aware of your conditions.

Seminyak Beach
So much fun running around Seminyak Beach at sunset

We have been to Waterbom 4 times now and 3 of those times with kids under 5. Each time even the little ones have a fun time and I would highly recommend taking a Nanny as often the young ones will have a nap in the cabanas so gives a chance for Dad and Mum to test out the slides or pop across to the Beachwalk shopping centre for a shop. Tip: Get there early to get a cabana overlooking the younger kids area as they sell out quickly.

Waterbom
Oh the fun we have at Waterbom!!
  • Anak Atelier

    Located near Balangan in the Uluwatu area, Anak Atelier also provides a kids club for 3-10 yr olds from 2-5pm. A gorgeous outdoor area, we are yet to make it here but high on my list.

The Anak Atelier
Gorgeous rainbow over Anak Atelier (photo supplied)

Is located in Canggu and is a fabulous new spot with a restaurant, playground, pilates and markets. Plenty of space for the kids to run around and have fun while you enjoy your food.

Joglo
Joglo Playground (photo supplied)

 

We have managed to do 8 on the list and can’t wait to test out The Joglo and Anak Atelier next time we head over. Feel free to comment below, email me or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram if you have any other spots you love to head with your under 5 year olds.

Kate xx

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