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If you are researching the best things to do in Bali with kids you may be overwhelmed with what to do as there is so much choice! The following best activities in Bali for kids are more suited for primary school aged kids or even older but if you are also needing things to do and see in Bali with kids under 5, check out our post here. You will see that we recommend Klook to book many activities around Bali. They are a great company to deal with and check out their website for more details.
We hope this helps you decide what to do in Bali with kids and happy reading 🙂
Table of Contents
- 1 Waterparks in Bali
- 2 Adventurous Kids
- 3 Rainy Day Activities
- 4 Culture for the kids
- 5 Fun Activities with Kids
- 6 Beach Clubs with the kids
- 7 Kuta with kids
- 8 Legian with kids
- 9 Seminyak with kids
- 10 Canggu with kids
- 11 Sanur with kids
- 12 Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa with kids
- 13 Ubud with kids
- 14 Exploring other parts of Bali with kids
- 15 Exploring in the water with kids
- 16 Exploring the islands around Bali with kids
Waterparks in Bali
We love Waterbom Bali so much that we have it in both under and over 5 yrs sections! We have visited Bali Waterbom on our last 6 family trips and the whole family has a great time. For the over 5’s there are a huge range of water slides and if they hit the height targets can try out the Flowrider. You can find our full review with even more tips on a day out at Waterbom Bali waterpark here.
Our kids always have a great day out at Finns and is one of our top choices of things to do in Canggu with kids. It includes Splash Water park, Bounce Bali trampolines, Strike Bowling and much more. You can find our full review of our day at Finns here and find out all of our tips for a great day out.
For a cheaper option than Waterbom and a hit with younger kids, Circus Water Park is a good choice. Located right next door to Park 23 Shopping Mall, Circus is great for a value packed day.
If you are searching for a cheaper day at a Bali water park than Waterbom or Splash check out Teman Segara Madu Bali located in Canggu. It features 6 slides, an olympic sized pool and on-site restaurant. You can find more details on their Facebook page.
Surfing lessons Bali
Learning how to surf is a great fun activity for the whole family in Bali. A range of lessons are available for a varying abilities and we loved our lessons with Santai Surf School in April 2019. You can find our full review here.
For the kids that love to move and enjoy the water. The Bali Wake Park and Aqua Land is located near the bypass so half way between Sanur and Kuta. An easy taxi ride to have a fun day out with the kids. A reader was nice enough to provide a review for us of their day out at the park and you can find it here.
Fun Wheels Bali
This is a great activity for all ages and parents can join in too! We had fun trying out the pedal go-carts when they were located in Sanur but they have since moved to other locations. We have more details in our blog post review and it’s also a good idea to keep up to date with their locations on their Facebook Page.
White Water Rafting Bali
For the older kids Bali white water rafting is a great day out. Recommended for kids aged 5 and above the best rafting river with kids is Ayung River. Bali Sobek are a great company to use and come highly recommended. They will pick you up from your hotel in the tourist areas and take you white water rafting in Bali. Check out prices on Klook or Voyagin for great deals on white water rafting.
For school aged kids this can be a lot of fun especially if they like adventure. It is a big day especially if you get picked up from the tourist areas of the south but you do get to explore the Bali countryside. A couple of companies that come recommended with kids are Bali Quad Discovery Tours and Aussie Bali Adventures. Be sure to check out Tripadvisor for reviews and up to date info.
Go exploring waterfalls and Bali swings
Tegenungan Waterfall located between the Safari Park and Ubud is the best waterfall to explore with kids. There are still a few steps and crowds but easily accessible from Ubud or Sanur. This does mean that it can get more crowded and is definitely not the biggest waterfall in Bali.
In the north of Bali you will find the best waterfalls but some can be a bit tricky to access with kids. Git Git Waterfall and Munduk Waterfall can be done with active kids and some can have a small entrance fee of a couple of dollars so be sure to take small rupiah change. If you have younger kids then take a baby carrier as they may struggle with the walk. Also pack your bathers for a swim once you arrive to cool off!
Swings in Bali have become quite popular and great photo opportunities! Often they have age restrictions so check details before you go.
Bali Skatepark fun
Skateparks in Bali are a lot of fun for the kids and The Amplitude Bali school of skate and bike is a definite favourite with families. For tips on costs involved check out our post here on cheap things to do in Canggu. You can also find a free skate park at House Of Canggu which has the bonus of a pool and cafe! In Ubud Blue Bear Bali is great with the kids too and you can rent equipment and arrange a lesson.
Rainy Day Activities
Ice Skating at Mal Bali Galleria
A great way to spend a day and keep cool is visiting Bali Ice Skating Arena at Bali Mal Galleria. To find it head to Ace Hardware and go up the escalator and next to the soft play Play N Learn you will see a set of stairs up to the ice skating rink. Make sure to take note of session times as entries are for 1 session only. The kids can hire an ice mate to help them skate which cost between 60,000rp-90,000rp per hour.
Session 1: 10am – 12:30pm
Session 2: 1pm – 3.30pm
Session 3: 4pm – 6:30pm
Session 4: 7pm – 9:30pm
On a rainy day in Bali the cinemas are a great idea with the kids! Great value and comfortable too, check out the following cinemas:
Another thing to do with the kids in Bali when it is raining is to visit Bali Upside Down World located on the Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai between Kuta and Sanur. Prices at time of writing were 100k or $10aud per adult and 50k or $5aud per child. Kids measuring above 120cms are classed as adults.
Located just down the road from Upside Down World is World of Magic. Again you can take photos here and see magic tricks. Open 10am-7pm with last tickets at 6pm. Adults cost 100,000rp and kids 50,000rp. You can also get a combined ticket to Upside Down World, ask when you visit.
Another great option for a rainy day in Bali is the 3D optical illusion art museum where you can have photos taken. Families rate this as a great value fun thing to do when it’s raining or you need a change from the pool.
Arcade Centers in Malls
Amazone is a great place for the kids on a rainy day. We spent time at the Discovery Mall in Kuta and had a play at Amazone, the kids loved it!
At Mal Bali Galeria you will find a Timezone arcade plus a soft play area called Play N Learn. It has a massive ball pool, trampolines and much more! You can find it above Ace Hardware near the ice skating rink and costs start from $11aud for 90 minutes of play. Other shopping malls in Bali either have Timezone or similar entertainment areas for the kids.
Culture for the kids
Cooking Class Bali
There are many cooking schools in Bali for the kids that are keen to cook. A great way to see a traditional market and family compound, here is a list of family friendly cooking schools that come rated by other families.
Lobong Culinary Experience in Ubud (we loved this in 2012)
Paon Bali Cooking Class in Ubud(I enjoyed this solo in 2018)
An iconic part of Bali culture, the Kecak fire dance performed at Uluwatu Temple is worth a visit with the kids if you can handle crowds. You can get a private driver to explore the Bukit Penisula where the temple is located and the dance happens each night at around 6pm at sunset. You will need to arrive around 5pm especially in peak season as it can get very busy. There have been many reviews lately to say that the show gets overbooked so if crowds are not your thing I would chose another activity. Make sure to take off any lose items as the monkeys like to get a bit friendly.
- 30k or $3aud admission to temple
- 100k or $10aud admission to show
Please note these prices were correct at time of writing but may change.
See A Cultural Show
Bali holidays with kids should include wanting to expose them to the beautiful Bali culture. Unfortunately the traffic can be so bad that day trips exploring the island end up being very long and are hard especially with younger kids. A great compromise is to watch The Devdan Show Bali in Nusa Dua and it comes highly recommended. It features both traditional Indonesian dance and modern contemporary dance with spectacular aerial acrobatic displays. The 90-minute performance by Devdan Show Nusa Dua will keep the kids thoroughly entertained.
Bali Village Experience with Bali Buddies
A wonderful way to experience Bali is a village tour. We had an amazing time on the Bali Buddies Balinese Village Tour in October where we made our own Canang Sari, receive a blessing at the holy water site, enjoyed lunch with a view and best of all chatted to the Balinese in their villages. Check out our full review here.
Dinner and show at Ulekan Bali
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night, Ulekan Restaurant in Canggu have a traditional Indonesian dinner with a Balinese dance and the Cendrawasih performance. 250,000rp++ per person with meat or 190,ooorp++ for vegetarian option. Dinner is from 5 pm with dance performances s starting at 7 pm. (Be sure to check times and make a booking)
Fun Activities with Kids
It wouldn’t be a trip to Bali without a massage or the kids wanting to get their hair braided. Charlotte has enjoyed a massage, manicure and hair braiding at a range of places including Think Pink Nails in Batu Belig, Holiday Inn Baruna Tea Tree Spa, Maria Curau in Canggu, Fresh Spa Ubud, Nest Beachside Spa Sanur and Spa Bali in Jl Drupadi. I have also heard great things about Prana Spa in Seminyak, Tip Toe at Tamora Gallery in Canggu, Colours Canggu and Eden Life Centres on Jl Petitenget There are day spas on every corner so there is no shortage of places to choose from. For the boys check out Bali Barber in Seminyak for an ultra cool haircut!
Indulging in Sunday Brunch in Bali is easy to do. There are many resorts and restaurants offering Sunday brunch. One of the best brunches we have been to with the kids is at Movenpick Jimbaran Resort. A kids corner, TV to watch cartoons, access to play in the kids club and you can finish off with a swim in the gorgeous pool. You can find our review of Movenpick Sunday Jazz Brunch.
Also Prego at Westin in Nusa Dua was a fun time with the kids when we visited in 2017 and the food was great! You can check out our full review here. Another place that comes recommended from families is Sheraton Market Brunch in Kuta. If you are staying in Ubud take a look at brunch at D’Kampoeng Ubud located at Desa Visesa Ubud.
High tea in Bali is a lot of fun and a great day out. There are a few places where you can enjoy high tea and we love a visit to Biku restaurant in Jl Petitenget Seminyak. Both kids and parents are well looked after here with a kids high tea that is full off sandwiches, cupcakes and scones, so much fun and all for the low price of $5 per child. We love eating at Biku Seminyak but be sure to book as it can get quite busy.
You can also check out these great spots for high tea with the kids:
- Samabe Bali Suites & Villas Nusa Dua
- W Resort Seminyak
- St Regis Nusa Dua
- Metis Seminyak
- Mulia Nusa Dua
- Sheraton Kuta
- Arwana Restaurant La Laguna Nusa Dua
- Folk Pool & Gardens Ubud
- Big Garden Corner
Make your own perfume
A great activity to do with the kids in Bali is to enjoy a perfume making class at the Ayana Resort in Jimbaran. It comes highly recommended and they even have kids scents! You could also go and enjoy a massage at the spa while the kids access the kids club or head to the Rock Bar for sunset. It is also now available at the New Ritz Carlton in Nusa Dua.
Yoga classes for kids
A great way for the kids to have fun is to get involved with a yoga class. There are a few yoga centres that are well suited and have kids programs that look like a lot of fun.
Located near Jimbaran at the Jimbaran Hub, Jungle Play Bali is a family recreation park with a tree house and jungle gym. They often have different events so keep an eye out on their Facebook page.
Umalas Kids Club
If you are staying in Umalas which is near Canggu and northern Seminyak, you may want to book the kids into daycare at Umalas Kids Club. It is a day care program from Monday to Friday and they have limited availability for visiting families. Contact them through their website.
Located near Upside Down World and Magic World Bali on the Bypass is this fun spot to enjoy yummy ice creams and take photos with the kids.
If you are in Bali with the kids for a period of time and they love gymnastics, check out Bali Gymnastic Community on Facebook. They often have different camps and sessions on through the year.
I love shopping with Charlotte and our favourite girls clothes shops are Coco and Ginger and Indigo Kids. The markets are always a lot of fun batering to get the best prices! Check out the Seminyak Flea Markets (near Ku De Ta), Garlic Lane Market in Legian (near the Padma Legian) and markets in Kuta near Poppies Lane.
Beach Clubs with the kids
We love the Artotel Beach Club in Sanur. It’s a lot of fun swimming in the pool, enjoying the delicious food and the kids love the huge outside playground! Minimum spend of 200,000rp to swim in the pool and if you would like a day bed on the beach, it is a minimum spend of 600,000rp.
We had a fantastic time at this beach club in Uluwatu and is well worth the drive. Lots of activities for the kids and relaxing for parents 😉 You can try out snorkelling, stand up paddle, kayaking and just enjoying what the beautiful beach has to offer. Food is good, it is on the expensive side though so great for a special day out. You can find our full review of our day at Sundays Bali here in 2017.
This is a great beach club for the family only a 15 minute drive from Nusa Dua. Beach volleyball, pool, cocktails, food and a beach for the kids to play on. Families have been enjoying this beach club with their kids.
Located up the east coast of Bali 30 minutes from Sanur is Flamingo Beach Club. Lot of kid friendly aspects including a pool and pirate ship for them to play on. They often have events so keep an eye out on their social media pages.
Sundays at Ku De Ta in Seminyak are well known for being fantastic for families! Activities included on Sunday Family Day from 10am-3pm are face-painting, jumping castles, balloons, games and art/craft. It’s free for the kids to join in and you just need to have a drink or food at Ku De Ta. The pool is always a gorgeous spot to enjoy the sunset from so be sure to pack swimsuits for the kids.
Located in Canggu, Finns Beach Club is a great spot to watch the sunset. For a family friendly day, hire a family day bed in the VIP section. Lots of room for the kids to run around and a great family pool for them to enjoy. You can find more pictures from our visit in October 2019 in our blog post on Finns.
Also directly on the beach in Canggu is Cafe Del Mar and it is kid friendly. Open 11am-10pm, this beach club has a great range of different options for chilling by the pool for the day.
If you are after another option in Canggu on the beach, check out Vue Beach Club. Located at Lv8 Resort Hotel, it is a great value option.
Located on Echo Beach, this gorgeous beach club is a great place to chill out and watch the sunset. Open 7am-11pm, there is a minimum spend for the day beds and the deck area is first come first served. Check out their website to book.
A beach lounge that is also located in Canggu, The Lawn is located near Old Mans on Batu Bolong Beach. Yummy food with a pool for the kids to have a swim. Open 10am-11pm, check out their website for bookings.
Sister to Motel Mexicola, Tropicola Beach Club is a fun place to visit. It can get a bit rowdy at times but can be fun with the kids earlier in the day.
The pool at Sundara is huge! 57 metres long overlooking Jimbaran Beach. You can rent a day bed or cabana and the kids can access the on-site kids club to keep them entertained! Open from 11am-1am.
This beach club is located at Sofitel Resort Nusa Dua and is in a great spot directly on the beach. Yummy food and drinks but do expect Nusa Dua prices at Manarai. Perfect for a day out to enjoy the Nusa Dua beach.
This is a favourite amongst families and is located on the Bukit Peninsula near the Uluwatu Temple. There is a minimum spend on food and drinks to reserve a day bed of 1,500,000rp but the kids will love the pools to swim in and the views are amazing! Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen.
Day Passes to Bali Resorts
A way to enjoy 5 star Bali resorts is to access them through a day pass. You can read more about Bali resorts that provide this option over on our Day Pass post.
Kuta with kids
We have many families that have enjoyed this activity in Bali with their kids. The release is located on the beach near Hard Rock Hotel and if you type Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Centre into Google Maps you will find it. It is best to follow Bali Sea Turtle Society on Facebook to keep up to date with times of the releases.
If you have any Harry Potter fans in your house, visit this fun pub restaurant for a fun night out. A magician will keep the kids entertained and even though it’s not Oscar worthy performances the kids will still have fun. Check out their website for details on the different show times they have available.
Located in central Kuta at the front of Sol House Hotel Kuta, Art Kids Workshop Bali has art classes, kids cooking classes and yummy food for the kids to eat. They can also learn Balinese Dance and how to make a canang sari.
If you have dare devils in your family and want to have a go at go karts they are now in Kuta. Open 10am-9pm each day, it is located in southern Kuta on Jl Raya Kuta. Costs 200,000rp per person for 7 minutes and the second go is 150,000rp. Keep up to date with their Facebook Page.
Legian with kids
Temporarily Closed from September 2020
If great coffee and food is your thing The Coffee Club Legian is a great spot to visit and is open from 6am-10pm. Located on Legian Beach, perhaps the best thing about this cafe is the on site kids club! A brilliant spot for the kids to chill out while Mum and Dad enjoy a coffee in peace and quiet. There is currently a cost involved to access the kids club with a discount for dining guests. Check out their Facebook Page for more details.
A fantastic indoor playground for kids located at the FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach Resort. It’s located right on the border of Seminyak and Legian. For kids aged 5 years and over they can stay at the kids club while you have a massage or go for a shop. For kids 5 years and under they will need a parent or nanny to stay with them while they play. Check out our full review of FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach Seminyak here with more information about Waka Waka.
Seminyak with kids
A cafe dedicated to unicorns! Charlotte had fun visiting this cafe on her birthday in 2019 located on Batu Belig. Open 9am-9pm they have a fun menu for the kids and can also do birthday parties. Check out our trip report for more pictures.
Have a fun night out at Frankensteins Laboratory
Located in Seminyak, Frankenstein’s Laboratory Bali is a themed cabaret restaurant that is a fun night out for the family. It won’t be suited to younger kids that scare easily but school aged kids will love the entertainment and food. There are 2 family shows each night at 6:30pm and 7:20pm with the recommendation that you arrive about 4:30-5pm. Dinner is available from 4:30pm till 7:15pm with the kitchen closing for the family session at that time. You can stay for both shows in each session so I recommend you book for the 6:30pm time slot. The kids can get really involved with face painting and are often invited on stage for a dance. Looks like a great night out!
There are beach bars along the stretch of beach at Legian/Seminyak. They have bean bags where you can relax and enjoy the sunset. La Plancha is perhaps the most colourful and famous bean bag beach club. Be sure to book if you would like a bean bag in a good spot for sunset.
A lot of fun for all ages is mini golf in Jl Petitenget in Seminyak. It’s $2 each for a game and they also have electronic darts and other fun things. Food and drinks are good, something easy to do with the kids! Open from 2pm-midnight each day. Keep up to date with different events over on their Facebook page.
Such a fun time at Mrs Sippy watching everyone have a try at the diving board into the pool! There is a minimum spend to rent a day bed plus a 100,000rp entry fee per person. Please note on special event days this may be more. Open 10am-9pm on normal days without events. Bring your own towel or it costs 50,000rp each to hire. Daily happy hour from 5-6pm
Something completely different to do with the kids, throwing axes at Mother Huckers located in Batu Belig in northern Seminyak. They have great OHSC and keep updated on their Facebook page for opening times.
Canggu with kids
An absolute kids paradise in Canggu and fantastic for parents too! Outdoor playground, indoor playground, toddler room, dance studio for kids, kids club for kids aged 3 and over plus a restaurant with yummy food. Entry is 150,000rp per child over 1 year old for drop in entry (monthly rates available) and 2 adults get in for free per child. Check out their website to see more details on prices.
A huge range of stores and fun activities happen at Tamora Gallery which is located on Jl Pantai Berawa. Playground for the kids, book shop, restaurants and so much more! Keep up to date with their Facebook Page for different events that they hold each week.
There are so many great restaurant options in Canggu and I have plans to do up a family restuarants post to include all the best options! But for this post I must mention one of our favourites in Canggu, Milk and Madu. They have a small playground area, kids menu and arts/craft acvitities for the kids! Keep up to date over on their Instagram and Facebook pages for details.
We had a great time visiting Bali Equestrian Centre in 2015. We all enjoyed a swim in the pool, lunch and then the kids had a play on the playground. You can enjoy all of these facilities even if you aren’t riding but the kids will love the range of lessons available to ride a pony. Catering for kids that have never ridden before to kids that have ponies at home, there is something for all abilities. We had a hard time getting Charlotte to leave from the equestrian boutique, watch your credit cards Mum’s and Dad’s!!
Visit Mades Warung Berawa
Made’s Warung Berawa (formerly known at The Joglo) is a cafe, playground, daycare, Zero Waste store and has lots of events to keep the kids entertained. Kids movie nights on Fridays at 6:30pm, kids activities days on Saturdays 11am-3pm, Sunday Fundays 11am-3pm plus Shine run a daycare so you can drop the kids off while you enjoy a shop.
Sanur with kids
The kids loved this gorgeous place in Sanur on the bypass. You will need a driver or taxi to drop you off and the entrance fee is 75,000 rp/adult and 30,000rp/child. The adult ticket can be redeemed for a fresh juice or Bali coffee and the kids ticket a water. You then pay extra for things like the splash park 100,000rp, indoor playground 25,000rp and dress up photos 500,000rp. You can see more photos from our day in our trip report, we visited on Saturday 6th.
This play centre in Sanur is more suited to younger kids but Charlotte still had fun on our recent visit. We have visited here over 10 times over the years of travelling to Bali with kids. The indoor play centre has lots of toys plus an outside undercover playground.
A great way to explore Sanur is by bike. It’s easy to ride around the streets and along the beach path. Sanur Cycle Tours have 2 bikes with child seats plus tandem bikes. They also do different tours around Sanur and Bali. The Jurassic Park tour is extra fun as they show you around the abandoned theme park that has lots of graffiti. There are also plenty of other hire places that will rent them out along the beach path.
Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa with kids
If you are after a fun day in the sand at Nusa Dua then The Pirates Bay is a fun pirate-themed open-air cafe and restaurant. Primary school kids could easily explore the tree houses and pirate ships with younger kids needing more assistance. Be sure to check recent reviews on Tripadvisor as some families have said the value of visiting has decreased lately.
If the kids are keen on parasailing, banana boat rides and much more the place to go is Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua. Grand Mirage Resort and Holiday Inn Benoa are both great options to stay at with the kids to be close by to the action.
Ubud with kids
If you are wanting to explore Ubud with kids a tour of the Green School, an international school located 15 minutes south of Ubud, would be a great way to see how this wonderful school works. You can learn about their sustainability practices and what it’s like to be a Green School student. There are small costs involved but this goes towards helping the school operate. This would be our ultimate goal, to one day live in Ubud and the kids attend the school! Also located adjacent to the school is the Green Camp Bali that have family camps, kids camps and even the epic super camp. Might be a great way to try out staying at an eco lodge!
We had a fantastic time with Ubud Cycling Bike that run cycling tours that show off the ‘Real Bali’. They show you a Bali other visitors may never see and their experienced guides explain Bali culture and the relationship the Balinese have with their beautiful island. It is a great way to see the Bali countryside and is perfect with younger kids as the tour companies have bikes with toddler seats and tandem bikes.
A gorgeous spot in the middle of Monkey Forest Road in Ubud, Folk Ubud has a pool, grass for the kids to run around and yummy food. They often have movie nights and they also have a high tea option. Open from 9am-9:30pm.
Walk along the Campuhan Ridge in Ubud
Just outside of central Ubud is this gorgeous paved walk along a ridge with beautiful views. It can be done with the kids but there are a few steps to get up to the start of the walk. The other option is to start at Karsa Spa which is accessible with a driver and do the walk from the north end rather than the south. I recommend going earlier or later in the day as the ridge is exposed to the sun so can make it hot with the kids. To find how to get to the ridge walk check out this post here.
A great way for the kids and adults to learn about Bali culture is to get involved in classes teaching you how to make offerings, silver jewellery, Balinese dance, the list goes on. They are very welcoming of kids and is located south of central Ubud.
Pondok Pekak Library Ubud
If you are in Ubud drop by Pondok Pekak Library which has a cafe, language classes and much more. Located near the soccer field on Monkey Forest Road in Ubud, enjoy a cultural day out.
A fantastic place in Ubud to take the kids and enjoy a day out! Dance classes, gym, pools, playgrounds, skate parks and yummy food. Titu Batu Ubud often has different events like kids fun camps so keep an eye out on their website for bookings. There is also a kids room that the kids can be looked after while you enjoy the facilities.
This gorgeous pink restaurant has a pool for the kids to swim in while you enjoy the yummy food. Open 8am-10pm each day, there is no minimum spend to use a day bed. The gluten free options are great! Located across from Yoga Barn, it is not far from central Ubud. Check them out on Instagram.
A pool located overlooking the beautiful jungle river below, Jungle Fish is a great day out. A short drive north of Ubud, Jungle Fish is open 7:30am-10:30pm and is located at Chapung Sebali Resort. There are costs involved so check out Jungle Fish Website for more details.
Exploring other parts of Bali with kids
Please note that Bali Treetops closed down permanently in September 2020
For something different check out this plane on the east coast of Bali not far from Komune Resort that is set up as a restaurant. You can even walk out on to the wing and there is plenty of room for the kids to run around. Don’t expect Michelin Star Food but the kids will be happy. Check out their website for bookings and menu.
Chocolate Tour and Class
If the kids love chocolate check out this chocolate tour with Sorga Bali and you can even make some yourself. Located on the east coast of Bali, this tour is best in a day trip with a visit to Bali Asli Restaurant as well as Tirta Gangga Water Palace.
There are a number of Hindu Water Temples in Bali. A beautiful thing to witness or join in on the ritual. Tirta Empul is located 30 minutes north of Ubud and is one of Bali’s largest water temples.
If you have kids aged 10 years and over that love adventures consider hiking up Mt Batur for sunrise. I hiked Mt Batur with Klook in October 2019 and you can see more pictures in my post here. It was hard work but most able bodied people would be able to give it a go. You get picked up at 2am from your hotel and arrive back to your hotel around 12:30pm. I recommend you wear proper walking shoes/runners and take a light jacket as it can get quite fresh while you wait for sunrise. Highly recommended.
Visit a Butterfly Park
There are a couple of butterfly parks in Bali that you can visit. Taman Kupu Kupu in Tabanan (perfect to visit the Jatiluwih rice terraces while you are there) and Kemenuh Butterfly Park near Ubud. Balitopia Butterfly Park is also a great spot to visit, it is located next to Flamingo Beach Club so great for a day out.
A visit to the Elephant Cave is a must when doing a tour of Bali and the kids will love exploring the carved imageries inspired by Hindu and Buddhist religions.
The river club located near south of Ubud near Tegenungan Waterfall is a great spot to take the kids for lunch. Kids under 3 are free and a child ticket is from age 3-6 years. Kids aged 7 years and older can have a go on the swing so bring your camera along for awesome photos!
One place that we haven’t visited yet is Bird Park Bali but our good friends over at Seven Wanderers Blog went along early this year. If you are trying to decide what to do in Bali with kids, then this is something that would suit all ages. Not only a bird park, the entrance fee lets you access the reptile park next door. By what I have researched the animals seem well cared for but please see the next section regarding animals in Bali.
Exploring in the water with kids
If you are keen to snorkel with the kids the better spots are up near Amed on the East Coast of Bali, near Padang Bai at the Blue Lagoon, up north near Pemuteran or over at Nusa Lembongan. Glass bottom boats can be a great way for younger kids to experience seeing fish and I would recommend taking over your kids own snorkeling gear if you are planning to do it lots. Also a pool noodle to hold onto can be helpful too.
Exploring the islands around Bali with kids
Nusa Island Day Trips
We think Nusa Lembongan deserves a few nights stay but if you can’t fit it in, consider a day trip to Nusa Lembongan from Bali. Nusa Lembongan is great with kids and Bali Hai II cruise is a great way to experience Mushroom Bay. You can check out the tour below with Klook. You can also explore Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida which offer some amazing views and snorkeling. Do take into consideration that day trips to these islands may be better with older kids as the roads are quite bumpy to get around.
Bali attractions that we don’t personally recommend
I have thought long and hard about including this as we have been to the Bali Safari and Marine park twice, in 2013 and 2016, and the kids had a great day both times. I have since researched the conditions that some animals in Bali are subjected to and I read this article here about how Bali is not doing a great job of this. Elephant rides are something as a family that we don’t participate in and don’t recommend.
Evie from Mumpack Travel wrote a great article on why we shouldn’t ride elephants. Likewise dolphin handling and the turtle island where the turtles are touched are not recommended. Please make an informed choice for you and your family of what you choose to participate in. I know how hard it is to chose what to do and the kids still talk about what a great day they had at the Safari Park! Another great resource for animal welfare in Bali is BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association)
I would love to hear if you have anything else you would like to add to our list of things to do in Bali with children. Find me over at Facebook or Instagram letting me know of other great ideas as I’m always searching for more! Also feel free to join our Facebook group if you are a parent or grandparent travelling to Bali with kids.
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