Kids activities in Bali for older kids
If you are researching Bali for kids activities you may well be overwhelmed with what to do as there is so much choice! This post follows on from our other post on things to do in Bali for kids under 5 years old which you can check out here. The following activities can be suited to younger kids as well but tend to be suited more to primary school aged kids or even older.
Located 90 minutes from Seminayk/Legian/Kuta area or 60 minutes from Ubud, this place looks fantastic with kids. It is a high rope course set up in the trees of a gorgeous national park and there are different circuits to be attempted depending upon age and thrill factor. Eliza, from Awesome Bali Adventure travel journals, recently wrote a guest post for us on a day out to Treetops and picking strawberries. Check it out here. If you are interested in visiting check out Tripadvisor for reviews and tips on making it a great day out with the family.
This fantastic place located in Denpasar has interesting programs like Balinese Dance, Balinese Gamelan Music, Balinese Painting, Balinese Woodcarving, Balinese Cooking, Batik Making, Offering Making, Photo Sessions, Silver Jewelry Making and many other programs for both kids and adults. A must visit if you are searching for some real Balinese culture and fun for the entire family. We can’t wait to try it out next trip.
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 having her hair braided at a range of places including Think Pink Nails in Batu Belig, Holiday Inn Baruna Tea Tree Spa, Maria Curau in Canggu and Spa Bali in Jl Drupadi. 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!
After you have indulged in a treatment at Think Pink Nails venture around to Biku restaurant in Jl Petitenget to enjoy a high tea. Both kids and parents are looked after here with a kids high tea, full off sandwiches, cupcakes and scones, so much fun and all for the low price of $5 per child. We love eating at Biku but be sure to book as it can get quite busy.
Learn to Surf
Something that may appeal to kids as they get older is to learn how to surf. A range of lessons are available for a varying abilities. In Kuta check out Odysseys Surf School , UP2U Surf School and in Seminyak check out Desu de Bali Surf, Santai Surf School, Double D Surf School
See A Cultural Show
Bali holidays with kids include wanting to expose them to the beautiful Bali culture but knowing that at times the traffic can be so bad that it takes away from wanting to explore too far in the island. A great compromise is to watch The Devdan Show 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 will keep the kids thoroughly entertained and is not far to travel too.
So it’s pretty safe to say we love Waterbom Bali so much that we had to include it in both the under 5 yrs and over 5 yrs sections! We have visited Bali Waterbom on our last 4 family trips and the whole family has a great time with a range of activites for all ages and is the best Bali water park. For the over 5’s there are a huge range of waterslides and if they hit the height targets can try out the Flowrider. The Euro Bungy also looks like a blast and don’t be surprised if you can find the cheapest prices through your hotels tour desk. When staying at the Holiday Inn Baruna on our family holiday in 2016 we booked through the tour desk and received 10% off our Waterbom park tickets compared to what we would have paid at the gate. Something also to keep in mind is to check out there partners and discounts page which is regularly updated with discounts. Check out Tripadvisor for reviews of this great waterpark Bali.
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 from 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!! Check out the Tripadvisor reviews for more thoughts from other families and we can highly recommend as a great Bali kids activities.
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!
There are fantastic companies like Bali Bike Baik or Bali Eco Cycling 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. These are a great way to see the countryside and are perfect with younger kids as the tour companies have bikes with toddler seats and tandem bikes. Definitely high on our list of things for kids in Bali and we will be trying it out next trip, will let you know how we go.
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 treehouses and pirate ships with younger kids needing more assistance. The kids would have a great day here and the onsite restaurant provides food making it a fun place to go when travelling to Bali with kids.
The elephant safari park Bali is a great place to visit and we have been to the Safari park twice, in 2013 and 2016. It’s a great day out with the kids and plenty to see. The Safari bus is a great way to have a break from the heat as the buses are air conditioned. Also the waterpark is a great way to cool off so be sure to bring your bathers along. In 2016 a new section, the Funzone, had been built and Charlotte has a fun time trying out all the rides. All rides aren’t included with each ticket level so have a look at their website to find what is best for you. The prices can be on the higher side so maybe check out Groupon to see if they have discount tickets available. Also another option is to stay at the Mara River Safari Lodge which is located in the Safari Park. You have free access to come and go to the park as you get tickets included with your room price. This is perhaps why the room prices seem so high but if I was to have my time again I would go for this the first time as you definitely get value for money. The night safari Bali at the park is something the kids still talk about today!
One place that we haven’t visited yet is Bird Park Bali. Our good friends over at Seven Wanderers Blog went along early this year and share their day here. 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. This looks like a top Bali attractions for kids and parents.
I also recently wrote up a guest post for Learning Escapes on cultural things for kids to do in Bali which you can check out here. It might give you a few more ideas on Bali activities for kids and I would also love to hear if you have anything else you would like to add. Email me or find me over at Facebook or Instagram letting me know of other great ideas as I’m always searching for more!
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