Best things to do in Bali with kids

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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. We hope this helps you decide what to do in Bali with kids and happy reading :-)

BEST THINGS TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS

Bali Treetop Adventure Park

Located 90 minutes from Seminayk area or 60 minutes from Ubud, this place looks fantastic with kids top things. 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, wrote a guest post for us on a day out to Bali Treetops and picking strawberries. Also a full review of Bali Treetop Park by our reader Wendy goes into great detail of what you can expect. If you are interested in visiting, check out Tripadvisor for reviews and tips on making it a great day out with the family.

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Bali Treetop Adventure Park

A day out at Finns Bali

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.

Finns Splash
Loving the swing at Splash

Sundays Beach Club Bali

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, 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.

Sundays Beach Club Bali
Sundays Beach Club

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!

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Frankenstein Laboratory Bali

Spa Treatments

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!

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Charlotte loving getting her nails done at Think Pink Nails

Bali Wake Park and Aqua Land

For the kids that love to move and enjoy the water. The 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.

Bali Wake Park and Aqua Land
Bali Wake Park and Aqua Land

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. A couple of companies to check out are Bali Sobek and Bali White Water Rafting. They will pick you up from your hotel in the tourist areas and take you white water rafting in Bali. Check out the prices Klook or Voyagin for great deals on white water rafting.

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White Water Rafting Bali (photo courtesy of Voyagin)

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.

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Charlotte in 2012 with our nanny Berta on the Lobong Cooking School market tour

Circus Waterpark Kuta

For a cheaper option than Waterbom waterpark and a hit with younger kids, Circus Water Park is a great choice. Located right next door to Park 23 Shopping Mall, Circus is great for a value packed day.

Circus Waterpark Kuta
Circus Waterpark Bali

Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple

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.

Kecak Dance Uluwatu Temple
Kecak Dance Uluwatu Temple

ATV/Buggy Rides

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.

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Bali Buggy Discovery Tour with Bali Quad Discovery

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.

Ayana Resort
L’Atelier Parfum at Ayana Resort

Go exploring waterfalls

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, Munduk Waterfall and are all ones doable with active kids and some can have a small entrance fee of a couple of dollars so be sure to small rupiah change. Be sure to take a baby carrier if you have a bub or younger toddlers that won’t handle the walk and also pack your bathers for a swim once you arrive to cool off!

 

Keramas Aero Park Bali

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.

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Keramas Aeropark Bali (Photo from Keramas Aeropark Bali)

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.

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Sorga Bali Staff

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.

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud
Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud

High Tea at Biku Restaurant Bali Seminyak

On our list of things to do in Seminyak with kids is a visit to Biku restaurant in Jl Petitenget to enjoy high tea. 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.

Biku High Tea
Biku Bali High Tea

Surfing lessons Bali

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 , Seminyak check out Desu de Bali Surf, Santai Surf School , Double D Surf School and in Jimbaran J-Bay Surf is also a great company.

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J-Bay Surf & Sup Bali Jimbaran

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.

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Pondok Pekak Library Ubud entrance

3D DMZ Museum Legian

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.

3D Bali Museum
3D Bali Museum

Taman Segara Madu Bali Waterpark

If you are searching for a cheaper day out 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 out here.

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Taman Segara Madu Canggu Bali

See A Cultural Show

Bali holidays with kids can 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 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 and is not far to travel too. I can’t wait to see the Devdan Show in August 2018.

Waterbom Park 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 5 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.

Waterbom Bali
Waterbom Bali

Bali Equestrian Centre

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 C to leave from the equestrian boutique, watch your credit cards Mum’s and Dad’s!!

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Charlotte loving her ride on Popcorn in 2015

Green School Tour

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!

Bike Riding

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.

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Our group had a great time riding the roads of Bali with Ubud Cycling Bike

Sunday Brunch

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 to Prego at Westin in Nusa Dua. Was such a fun time with the kids and the food was great! You can check out our full review here and other places that come recommended from families are Sheraton Market Brunch in Kuta and The Joglo has a great Indonesian brunch.

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Kids area at Prego Sunday Brunch

Pirates Bay Bali Nusa Dua

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.

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The Pirate Ship (Photo Courtesy of The Pirates Bay Bali)

Bali Cinemas

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:

  • Cinema XXI at Beachwalk Mall, Galeria, Level 21 and Park 23
  • Cinemaxx at Lippo Mall and Plaza Renon
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Jed went to Cinemax XXI at Beachwalk Mall Kuta and was impressed with the price and facilities

Upside Down World Bali

Another fun 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.

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Bali Upside Down World

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. Located in Canggu you can also check out the bowl at Konkrete Store, Bar and Cafe. For tips on costs involved check out our post here on cheap things to do in Canggu. In Ubud the newly opened Blue Bear Bali is great with the kids too and you can rent equipment and arrange a lesson for the kids.

Canggu Skatepark
Amplitude Canggu Skatepark

Watersports at Tanjung Benoa

If the kids are keen on parasailing, banana boat rides and much more the place to go is Tanjung Benoa. Grand Mirage Resort and Holiday Inn Benoa are both great options to stay at with the kids to be close by to the action. A company that comes recommended on Tripadvisor is Tanjung Benoa Watersports and check out their website for prices. I would however avoid the Turtle Island as they do not treat the turtles at all well.

Tanjung Benoa
Jet Skis at Tanjung Benoa

Snorkeling

If you are keen to snorkel with the kids the better spots are up near Amed on the East Coast of Bali, up north near Pemuteran or over at Nusa Lembongan. At times Sanur can be ok but please be careful with the kids. 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.

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.

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Ubud Yoga Centre

Timezone Gaming Centers

Rainy days can make it hard to entertain the kids and there are Timezone entertainment centers if the kids are interested. At the Mal Bali Galeria you will find a Timezone area and most of the shopping malls in Bali either have Timezone or similar entertainment areas for the kids.

WS Art Studio Ubud

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.

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Traditional painting at WS Art Studio

Roosterfish Beach Club

Opened in June 2018 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.

Roosterfish Beach Club Nusa Dua
Roosterfish Beach Club Bali

Bali Bird Park

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.

Bali Bird Park
Seven Wanderers Family at the Bali Bird Park

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. Email me or find me over at Facebook or Instagram letting me know of other great ideas as I’m always searching for more!

Kate xx

 

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