Written by Beverley Lennon
Bali might like to emphasise its glitz and party vibes, from glamourous flashy beach clubs to hidden speakeasy bars, but it is also one of the most family-friendly destinations in Southeast Asia.
Besides featuring tons of kid-friendly dining options for your fussiest tots and teens, the island is embraced for its year-long warm weathers (drop by between June to August for cooler temperatures!) and has loads of fun activities for kids. And yes, it’s much more than just waterparks and beaches. There are exciting family things to do deep in the jungles of Ubud too! Indeed, Bali ticks all the boxes when it comes to family fun.
What’s more – there is something truly special about the Balinese’ love for children. Maybe it’s their laid-back nature, where life is truly lived in the moment but whatever it is, it will be the highlight of your family holiday!
With our 4D3N family itinerary, you get a holiday experience of a lifetime with a family beach club, themed cafes (including a unicorn cafe!), waterpark, animal encounters and so much more! Yes, finally an island escape paradise that’s not just meant for couples!
💡🤯Busy with the kids and have no time to plan your getaway? Enjoy a hassle-free trip with Klook as you can book your private car charter and tours.
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We love our families, but holidays with them aren’t always the easiest right? I get it. Frankly speaking, I am always the one planning our family getaways and it’s never an easy task, so this 4D3N itinerary to Bali is here to help you save your next holiday with the tots and teens! Let them know about the new exciting family things to do in Bali; these include a unicorn cafe, a circus restaurant, flamingo beach club and so much more! You can be sure that they won’t be stuck in front of their screens all day long as you’ll be having so much fun!
Direct flight (total cost from SGD 175)
Take Tigerair, AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, SilkAir or Singapore Airlines from Singapore Changi Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~2h 40 min)
Direct flight (total cost from RM 400)
Take Malindo Air, AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~3h)
Take a peek at Bali’s nature and cultural centre
Here we are – you finally made it happen! Your exciting family getaway to Bali finally begins. Enjoy your first day with lunch at a fun pool club in the jungles of Ubud before making the kids’ eyes glow with giant cotton candy, stepping into a monkeys’ sanctuary and relishing traditional Balinese performances at dinner time.
📍For even more fun on your family vacation
– Just sit back and relax. With Klook, you get to pre-book your private car charter and enjoy the convenience of being picked up by a driver!
– Book a SIM card from Klook and share your family memories with the world!
– Turn your family pictures more fun and book some funky pool floats!
Titi Batu Ubud Club is Ubud’s very own version of Finns Recreation Club. The recreation club welcomes families who wish to reconnect through a bunch of exciting activities and sports! A day pass at Titi Batu Ubud Club gives you access to their studios with a large variety of classes for kids and adults, gym, squash court, kids’ playroom, swimming pool, steam room, sauna, cold bath and so much more!
They also have a restaurant with an international menu and healthy, local, sustainable food options for you and your little ones!
Photo Via Katyabatova, Kati.over, Gcaione.power_
Worried about your kids disturbing other guests at a hotel? We’d recommend you to opt for a villa stay. What’s best, besides being affordable for a 2-bedroom villa, Casa Priya features a private pool and comes with magical jungle views as you enjoy the cool air of Ubud. Kids will thoroughly enjoy having the pool to themselves as you peacefully lounge in the bathtub.
Now you won’t have to sleep one on top of each other as the kids get their own bedroom! Not to worry, morning cuddles are just one door away!
Craving a Balinese Massage but don’t know what to do with the kids? Get your body treatments right at your stay when you book Klook’s In-Villa Spa and Massage package!
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By now, the kids might be already planning their next tantrum so treat them with some giant colourful cotton candy at Barbapopa! Their sugar-based fluff ball treats somehow always make everyone happy. Their swirled creations come in different cloudy-shaped forms and will surely get everyone messy too (you know, the typical scene where you wake up the next day with candy floss in your hair!).
You haven’t been to Ubud if you don’t drop by the ever-so-popular Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. For some, the experience is stressful but for others, it’s ultimately fun and I bet there’s nothing more exciting than animal encounters when travelling with kids. The open-air sanctuary is home to over 700 monkeys roaming freely in 12.5 hectares of untouched forest!
The venue is also an important preservation centre as it has deep spiritual meaning for the locals. You’ll also find a temple that dates back to the 14th Century.
If you’re looking for a value-for-money option to visit the sanctuary and other attractions, check out Klook’s Central Bali Tour and enjoy a hassle-free experience with their convenient hotel pick up and drop off!
TripCanvas’ Tip: Be mindful of the monkeys and avoid carrying any sort of bottle or food items as they can get pretty aggressive and grab it from you!
Photo Via Thebalivacation, Chanimarie
(From USD$22 for Group Tour option in Central Bali)
When in Rome, do as the Romans do – surely you weren’t thinking of leaving Bali without trying things the local way? The immersive dining experience at Laka Leke is bound to keep kids and adults entertained!
At Laka Leke, you’ll get to try out local favourites, modern Indonesian fare, authentic Balinese cuisine and more. You’ll also be entertained by traditional Balinese performances as you dig in!
We personally loved their popular crispy duck, which goes amazingly well with some sambal matah. Then again, everything at Laka Leke tastes fantastic, but no words can do justice to their mouth-watering Nasi Campur – colourful and flavourful!
TripCanvas Tip: On specific nights, the restaurant gets busy with traditional performances, which see locals dressed in colourful and shiny outfits replicating theatrical dances such as the Barong and Kris Dance, Frog Dance, Joged and Children Dance, as well as Bali’s popular Kecak Dance.
Want to bring the flavours of Indonesia back home? Sign up for a cooking class in Ubud with Klook!
Photo Via Shantik, Sovinurbayanti
Day 1: Route
Tick off Bali’s most family-friendly dining options!
As we know that kids can be fussy and choosy, it is best to pick places where you can truly relax and everybody in the family gets their own happiness points. Today, from breakfast, lunch, tea time to dinner, all your family members get to enjoy unique experiences, exciting games and delectable food in a fun atmosphere!
You’ll barely have to chase after your kids for the first meal of the day as it is bound to be one magical experience.
Head over to Bali Zoo to share your breakfast table with orangutans. It is an experience like no other as you get to sit next to human-like species in their natural environment and catch special moments with them next to you.
Breakfast is buffet style and as you settle down to indulge, other animals will also make their way to your table – think elephants, birds, pangolins and more!
Photo Via Mrssharena, Kylieduncannn
(From USD$40 for adult / USD $27 for child)
Flamingo Bali Family Beach Club has heard every family out there – finally a beach club where your kids can go wild without disturbing others! What’s more, the beach club is located merely 20 minutes’ drive from Bali Zoo, which makes it great for some water fun with the kids after all your animal encounters.
Besides their expansive pool, they also feature an exciting playground for the kids and a kid-friendly menu for all your picky eaters out there!
Photo Via Ethereal.project, Wilda_29, Kavindra.raysia, Ftrns
If your little one is a fan of the movie “Rio”, you might want to check out Bali Bird Park. This is where you get to step into a bird kingdom. In here, it’s a world full of spectacular birds and a tropical paradise!
Photo Via Ghz2______3
(From USD $20 for foreign adult / USD $10 for foreign child)
Alam De Ubud is a happy and colorful place where you and your family can spend the whole day relaxing in the sun, on the colourful beanbags, swimming (yes, they have a pool!) and drinking fresh juices.
You can gaze at the rice paddies and snooze in the hammocks while safely letting your kids run around on the manicured lawn or have some good old fun on the swings.
We’ve heard they have some killer traditional Indonesian Nasi Campur, or for the hungry Daddies among us, go for a plate of ribs!
Photo Via Putrapewee
Are the little ones feeling hungry between lunch and dinner? Don’t miss on signing up for an afternoon high tea session at Biku Bali! They have a dedicated child-friendly tea time with exciting and delectable little treats for your mini ones – both sweet and savoury! Now your kids can be mini adults with their own cute miniature versions of the snacks, with delicious cakes and scones stacked up high on tiered plates!
Once done, they can keep themselves busy with some fun games and colouring books or drop by the cafe’s very own bookshop!
So many villas in Bali but Danoya Villa is definitely a jewel in the crown when it comes to family-friendly options! It’s not only affordable, but also has various villa categories ranging from two to five bedroom options for families. What’s more, the villas here come with a private pool so you are guaranteed with privacy for your whole family!
Best yet, you’re located smack bang along the famed Jalan Batu Belig, closed to a bunch of shops and restaurants, yet it is very quiet and peaceful.
Photo Via Freelya_fan
Every kids’ dreams come true at Shooters Bali – a fun park-style cafe with popping carnival vibes invite kids to have an exciting time at their mini-golf course while adults can chug down some icy fresh Bintangs!
You’ll feel the nostalgia of not being a kid anymore as you relive memories with some fun games – besides their mini-golf, you’ll get to play table tennis, basketball hoops, foosball and capture moments at the photo booth.
Oh and can we get a “HELL YEAH” for their enormous cotton candy and giant set of Jenga?!
Note: All games are free except for the mini-golf.
Photo Via Conkatheartist, Christina_lifejourney, _-fraps.lym_
Day 2: Route
Have fun at Asia’s #1 waterpark, a unicorn cafe and more!
We turn your third day in Bali as colourful as a rainbow and we promise you’ll have lots of fun! What you can be sure of is that your kids’ eyes will glow from brunch to dinner time with a whimsical cafe, an exciting waterpark, a unicorn cafe and so much more to look forward to!
This colourful whimsical cafe sends out some of the best brunch items in Bali, including the ever-so-popular acai bowls, scrambled eggs, burritos, smashed avo and kids’ favorites like waffles, pancakes, churros and more! Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed meals here as the playful decors bring out pure joy for the rest of the day!
Photo Via Christiannam
Waterbom didn’t win the title of Asia’s Best Waterpark for nothing! This tropical playground is full of thrilling rides, amazing slides and fantastic attractions that guarantee the best of exciting times for you and your little ones!
A lazy river and surf lessons in the wave pool offer slightly more relaxing activities. One thing for sure is that it’s a whole lot of fun! You’ll think this is all for the kids but even the adults might not want to leave!
Photo Via Waterbombali
(From USD $35 for adult / USD $25 for child / USD $111 for family package)
Make your rainbow-coloured dreams come true at this magical unicorn cafe. We’ve been to the one in Bangkok and it was like a throwback to childhood so we’re super excited that we can be real unicorn princesses in Bali too.
In here, you can get your full-on unicorn fix with colourful plush toys and pretty murals as you slip in the cutest unicorn onesies and dig in too-pretty-to-be-eaten cakes!
Photo Via Merrysimon
If the playground here is called “The Madhouse”, you know your kids are in for an amazing wild time at Parklife. Everyone finds happiness at Parklife – toddlers can escape to an imaginary world at the sensory playroom while all of you can go crazy at the park with water features and a mini beach.
At rest time, why not find shade and settle at their Instagrammable picnic area as you enjoy views of Canggu’s endless paddy fields while the sun sets. They also offer supervised childcare services for when you prefer to enjoy some alone time with a few beers by your side.
The menu at the on-site restaurants is eventually very kid-friendly and comes with healthy options too!
Photo Via Cloudno.9, Bali_kermesse
Day 3: Route
Check out Bali’s exciting inflatable playground and turn into little pirates!
If you’re always worried that your kids will get hurt when falling off from the playground, you’ll be glad to know about this inflatable park in the middle of water. In fact, this is Asia’s largest aquatic park and this is where you get to enjoy the exciting floating obstacle course. The activity is open to kids above 6 years old.
Simply run around the water park and see who can make it without tumbling into the water! For older ones, you can give a try to their wake park mounted with an overhead cable system which enables you to excitingly glide across the water surface!
Photo Via Tommy_ykz, Millburn.photography
Alternatively, if you’re traveling with younger kids, we’d recommend you to enjoy some time by the beach in Nusa Dua – Bali’s most family-friendly destination. Here, you get to enjoy safe shallow and clear waters. The area also features some amazing food places and resorts!
Photo Via Whj10093, Irina.iaremenko, Annu5, Kesikenza123
Seafood is best enjoyed when you get the whole shebang rolled in one – experience it like a little scalawag, aboard a pirate ship overlooking the spectacular ocean!
Drown yourself in their glorious “Pirates Basket”, ideal for sharing – or guzzling alone. The restaurant has perfected the delicate balance of crispy seafood exteriors with interiors so tender and juicy, they almost melt in your mouth!
With a scene straight out of the Pirates of the Caribbean and a kids-friendly menu, you can be sure that your little ones will be the happiest of them all while your hands get dirty with chunks of the freshest seafood!
Photo Via Agusm123, Olesya.safutdinova
Sadly, every good trip comes to an end. As you make your way to the airport, why not suggest other trip ideas to your family? We personally recommend you to escape to a safari in the chilly highlands of East Java!
Day 4: Route
Best time to travel
Bali has a reliable, warm and tropical climate all year round.
Temperatures generally linger between 26°C and 28°C, except for places located on higher grounds like Ubud and Bedugul (where it would be more chilly!).
The dry season is generally from May to September, and the wet season from October to April.
In May, June, September (non-peak period), you will find that prices of accommodation are 30% to 50% cheaper than peak season rates. Plus, you still get great dry season weather most of the time.
April and October are great if you enjoy watersports, such as surfing, as the waves are good at this time of year. You might have some refreshing rain showers, but you will also see plenty of sunshine. These are also great months to travel with children as most theme parks and attractions are quieter, and getting around would be less crowded and stressful.
Peak season in Bali is July and August, as well as Easter holidays, Christmas and New Year.