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Written by Kim Wilson
Co-written by Dawn Pillay, Jiayi Ng, Nadia Crowe and Beverley Lennon
Edited by Beverley Lennon
Do you remember how easy it was travelling alone or before you had kids? No plans, just a rucksack and a longing for adventure! Now look at you, all responsible and grown up with little ones in tow – how did that happen?!
We love that people travel with their kids,u and we searched high and low for some awesome fun family activities that will keep your sense of adventure alive.
No need to stay by the pool, get out and enjoy the best that Bali has to offer. Your children are the tickets to some of the best spots in Bali – the ones that the solo travelers have no idea about.
Cancel the babysitter – this one is for the whole family!
1. Have fun at Bali’s first ever indoor theme park! – Trans Studio Bali
If mum wants to head on a shopping spree, then Trans Studio Mall Bali has a hidden secret, it’s home to Bali’s first ever indoor theme park, and one of the biggest in the world! So while mummy is happily indulging in various brands, the kiddos are having the time of their life on rollercoasters! It’s a win win!
Filled with colourful rides, multiple photo spots, and yummy places to eat, the entire family will have a blast spending time here. Even if mummy decides to join, she definitely won’t regret the amazing memories made there together.
You might be interested in this!2. Cirque du Soleil meets culture of Indonesia – Devdan Show
What makes the Devdan dance and culture show so different from the many traditional dance performances in Bali?
It perfectly reflects the “Zeitgeist” of Indonesia, marrying the rich culture of the country with modernity and contemporary elements. The 90-minute world-class show takes you on a journey throughout Bali…
Borneo and Papua.
One minute you are admiring an intricate traditional dance performed by an array of dancers on a state-of-the-art stage, bustling with excitement and countless stage effects ranging from torrential rain to flame bursts.
In the next, you are taken by surprise with modern solo and duo acrobatic aerial acts, so beautifully choreographed and performed.
Devdan Show is perfect for all ages; and the stories are easily understood with discreet signage of the various acts in numerous languages throughout the show.
Those eager to learn about different Indonesian regions will be leaving the visually and artistically delightful show with memories well beyond the exit door.
PS: Stage and artistic directors of the famed Cirque du Soleil were involved in the acrobatic training and stage creation when Devdan Show was launched in 2011. Devdan Show was awarded Indonesia Travel and Tourism Awards (ITTA) Foundation’s prestigious “Indonesia’s leading tourism show 2014/2015” shortly after!
3. This is where all your unicorn dreams come true! – Unicorn Cafe Bali By Brie
Are you a unicorn lover? Then get ready to feed your obsession because a unicorn café exists in Bali and it’s the best place to turn into a mythical creature!
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.
Here, you can get your full-on unicorn fix with colourful plush toys, pastel coloured sofas and pretty murals as you slip in the cutest unicorn onesies and dig in too-pretty-to-be-eaten cakes that look like they’re made for Instagram!
Food and beverages are all themed and we simply adore the looks of their milkshakes that come with a giant candy floss on top!
4. Drop by Bali’s most family-friendly beach club! – Flamingo Bali Family Beach Club
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! With bright pink flamingo floaties or magical unicorn ones up for grabs to lay on, play on, and sip a cocktail on, there’s fun for both grown ups and the kiddies here!
5. Living, loving and learning – Pondok Pekak Library
Most kids probably don’t appreciate ‘a trip to the library’ or ‘a trip to an art gallery’, but they will definitely love the Pondok Pekak Library.
Whether you want to learn how to make traditional Balinese offerings, carve fruit, play the gamelan or dance your heart out – this is a library with a difference.
Of course, it has a fantastic display of books if reading is your thing, but wouldn’t you rather learn how to make some beautiful jewellery or a lovely wooden mask?
The children can make something special to take home and show their friends – although we aren’t sure how long a carved watermelon would last in a suitcase!
The fantastic teachers at Pondok Pekak Library go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome, while offering a fantastically authentic Balinese experience that you just can’t replicate anywhere else.
Learning really can be fun, for kids and adults alike. Plus you will sound super smug at the school gates when you tell the other parents that your children loved visiting the library and art galleries during your amazing holiday at Bali!
6. Dine at a bamboo tree house with suspension bridge: Temega Tree House, Karangasem
Your kids (especially the teens) will love you if you bring them to Temega Tree House – a restaurant, tree house with a view and a suspension bridge all rolled into one.
After digging into your local snacks, you can walk from your table, along the bamboo suspension bridge to the tree house where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lush rice terraces of Karangasem from above!
The bridge is too dangerous for kids under 3 years old, and if your little ones are below the age of 10, it is recommended to walk up the bridge with them.
There’s even a little swing if you just want to chill with the younger ones!
7. Eat and play at Ubud’s first family pool club! – Titi Batu Ubud Club
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! Take a day out of the hustle and bustle to relax by the pool and enjoy the surrounding jungle vibes without worrying that your little ones will get bored!
8. A bright yellow companion to lighten up your day! – Tokeru Cafe
For those of you who don’t know Tokeru, this bright yellow Japanese cat, it’s time to get acquainted! A squishy delight, and the face that brings joy to many people (both young and old), Tokeru Cafe is the perfect place to visit when you’re looking to brighten up the day.
A Japanese dessert house, they specialise in serving up fluffy pancakes which are without a doubt their best seller, you’ll go absolutely insane over how good and fluffy they taste in your mouth, it almost melts! They also serve some other salty deliciousness such as truffle fries or pasta for those who aren’t feeling like feeding their sweet tooth, so really, there’s something for everyone and the kids will stay forever entertained with the giant plush Tokeru giving free hugs , right at the cafe!
9. Have dinner and play fun games at the circus! – Shooters Bali
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.
10. Drop by a family hub that lets you play and dine at sunset – Parklife
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 restaurant is eventually very kid-friendly and comes with healthy options too!
11. Travel the world through 3D Trick Art – Dream Museum Zone Bali
With the flood of vacay photos on Instagram, it’s hard to get truly unique snapshots of your travels. At Dream Museum Zone Bali, you can take photos with various interactive backgrounds that come with a 3D effect! Not only do the photos look extra good, it’s also really fun and entertaining for kids and adults alike!
Capture your experiences of reliving the scenes in those Hollywood blockbusters, like escaping from a hungry shark or a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
For something a little more kid-friendly, the little ones can re-enact iconic Disney scenes like the one in Aladdin, where Aladdin and Jasmine went on a flying carpet ride!
Do remember to bring a fully charged camera to make sure you have enough battery life to explore all 120 backdrops in the museum!
12. Jump up high at this floating playground – Bali Wake Park & Aqualand
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 one of Asia’s largest aquatic parks and this is where you get to enjoy an 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!
Yes we know – all the villages in Bali are green with all those rice fields and tropical vegetation, but this one is super special.
The Green Village was designed in 2006 by jewellery designer John Hardy, and later finished by his daughter. The result? A collection of bespoke, luxury bamboo homes all seamlessly integrated into the Ayung Valley nature.
Can you imagine a spectacular mansion made from only bamboo? You have to see it to believe it.
Take a tour of the village to learn more about this amazing eco project. Visit the bamboo factory and see bamboo being harvested, treated and crafted into building materials and furniture.
The Green School is where you can turn your hand to model workshops, building and joinery classes, and so much more.
Got green fingers and would love to find out more gardening tips and tricks? Stop by the Kul Kul farm to learn the art of permaculture and sustainable farming.
If you are blown away by what the village has to offer, you can always look at staying in one of the beautiful houses. They are all available to rent for the week, so you can wake up in the village every morning.
14. Imagine yourself a mystical, magical, beautiful mermaid! – Putri Siren
It’s every little girl’s dream to be able to somehow transform into a gorgeous, magical mermaid. Imagining a sparkly colourful tail, and swimming alongside dolphins and turtles has long been the ideal fantasy for most of us, and now it could finally come true!
Putri Siren is a local Indonesian company dedicated to making dreams come alive. Not only do they sell gorgeous mermaid sets, they also allow you to rent them and take part in some activities that they plan! Little ones who are lucky enough to be having a birthday party in Bali can round up some of their pals and get swimming in a full on mermaid themed birthday bash!
Though pre-organised parties can be anywhere, they have a special mermaid shack on the beach in front of Novotel Bali Nusa Dua where you can walk up to them and rent a tail along with a special programme!
15. Bring the family closer by inducing a little adrenaline – Aussie Bali Adventures
An adrenaline rush is said to be one of the best ways to bring people closer together, and what better way to create a deeper connection with your family than by experiencing a rush together! Aussie Bali Adventures specialises in curating the perfect adventure for both adults and kiddos.
From riding ATV’s around on the sand, to rafting down cascading rapids, you’re almost guaranteed to hear screams of joy and laughter echoing along as you avoid what’s scary. Not to worry though, Aussie Bali Adventures are committed to keeping everyone safe and happy so that they leave only with fond memories!
What’s the best thing for your little monkeys? A good ol’ swing through the trees! Bali is home to some of the most spectacular forests and jungles in the world – fact.
Now you can enjoy the view from a whole new angle. After walking under the sea, you can now walk high in the trees, thanks to this exhilarating treetop adventure.
With a choice of 7 circuits of varying difficulties, you can decide where you want to start, and perfect your skills with a choice of 72 obstacles.
Starting at just 2 metres up, you can get a feel for heights before advancing to the more nerve-wrecking levels, which go up to 20 metres!
You will always be attached to a safety wire, but we think that even you might hesitate on some of the challenges (we did!) – while the kids put you to shame. Just watch them scamper from tree to tree without a second thought.
For a grand finale, the stunning scenery will literally fly by as you whizz along the 160m zipline back down to earth.
The whole family will be exhausted after a day of adrenaline-filled activities, so it will be an early night for everyone.
This house in Bali is exactly like how it’s named – gravity plays no role here as everything is upside down!
Here’s where you’ll be able to pretend to be an alien astronaut on Earth, “floating” around everyday living areas such as kitchens, bedrooms, and even toilets.
Fly around what seems like a normal house and experience a (pretty weird but awesome) change of perspective. You’ll be surprised at how different a living room can seem when everything is turned on its head (literally).
Can you unclog a toilet without gravity holding you down? Although one wonders if a toilet would even need unclogging when everything is upside down… sorry.
Just make sure you bring a friend along when you explore the wonders of this museum. As much as selfie sticks have helped us in loner-dom, these loyal buddies won’t work here.
18. Where to play, and stay for the ultimate fun family vacation! – Waterbom Bali
One super fun family thing to do? Head to Waterbom for a day (or more) packed with many thrilling activities! Kids can get pretty cranky in the Bali heat, so cool them off with a day at this incredible waterpark – which also happens to be number one in Asia and number 3 in the world!
With 22 rides and attractions available, including a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, whether you want to relax, eat and drink, or go absolutely crazy on all the fantastic rides – Waterbom Bali has it all.
What is your favourite kind of ride? The kids might have a ton of fun challenging each other on the latest Fast ‘n’ Fierce ride with 2 open slides positioned side by side – so challengers get to slide ‘n’ race all the way down!
If you are a family of adrenaline junkies, have a go on Climax – we dare you! Stand in a small chamber before the trap door opens, and you plummet 16 metres down a near vertical drop. Fly through the rest of the ride at 70kph, and don’t forget to breathe again when you get to the end.
For something a little more educational, make sure to bring the kids to Flowrider, where you learn to surf the waves! (We have surfer friends who love the flowrider too!) Whether you want to surf standing up or laying down, the choice is entirely yours (and you just might be able to bring your new surfing skills to a safe beach!).
Finally, make sure to check out the lazy river! In the baking afternoon heat, there is nothing better than floating through the gorgeous park and enjoying the cool refreshing water – the perfect opportunity to relax after all those heart-stopping rides!
When you’re hungry after an amazing day of water fun, there are restaurants available in Waterbom with different types of delicious cuisines. Better yet, there’s a super convenient cashless payment system you can use to pay for your food! (All you need to do is simply charge your wristband by topping it up at various points in the park.)
19. Climb Up the Craziest Treehouse – Rumah Pohon Desa Batu Dawa Tulamben Karangasem
Explore one of nature’s amazing quirks when you visit the Tree House at Batudawa Karangasem.
With its branches wrapped around the little house, the tree looks like it pushed the house up in the air as it grew out of the ground!
Apart from the unique Tree House, there are other interesting structures you and your kids may explore, and climb up – like the little stone terraced hill with steps for you to climb all the way to the peak.
One of the many off-the-beaten-path finds you’ll be glad to visit, don’t miss out on the quirky little Balinese wonders here!
20. The warung with incredible views and activities – Warung Rekreasi Bedugul
If you’re in Bedugul, it’s a given that you should dine at a place that gives you a view that lives up to Bedugul’s picturesque reputation.
This is where Warung Rekreasi comes in with its stunning views of the mountain and the lake.
First, fill up with food like betutu and grilled chicken (we hear these are delicious!), and then wander around the restaurant/hotel complex to check out other activities you may do.
There’s a playground for the kids, an orchid garden and organic farms, a coffee plantation, and even a bamboo forest where you will definitely take photos at, and more!
Dining at Warung Rekreasi is something like an all-in-one experience where you get to not only eat, but take in the stunning views, and hop along to other activities too.
21. Finding Nemo – The Ultimate Seawalker Experience (Nusa Dua)
Confused by the title? Well, there will be no miracles today; no one is walking on water! Instead, you are going to walk under it. Even the non-swimmers in the family can enjoy this underwater discovery.
It does not get better than this, getting up close and personal with the fish and stunning aquatic life – you won’t even get your hair wet.
Just a short boat trip from the Grand Mirage Resort takes you to the purpose built ‘dive site’. Prepare to be amazed as you put on your special helmets and descend down the steps into the aquatic paradise.
You can hand feed the fish (how fun!), or just watch as they swim around the unbelievably gorgeous live coral formations.
Our favourite bit? You get to look like an Astronaut in the cool space age helmets. The kids will be so excited about showing these photos off when they get back to school.
22. Horsing around – Aravina Restaurant @ Bali Equestrian Centre
Whether your kid is prepping to be a Horse Whisperer or just wants to have some fun in the sun, they’ll surely enjoy the Aravina Restaurant, located within the Bali Equestrian Centre at Canggu.
Your little animal lovers will be delighted at the pony rides available, and if that’s not their thing, the premises are also equipped with a wide variety of toys and play areas – a sandpit, cubby house, swings – you name it.
There’s also a TV room where you can keep the kids quiet and content with a movie, and a swimming pool right beside the restaurant, so your child will always be in your line of sight.
Imagine sipping at a glass of wine leisurely and digging into one of the restaurant’s popular sunset platters as you watch your children have the time of their lives – doesn’t that sound like a great outing already?
23. Off the Caribbean seas – The Pirate’s Bay
If you’re after a slightly more unique experience for your kids, The Pirates Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of eating in a treehouse and being a pirate for a day.
That’s right, they’ll no longer scream and run around or pretend to climb a tree as though it’s the mast of a ship.
Located just off the Nusa Dua beach, The Pirate Bay’s authentic-looking pirate ship and treehouses will definitely awe the little ones.
They’ll even be able to try out various activities such as pirate games, swings and ropes.
Meanwhile, you’ll be able to go for a quick swim at the nearby beach and enjoy your meal in peace for once – other happy parents have satisfied their taste buds with special dishes like the fried banana with cheese and grilled tuna.
Imagine listening to your child’s euphoric “ahoy!” as you dig into your sumptuous meal and down a cup of ice cold juice on a sweltering hot day.
Doesn’t that sound simply idyllic?
24. Dive (and dine) into Ubud’s very own rabbit hole – Maha Restaurant
As much as we can’t get enough of cat and dog cafes, how about a rabbit cafe for a change?
Dining at Maha Restaurant will leave you feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland – bringing you up close and personal with the cutest bunnies you will ever see.
Especially if you have kids who are tired of walking around Ubud, bringing them to Maha Restaurant will be a great refresher for them, as they get to pet the bunnies and interact with them.
Order coffee, pancakes, crepes, juice, or even an espresso martini (we hear they have fantastic cocktails!) and get set for one of the many lovely afternoons to be had in Ubud.
Watch the Maha rabbits hop around, do bunny binkies (google it) and nibble away as you steal a restful moment from your packed itinerary of plans – your kids will thank you for it.
25. In time for a time out – Jiwa Spa at The Conrad (Tanjung Benoa)
This is the perfect excuse to get a little bit of ‘me time’ whilst still keeping the whole family together. Make your little ones feel like princes and princesses with some special bonding time at the spa.
Jiwa Spa specialises in treatments for ‘little souls’ and offers a fantastic ‘Mum & Me’ package. Don’t worry dad, we wouldn’t leave you out. There is an equally good ‘Dad & Me’ package too!
Mum can unwind with a foot bath, ocean flow massage and express facial, whilst her little ‘Jiwa Princess’ gets a foot bath, a mini massage, sparkle manicure and mini facial – just like her mum.
The men of the family won’t need much encouragement when they see what is on offer. Dad gets a revitalising vitamin scrub, whilst the ferocious ‘Jiwa Warrior’ of the household gets a foot bath, mini massage and chocolate mud bath.
After such an action-packed holiday, we think everyone will be ready to relax. And what better way to relax than treatments for mum, dad and the kids!
Now if you think that your cheeky little monkeys are a handful, just wait until you see these critters.
This will be the highlight of your family holiday, and at only USD$2 per pax, it’s definitely a great bargain. With over 600 Balinese long tailed macaques in the forest, that is a lot of monkey for your money.
Before the children spend all their pocket money on monkey treats, we must offer a few words of warning; if you leave any food in your backpack or pockets, the monkeys will sniff it out and can get a little scary.
The most entertaining/terrifying part of your visit will be watching greedy monkeys jumping on people who have smuggled in some food.
Remember that monkeys are wild animals, and while all the monkeys in Monkey Forest are frequently screened for diseases such as rabies, a bite can ruin your holiday and this incredible experience.
Enjoy watching the monkeys from a safe distance and make sure to remind the children about the dangers of wild animals.
If you are really keen to feed the monkeys, then you can buy bananas at the forest entrance – just dont say that we didn’t warn you!
In Bali, monkeys have considerable cultural significance, and in Balinese Hinduism, they are thought to embody both positive and negative forces. As such, the Balinese both love and hate them. In any event, these monkeys are well-loved and protected.
27. When in Rome – Go for a Balinese cooking class
Not all Balinese food may fit your tastebuds, but it’s doubtless that this tiny island houses some of the greatest food out there, and its tropical dishes are getting increasingly popular.
And since you’re visiting, why not add some of these exotic dishes to your cooking repertoire?
You can sign up for cooking classes with Bumbu Bali, an award-winning Balinese restaurant and cooking school. Classes are helmed by Heinz von Holzen, a famed chef and cookbook author.
You’ll be introduced to the exotic history behind traditional Balinese dishes, shop for ingredients yourself, and even get to make popular dishes such as fried rice, grilled chicken and lamb stew.
By the time the lesson is over, you’ll be able to return to your home country with your Balinese Master Chef certificate.
28. Go out to sea on glass-bottomed boats
Want to see the beautiful coral reefs, but afraid of getting wet?
No worries, you can definitely do so, and we promise, it doesn’t involve any aquarium visits. You just need to go out to sea in a glass-bottomed boat.
These boats are specially built with a pane of glass at the bottom that acts as a mask under the water, to allow even non-swimmers to experience the underwater scene, just like dry snorkeling.
As the boat glides over the reef, you’ll be able to see in detail the fish, corals and other marine life in their natural habitat. You can even take photos and feed the fish, all from the safety of the boat.
The best ride? Try Nusa Lembongan day tour, where the reefs are blooming!
Special Mention 1: Sunday family time just got a whole lot better! – Kids Sunday at Tamora Gallery (Only available of Sundays)
Everyone knows that Sundays are sacred, it’s when the whole family gets together and spends some quality time with who matters most. Whether that’s lounging on the beach, or sitting at home watching a movie, it’s a special time and Tamora Gallery recognises that!
Every Sunday is officially called Kids Sunday, it’s a time where you can bring the family and have some fun with each other and also other family-oriented people! There are slides, monkey bars, grass to frolic in, and most importantly places to sit and rest (for the parents, of course!)
Make sure to check their social media pages for more information on any special collaborations that they have. Some previous ones include free ballet classes, face painting, capoeira, and more!
Special Mention 2: Grab a club and prepare for a little healthy competition! – The Coconut Hut Nusa Lembongan (Located in Nusa Lembongan)
Mini Golf is always associated with fond memories. As children, there’s no better feeling than learning that you’re about to spend the day competing for the lowest score, marvelling at the cool designs at each hole, and playing a solid round of mini golf!
A fully immersive experience for the family, each member can challenge each other without feeling like it’ll be too easy, mini golf is a fair game! At The Coconut Hut Lembongan, not only do you get beachy island vibes, you get delicious food, fun card games, and an adorable tropical style mini golf course.
Spend the morning lazing away at the beach before heading over for some ice cold drinks, a solid meal, and a dose of healthy competition.
Do you know of other amazing things to do with kids we’ve missed? We’d love to hear about it!