Are you travelling to Bali with kids? You’re in the right place.
3 years ago we wrote about 10 things to do with kids in Bali. Since then we have stayed longer, explored deeper, soaked up more sights and racked up our 10th visit. We have written about where to stay, how to get your visa and what to eat, but I think it’s high time we filled you in on the many more attractions Bali has to offer.
In no particular order, here’s our favourite things to do in Bali with kids - and remember this list is still just a small taste of what is available to do in Bali …
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1. Waterbom Park
One of our favourite water parks anywhere in the world, and rated as the best in Asia by TripAdvisor. You can spend all day in this lush paradise and never run out of things to do.
2. Splash Waterpark
This might not be Waterbom, but for kids under 8 this is the perfect-sized waterpark. You can literally lie on your comfy lounge chair and keep an eye on your kids across the whole waterpark.
3. Bounce trampolining
Book the kids in for an hour at this indoor trampoline centre, while you watch from above. They can attempt the wall climb, play dodge or jump into a foam pit.
4. Cubby House Kids Club
Beachwalk Mall in Kuta offers a public kids club, but so does Canggu Club. This Cubby House Kids Club is a very well equipped kids club where you can drop in your kids on a casual basis. They will be amused with toys, painting, computer games, dress ups - the list is endless. Adults can head over to the other side of the Canggu Club for a swim, gym workout, free Wi-Fi or lunch.
5. 10-pin bowling
Brand new on the Bali scene, at Strike you can bowl to your hearts content in this new indoor 10-pin bowling alley. Of course there are bumpers for kids (or adults!). A cool way to spend a hot afternoon.
6. Stay in a family-friendly hotel
Check our complete list of places to stay here.
Relatively new to Bali, cinemas are popping up everywhere. There might not be a lot of variety, but you can cool off in one of these modern cinemas. Check in at Beachwalk Mall in Kuta or the kids will enjoy Paradiso in Ubud which shows children’s movies daily at 5pm.
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Peekaboo an indoor playground located in Sanur. Bring the kids socks and sit back and relax while they play.
9. Lollypop Playland
An indoor playground located in Kuta. Great for the kids to blow out steam.
10. Cycling tour in Ubud
Ubud is cooler than most of Bali so the best spot for exercise. Head out on a downhill cycle tour visiting coffee plantations, traditional Balinese homes and amazing trees.
11. Yoga class
Ubud has loads of them. Our favourite is the Yoga Barn, but wherever you go, there’ll be plenty of options to choose from.
12. Rice paddy walk
Since we are speaking of exercise in Ubud, go for a walk. Rice paddies provide simply scrumptious scenery and make exploration fun. Try to spot the many kites in the sky too.
13. Bali Bird Park
If you enjoy birds then this is not to be missed. Plus they have a lovely restaurant with a play area for kids.
14. Bali Reptile Park
Part of your package at Bali Bird Park includes going next door to see the crocodiles and famous Komodo dragons.
15. Bali Safari Park
This place keeps improving every year. Head out to see elephants, leopards and many other wild animals.
16. Elephant Safari Park
Whether you are looking to ride an elephant or just be introduced to one, you can here.
17. Bali Zoo
Want to feed a tiger? You can do it here. A great day out with the kids.
18. Bali Butterfly Park
If your kids love butterflies, check out the Bali Butterfly Park.
19. Monkey Forest
There are several monkey forests throughout Bali, but the most famous is in Ubud. Don’t wear jewellery and keep your backpack firmly closed, because these monkeys are the sneakiest thieves.
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20. Motorised water sports
Whether it’s jet skiing or paragliding or flying on a banana boat you can find endless opportunities down on the shores of Nusa Dua.
21. Non-motorised water sports
A lot of hotels include ocean kayaking, amongst other water sports in their pricing in Nusa Dua. So head out on that gorgeous ocean, just make sure you cover up – it’s hot.
22. Seawalker Bali
If you’ve always wanted to walk on the ocean you can do so for a reasonable price in Bali. This is suitable for older children.
23. Reuse Centre
In Ubud you’ll find a small place that loves to show kids how to create crafts with recycled products. I totally support it’s values but also our kids loved it.
Not far from Ubud is an inflatable playland with a small water play area. It gets hot inside so make sure you bring water.
25. Sheraton Market Brunch
If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant every Sunday the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort holds its famous Sheraton Market Brunch. With dedicated kids tables and chairs and a supervised play area, adults can indulge knowing their wee ones are taken care of.
26. Eat real Mexican food
What? My kids say Taco Casa is the best part of Bali. The best Mexican food we’ve eaten outside Mexico. They also do delivery!
27. Be pirates
Pirates Bay Bali is a restaurant down south with a big pirate boat. Kids will love it.
28. Cooking classes
We love learning to cook and the local cuisine in Bali is delicious. Whether it’s part of a hotel package or in the middle of the jungle, you can’t go wrong with Balinese food.
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29. Quad biking
Not far from Ubud you can hop on a four-wheel bike for a tour through the jungle. Get dirty splashing through mud and wave at sweet Balinese children as you ride through traditional villages.
30. Canyon tubing
The same tour operator as Bali Quad, you can hop into a one-person inflatable tube and drift your way down the river. It’s a fun adventure with a flying fox ride thrown in.
31. White water rafting
Looking for something a bit more adventurous? Then head down raging white water rapids! Just remember these rapids are in a canyon so there’s quite a steep climb at the end.
32. Bali Equestrian Centre
A horse-riding club with a swimming pool. This is Bali after all. Give the kids a chance to ride horses while you enjoy a swim or a delicious lunch.
33. Hang out with friends
Ubud is a Bali expat gold mine so you are sure to find someone wanting to hang out and have a meal.
34. Markets and malls
Markets can be found in most parts of Bali so get your shopping engines on. If you are after something a bit more upmarket then head to several of the well-known malls located in Kuta or Nusa Dua.
35. Get your hair braided
The humidity in Bali can be a source of frizz. Spend AUD$15 - $20 and get all that hair out of the way. A lifesaver for girls with long hair who love to swim.
36. Get a pedicure
With pedicures costing between AUD$5 - $15 you will probably be getting one every second day while in Bali. Just walk out your door and you should find a salon.
37. Get a massage
Whether it is your local spa or part of a hotel package, you don’t want to leave Bali without one. The kids can also join in with places like the Sheraton offering Mummy and Princess dates, and Daddy and Prince packages.
38. Go to the beach
Head to Nusa Dua or Jimbaran for quality beach time. White sand, blue clear water.
39. Experience a volcano up close
It’s a bit of a climb, but if you make it to the top at sunrise you won’t be disappointed. Or just drive to the top of a nearby lookout point for a breathtaking view… without losing your breath.
40. Tanah Lot
A temple seemingly floating in the sea. A gorgeous location for photos and a historical piece of Bali.
41. Elephant Cave
Goa Gajan is home to an ancient temple and cave. A few steps to walk up and down, but beautiful scenery and the local kids there loved our kids.
42. Learn to surf
There are plenty of places to choose from in Nusa Dua or the famous Kuta Beach. Grab a board and hit the waves.
43. Green Camp
In Ubud there is a well-known school called Green School and they also offer 3 or 5-day camps to get the whole family back to nature.
44. New Kuta Green Park
Not as new or big as Waterbom and Splash, but very local. It was an experience, lets put it that way.
45. Relax in a hot spring
46. Go snorkelling
A favourite snorkel spot would be the Blue Lagoon, but you’ll find plenty more.
47. Zip, zip, zip!
Looking for a heart-pounding zip line adventure? Kids as young as 4 will enjoy a wild time through flying through trees at Bali Treetop Adventure Park.
48. Glass bottom boat
Visit any tour booth or take a walk along the beach and you will find many options for glass bottom boat tours. Bundle it with a trip to Turtle Island to hold baby turtles.
49. Devdan show – Balinese dance
The beautiful art of Balinese dance is something you must see. Plenty of resorts offer it or you can head to a temple. One of our favourites was the elaborate show they put on at the Bali Collection theatre in Nusa Dua.
50. Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Centre
Opposite the soccer grounds in Ubud is the main library which, while offering a small book collection, is better known for its classes in Balinese art and culture.
51. Do Nothing
Watch a sunset, sit by the pool, lie in bed and smell the sweet frangipani scent floating on the breeze. While in Bali, don’t forget to take some downtime. Because with all this on offer we know it might not make it into the picture.
What a list! Even while I was writing it, the list grew from 30 to 40 to 50 and I am sure I will be able to add more and more as time goes by.
What number is your favourite? Did I miss something? Please add it in comments below.