Entertaining your little ones on the island paradise of Bali doesn’t have to be a chore filled with crowded tourist attractions, traffic jams and wasting time in long queues.
Browse our Things To Do With Kids in Bali travel guide to unravel activities with kids in Bali that promise quality family time, whilst still being able to relax and enjoy the simple things in life.
And parents listen up, it’s a list of fun things to do in Bali with kids where you can enjoy your well deserved holiday relaxation time as well as be nominated for the parents of the year award! Prepared by mummas who live in Bali – here’s our insider tips for the most perfect Bali family getaway!
Ku De Ta offer a family day on Sunday mornings from 9am through to 12pm. Kids can swim in the pool, which has a great shallow section, use the jumping castle, get their face painted or get creative with the free arts and craft activities. The food menu includes kids breakfast and lunch and lots of share options for the whole family, including pizzas and sushi. The beach is right out front, so you can also go for a dip in the ocean.
TAC Tip: This is a great morning activity for the whole family. Put your feet up on a day bed with ocean views and cool summer beats, while the kids are entertained by the children’s magician for free. If you’ve already had breakfast at your hotel or villa, simply buy a coffee or juice!
Panama Kitchen and Pool is becoming one of the most instagramable places and backdrops in Bali, thanks to its beautiful design elements, inspired by 60’s culture and tropical summer holidays with a little bit of art deco, it’s a really unique looking space.
Open from breakfast to dinner, Panama serves various types of homemade comfort foods such as pancakes, pulled pork burgers, fish and chips and signature cocktails, which can all be served poolside or inside its beautiful tropical cottage.
TAC Tip: The Pool is only 0.5m deep and has a step that runs along side the pool which is perfect for kids. The café and pool are located at the back of the building making it safe for children to run around.
The Joglo is the newest family friendly space in town. It is a cafe, kid’s playground, lounge and pilates studio all in one. The cafe overlooks a beautiful open outdoor playground, designed to Australian safety standards, with a slide, trampoline, swings and sand pit. There are lots of healthy food options for kids and adults with your choice of Indonesian or Mediterranean cuisine. If you’re up for a bit of tummy toning while the kid’s play – check out their pilate’s class schedule online.
TAC Tip: Check The Joglo’s facebook page for the times and details of their Little Picasso art class. Sit back and enjoy a coffee whilst the kids create little masterpieces.
The Lawn is located directly on the beach in Canggu and is the place to chill out picnic style on a beanbag, picnic rug with cushions whilst watching the surfing and beach. There are plenty of delicious food choices and a great selection of fresh juices, beers, and cocktails. The grass section is great for the kids to run around and play without disturbing anyone. It’s the ultimate spot to have a drink and watch the sunset.
TAC Tip: Currently one of the trendiest venues in Bali, relax and enjoy some guilt-free sundowners with your friends while the kids have as much fun as you.
Canggu Club is home to Bali’s Bounce Trampoline Centre, Strike Ten Pin Bowling Centre, Splash Water Park, Cubby House Kids as well as a Fitness Centre and Day Spa.
Unlike other big attractions, Splash Water Park has quite an intimate feel where you can pull up a sunbed, with a clear view of your kids on the slides. It’s tonnes of fun for both adults and kids and has a great section for toddlers which includes various sized slides and fountains.
TAC Tip: Save money by purchasing their Super Fun Pass for US $20 (child 3-17 years) US $30 (adult) including Bounce, Splash and Strike Bowling. Or drop the little ones into Cubby House Kids while you get pampered in Body Temple one of Bali’s Best Spas.
Amplitude is a Skate Park and Bike Racing Pump Track located in Kerobokan. The Skate Park has a bowl that is 270cm deep the Pump Track is the first of its kind in Indonesia. There is a newly built section that is separate from the larger pump track and skate bowl, which is perfect for smaller kids who want to learn to skate or ride scooters. This is currently the best skateboarding facility in all of Bali and it’s great for both advanced and beginner skaters.
TAC Tip: It’s best to go to Amplitude early morning or late afternoon as it does get very hot on the grounds as there is no shade and always remember to bring your helmet or you can hire one from the park. Lessons are available.
Pan Pacific Nirwana is a beautiful big resort that welcomes day guests and makes for a great day trip. The resort has manicured grounds, four-tiered pools, two great water slides for kids, as well as a shallow section and a poolside restaurant. You pay a day pass entry fee (approx US $20 per person) which is redeemable against your food and drinks and also gives you access to the kids club and playground.
TAC Tip: Forget dealing with the masses, with overcrowded tourist shots of Tanah Lot temple. Admire the stunning Hindu Shrine from a distance, photographing Balis most famous seaside temple in all its glory from the comfort of Pan Pacific’s golf course.
Milk and Madu is our favourite café in Canggu. This beautiful little cafe has a casual and relaxed vibe and is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is housed under a traditional open structure and has an enclosed garden area for the kids to run around. The food is delicious, gourmet café food and they do a great kids menu and offer free baby chinos as well as kids toys and coloring in activities. On Sunday afternoons they have family activities such a face painting, balloons and sometimes a jumping castle or arts and crafts.
TAC Tip: If you’ve saved a bit of room for dessert, right across the road is the best Gelato in town. Gelato Secrets offer artisanal italian gelato and sorbetto made fresh in Bali with natural ingredients.
ADDRESS: Perumahan Canggu Asri. Jalan Karang Suwung, Banjar Pelambingan, Berawa
CALL: +62 (0) 3618446533
When you enter the elegant grounds Bali Equestrian Club you will feel like you’ve stepped out of Bali and into the Hamptons. This is the place to go for horse riding at any level, with tiny tot pony rides and day camps for the little ones and horse rides available for the bigger and more experienced. There is a restaurant with swimming pool that has a great section for small children and playground that includes a slide, sandpit and cute cubby house that you can use for a small fee. It is a perfect destination for horse lovers and families.
TAC Tip: Enjoy an afternoon sipping wine at the restaurant with sweeping views of the main arena, while you can easily supervise the little ones playing on the swings and slide.
Five star fun for the whole family. Book a day-bed at Sundara by the 57 metre infinity beachfront pool and your kids will have a choice of swimming in the pool or at one the most beautiful beaches in Bali. There is a Jimba Kids Club 20 meters from your day bed, where the little ones (4-12 years old) can play out of the sun and in the comfort of air-conditioning. The lovely staff will happily supervise your little ones with fun games and activities while you soak up the suns rays with a cocktail in hand.
TAC Tip: If you want to relax pool-side all day this is the perfect family venue. Take some time out of the sun to dine at one of Sundara’s two restaurants.
ADDRESS: Jl. Raya Semat 18a, Canggu
CALL: +62 (0) 85857222941
A drop-in learning centre for children aged 2 years to 12 years (children under 2 years must be accompanied by a carer). They do a one-hour minimum stay with no reservations needed and are open 7 days a week! The Garden also offers a music and sensory class for babies aged 6-18 months every Tuesday and Thursday morning.
TAC Tip: Sprout Cafe is in the same building and is one of the only enclosed cafes around with air-con! It has healthy food, great coffee and a small play section for the little ones.
Berawa’s Kitchen is a newly opened outdoor tropical garden food court. With Indonesian, Thai, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Burgers, Pancakes, Fish n’ Chips, Hot Dogs, and more, there is plenty of choices for everyone. It is a cool, relaxed setting that has a lawn area and a play section for kids. They also have a bar in the middle and live music a few nights a week.
TAC Tip: Make sure you try the Smurger Burger as they are the best burgers around. They are quite small though so you may need two.
This beautiful resort and beach club is located at Keramas Beach on Bali’s east coast. For those wanting a day trip away from the west coast, Keramas is a 45 minute drive from Canggu/Seminyak. You can pay for a day pass to have entry to the pool overlooking the ocean, the beautiful grounds, the healthy café and the newly built free-range kids “fruit” bowl skate park. The surf break is world famous and Komune have installed floodlights so you can surf under the stars all night.
TAC Tip: Make sure you get there early and grab a day bed, so you can relax and hang poolside all day.
An art studio offering workshops for children and adults. The kids classes are great for children interested in developing drawing and painting skills in a creative environment whilst also having fun. Nature, meditation and the ocean inspire the teachers and this is often the foundation for the activities they have the kids doing. They offer classes in the afternoons a few days a week for kids aged between 4-7 years old and they have a free trial class available. Prices start from US $13 per lesson.
TAC Tip: Check out a little store across the road called Nalu. The founders were 11 and 8 when they started the Nalu Brand. For every 4 products they sell, they give a school uniform to a child who needs one. Our favourite: ‘Let the way you live be the way you give’ tee.
ADDRESS: Jalan Pantai, Bingin
Forget the overcrowded and over priced seafood warnings at Jimbaran Bay and instead enjoy a beautiful and relaxing afternoon on Bingin Beach, one of the best beaches in Bali as well as being home to one of the best surf breaks on the island. The beach is dotted with local warungs offering food and drinks and shelter from the heat. The nightly seafood beach BBQs offered by a few of these warungs is the perfect spot to enjoy the fresh seafood catch of the day over a candelit dinner with the sand between your toes.
TAC Tip: To access the beach, you walk from Bingin carpark along a path that leads down steep steps to the beach. It is a tough climb down and up but we promise it’s worth it. Check out our Bingin accommodation options if you want to spend a few nights here.
Maria Curau is a nail spa overlooking the rice paddies in Pererenan. It is the first vegan, non-toxic and cruelty free nail spa in Bali. This is the place to come if you want utter relaxation, not a quick mani and pedi. Unwind with a foot and hand soak in coconut milk, and then while your nails are being painted with Kester Black Vegan nail polish shades, you are given a shoulder massage and a glass of home made Kombucha. Maria Curau is a unique spa experience and a great place to unwind and relax.
TAC Tip: Try some polka dots, flowers or some geometric shapes for your little ones. You can also purchase beautiful dolls that are hand made by the mothers of the Bali Life Street Centre with all proceeds going to charity.
Beach Sunset Sessions
There’s no better Bali family fun than a casual sunset session on the beach. On Sundays many local families come down to the beach and swim in the ocean. It’s also the place to get the tastiest and juiciest corn you will ever eat, best indulged with a bintang or cold coconut. Kick a soccer ball, fly a kite, or throw a frisbee while you take in the famous Bali sunset. If you prefer to enjoy the sunset from a view point off the beach, check out our Bali’s best sunset bars here.
TAC Tip: We recommend sitting on La Planca’s colourful beach bean bags in Seminyak, strolling the beach in from of Ku De ta, or if you’re in Canggu our favourite spot is Old Man’s Beach at the end of Batu Bolong.
This Bali kids family guide was co-written by @kelly.eee who currently resides in Bali with her husband and two gorgeous boys, and The Asia Collective co-founder @kelly_beckwith, former Bali expat, wife and mother of two cheeky rascals.
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