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Bali with kids: check these exciting activities

Looking for fun things to do with the fam in Bali?

Mums and Dads don’t stress because the island is full of fun activities and adventures for families to keep the kids happy and very busy.

Get ready, parents, because Bali Villa Escapes has compiled the ultimate list of exciting things to do with kids in Bali. Rain, hail or shine, these family-friendly activities mean there are no nagging & bored kids ruining your much-needed vacay. Take a read, and thank us later…

Holidaying in your Seminyak family villa or family holiday Canggu villa is a great experience; having your children with you is even better. But we all know that the kids must be entertained and kept happy. They will not want to sit by the pool the whole day and want a bit of adventure and see some of the amazing attractions Bali is famous for.

Following are some fun and exciting things to do with the kids in Bali whilst at the same time not going to bore the pants off the adults. Remember you want to have a bit of a holiday as well. You want to have an enjoyable and memorable experience with the kids. Forget organising the babysitter, don’t stress about keeping the kids entertained; take them to these places, and you will love it as much as them. Enjoy what Bali offers – a great island that makes for a top family holiday.

Monkey Forest Ubud

This is a favourite with families – I would say that the kids have got to be over 5 years of age as there is a bit of walking around. But the Monkey Forest in Ubud is a great day for the whole family. Located in Ubud, the monkeys are cheeky and within the temple grounds. Hold on to everything, as these little buggers will steal anything they can. I know this sounds awful and off-putting, but if you can just appreciate that they are out for anything not bolted to your body, the day out here is great fun. The surroundings are stunning, with old trees and exotic Balinese temples, so you get a real sense of religion in this place.

To keep the kids occupied, buy bags of peanuts and bananas from the local vendors and watch the monkeys go crazy. It’s serious entertainment. But always be very wary that they can bite, so I would advise using a local guide. It’s a cheap day out and is only a 90-minute taxi ride from the Seminyak / Legian area.

After the monkey forest, take the kids to the Ubud Markets for some shopping.

Visit Monkey Forest Ubud , Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar. Ph +62 361 971304

Amplitude Skate Park

For kids who love skateboarding, Amplitude in Kerobokan, Bali, is the place to go. There is lots of space where they can expend all their energy and skate for hours on end. You can hire all your gear there, so there is no need to bring a skateboard.

Address: Jalan Raya Semer, Gang Nata kav 0-5, Kerobokan, Bali

Bali Safari & Marine Park

You and your kids will love this park with all the wild animals, and they will enjoy staying up way past their bedtime to see all the animal activities at night. Once night time descends, you can get a guide to take you around the park where all the action happens. I can guarantee you your kids are going to love this. There are over 60 animals to look at, ranging from Komodo dragons and rhinos to elephants. Whilst there, be the coolest parents and take the kids on an elephant ride.

This is a full-day trip, so make sure you are fully equipped for a full day out – there are restaurants at the park for food, so you do not have to pack that much.  It is a theme park with water slides, rides and many activities to entertain adults and kids fully.

Visit  Bali Safari & Marine Park , Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8, Serongga, Kec. Gianyar Ph. +62 361 950000

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Family fun at Bali Safari & Marine Park. Photo Credit: @ Instagram

Bali Treetop Adventure Park

Yes, kids can climb ( safely)  among the trees – don’t worry, the heights range from 2m – 20m so that you can choose the comfort level. Enjoy a day out in the Balinese botanical gardens whilst the kids can go crazy climbing the trees in a safe environment. For those kids and parents that are a bit on the adventurous side, there are circuits you can walk around that are all attached with lifeline support. This is guaranteed to keep the kiddies entertained for hours on end. Imagine them running around the trees with their friends, enjoying nature. It’s a great day out in Bali for the whole family. It’s an exhilarating treetop adventure. Your little monkeys are going to go wild swinging in these trees! Plus, they will develop new balance and climbing skills – see the pics below, and you will know what I mean.

Visit Bali Treetop Adventure Park , Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali. Ph +62 361 9340009

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The kids will love climbing among the trees at Bali Treetops. Photo Credit: @ balitreetop – Instagram

 

Bali treetop & adventures

Kids of all ages can enjoy walking on the ropes among the trees

For the lovers of water! – Waterbom Bali

No trip to Bali is complete without a must-do family visit to the Waterbom Bali in Kuta. This is a famous and well-known Asia’s # 1 water park. So when it gets too hot, and you want to cool down with the kids, head off to the Waterbom and go crazy.

This is the perfect day out for those parents with still enough energy to handle the slides and keep up with the kids going mental in this place. There is not much more to say about this place except go on, enjoy it and take lots of Instagram and Facebook pics. The park is in Kuta, making it well within a quick taxi ride for most families staying in the nearby hotels or private villas.

Visit Waterbom Bali,  Jl. Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung. Ph +62 361 755676

Uluwatu Cave Entrance

For a full fun day out with the kids, head to Suluban Beach in Uluwatu and walk down the cave entrance to the water. You can spend a couple of hours tanning when it’s low tide, soaking up the sun while the kids play in the water. There are many places (local warungs) to eat along the pathway down, so you can spend the day here, have lunch, and buy those must-have Bali souvenirs.

Seawalker Tour Sanur

For those who are a bit afraid of snorkelling or scuba diving but still want to see what lies beneath the water, this is the perfect place for you and the kids. You get to see all the wonderful marine, and sea life surrounding the Bali reef from a guided instructor and the best part is you are underwater, breathing oxygen from these fantastic unique diving systems.

You get taken out to the reef, put on one of these fancy diving helmets, and then follow the underwater path – this will blow the kids away.  It’s safe, totally under the instruction of professional divers, and you will not be able to wipe the smile off your children’s faces. Believe me, this is a great way to introduce the family to the marine life of Bali without going through the hassle of a scuba course.

Visit Seawalker, Puri Santrian, a Beach Resort and Spa, Sanur. Ph +62 812-4645-8654

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Safe and child friendly, the Seawalker in Sanur is an exciting adventure for the kids.

 

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What a great way for the kids to see all the amazing aquatic life at the Seawalker Tour in Sanur

Gallery Trick Art 3d

I know this is somewhat on the tame side and not as adrenaline-pumping as some other activities, but still, this is a great afternoon out with the kids where you can take some great photos and laugh simultaneously.

Over 75 insanely true-to-life paintings make you feel like you are right there in the thick of it – pose with the sharks, waterfalls, and animals – once you are there, the kids and the adults will have a great time.

Address: Jl. Sunset Road No.789, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

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Finns Recreation Club

What used to be the exclusive Finns Recreation  Club has now been transformed into kiddy heaven with insane things to do for kids and adults. Let’s start with water slides, tennis, trampoline, ten-pin bowling, and a kids cubby house. This place is jam-packed and full of things to do for the kids and is only about 10 minutes away from Seminyak ( your villa manager will organise transport for you). For the adults, there is a day spa, swimming pool,  restaurant and bar where you can relax while the children are being looked after and having serious fun. Check out the water slide below, and imagine what your children will think of this place.

Visit Finns Recreation Club, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu. Ph +62 361 8483939

Finns Recreation Club

The kids will go crazy over the water slides at the Finns Recreation Club in Berawa.

​Parklife Canggu​ – the ultimate playground for the entire family

We all love Bali! The beach, the pool, the coconuts, mangoes, kid-friendly restaurants and endless fun activities. If there was one thing you could be missing from home, it could be a park where kids are free to run around and parents can relax. But these days. Even parks are not something you have to miss anymore on your Bali trip. Come to Parklife in Canggu! This new family hot spot is located in a quiet area, just 10 minutes from Batu Bolong Street and surrounded by rice fields. The views are stunning, there is a fabulous cafe on-site, and there are sunny lawns and shady spots where kids can do all kinds of activities. Slows, swings, water fountains, jumping pillows, and a bouncy castle! There are also activities like face paintings, storytelling and more. Parents can chill out on beanbags and enjoy the rice paddy breeze and the sound of kids’ laughter.

Visit Parklife, Jl. Raya Uma Buluh No.15, Canggu. Ph +62 818-0511-3200

Shopping in Seminyak

Kids generally hate shopping unless it’s for them, and when you are in Seminyak, make sure you go to Seminyak Square, where you can buy all the latest surfwear from names like Billabong and Rip Curl or Vissla. Little pop-up market stalls also sell trinkets, souvenirs, and gifts the kids can buy for their friends back home. Take them for treats at Candylicious at Seminyak Village, where they can stock up on their chocolates and sugar hits to take back to the villa.

​Bali Equestrian Centre​ – Take the kids for a pony ride

Why not take the kid’s horse riding during your island stay? Bali Equestrian Centre is located in Canggu, and kids will love cuddling, grooming, petting and riding the ponies at the stables. Furthermore, this family haven has a playground, restaurant and a pool where you can hang around between the cuddling and the pony rides. The views of the surroundings are also beautiful, and you can go horseriding on the beach or the rice fields. Kids as young as 3 years old can join the fun.

Visit Bali Equestrian Centre, Perumahan Canggu Asri Jl. Karang Suwung, Brawa, Canggu. Ph +62 361 8446541

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Take the kids for a pony ride or some horse riding lessons at the Bali Equestrian Centre. Photo Credit: @ baliequestriancentre – Instagram

Made’s Warung​

See a Balinese dance performance & eat traditional food at Mades Warung in Seminyak. Made’s Warung on Jalan Raya Seminyak is not just a restaurant, it’s also a place where something magical happens every evening during dinnertime. Musical music, beautiful Balinese dancers, and colourful traditional costumes are an experience not to miss out on during your Bali holiday. The food is also authentic Indonesian and delicious!

Visit Mades Warung Seminyak, Jl. Raya Seminyak, Seminyak. Ph +62 361 732130

Mades Warung Seminyak

Enjoy great Indonesian food & a Legong dance show with the kids at Mades Warung. Photo Credit: @ madeswarung – Instagram

Go dolphin watching in Lovina

Go for a little trip up north, and you can have a magical experience spotting dolphins at sea. Most boats leave at 6 am in the morning, taking you to see the sunrise from a little fisherman’s boat and waiting for the dolphins to appear. There are so many of them, and you can see them jumping in the air and swimming underwater next to your boat. We recommend starting the dolphin boat trip a little bit later, around 7. You still get to see the amazing Bali sunrise, but there will be a lot fewer other boats making this experience even more special. When you get back to the shore, enjoy a delicious breakfast and go stroll around the town or see some more points of interest here in the north, such as the Banyar hot springs or the Secret Garden of Sambangan.

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It’s worth the trek up to Lovina in North Bali to see the dolphins – a great day out for the family and kids. Photo Credit: Instagram

See The Devdan Show

The Devdan Show is the Cirque du Soleil of Bali taking place at Nusa Dua theatre in the south of the island. The performance is held weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Kids will be thrilled. The Devdan Show combines modern dance with acrobats, traditional music, costumes, fire artists and more taking you on a journey to learn more about Indonesia with all its diversity, magic and ancient traditions. Bring the whole family. This spectacle is meant for young and old!

Visit The Devdan Show

AddressKomplek ITDC Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

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Wow the kids at The Devdan Show – it’s something different and a great experience. Photo Credit: Instagram

See the traditional Kecak fire dance at the Uluwatu Temple.

Did you know the best beaches in Bali are found in Uluwatu? There are so many beautiful beaches to check out on the southern tip of the island. It is wonderful to drive around there, exploring one perfect swimming or surfing spot after another. At the end of the day, it is time to head over to the Uluwatu Temple and see a traditional Kecak dance performance around sunset time. It’s a spectacle with fire, music, costumes, drama and humour, telling the famous Hindu saga of Rama and Sita. You and the kids are bound to have a fabulous time. It’s something you will not want to miss out on!

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The Kecak Fire Dance in Uluwatu is a must see with the kids. Photo Credit: Instagram

Beachwalk Shopping Mall

The Beachwalk in Kuta is a fabulous beachfront shopping mall with loads of entertainment for the entire family. It’s good for a day trip! Beach Walk features tons of branded shops, a cinema, excellent restaurants, coffee bars and sunset hot spots. There are beautiful fountains and ponds and there is an amazing candy store making you feel like you just walked into Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. There is animation for the kids and mom can go shopping at Zara, Mango and other favourites. Everyone will love this place!

Trans Studio Mall Bali

Did you know there is a theme park in Bali? Yes, there is, and you can find it at Trans Studio Mall Bali in Denpasar. It’s the biggest indoor theme park/shopping mall in all of Southeast Asia, and it’s a must-visit when staying in Bali. The theme park has different zones with a lot of thrilling rides and family attractions. Trans Studio Mall Bali is just a few kilometres away from Seminyak, and apart from the theme park, there is a 3D cinema, and there is a wide range of local and international shops, lots of cafes and eating spots. How exciting!

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Take the kids to Trans Studio Mall in Bali (close to the Seminyak area) for a fun day out. Photo Credit: Instagram

 

 

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Steven is a die-hard Bali island addict and committed surfie. When he's not writing or taking videos of the latest restaurants or cool places, he's at Echo Beach surfing or riding his scooter around Seminyak, Berawa or Canggu. Steve is part of the Bali Villa Escapes marketing team and has been living in and out of Bali for the last 15 years.