Canggu is jam-packed full of things to do with the kiddies.
From water slides, surf lessons at Old Man’s, tennis at Liga, a massive play area at Park Life, ten pin bowling to cafes that have a playground; Canggu is the kid’s capital of Bali.
Updated: 26th February 2023
When you think of a holiday in Bali, probably your first thought is of backpackers or a romantic couple retreat lying by the pool. But Bali can be the perfect place for a family holiday with the kids. It’s an ideal island where families return year after year because the kids have so much fun.
If you’re coming to Bali with the kids and want to stay in Canggu, there are loads of entertainment options to keep them entertained while the adults can do some of the things they like to do, such as relaxing by the pool in their own private Canggu villa, shopping, sightseeing or topping up their tan at the beach.
Don’t think travelling with the kids has to be stressful either – there are some great options for family-friendly activities in Canggu.
Canggu is fast becoming one of the most popular places to stay in Bali, with luxurious villas, trendy cafes, bars, yoga studios, gyms, health food organic cafes catering to the health-conscious, restaurants and a relaxed, chilled-out atmosphere. Our recommendations for keeping your kids busy and happy (a very important factor in a family holiday) can be found below.
What to do with the kids in Canggu
1. Finns Recreation Club
Splash Water Park is located in the Finns Recreation Club and has a range of fantastic slides and facilities that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Possibly the thought of a water park sounds hectic and crazy, but Splash is the perfect size to keep an eye on the kids while you plonk down on a sunbed. There are also trained lifeguards on duty at all times to help keep an eye on things. The Giant Racing Slide should be enough for your little adrenaline junkies. At five storeys high, four lanes across and 90 metres long, this slide even allows you to time yourself to see how fast you’ve gone. There is a range of slides for smaller kids, a giant playground swimming pool and even a swinging rope. Best of all, the queues are usually small or non-existent! The Park has a range of food outlets with some healthier options, so staying there all day is easy.
Visit Finns Recreation Club
Address: Jalan Pantai Berawa Canggu. Ph +62 361 8483939
2. Bounce Bali
Also located in the Finns Recreation Club, Bounce Bali is Bali’s first trampoline centre dedicated to fun… and wearing out the kids! The trampolines have specially designed spring-loaded frames, so the bounce is higher than on your usual backyard trampoline. Thick safety pads cover all the springs and frames, so you can relax knowing the kids are relatively safe. Catering for all ages, the centre is a great option for a fun day out. Sessions start every hour on the hour, so best to plan your arrival to avoid waiting around. There is a café upstairs, so you can grab a bite to eat.
3. Strike Ten Pin Bowling
You can’t beat Ten Pin bowling for good old-fashioned family fun on rainy days! Strike is located at the Finns Recreation Club, so again, an easy option for when you’re staying in Canggu. Air-conditioned and with a restaurant and bar, it’s a great option day or night. There are 6 lanes, all with automatic pinsetters and computerized scoring. With only 6 lanes, it’s a good idea to book ahead to avoid disappointment or waiting around (never a good thing with kids in tow). Socks are compulsory, but they are available to purchase – as, let’s face it, you will probably all be in thongs!
4. Bali Equestrian Centre
Although this is an elite equestrian centre with state-of-the-art facilities, they offer pony rides and day camps for the kids or family rides to the beach – so this is a great option for a day out. Also, when you return, there’s a pool, restaurant and playground. There’s a great cafe next door called Breakfast Club where you can take the kids for a feed after some hectic horse riding.
5. Echo & Old Man’s Beach
Like most family holidays in Bali, you will want beach time, and you can get loads of it at Echo Beach. Rent a longboard and paddle out at Old Man’s beach, as this is a gentle wave if you are a beginner surfer.
Parklife is in the Pererenan part of Canggu with a large play area for the kids to run wild and in the safe and watched playground. With a huge bouncy castle (wait till the kids see this), jungle gym, a mini beach and even an outdoor cinema, it’s family-friendly fun at Park Life. There’s also a cafe where adults can chill out, watch their kids run around, and expend all that extra holiday energy. Parklife has a fantasy feel about it, and they have put a lot of effort into creating a wonderful space for children to explore and have fun, all under the supervision of trained child carers.
Address: Jl. Raya Uma Buluh No.15, Canggu, Bali. Phone: +62 818-0511-3200
Fabulous places to eat with the kids in Canggu
These cafes are super family-friendly and have kiddies menus
Milk & Madu
With seriously good coffee (from Revolver) and a menu to match, Milk & Madu is always busy. The open-air concept creates a relaxed, chilled-out vibe, and the outdoor garden is great for fidgety kids. The menu for kids is excellent, and there is a selection of toys for those kids that would rather hang inside.
Visit Milk and Madu, Jl. Pantai Berawa No.52 Ph +62 851-0278-1872
What kids don’t like burgers, you can get a huge variety at the Pit Stop Burger cafe at the top of Jalan Batu Bolong. Freshly cooked, great prices and fast service means your hungry kids will be kept happy and fed.
Luigis Hot Pizza
Take the kids for a fun night out at Luigi’s hot pizza. Freshly baked, yummy pizzas will keep the kids happy with perhaps the best pizzas in Canggu. The pizza is naturally raised for 24 hours and 100% hand baked in the traditional style by Italian chefs. Definitely try the marinara or funghi pizza, and you’ll soon see why Luigis is one of our favourites for kids and adults!
Address: Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu
Visit Luigis Hot Pizza
The kids can browse the cool customised collection of motorbikes, pretend they are in the next Grand Prix, and look at the dozens of handcrafted surfboards in the shop while the adults sip on a cafe latte and watch the world go by. Great rice field views and in the centre of the main Canggu shopping and entertainment strip.
A huge shopping area in the heart of Canggu with cafes, restaurants and a relaxed vibe.
The newly completed Tamora Gallery is located along Jalan Pantai Berawa and has cafes, ice cream shops, and restaurants that are children friendly such as Shmurger Cafe, and there are even ice cream & frozen yoghurt shops. There is also a children’s playground & mini skate park to keep them occupied for hours. See below to get a better idea of what’s going on at the Tamora Gallery. For a great er selection of Canggu restaurants, please read this article Best Restaurants in Canggu.
If you want to rent a family-friendly villa in Canggu, speak to us here at Bali Villa Escapes – we specialise in helping Aussie families get the best villas at the best prices.
Also read: Sightseeing Canggu, all you need to know