Travelling to Bali with kids, some great tips
Things to do in Bali with the kids
Travelling with kids at the best of times can be an exhausting thought. Bali has long been known as a perfect holiday destination and its so much better when you enjoy it with your kids and come as a family. There’s lots more to Bali than just sipping cocktails by the pool (although lets face it – that’s pretty good too )! So following is a great list ( broken down into the top tourist areas of Bali ) of things to do with the kids.
10 things to do with kids in Seminyak
1. Stay in a Seminyak villa
There are some amazing hotels in Bali but in our experience a villa is by far the best option. Villas in Bali are just as luxurious and comfortable as a hotel, but the biggest point of difference is the privacy – much needed when you’re a family. Having your own home away from home gives you the chance to enjoy your family and be together in a beautiful tropical location.
Better still, you won’t have to worry about whether the kids are being too noisy, or even worse, deal with the noise of someone else’s kids! Not only that, private villas also come with a fully stocked kitchen, full maid service, housekeepers and often a personal a chef.
The other big advantage of a villa is space. Extra living space is always a plus when travelling with kids as squashing in to a hotel room can start to wear a little thin by day three of a holiday when you’ve tripped over clothes, suitcases and toys. A Villa in Seminyak is the perfect location to aim for. Slightly away from the hustle and bustle but still close to the beach and plenty of kid friendly restaurants.
Bali Villa Escapes can not only help you find the right villa to fit your families needs, but also help with all the added extras that make your holiday that bit easier; like a car and driver to pick you up from the airport, or a babysitter when you need some much needed “grown up time”.
There are some important things to consider with a villa booking that Bali Villa Escapes can help and advise you on, something that a few other villa booking companies may not do. We know that having the right things taken care of can make a big difference to your holiday. You need to consider that not every villa suits smaller children, so we are happy to advise you on better choices. Be aware, that often swimming pools are not fenced. However there are companies that hire out fencing, so that’s always an option if you have your heart set on a particular villa.
Having your own kitchen can be invaluable with kids particularly if you have fussy eaters or allergies. The freedom of being able to prepare your own snacks and meals (or having a chef do it for you!), can be easier and you also have more control over what you’re eating and hygiene. Your Seminyak Villa is your Bali home from where you can explore Bali – priceless!
2. Beach time!
Kids love the beach and so do you! Seminyak has got several beaches and more than a handful of world-famous beach clubs. Double Six Beach is great if you want to be on the beach. Around 4 pm, you can chill out on bean bags, munching on snacks and sipping your cocktail while the kids are free to run around on the beach, playing in the sea, building sandcastles and drop by for a sip of coconut water once in a while. This is family time well-spent! If you want to have a pool AND the beach, take the kids to KU DE TA, Potato Head or W Bali.
” Bali Villa Escapes tip: Make sure you stay for the sunset and have a drink or two at any one of the many beach bars. All you need to do is grab a bean bag and enjoy the vibe. Food is available & all cafes have kiddies menus”.
3. High tea at Biku
Biku is a fabulous tea house that does a splendid high tea and they have a special kids-sized high tea for the little ones. The Children’s Tea Time includes fruit tea or juice, cute little cupcakes, scones with jam and cream and finger sandwiches with peanut butter and ham. Kids will never get bored as there is a little playing nook where they can keep themselves entertained. The venue is quite spectacular, tucked in a 150-year-old Javanese Joglo house and it is superbly located on the Petitenget Strip, just a short stroll from the beach and the famous beach clubs mentioned above. View the Biku website here.
” Bali Villa Escapes tip: Biku is also open for lunch and dinner and is a great place to come for an informal bite to eat – afterwards go to Kynd Gelato across the road”
4. DMZ – a museum all kids will love
DMZ stands for ‘Dream Museum Zone’ and it is the only museum in Bali that your kids will most certainly adore. DMZ Bali is a Korean 3D trick-art museum with life-size mural paintings and amazing illusion art. The museum has 3 floors and there are 14 zones ranging from Egyptian Pharaohs to dinosaurs, monsters, fairies and temples. It is hard to describe this place, you just have to come and see it with your own eyes. We’ll guarantee a whole lot of family fun (+amazing family photos!).
5. Waterbom Bali
Waterbom is rated as the best water park in Asia and it is located in Kuta just a 25-minute drive away. Need we say more?
” Bali Villa Escapes tip: Make sure you give Waterbom Bali lots of time as there are so many things to do here. Come early and spend the whole day here. There are cafes and food for the whole family as well”
6 . Family surf lesson
Bali is a surfers’ paradise and Seminyak is one of the best places to try surfing for the first time. There are many local surf schools and most surf instructors are great with kids! Go for a family surf lesson! Rates are about Rp 300 000 or $30 for a 2 hour lesson. How good is that.
” Bali Villa Escapes tip: The surf at Seminyak can get quite dangerous so make sure you only go in if the water is calm. Plus only go in the patrolled areas between the flags”.
7. Frankenstein’s Laboratory
This Halloween-themed restaurant and cabaret bar promises an exciting evening out with kids. Just after dark, Frankenstein’s Laboratory opens its doors. You will meet zombies, mummies, and vampires and there will be monster bites, face-painting sessions and meet & greets with all kinds of creatures from the underworld. Quite a unique dining experience!
8 . Family spa
One of the best things about a Bali Holiday are the affordable spas! Who doesn’t love to relax with a full body massage, traditional hair treatments, manicures, pedicures and more heavenly spa time? Don’t be afraid you have to miss out on this bliss when travelling with kids, you can just bring them along for some family spa time or a very special mom and daughter moment. The award-winning spa Jari Menari offers a 45-minute kids’ massage and Anantara Spa offers special family spa journeys.
” Bali Villa Escapes tip: There are lots of other day spas in Seminyak where you can take the kids for a wonderful Balinese massage – all you need to do is walk around Jalan Kayo Aya or Jalan Legian”.
9. See a traditional Balinese dance and feast on Indonesian food at Made’s Warung
Made’s Warung is located on Jalan Basangkasa and it is the perfect family restaurant. Not only can you get your taste of traditional Indonesian cuisine, but there will also be live performances of Balinese dance and music – magically enchanting!
” Bali Villa Escapes tip: Go for a treat next door at Made Manis Gelato after dinner”
Don’t forget to book a family villa in Seminyak for the most exciting tropical getaway!
10 things to do with kids in Canggu
1. Shopping, playing and food @ Tamora Gallery
Tamora Gallery is a lifestyle shopping arcade sitting on Jalan Pantai Berawa and it is the place where you can combine food, shopping and playing. Go have a lovely lunch at Miss Ibu or one of the other cafes and then, take the kids to the outdoor playground and skateboard ramp in the heart of Tamora Gallery. While they have fun, you can check out the boutique shops and fashion stores or perhaps have a massage at the Life spa.
2. Take them horse riding at Bali Equestrian Centre
Who knew you could go horse riding in Bali? In Canggu, there are horse stables where the kids can go pony riding and grooming and aren’t pony’s always a hit with kids? Bali Equestrian Centre offers lessons and plenty of children’s activities. On top of that, there’s also a cafe with a swimming pool and playground. View the Bali Equestrian Centre website here.
3. Fun day at Finn’s Recreation Club
Not a secret anymore but Finn’s Recreation Club is the ultimate family playground. Not only the water park Splash is great fun for kids of all ages, but Finn’s Recreation Club also boasts an in-door trampoline centre, bowling alley, gym, spa, tennis court and kids club. Have a look at the Finns Recreation Club website here.
4, Lunch at Milk & Madu
It’s often a challenge to enjoy food and drinks at your own pace when travelling with kids. Usually, your yummy latte easily turns into cold sludge while you are running after the kids, trying to keep them happy. At Milk & Madu, you don’t need to worry about all this. Let the kids have fun at the playground and you can sit back and watch them from afar, enjoying your meal and your latte. In the weekends, Milk & Madu also had crafts and activities going on – even better 🙂
Have a look at their great menu here.
5. Surf lessons
Canggu is the perfect place to go surfing. Needless to say, there are many local surf schools around offering kids or family lessons. Head over to Echo Beach, Old Man’s or Pantai Batu Bolong for the best surfing waves and a wide range of local surf schools.
6. Get some culture at Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple, one of the iconic temples of Bali Island is located surprisingly close to Canggu. All the more reason to hop in the car and go check this place out. The area around this sea temple has a magical ambience though it can get crowded at times. Stroll along the coastline, hear about the myths and stick around for sunset for the full-blown experience.
7. Dining and Balinese dance performances at Hotel Tugu
Hotel Tugu is one of the chicest restaurants in Canggu and every Thursday evening, you can come in for dinner and watch a traditional Balinese dance and music performance at the majestic Bale Agung Hall and it is free of charge. The dining setting is quite extraordinary tucked in an ancient pavilion with antique interiors. The food is authentic Indonesian and the live Gamelan orchestra and the enchanting Balinese dancers, promise an unforgettable evening out with the family.
8. Bali Climbing – bouldering
Active kids will love the boulder gym in Canggu. Located just minutes away from the beach, this open-air gym has got special bouldering kids classes going on every day from 4 pm to 5 pm. The teachers are professionals with a great passion for what they do. Once you got the hang of this exciting sport, you can book a real family adventure, canyoning and rock climbing out in nature. Have a look at the Bali Climbing bouldering website here.
Parklife is a family restaurant, playground and park all in one and it happens to be located in Canggu. It is one of the latest family hotspots in town that only opened its doors recently in 2019. What you’ll get? Breathtaking rice paddy views, the tranquillity of a park, beanbags & parasols and indoor and outdoor play areas with inflatables to bounce on, toys to ride on and climbing installations. Have a look at the Parklife website here.
10. Beach clubs
Canggu has got a fair share of fabulous beach clubs including the famous Finn’s Beach Club with 4 swimming pools, the boho-chic La Brisa and many more. Great places to swim, chill out, watch the sunset and have some good old beach fun with the kids.