Doesn’t matter if you’ve just arrived in Bali with the whole clan ready to have some great Easter fun or if you’re a Bali resident twisting your mind on how to entertain your little monsters during the school holidays – we have at least 10 awesome ideas for you! We’re pretty sure you know everything about the waterparks, monkey sanctuaries and best beaches already, so we’ve picked some less known things to do with children in Bali you might want to try. Here we go!
1. Lazing by the pool with absolutely zero kids in sight
Oh c’mon whom are you kidding? You came to Bali to chill, sleep in a hammock, walk barefoot, hair in a messy salty bun – not to run errands pleasing every single member of your family, from a cranky toddler to a gloomy pre-teen. Well, here is the perfect plan: spend a day at Sundara Beach Club! Why is it different to any other awesome Bali beach clubs, you might ask? The answer is simple: it has a kids club with attentive, well-trained staff that will do their best to make sure your beloved offsprings stay away from you. They would keep them in a nicely chilled room and distract with games and other activities plus supervise them while they splash in a kiddy pool while you stretch your legs on the fancy sun bed or do laps in the Olympic size pool. So grab a glass of well-chilled Chardonnay or a yummy cocktail (or five) and forget you’re a responsible parent for a good couple of hours. Adulting is exhausting, and your mini-holiday is well deserved.
Want more? Read our review of the amazing free flow Sunday brunch at Sundara – the longest brunch in Bali! – here.
2. Bedugul cooler
Ask any expat living in Bali and he would tell the chilly heights of Bedugul is their favourite escape. The local Botanical Garden is more of a magic wood with the giant bamboo grove, sacred banyans and picnic-perfect lawns (BYO food!) The misty lake is home to the famous “floating” Ulun Danu Bratan temple and a flock of psychedelic-looking rusty pedal swans ready to give you a ride of your life (um, let’s stay enthusiastic here!) There are strawberry farms, fluffy bunnies sold along the road, and even a pretty decent golf course. Leave the high-class members of your family there and go have fun at the Tree Top Adventure instead!
3. Learn some farming skills
In the world of gadgets, we think it’s important to teach the little ones that cookies don’t really grow on trees. Show the little monsters some real life by taking them to one of Bali farms. The coolest is the Kul Kul farm by the famous Green School: there is a farm tour every Monday that your kids would love! Let them see how the rice and veggies grow, learn the basics of sustainable living, feed the piglets and get dirty. A fun way to introduce a ‘green’ way of thinking!
Check other lovely farms here and learn about growing corals, pearls and silk worms!
4. Become a pirate!
Easy like saying Jack Sparrow at the Pirate Bay club in Nusa Dua. Leave the little ones climbing the giant wooden ship and the exploring the tree houses while you enjoy the shallow calm water of these friendly shores, cold Bintang in hand. The way Barbarossa would.
Photo by www.minohafiz.wordpress.com
5. Throw a mermaid party
You came to Bali to stay in a magical place, so why not to make your holiday even more wonder-full? The super-creative team of Putri Siren would help you to throw a real mermaid party – doesn’t matter if the participants are 5 or 35 years old, they have swim tails and props for everyone! All you need is a villa with a pool, and the mermaid crew will take care of all the magic. Little girls would go bananas, and so would their mums. Make a splash!
6. Skate away
“He was a skater boy, she said, “See ya later, boy!”…most probably, your kids won’t even know neither this song (whaaat, 2002 was HOW MANY years ago?!) nor Avril Lavigne’s name. Very well, send them to one of the too-cool-for-school skate spots and keep watching the musical videos of your youth in peace! There is an open air skaters’ heaven Amplitude in Kerobokan, which is perfect for all ages (the tiny 4+ riders are adorable!), while the Donkey on Sunset road is for more advanced guys and gals and works rain or shine. Then there is a small half-pipe at Deus Temple Of Enthusiasm and the brand new pool at the Konkrete in Canggu, which is not even open yet but is already full of boards. And of course, there is a temple of youth, Pretty Poison. Expect your little boy come back home with the skin sticker that won’t necessarily say “Mom Forever” and surely won’t “wash away in a week, dad!”
Photo by Tatiana Mikula
7. Vegan Cinema (whaaat?)
Life is a beach when you’re holidaying in Bali but sometimes you need a break even from the fun under the sun. Sure, you can always watch The Power Rangers at Cinema XXI at BeachWalk in Kuta but how about checking the Organic Vegan Cinema in Ubud for a change? Paradiso is the boutique movie theatre within the green empire Down To Earth but although it might sound like a handmade TV in the bamboo shack it’s nothing like that: there is a state-of-the-art HD projector, a 25 square- meter screen, a complete 7.1 Dolby surround-sound system, and full black-out curtains. It’s a real cinema! Grab a plate of yummy raw cakes and watch Moana with the family, or send the kids to burn their energy at the dance class and enjoy one of those eye-opening documentaries meanwhile.
8. Hidden Canyon trekking
Real adventure, Indiana Jones style! Walk knee-deep or waist-deep in the water, climb the slippery stones and swing on lianas. Read our full story here!
NB: not suitable for the very young adventurers. Best for 10+
9. Hello, Kitty!
We are pretty sure you know everything about Bali monkeys already – and where to find them (clue: Monkey Forest in Ubud and Uluwatu temple). How about some more civilised and delicate animals? We love the Japan-inspired Cat Cafe Ubud and the Odd Cat Cafe in Kerobokan area with their fluffy, lazy, friendly tenants. Unleash your inner crazy cat lady and let your kiddos go nuts about the furry balls! Just make sure they won’t sneak one of their new buddies out hidden under the tee 😉
Photo by Odd Cat Cafe
10. Great outdoors
Not many tourists get as far as West Bali National Park, and it’s a pity – it feels like a different island, stuck in a different time. Even the climate is different here: no lush jungle or rice fields but more of a savannah. The park is huge and full of wildlife. There are rare birds, deer, leopard cats, boars and black monkeys. Papers have it that the last Bali tiger was shot in these woods back in 1937. Then there are mangroves and the coastline famous for its marine life. Come for a couple of nights, switch off your gadgets and go trekking and snorkelling. The waterparks and fancy beach clubs can wait!
Photo by Made Eka via Flickr
Not enough? These little extras might be of help!
The kids-friendly cafes with playgrounds we love: Cinta, The Joglo (both in Berawa), Dandelion in Batu Bolong (no playground but they have rabbits! Read our review here), Cashew Tree cafe in Bingin, Warung Rekreasi in Bedugul.
Kid Clubs: Hide & Seek, Cheeky Monkeys, Cubby House, The Garden ELC
Activities: Bounce trampoline, Waterbom and Splash aquaparks, Bali Circus, Bali Bike park, jungle river rafting and so much more! Hide those IPads and go explore 🙂