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Ten Great Things to Do in Bali with Kids

The perfect destination for a family holiday is one that offers a balance between adult and kid-friendly fun, and Bali gets it fabulously right. Here's a checklist of things to do that will appeal to all ages.
Great things to do in Bali with kids
Great things to do in Bali with kids

Bali — also known as Indonesia’s ‘island of a thousand temples’ — is a warm, welcoming and relaxed destination — making it ideal for family travel.

It’s also a magnet for those in search of an affordable vacation — paramount if you’re travelling with children. Add to that, the balmy weather, flavoursome food, inviting beaches, glorious countryside, array of attractions, and vibrant cultural heritage, and you have all the makings of a memorable family escape.

Here are ten great things to do in Bali with kids.


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1. Get creative with colour and culture

Batik is the creative craft of wax dyeing, which originated in Indonesia. The word batik means drawing with wax, which is how printmakers get their design onto the material. Deking Batik Class in Bedulu Village near Ubud comes highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about this cultural art form. The owner, Deking, teaches students how to make their own unique batik print with patience and care. Students also rave about the homemade snacks (such as the banana fritters made by Deking’s wife!). This activity is something the whole family will enjoy.

Great things to do in Bali with kids
Great things to do in Bali with kids: Learn to make batik.

2. Splash down at a water park

Kuta’s Waterbom splash park is loads of fun. Crowned the number one water park in Asia by TripAdvisor, there are rides and attractions rated ‘mellow’, ‘moderate’ and ‘extreme’, so you can be sure there’s something for all ages, abilities and personalities. The Lazy River meanders through lush foliage and is ideal for some chill time. You can float along the shallow canal in tubes. It also makes a stunning backdrop for a family photo, so be sure to smile for the park photographers!

3. Have a wild time at the zoo

A day at the zoo is a traditional family outing that appeals to all ages, so head along to the excellent Bali Zoo. Visiting this zoo is not just about viewing wildlife in a safe environment. There are several up-close-and-personal experiences to be had (also safe!). For a few extra dollars, families can eat breakfast with Dora — a cheeky orangutan — or feed the elephants. If you’re in the right place, at the right time, you may even be invited to help feed the tigers!

Great things to do in Bali with kids
Great things to do in Bali with kids: Visit Bali Zoo.

4. Visit local communities by bike

Cycling alongside Ubud’s terraced rice paddies yields myriad photo opportunities and is a fun activity for all ages. Not only is this picturesque part of Bali worthy of your Instagram feed, but it’s a chance to learn about rural life on the island. Book a family-friendly bike tour that combines the riding component with a visit to a local home.

Great things to do in Bali with kids
Great things to do in Bali with kids: Explore the island’s rural landscapes by bike.

5. Relax at a beach club

Beach clubs are big in Bali. Think multiple swimming pools, swim-up bars, restaurants, day beds, DJs, live music, ice cream, cocktails, and good vibes galore. Plus, they’re generally family friendly. Finns Beach Club claims to be the best in the world, and with free entry, it’s worth judging for yourself. But there are perks that come with pre-purchasing a Finns Bali Day Pass. They include entry to Splash Water Park, time in the Cubby House Kids’ Club (for ages 3 to 12), a day spa pass for the adults, a single day bed per adult at Finns Beach Club, free Wi-Fi, and transport between the two Finns properties.

Great things to do in Bali with kids
Great things to do in Bali with kids. Image: Finns Beach Club

6. Enjoy a swing

Swap the urban jungle outside your resort for a real jungle setting near Ubud and hit the swings! Bali Swing features 15 traditional push swings, which propel you over the forest canopy. Children aged five years and older can take part (those under five can’t ride the swings, but can enter the park for free). Bali Swing is an Insta-sensation, so expect to rub shoulders with notable influencers during your visit!

Great things to do in Bali with kids
Great things to do in Bali with kids: Hit the swings.

7. Monkey around in the forest

While you’re in Ubud, take a stroll through the famous Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. This humidity-heavy rainforest is home to over 700 macaque monkeys, who are used to people gawking at them, and not backwards in coming forward. The curious critters are entertaining to watch and offer plenty of photo opportunities, but remember that they’re not pets — they’re wild animals. It’s best not to get too close or try to touch them. Don’t take food of any kind into the forest. You’ll draw unwanted attention.

Great things to do in Bali with kids
Great things to do in Bali with kids: Meet the furry locals in Ubud.

8. Be captivated by Balinese dance

Dance is an intrinsic part of Balinese culture and Hinduism, a religion followed by around 80 percent of the island’s population. Dancers are fitted out in colourful dress to perform unique moves in a trance-like state, which is believed to be driven by spirits inhabiting the body. This traditional dance may be overwhelming for very young children, but it’s a great way to entertain and educate older kids.

Great things to do in Bali with kids
See a performance of traditional Balinese dance. Image: Bigstock

9. Honour the island’s spiritual side

For many travellers, Bali is first and foremost a resort destination. However, if exploring Balinese culture is high on your family’s holiday to-do list, a visit to a traditional temple (pura) is a must. Daily spiritual practice is an essential part of life on the island, which is why you’ll see flowers, rice, and burning incense along the footpaths and in doorways — a gift to the gods.

Great things to do in Bali with kids
Pura Besakih temple, Bali. Image: Bigstock

Walking the grounds of the many temples and shrines dotted across the island will give further insight into just how prominent religion is in Bali. Pura Besakih is said to be the holiest temple of them all. It’s important to respect temple etiquette by covering your shoulders before entering.

10. Learn to cook like a local

There’s no better way to fast-track to the heart and soul of Balinese culture than through the island’s cuisine. You’ll find an abundance of quirky cafes, beachside eateries, food trucks, and tourist-friendly restaurants where you can sample signature dishes such as nasi goreng (fried rice) and sate ayam (chicken skewers with peanut sauce). Taking a cooking class as a family will teach everyone how to make these tasty dishes at home.

Find a Bali villa with Villa Finder

When travelling to Bali with a family, a self-contained villa makes a great accommodation option. You’ll have plenty of extra space and the option to self-cater. Villa Finder makes the process of finding a villa so easy. Enter your travel dates and the number of bedrooms required, then browse the available options. You can filter by price, amenities, and proximity to the beach. If you want to save time, just lodge an online enquiry and the Villa Finder team will find the right option for you.

Great things to do in Bali with kids
Image: Villa Finder

But the service doesn’t end there. While you’re staying in your villa, you can ask the Villa Finder Concierge team to help with arranging anything you need — from grocery orders and restaurant reservations, to tour bookings, private transfers, and special requests like a private yoga class or in-house chef for the evening.

Villa Finder launched in 2012 and has recently revamped its website. In addition to Bali, travellers can browse for villas in Vietnam, Myanmar, Australia, New Zealand, the Maldives, India, Cambodia, and Japan. Customer satisfaction is the company’s top priority, and you can be sure that the villa you choose will be free of maintenance issues and spotlessly clean for your arrival.

This post was published thanks to Villa Finder.

Browse our range of Bali tours and experiences here.

Do you have any suggestions to add to our list of great things to do in Bali with kids? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Additional images: Bigstock

Jennifer Morton

About the writer

Jennifer Morton is a freelance writer and photographer. The Canadian expat has lived all over Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She also spent six months working on a cruise ship in Europe. When Jennifer is not writing about travel, you may find her lounging on the beach, fishing with her son, sipping coffee at a cafe, reading a book, or zooming in on a beautiful scene.

 

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