There are so many fun things to do in Bali with kids. We know why the Island of the Gods is always a top choice for family holidays. Here are the best things to do while exploring this tropical paradise.
46 things to do in Bali with kids
1. Green School
Visitors to Bali can also unplug and reconnect with nature at Green School. It has both three to five-day family camps and one-day to two-week kids and youth camps.
Green School is a famed school on a huge jungle campus near Ubud. Its curriculum is focused on nature and sustainability. During Australia’s 2020 lockdown in a fog of home-schooling, the Bali outlet’s bamboo buildings and wall-free classrooms had come into clearer focus.
2. Waterbom Bali, Kuta
Waterbom is the bomb! Do yourself a favour and rent a cabana. This gives you a base to retreat to when the kids are not wizzing down water slides. The 3.8-hectare park is home to Asia’s steepest slide, perfect for thrill-seekers, while little ones can splash around in the kids’ area. The rides cater for all ages, ranging from mellow to extreme. Try out attractions like the Wave Rider and out of the water fun on the Euro Bungy. Or grab a tube and float along the Lazy River. The Python is a relaxed life-raft ride while the Climax is a thrilling trapdoor slide.
3. Partake in a blessing ceremony
No family should touch down here without partaking in the Hindu water purification ceremony known as melukat, or ‘letting go’. For Balinese, it’s one of the many spiritual and cultural practices carried out in everyday life; for visitors, it’s one of most culturally immersive things to do in Bali.
Worshippers leave a trail of offerings and prayers for health and happiness, with plenty of water play – the ceremonies are conducted amid idyllic waterfalls or in swimming holes or temples.
At Pura Tirta Empul, near the town of Tampaksiring, guests don sarongs and walk into a magical pond-like pool to douse heads under a row of spouting water fountains. At Taman Beji Griya, families can explore a hidden cave, get drenched under jungle waterfalls, and wade in waterways with snakes carved into the stone banks. Both venues have guest desks to assist foreigners.
4. Karma Beach Club, Ungasan
The ultra-cool Karma Beach Club is a must-visit for families. Beyond its white sand and turquoise waters, there are plenty of activities for all ages. There’s a great restaurant with kid-friendly staples and a beach bar serving cocktails for mum and dad. Relax with a massage or stand-up paddle yoga, while the kids enjoy pool time or Monday Movie Nights on the beach.
5. Sundays Beach Club, Uluwatu
You have everything at your feet here at one of Bali’s most spectacular beachfront locations. Within the beach club you can explore the clear lagoon and rock pools, or enjoy any of the complimentary water sports. Consider this the perfect spot to sip a cocktail, sink into your bean bag and watch the little ones splash in the ocean or try stand-up paddleboarding.
6. Go surfing in Kedungu
Down south near Bali’s famous surf beaches, one-on-one surf lessons provide the precious opportunity to hang with Balinese locals.
You can get a little off the beaten track in the sleepy village of Kedungu. Here, the ’70s Bali vibe lives on, with little stalls selling fresh coconuts, waterfalls trickling into tropical gardens and black volcanic sand. This town is the domain of lazy dogs and a handful of people.
Experienced surfers will catch easy waves, but first-timers can look for the surf shack (with boards lined up outside and surf nostalgia inside) to sign up for a two-hour lesson for around $25. The guys who work here are long-time local surfers and well-practiced in the art of getting kids on a wave first try.
7. Rice farming
If the kids insist on eating nasi goreng, then they should know where the rice comes from. Social enterprise Astungkara Way’s rice farm staycations are bang-on for getting deep into Balinese life while learning about the island’s precious rice-farming community.
Parents might get knee-deep in mud planting rice, learn about regenerative farming principles or enjoy a yoga nidri mindfulness session; meanwhile, kids can visit the permaculture garden and use banana leaf stems to craft boats to float down subak canals.
A traditional Indonesian nasi campur dinner is cooked by your hosts and shared while you sit crossed-legged in the family compound. Accommodation is glamping-style on mattresses in a two-storey bamboo pavilion overlooking the rice paddies. Happy days.
8. Silver Surf Bali, Canggu
The family will have a swell time catching waves with a personalised 2.5-hour learn-to-surf class. Classes take place at a location best suited to your ability, ensuring you learn in the best environment. Private lessons are advised, however, group lessons are available so you and the kids can catch waves together. The surfboard, drinking water and hotel pick-up and drop-off are taken care of, so you can relax and focus on catching waves.
9. Pura Luhur, Uluwatu
Perched 70 metres above the Indian Ocean, this impressive Hindu temple is one of Bali’s nine directional temples. The steep headlands on either side have caves at their base, making for a great family adventure, as you can walk through the caves and access some prime surfing spots. Although small, the temple is famed for its location, and is also known as a home of cheeky monkeys, which the kids will love. Consider a sunset snap on this cliff-top gem a must.
10. Shop in Seminyak
Bursting with fashion boutiques and lifestyle brand outlets, Seminyak is the place to go for shopaholics and foodies alike. A walk down Jalan Raya Seminyak – the main shopping street – has rows of designer, homeware, handicraft and contemporary art stores, all between Bali’s top restaurants and cafes. Be sure to stop at Indigo Kids on your stroll to pick up some stylish resort attire for your little travellers.
11. Sunset at Jimbaran Bay Seafood, Jimbaran
Take a seat on the sand and enjoy a seafood meal with sunset views at Jimbaran Beach. Jimbaran Bay Seafood is the only restaurant on the sand with its own private beach, making it a safe and intimate option for family dining. Live quartet singers, Balinese traditional dance and hotel pick-up and drop-off are all included in the evening. This is a sight that is uniquely Balinese so consider this the ultimate taste of Balinese culture.
12. Traditional Art Market, Ubud
Unleash your inner haggler strolling through the market stalls, as featured in the 2010 film Eat Pray Love. Stacked with locally made handicrafts, the colourful markets make for great gift shopping. You also get a taste of Balinese culture as you bargain for your goods. They’re located opposite the Ubud Royal Palace and open daily between 6am and 6pm.
13. Banana boat rides, Tanjung Benoa
Go bananas exploring the warm, calm waters of Tanjung Benoa on this fun-filled water ride. Thrill-seeking families will have a blast on the inflated rubber banana boat as its whizzes behind a speed boat. Bali Green Tour has 15-minute banana boat rides for US$14 per person. The cost also includes a locker and shower facilities.
14. Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu
Deus Ex Machina’s Temple of Enthusiasm has motorcycles, coffee, petrol, clothing, surfboards, tattoos, fusion cuisine and music. There’s paint spilled on the floors, art on the walls and plenty of comfy places to sit and relax.
15. Pirates Bay, Nusa Dua
Get lost in the fantasy land of this open-air dining venue, housing a pirate ship and an abundance of treehouses for the kids to play in and explore. You have the option to dine in the treehouses, on a beachfront table on the sand, or request a seat inside the beautiful pirate ship. The menu hosts a range of local and Western foods, so even the fussiest eaters are satisfied, while bonfires and live music enrich the ambience making it a special evening for you and the kids.
16. Bathe in holy water at Tirta Empul, Gianyar
People from all over Bali have been coming to Tirta Empul for over 1,000 years to bathe in or collect the sacred water, which is later used in local ceremonies. The temple is divided into three courtyards and visitors are invited to partake in the bathing experience in the first courtyard’s public pool. This natural heritage site is an unmissable cultural experience and an absolute visual treat.
17. Bali Swing, Ubud
Let your little birds fly in the treetops at Bali Swing. There are 21 sky-high activities in this fabulous playground: 12 single swings (ranging from 10 to 78 metres above the ground, including one that swings out over the cliff), a tandem swing and six super-cute ‘nests’ with views over the canyon and waterfall.
18. Ubud Royal Palace, Ubud
Located on the main road, Jalan Raya Ubud, the beautifully preserved Royal Palace is the home of the local royal family. Built during the lordship of the late Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel, his heirs have kept the compound in exceptional condition for families to explore and admire. In the evening, the palace’s stage becomes a prime spot to view one of the dramatic evening dance performances.
19. Tegallong Rice Terraces, Ubud
This patchwork of rice paddies, less than half an hour’s drive from Ubud, is one of Bali’s best-known sights. The terraces spill across the hillside, and you can either admire the view from the top (where a cluster of cafes has cropped up) or venture down into the valley. The best time to visit – particularly for a gorgeous family snap – is early morning or late afternoon.
20. White water rafting, Ubud
Bali’s longest waterway, the mighty Ayung River, provides another option for families to immerse on an exhilarating whitewater rafting tour.
Near Ubud, these rapids send rafters over rocky shallows, past green jungle, mossy shrines, temples then passing bamboo clad villas. The class II and III rapids can be sufficiently challenging. But mostly it’s fun, especially a scenic sandy stretch where kids can float alongside the raft while parents paddle.
Children aged over five are invited to take on the 12-kilometre cruise. You’ll pass rice paddies, waterfalls and lush rainforest, before a buffet lunch finale.
21. Island sojourns, Gili Islands & Nusa Lembongan
Coral reefs and sandy beaches fringed with palm trees characterise the three tiny islands that make up the Gili Islands. They are just a short boat ride from Bali. Kids will love watching sea turtles swim at Turtle Point and seeing the sunken ship at Wreck Point. Northwest of the Gili Islands is Nusa Lembongan, a serene location that’s perfect for putting your feet up, surfing, diving and snorkelling.
22. Lombok break
Known as a perfect getaway destination, this surfers’ paradise is full of blissful beaches and lush rainforests. Just east of Bali, the island has plenty of amazing snorkelling hotspots and waterfalls that kids will love. Be sure to visit Senggigi and Kuta Beach for lots of family-friendly restaurants, activities, accommodation options and an unmissable sunset over the beach as children build sandcastles and you sip on a cocktail at a beach bar.
23. Frankensteins Laboratory, Seminyak
If your little ones love all things creepy, then this themed dining venue is the place for them. Every night, the laboratory hosts live cabaret shows where monsters, mummies and zombies take the stage and boogy to live music. No need to worry about scaring the children; there is a family-friendly session between 4.10pm and 8.15pm every day, with a show specifically for kids. After the show they will love taking on the role of the undead with zombie face-painting by the in-house make-up artists.
24. Bali Bike Baik Tours, Ubud
Explore the tranquil villages and scenic rice paddies on this family-friendly mountain bike tour. Get a glimpse of true Balinese culture by riding through the countryside to witness the everyday lives of craftsmen and farmers. Meals, historical and scenic tours and hotel pick-up and drop-off are all included. Children over seven can ride alone, while baby seats are available for the little ones. Tandem bikes are also optional. Tours are tailored to the needs of the group, catering to families of all ages and abilities.
25. Finns Beach Club, Kuta
With a prime beachfront location facing Berawa surf break just 10 minutes from Seminyak, this bamboo beach club offers 180-degree sunset views over the ocean complemented by live DJ tunes. Parents will love unwinding on the daybeds while the kids splash about in the pool or ocean. Finns can even arrange a shuttle for little guests to enjoy Cubby House Kids’ Club, five minutes from the beach club, while you have enjoy cocktails by the pool.
26. The Sea Temple of Tanah Lot, Tabanan
Bali’s most scenic (and most photographed) sea temple is famous for its stunning sunsets. Clinging to a rock islet above the crashing waves, the ancient shrine is a fitting place to honour the Balinese sea gods. Visitors can walk from the mainland to the base of the temple’s island at low tide. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops to keep the family entertained.
27. Jiwa Spa at Conrad Bali, Tanung Benoa
Bali is known as a top resort location, so why not take your little one on a spa date with you? Conrad Bali’s Jiwa Spa is all about providing the most relaxing experience and offers pampering packages geared towards kids and teens, as well as a mum-and-me package that provides a perfect excuse to get a little bit of ‘me time’ together.
28. Watch the Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple
Bali’s iconic sunset dance show, the Kecak Fire Dance at cliff-top Uluwatu Temple, is a culturally enriching experience. The mesmerising chants reverberate in the amphitheatre south of the temple, and watching at sunset means you will be in for the ultimate sensory treat. The Fire Dance show is often included in tours to the temple, and is a memorable way to close the day.
29. Café Del Mar Bali
Café Del Mar Bali set up shop in Canguu in September 2019 opening long anticipated. Reminiscent of its Ibiza roots, the venue’s 700-square-metre infinity pool sits pride of place with VIP suites, poolside cabanas and daybeds from which mum and dad can languidly watch the kids splash about, plus in-pool sunken lounges for the ultimate in beachside bliss.
30. Legian Beach
In Balinese, Legian means “sweet and pleasant”. This beach is popular with sun-worshippers and watersport lovers who come for its excellent surfing, water-skiing, windsurfing and kayaking.
31. Ubud Monkey Forest
Step back in time at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to Ubud’s 300 infamous mischief-making macaques. Also host to 115 species of trees, three holy temples, unravelling stone pathways and a collection of moss-covered statues, and all intertwined between the wild native jungle, the sanctuary feels like the leftover set from Tomb Raider.
32. Bali Bird Park
Hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds fly through the tropical gardens at Bali Bird Park in Taman Burung. You’ll get the rare opportunity to get close to colourful Indonesian parrots, handsome Birds of Paradise, magnificent Hornbills, the imposing giant cassowary and many other tropical bird species.
32. Bali Reptile Park
Adjacent to the bird park is the fascinating Bali Reptile Park, home to the most complete collection of reptiles in Southeast Asia. The park boasts the largest reticulated python in captivity, and an amazing komodo dragon exhibit. There’s an open-air reptilarium where guests get the chance to handle iguanas, monitor lizards, tortoises and pythons.
Perhaps the single best thing that Bali still has going for it is the amazing scenery – stunning terraced rice fields, dramatic river gorges, tropical waterfalls and ancient Balinese temples. You can take a pre-arranged tour by bus or hire a private driver to enjoy the countryside at your own pace.
35. Check out the Devdan Show at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre
With its Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics, traditional dance and puppetry, the Devdan Show at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre is a mind-blowing showcase of the history and culture of Bali and Indonesia that will appeal to all ages.
36. Bali Safari & Marine Park, Gianyar
Home to over 1,000 animals, including rare and endangered species such as the Komodo dragon and orangutan, the park is the frontline of conservation in Indonesia. Hop in a 4×4 Jeep or get up close with animals. Enjoy fine dining with lions or splash around at the Water Park in the Fun Zone. With a range of experiences on offer, there’s something for everyone.
37. Mason Adventure Tours, Denpasar
Mason Adventures has plenty of experiences for the whole family. You can embark on a journey along Bali’s only ATV track on the Jungle Buggies (kids 12 and over can be passengers), or take a scenic trek through hidden trails to see some of the country’s best-kept temples and natural treasures.
38. Eat, play and shop at Tamora Gallery
At Tamora Gallery, Canggu’s newest destination for families complete with a state-of-the-art playground, you can browse the stylish boutiques for homewares, fashion and books, then grab a bite at one of the eateries. Shmurger Burger is a hit with families, and kids eat for free every evening at Japanese sushi bar Ink. And be sure to cool down with an ice-cream created in fluffy clouds of liquid nitrogen at the sweet and colourful Creamery.
Insider tip Sunday is kids’ day at Tamora Gallery with art and craft activities, face-painting and live music. Also keep an eye out for outdoor movie nights and other events.
39. Vist an eco kids’ club
There’s an eco-friendly club for kids, with tropical garden, playground and resident animals, located within The Garden Early Learning Centre. It’s open every day for two- to 12-year-olds to pop in for a play, no reservations needed. So handy if you want (or need!) a couple of hours for a spot of shopping or a massage, but don’t feel comfortable leaving your little ones with a nanny.
40. High tea at Biku
In a beautiful 150-year-old Javanese teak joglo on the busy Petitenget strip, Biku is a haven where you can escape and indulge. High Tea at this restaurant-slash-boutique is an absolute treat, with a special menu of pretty iced cupcakes, mini gingerbread men and finger sandwiches just for the tiny diners, served alongside their own pots of fruity tea.
Parents can upgrade to the Sparkling High Tea and indulge in a cheeky afternoon glass of bubbles.
41. Sunday brunch at KU DE TA
From face-painting to jumping castles, balloons to magicians, and an ever-changing array of art and craft activities, it’s safe to say the little guests are well looked after at KU DE TA on Sundays. There’s pizza, sushi and nibbles for the family to share, or a healthy kids’ lunch menu. And don’t forget your bathers for a splash in the pool.
KU DE TA is one of the island’s hottest spots for sunset cocktails and fine dining, so book a babysitter (we recommend Bali Baby Hire) and treat yourself to a night out sans enfants.
42. Bali Zoo
From breakfast with the orangutans to an evening dinner with the elephants, there are a variety of experiences at Bali Zoo where you can get up close and personal with the animals. Junior guests will love cuddles and feeding time at the petting zoo, or a guided pony ride around the zoo’s grounds.
43. Ubud Market
A visit to a local market, such as the bustling Ubud Market, is a feast for the senses with an abundance of tropical fruit, vegetables and local snacks. It’s also a sweet shopping spot to spend pocket money and buy treasures for friends back home. Bargaining is part of the fun and is expected, and as a result we have purchased many a friendship bracelet, sarong or rattan basket all for a “special price”.
44. Surf school in Uluwatu
If you kids are keen on chasing Bali’s waves, book them in for a class with the Impossible Surf School in Uluwatu. Uluwatu swell’s range from small and scary. The super “chill” instructors will have the kids hanging ten in no time, although peppered with lots of gasps and face plants.
45. Explore by quad bike
Bali Quad Discovery Tours offers combined buggy tours and canyon-tubing experiences for those kids over the age of five who just can’t get enough thrills in one day. The Bali Buggy Discovery Tour takes you to some incredible hidden locations, giving yet another perspective of the culture of this country and the gentle nature of its people.
46. Become a mermaid
Dreams do come true thanks to a Bali-based mother-daughter duo who created Putri Siren mermaid tails. Book a mermaid play date package and hire the tails for a couple of hours to frolic about in the pool, or attend one of the hosted pool parties at Panama Kitchen & Pool in Canggu and learn how to safely swim like a real mermaid.
You can purchase your own tail online with worldwide shipping or free delivery while you are in Bali. Once you have outgrown your tail, return it to Putri Siren and in true ocean-loving style, they will recycle it.
Garuda Airlines has daily flights to Bali from major Australian cities.
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