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10+ Fun Things to do in Bali with Kids

July 3, 2020 No Comments

Looking for some fun things to do in Bali with kids that’ll keep you entertained as well? We’ve got you covered.

There are plenty of areas on this magical island where both adults and children will be able to have fun while staying safe. In this guide, we’ll be covering the best kid-verified activities in Bali as well as a nearby family friendly place to stay.

Fun Things to do in Bali with Kids

Spash Around at Waterbom Bali

If you’re a family who loves thrills, spending a day at Waterbom Bali is a must do. Located in Kuta, close to the international airport, you can enjoy zooming down near-vertical water slides or take it easy on a lazy river. Half of the water park is allocated as green space, allowing you to feel as though you’re truly in Bali rather than a could-be-anywhere amusement park.

Younger kids can play on the splash pads and enjoy blasting one another with water cannons. Meanwhile, those with a penchant for adrenaline can head to the stomach-dropping twister slides.

Book Your Visit

Stay at: Anvaya Beach Resort, a large resort that overlooks the beach with plenty of family-friendly pools and restaurants.

Play at Bali Treetop Adventure Park

Swing from tree to tree at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, a park set in Central Bali zipline, rope, and obstacle courses for kids big and small. Little ones (4 to 6 years old) will have fun on the squirrel circuit, a course with a trunk crossing, fox hole, and miniature flying fox. Meanwhile, big kids (ages 12 and up) will enjoy the high-adrenaline black course, complete with a climbing wall, flying trapeze, and monkey rope. There are a handful of courses in between, so nobody will be left out.

Book Your Visit

Stay at: Strawberry Hill Hotel & Restaurant, a quaint homestay with views of Lake Beratan.

Visit Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest

Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest is one of the best places to witness monkeys scamper, climb, and comb the bugs out of each other’s hair. Inside the forest is a holy Balinese Hindu temple, and walking through the well-manicured pathways will lead to a forest filled with jungle vines, chirping birds, and stunning trees. Kids will love escaping the busy city of Ubud to watch long-tailed macaque monkeys roam and play.

Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Note: The monkeys at Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest can be aggressive and bites. This is an activity that should be reserved for children who are okay with watching monkeys from a distance quietly. Screams and sudden movements from kids can provoke an attack. Some families encourage the monkeys to climb onto them–this is not strongly discouraged. Tickets to Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest do not need to be purchased in advance.

Book an Ubud Highlights Tour (Sacred Monkey Forest included)

Stay at: Lokha Ubud Resort, a family-friendly resort with an outdoor pool found just outside Ubud’s busy center.

Learn to Surf at Seminyak Beach

You can’t come to Bali without experiencing some of the island’s best waves! Seminyak is one of the busiest beaches in Bali, where it’s common to find merchants selling sarongs and other souvenirs, lounge chair rentals, massages, and hair braiding. Aside from working on sand castles, kids can learn how to surf in Seminyak’s friendly waves. While many surf spots in Bali break over sharp reef, the surf at Seminyak breaks over a sandy bottom.

Seminyak Beach Bali

There are multiple surf instructors in Seminyak happy to teach kids how to catch their first wave. Or, opt for a group lesson and party on one together! Family wipe outs make for great memories.

Book a Surf Lesson

Stay at: Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, a seaside resort with an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean.

White Water Raft on the Ayung River

What better way to explore the Ayung River than from a raft? The Ayung River spans from calm and cruisey to raging rapids all within a few minutes. Kids will earn confidence and fine-tune their teamwork skills as they paddle around obstacles with their raft mates. Rapids range from class II to class IV, depending on the season and rain levels. Trips often pass along Hindu temples and rice terraces unique to Bali’s beautiful landscape.

Each guest is given a helmet and a life jacket to wear on the excursion–just in case. This adventure is perfect for kids ages 9 and up.

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Rural Cycling Tour

Explore Bali’s offbeat paths from the seat of a bicycle on a cycling tour that weaves and wraps around the Balinese countryside through bamboo forests, rice terraces, and through local villages where kids can learn more about Balinese culture. Some cycling trips stop at temples, where a guide teaches guests more about offerings and Balinese traditions. If you want to embark on your own adventure, consider cycling from the sleepy beach town of Sanur all the way to Ubud.

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Cultural Visit to Taman Nusa Bali

If your kids love learning about other cultures and history, they’ll love spending a day at Taman Nusa Bali. Taman Nusa Bali is an interactive park that highlights Indonesia’s incredible and diverse culture. There are over 60 traditional houses set on 10 hectacres of land. A replica of Borobudur is also on site. Participate in arts and crafts workshops, learn traditional dance, and listen to Indonesian instruments. You’ll leave with an understanding of how diverse Indonesia is, and be inspired to visit elsewhere after your trip to Bali.

This is one of the most engaging things to do in Bali with kids, and one that allows imaginations to run wild.

Taman Nusa is best seen as a day trip from Ubud, Sanur, or Candidasa/Padang Bai.

Visit Taman Nusa Bali

Taman Nusa is best seen as a day trip from Ubud, Sanur, Sidemen, or Candidasa.
Stay at: Bloo Lagoon Village in Padang Bai is a great choice for families with two- and three-bedroom eco villas, walking distance to the beach.

Snorkel Tour Around Nusa Lembongan

Do your kids love to swim and explore? Head over to the islands of Nusa Lembongan, a small island off of Bali’s mainland with sugar sand beaches and plenty of space for kids to run around.

Lembongan Beach Bali

Younger kids can snorkel off of the shoreline at Coconut Beach while the older ones will love going on a snorkel safari to swim with manta rays. Nusa Penida, the island next to Nusa Lembongan, is one of the best places to see manta rays as they love to be cleaned by smaller reef fish in the region. Lucky snorkelers will get a chance to spot the elusive mola mola fish as well!

Book Your Tour

Stay at: Some snorkel tours leave from mainland Bali, so check in advance. If you are staying on Nusa Lembongan, Ohana’s Beach Resort is set on the sand and has a seaside pool to play in.

Learn to Scuba Dive

Did you know that you can learn how to scuba dive at just ten years old? Bali is a paradise for scuba divers thanks to its warm, calm waters and plethora of dive resorts to choose from. Kids who want to learn how to scuba dive can obtain their Jr. Open Water Certification. For safety reasons, they must attend the course with a parent and only dive in depths shallower than 40 feet (12 meters). Once a kid turns 15 years old, they can then get their full Open Water Certification.

Find a Kid-Friendly Dive Resort

Learn at: We recommend taking a course at Blue Corner Dive, a oceanfront dive resort in Nusa Lembongan with strict safety standards that has experience teaching students of all ages.

Imagine at Dream Museum Zone Bali

Imagine a world where down is up and up is down. Little things are big and big things are small. Things get a bit strange inside Dream Museum Zone Bali, a museum with funky paintings and exhibits.

Here, have your picture taken walking a narrow plank, visiting King Tut’s tomb, and swimming inside of an aquarium. Each painting is done in a realistic 3D format, challenging perspectives.

Book Your Visit

Stay at: Bali Dynasty Resort, a resort that is part accommodation, part water park with slides, splash pads, and pools.

Canoe on Lake Batur

See Lake Batur on a private canoe, available for rent on the shoreline of Bali’s largest lake. Kids will love venturing over the water, admiring Mount Batur in the distance. Guided canoe trips come with a life jacket and often include a stop at Mount Batur’s kid-friendly hot springs.

Because Lake Batur is considered sacred, there are no motorized sports or boats allowed on the lake. This is a peaceful and adventurous activity for children ages 8 and up.

Book Your Tour

Stay at: Villa Jempana, a peaceful getaway with a giant pool, lake views, and villas.

Create Silver Jewelry

Bali is world-renowned for its jewelry, and silversmiths have fine-tuned jewelry making techniques over generations. Spend an afternoon crafting a one-of-a-kind piece at a silver crafting workshop and touring a village famous for its silver. Those who take the class are given about 5-10 grams of silver and taught how to shape, clean, and complete a unique souvenir to take home. While silver making classes are best for older children and teens, younger kids under 8 can practice weaving and braiding.

Book Your Lesson

Ride on the Jungle Swings

All around Bali, jungle swings are appearing just about everywhere you look. These swings offer a bit more thrill than your average one at the park, and it’s possible to sway over thundering waterfalls and emerald rice terraces. Choose a swing that’s safety focused, ideally with a harness and backup rope system. No doubt, this is one of the most adventurous things to do in Bali with kids and best for those ages 10 and up.

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Learn to Fly a Kite

Look to the skies in Bali and you might see a kite zooming overhead. Kite flying begins at a young age, and each village (banjar) often works together to compete in kite flying competitions. Kites are placed into categories and can range from tiny to hundreds of feet long!

One of the windiest spots in Bali is Sanur, also home to the Bali Kite Festival.

Stay at: Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, a large kid-friendly resort with three pools and a rooftop garden.

Discover all the kid-friendly things to do in Bali with the Moon Bali & Lombok guidebook!

Bali With Kids FAQ

Is Bali a good place to go with kids?

Yes, Bali is a great destination to visit if you have children. Aside from the things above, you can easily spend the days exploring beaches, rice terraces, and venturing out on day trips. Bali is generally safe and there are plenty of things to do no matter what types of activities your children are into.

Which part of Bali is best for families?

The beaches are very accessible and resorts are kid-friendly at Sanur and Nusa Dua. Here, crowds tend to be quieter than in Kuta or Seminyak, and the beaches are easier to access than the cliffside beaches around Uluwatu. Inland, children will have fun exploring the many sites of Ubud and Sidemen. For a town that’s very laid back, venture to Pemuteran.

How do I find kid-friendly accommodation in Bali

Some resorts in Bali are adult’s only. Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly resorts that cater to kids specifically. These include an onsite pool, kids club, or easy access to the beach. Homestays tend to be one room with one double or two single beds, though many will add an extra single bed upon request. For something larger, search for villas when looking for accommodation as these often have multiple bedrooms and a family room.

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Chantae Reden

Chantae is the Coconut in Chief at Tropical Go. She is the author of Moon Bali & Lombok and lives in Suva, Fiji. She is a freediver, scuba diver, and surfer who is scared of big waves. Her drink of choice is a mojito--mostly because it's fun to say.

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