Visiting Bali with kids? These seven activities deserve a place on your bucket list! Here’s how to give your family the quintessential Bali experience – no matter where you’re staying
If you’re planning your next family holiday to Bali, you’re in for a treat. As Indonesia’s top tourist destination, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.
In our experience, there’s no such thing as ‘enough time’ in Bali – in fact, the kids will never want to leave! Bali’s family-friendly resorts are packed with fun things to do: kids clubs, water parks and luxurious spas are just the beginning.
Venture a little further and you’ll find countless family attractions: stunning beaches, markets, cultural tours, wildlife encounters, and more.
We’ve created this list of Bali experiences that are an absolute must for families. Better still, you can find these activities anywhere in Bali, from Kuta Beach to Nua Dusa.
Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned Bali veteran, it’s your essential Bali bucket list!
7 Essential Things to Do in Bali for Families
Bali is one of the world’s best holiday destinations with kids. From mother and daughter spa treatments to hip beach clubs and epic water parks, a Bali family holiday offers plenty of memorable moments.
Discover which activities deserve a place on your Bali bucket list, no matter where you’re staying.
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Here are seven must-do activities for your Bali itinerary, and the best places to try them:
1. Chill out at a Bali beach club
An afternoon lazing on a day bed or cabana by the pool sipping cocktails at a beach club while the kids splash about in the pool has become one of those must-do Bali experiences.
There’s no shortage of venues to choose from, either! Here are three of the best Bali beach clubs for families:
- Ku De Ta in Seminyak celebrates Family Sundays, with face painting and arts and crafts to entertain the little ones.
- Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak is known for its wall of colourful antique shutters sourced from across Indonesia. It also has a large grass area where kids can run amok.
- FINNS Beach Club in Canggu also has a huge lawn, as well as four pools, three restaurants and a couple of swim-up bars. It’s part of FINNS Recreation Club, which also offers ten pin bowling, trampolining and Cubby House Kids Club, where children aged two to 12 can partake in arts and crafts, watch a movie or play board games while their parents enjoy a well-earned break.
2. Get the adrenaline pumping at a water park
Cooling off at a water park is another super fun way to spend a day on ‘the Island of Gods’. Bali’s tropical climate means there’s no shortage of water parks, including our favourite, Waterbom Bali.
Waterbom Bali at Kuta has provided a much-loved family day out for the past 30 years. The new Oasis Gardens area adds 1.3 hectares to the park, with four new slides, a lagoon pool, swim-up bar, luxury gazebos cafe and massage area.
3. Relax with a mum and daughter massage
Indulging in a mother and daughter spa treatment has also become a popular pastime in Bali. If you’re looking to indulge with your little one, here are three Bali spas with kids’ packages:
- Body and Temple Spa has a special ‘Mommy and Me’ package that includes a rose petal foot bath, a massage and facial.
- Ashoka Spa by Tetha at Bali Dynasty Resort also has a Princelicious mums and daughters’ treatment. It begins with a soothing hand massage, followed by a foot bath and a full body massage. As a bonus, every booking includes a complimentary flower nail art session.
- Heavenly by Westin Spa at Westin Hotel Nusa Dua offers a special kids’ spa menu, where children can be pampered with mini facials, temporary tattoos, manicures, pedicures and get their hair braided.
4. Visit Bali’s animal attractions
If your clan includes a little animal lover, you’re in luck! Bali has loads of attractions that will get you up close to various critters.
Be sure to add these Bali animal experiences to your itinerary:
- Bali Reptile Park is home to everything from adorable geckos to venomous snakes, crocodiles and Komodo dragons.
- Bali Bird Park features a variety of exotic birds in tropical gardens, with walk-in aviaries and an open-air restaurant where you can grab a bite for lunch.
- Bali Zoo offers the chance to see 500 rare and exotic animals from around the world. Kids can take part in an orangutan encounter and feed elephants, lions and tigers, under the supervision of zookeepers of course.
- The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud is well worth a day trip. Up to 900 macaques can be spotted frolicking amongst the temples in the jungle. Be careful, though: these cheeky animals are avid collectors of sunglasses and cameras.
5. Learn to surf
Bali is synonymous with surfing, and there are countless schools keen to teach the kids how to hang ten. For kids surfing lessons in Bali, here are our top picks:
- Surf School in Bali at Seminyak has a three-day course for kids on soft foam boards taught by instructors with Australian bronze lifeguard-certification.
- Enjoy Wipeout at Canggu also has classes for families and children aged six and over who are able to swim, with optional pick up by motorbike or car if you’re staying in the area.
- Surf Buddy Bali at Canggu offers one-on-one lessons for children at a nearby beach covering ocean safety, paddling techniques, balancing and standing up, as well as half-day trips.
6. Experience Bali’s culture
Over 80% of Bali’s population is Hindu, and there are thousands of temples in Bali, with festivals and ceremonies observed year-round. Each temple is unique, but colours are a defining theme, and many temples boast lovingly-tended gardens filled with brightly-hued flowers.
- Tanah Lot is one of the most famous temples in Bali. Its picturesque setting surrounded by the sea means many come to view it in spectacular silhouette at sunset.
- Patal Temple and Pura Blanjong are two stunning temples located close to the coastal town of Sanur, on Bali’s eastern shore.
7. Browse Bali’s vibrant markets
It’s easy to lose track of time browsing Bali’s colourful markets. Each region and local shopping spot has its own specialty, including handmade souvenirs, local delicacies, and an endless supply of affordable clothes and toys.
Here’s where you can find some of Bali’s best shopping hotspots:
- Pasar Senggol night market in is a must-visit for delicious Indonesian street food. Not far from Bali’s international airport, it’s easy to fit this one into your itinerary.
- Ubud is the best place to shop for authentic Balinese carvings and handicrafts. This flourishing craft centre is located just an hour’s drive from Bali’s main resorts.
- Kuta Art Markets are a fantastic spot to find handicrafts and souvenirs.
Where to Stay in Bali for Families
Bali Dynasty Resort at South Kuta Beach is ideal for families. With a 56-metre waterslide flowing into the pool, a kids’ club, teens’ club, playground and loads of fun activities. It also has an adults-only pool with a swim-up bar and a gym.
Tuck into a delicious curry at the Queens of India restaurant, Chinese cuisine at the Golden Lotus, or enjoy a range of international dishes at H2O overlooking the main pool. Happy hour happens twice a day at the Sunset Bar, or you can head to the only Irish bar on the island, Gracie Kelly’s.
Rooms have two sections divided by a floor-to-ceiling partition. The Family Room sleeps up to five people, with a king bed, bunk bed and a trundle bed. The beach, bars, clubs, shops, restaurants, art market and a 24-hour medical centre are all within walking distance.