The Sunday Six: Things to Do in Bali with Kids
Whether you live in Bali, or are spending your holidays in Bali, a trip to Waterbom is one of the best things to do in Bali with kids. There’s seventeen different tall slides, including the rebounding Boomerang, the swirly Superbowl and the pulse-pounding 360-degree Aqualoop. Littlies will love the kiddie pool, with water cannons and mini slides, and boys will kill for the water bomb battle zone. Go on a weekday if you can.
Make Like Tarzan
Bali Treetop is a woodland adventure park set in the cool of Bedugul botanical gardens. Tarzan swings, zipwires, aerial nets and balancing challenges make up six courses through the trees — the easiest is suitable for kids as young as four. Kids will love this, and adults do too. Go in the morning to beat the rain and the crowds.
Learn A Craft
Ubud is Bali’s cultural capital and, when it comes to things to do with kids, it’s a great place to learn crafts.
Kids can learn skills from wood-carving through to silversmithing, by way of painting, batik, fruit-carving, dance and gamelan. Longstayers will love the children’s library at Pondok Pekak learning centre, too.
For more on arts and crafts in Ubud, click here.
Go On Safari
From elephant rides to rollercoasters to rare animals including a white tiger, Bali Safari Marine Park has a host of things to do with kids — and the education shows are great. There’s a small water park on site, too, if your kids get bored of the animals. Trained zoologists accompany you on your trundle through the different habitats, and there’s an aquarium in the works as well.
Bali Safari Marine Park
Ride The White Water
Depending on your adrenaline level, Bali has a great range of white water rafting. The Telaga Waja provides a relatively wild (class III) ride, slamming you into walls and racing below low bridges before it culminates with a 5-metre drop down a dam. The Ayung river (class II) is tame enough for even the littlest kids or nervous parents to enjoy.
Go Find Nemo
Kids as young as eight can begin to learn scuba with a PADI Bubblemaker course — and ten year olds can do the same course that adult divers do. The wrecks around Tulamben make this a rewarding place to learn to dive. Younger kids won’t be stuck for things to do: they can snorkel at the surface.