THINGS TO DO
BEST FOR … TOTS
Beach and pool play are plentiful in Bali, but always be mindful of rubbish on public beaches and if you’re swimming, stick to the calmer shores of Jimbaran Bay, Sanur and Nusa Dua. For something a little more stimulating, tots can enjoy an educational play date at The Gardens Early Learning Centre in Canggu, which welcomes children from 18 months old for music and sensory classes, when accompanied by a carer. Meanwhile, the Bali Safari & Marine Park has more than 100 species to spot with your mini-mes, including lions, hippos, elephants and Komodo dragons. As well as offering both night and day safaris in a 4x4, the park also has lodge accommodation for families to observe the animals up close overnight.
BEST FOR … YOUNG KIDS
Voted the best waterpark in Asia for 2018 by travellers on TripAdvisor, Waterbom Bali has spills and thrills for all types of families. The 3.8ha park caters to most levels, from the more mellow lazy river and kids’ fun park area to adrenalinefilled slides such as the Pipeline and Twin Racer. Entry is about $150 for a family of four with kids under 11. On a smaller scale, Splash Waterpark Bali at Finns Recreation Club in Canggu has six different waterslides and offers Super Fun Day passes for a family of four from about $176. This includes one-hour access to Bounce Bali trampoline park and Strike Ten Pin Bowling, also on-site, plus entrance to Finn’s Beach Club. Pampering is a daily ritual for most Bali holidaymakers and there are a handful of salons encouraging self care for little ones, too. Glo Day Spa has salons in Seminyak, Canggu and Sanur and provides hair-braiding and nail treatments for kids 12 and under.
BEST FOR … TEENS
From whitewater rafting in Bali’s sacred Ayung River to horseriding on the blacksand Echo Beach, active teens will have more than enough to fill their days in Bali. Kuda P Stables outside of Canggu offers peaceful rice paddy, beach and village horserides for children of all levels. For sun, surf and sand-loving teens, Rip Curl School of Surf hosts teens for surfing and stand-up lessons in both Legian and Sanur. They also have little ripper programs for kids under 13. In Ubud, Bali Quad Discovery Tours offers four-wheeling adventures across five types of terrain, including jungle, rice paddies, muddy tracks and villages, and children can ride as passengers. If brainteasers are more your family vibe, the new Totem Room Escape Bali in Seminyak has six different challenge rooms with themes like Mission Impossible and Jungle Book.