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Find­ing the right ac­tiv­i­ties to en­ter­tain the lit­tle ones dur­ing the school hol­i­days is no walk in the park. For­tu­nately, with these clubs, you can leave it to the ex­perts. Eve Tedja shares what five of Bali’s best ho­tels of­fer to chan­nel your child’s en­ergy.

Pic­ture this; you are in Bali with your chil­dren to en­joy the best the island has to of­fer. With an av­er­age at­ten­tion span of 15 min­utes, you need a gamut of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep them en­gaged. Adren­a­line-charged lads want a trip to Water­bom Bali, fol­lowed by surfing in Kuta, and fi­nally, a jun­gle trek. You might also have other things on your itin­er­ary, from savour­ing the best In­done­sian cuisine on the island to get­ting the per­fect all-over tan. What then is a time-strapped fam­ily with di­verse in­ter­ests to do?

Slam the brakes and hun­ker down at one of the many fan­tas­tic re­sorts avail­able in Bali, es­pe­cially the ones with kids clubs. These clubs of­ten of­fer all the ac­tiv­i­ties fam­i­lies will need to com­plete their Ba­li­nese hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence: pri­vate beaches where the

wa­ter is prime for kayak­ing, surfing, stand up pad­dling and more; exclusive play zones with 12-me­tre wa­ter­slides and climb­ing walls; and tra­di­tional dance, art and mu­sic work­shops.

Be­yond de­lec­ta­ble of­fer­ings from re­sorts’ restau­rants and beach clubs, where guests can savour authen­tic In­done­sian flavours and clas­sic favourites, cook­ing classes are a sure­fire way to bond with your child. There’s no bet­ter way to get kids in­vested in food than to let them have fun pre­par­ing their own five-star meals.

Here are five in­ter­est­ing kids clubs in Bali that tick all the boxes when it comes to a self-con­tained re­sort get­away.

Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali at Jim­baran Bay

It’s not just the calm wa­ters and white sandy beach that make Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali at Jim­baran Bay ideal for fam­ily hol­i­days, guests can make the most out of the com­pli­men­tary wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties at the re­sort’s pri­vate beach, Co­conut Grove, be it kayak­ing, wind­surf­ing or a ho­bie cat ex­pe­di­tion. Fam­ily Surf & SUP is where guests can give surfing and stand-up pad­dle­board­ing a try. While par­ents rest and re­lax, their chil­dren get busy at Jimba Club. The kids club is open to those aged two to 11 years and of­fers ac­tiv­i­ties like crab hunt­ing and Ba­li­nese dance with the lo­cal kids dance troupe.

For a mem­o­rable culinary ex­pe­ri­ence, join the Fam­ily Cook­ing Class (Rp3,600,000 for 2 adults and 2 kids) at Jala Cook­ing Academy. Led by head chef Kristya Yudha, par­ents and chil­dren are taken on a morn­ing tour to the nearby Jim­baran Fish Mar­ket, where Yudha will dis­pense tips on how to se­lect fresh seafood. The recipes that will be taught change reg­u­larly and are ro­tated ac­cord­ing to six re­gional culinary styles: Ba­li­nese, Su­ma­tran, Ja­vanese, Su­lawesi, home-style Ba­li­nese and Nusa Teng­gara. Younger kids will get a chance to mix sauces, pre­pare gluti­nous rice balls and roll tra­di­tional pan­cakes (kueh dadar), while older ones take on more in­ten­sive du­ties, such as as­sem­bling sate lilit. Jim­baran, Kuta Se­la­tan, Bali. Tel: +62 361 701010

Bali Dy­nasty Re­sort

Cater­ing to both chil­dren and ado­les­cents, Kupu-kupu Kid­dies’ Club is di­vided into two sec­tions for dif­fer­ent age groups. Chil­dren from the age of four to 12 years old are wel­comed to the En­chanted Gar­den themed fa­cil­ity on the ground floor, while The Den Teens Club up­stairs is open to those be­tween 10 and 16 years old who wish to play X-box, watch movies, and have a ta­ble tennis match.

Ad­ja­cent to the kids club, a colour­ful Kids Wa­ter Fun Zone en­hances the ex­pe­ri­ence with its gi­ant tip­ping bucket, mini wa­ter­slides, wa­ter cur­tain and bub­bler jets. The perks of stay­ing at this fam­ily-friendly re­sort? The kids club fa­cil­ity is free for stay­ing guests.

From a water­melon eat­ing contest to kids yoga, there are dif­fer­ent daily ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place from 9am to 5pm for the lit­tle ones to burn off their en­ergy. It is also a won­der­ful way for the kids to make new friends. One of the crowd-pleas­ing ac­tiv­i­ties is the Kids Pizza Mak­ing Lunch at SEN5ES. Ev­ery Wed­nes­day lunchtime, kids will at­tempt to make their own piz­zas un­der su­per­vi­sion of staff and a chef while garbed in aprons and toques.

Avail­able at the re­sort’s F&B out­lets are ded­i­cated kids menus. The wit­tily named dishes are cre­ated to suit the sen­si­bil­i­ties of the kids. Try Jack’s Chicken on the Bone, a honey roasted chicken drum­stick served with rice; Bat­man & Robin, a grilled cheese­burger; or Vegemite Sol­diers, toast with vegemite spread. Jalan Kar­tika, Tuban, South Kuta, Bali. Tel: +62 361 752402

Grand Hy­att Bali

The Kids Club is lo­cated on the sprawl­ing ground of the beach­front five-star re­sort in Nusa Dua. Housed in an all-white pav­il­ion with a shel­tered pa­tio, it pro­vides an ex­ten­sive range of pro­grammes for kids three to 12 years of age. Whether it’s hourly, half-day and full day ex­pe­ri­ences, chil­dren will be chap­er­oned by ex­pe­ri­enced staff.

The Kids Club of­fers dif­fer­ent cook­ing classes to cater for dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests. Mon­days and Saturdays are re­served for My Happy Pizza where ju­nior guests are en­cour­aged to cre­ate their own ver­sion of pizza with var­i­ous top­pings. As the name sug­gests, Cookie Mon­ster Tues­day is all about dec­o­rat­ing cook­ies, while Wed­nes­day sees the kids mak­ing their own trop­i­cal fruit Rain­bow Ke­bab. Thurs­day al­lows them an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate their own fruit and veg­eta­bles blend through Smooth(ie) Op­er­a­tor. Fri­day is ded­i­cated to Cup­cake Party; sprin­kles, frost­ing, laugh­ter and messy good fun are part of the pack­age. Cho­co­late mold­ing and dec­o­rat­ing take place ev­ery Sun­day.

While mum and dad can steal some pre­cious time to­gether to en­joy the re­sort’s five swim­ming pools, spa and gourmet of­fer­ings, the chil­dren are in­vited to try the spe­cial Kids Menu at Grand Hy­att Bali – which is in­cluded in the half-day (Rp315,000) and full day (Rp495,000) Kids Club pro­gramme. They can build their own sand­wich us­ing dif­fer­ent tasty, nu­tri­tious fill­ings and breads, or savour Grilled Se­abass and tuck into desserts like White & Dark Cho­co­late Truf­fle Cake. Kawasan Pari­wisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Bali. Tel: +62 361 771234

Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali at Jim­baran Bay

Fun day un­der the sun at Sun­dara

Jimba Club

Cook­ing class at Jala Cook­ing Academy

Pizza mak­ing class at SEN5ES, at Bali Dy­nasty Re­sort

Splash­ing good fun at the re­sort’s own Kids Wa­ter Fun Zone

Cheer­ful colours draw the lit­tle ones to The Kids Club.

My Happy Pizza bi-weekly classes

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