Bali is often thought of as a destination for couples or honeymooners but it is also the perfect destination for families

There are things to do in Bali for kids of all ages that adults will also enjoy. Whether you are looking for theme parks, animal encounters, nature-based or cultural activities, you will find them all in Bali.

Plus, you still get the white sand tropical beaches, warm clear waters, amazing snorkeling, great food, and incredible scenery that draws visitors to Bali from all over the world. And, if you’re wondering where to stay in Bali with kids, the island offers a wide range of family-friendly hotels, resorts, and self-catering options.  

#1 Waterbom BaliWaterbom Bali

Waterbom is Bali’s premier waterpark. It boasts 26 adrenaline-pumping rides and slides for all ages. Older children will love the sheer drop slides, curvy tubes, and inflatable rides. Younger kids will love the lazy river and Python, a ride in an inflatable boat for four people.  

There are showers, changing rooms, and lockers on site, and families can also reserve private gazebos. 

Waterbom Bali is open every day from 9 am – 6 pm. Buy tickets in advance!

#2 Kecak Dance In UluwatuBALI Kecak Dance

This traditional 20th-century Balinese dance tells the love story of Rama and Sita from the Ramayana. It is usually performed by around 60 bare-chested male dancers who sit in a circle with flaming torches, swaying and chanting ‘cak’. 

Other dancers then move into the middle to perform. There is no music in the dance and all the sounds are made by the dancers. It is a mesmerizing and hypnotic dance that children will be captivated by. Performances usually last around one hour, so are suitable for all ages. 

One of the best places to see the Kecak Dance in Uluwatu is at the 11th-century cliff-top Uluwatu Temple.  There is a Kecak dance performance here every day at sunset – the ocean backdrop is spectacular! 

#3 Ubud Monkey Forest

BALI Ubud Monkey Forest

Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud Monkey Forest dates back to the 14th century. Today, it is an important temple complex and conservation reserve for over 1,260 long-tailed macaques. 

Families can walk through the forest on paved paths winding through 115 different species of trees. You will get very close to the inquisitive monkeys, but it is important not to touch them or feed them. 

The forest also performs a twice-weekly traditional dance performance called a Lubdaka. 

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Ubud Monkey Forest is open every day from 9 am – 6 pm. The Lubdaka is performed on weekends at 11 am and 4 pm. Buy tickets in advance that also include the swing!

#4 Bali Bird Park

The Bali Bird Park is in Batubulan, a 25-minute drive south of Ubud. It is a fun activity for all the family. 

The park has seven sections to explore, with each section emulating a natural habitat found in Indonesia (complete with native plants). In total, the park is home to over 1,300 birds from 250 different species. 

There are walk-in aviaries with free-flying birds and free interactive bird shows.

Families can also join ‘meet and greet’ experiences with the tropical birds and join in feeding pelicans and parakeets. 

The park has a strong environmental ethos. It aims to be a world leader in captive breeding and management of Indonesia’s native threatened species – so you know your entry fee is going to a worthy cause.

The park is open every day from 9am – 5.30pm. Allow 2-3 hours for your visit. 

#5 Bali Zoo

Bali Zoo in Sukawati is home to over 600 animals from 65 different species. The eclectic collection ranges from Komodo dragons and lemurs to Shetland ponies and wallabies. 

Your entrance ticket includes general animal encounters, animal presentations by zoo keepers and access to a water splash area. Further add-ons, such as 1:1 animal encounters and animal feeding, are available. 

The park is divided into different zones; for more native animals, head to the Sumatra zone first. The elephant pool is a particular favourite with families. 

For tired little legs, there is a useful shuttle bus operating around the park. The zoo is open everyday from 10am – 5 pm. 

#6 Jimbaran Beach

BALI Jimbaran Beach

Jimbaran in southern Bali is a convenient base for families who wish to explore the rest of the island. It is a charming blend of high-end hotels, family owned seafood restaurants and a traditional fishing village. 

Sandy Jimbaran Beach is family-friendly and boasts shallow wave-free waters, so it is ideal for children.

Families can go snorkelling, try surfing, stroll to the limestone cliffs at nearby Balangan Beach or visit the bustling Kedonganan fish market.

#7 Bali Safari & Marine Park

This wildlife park is home to over 1,000 animals from 50 species. It is different from your usual safari park and is dedicated to conservation. 

Visitors must board a large safari bus to travel around the park as most of the animals roam freely (including large predators). It is a unique and fun way to get up close to the animals. 

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Your entrance ticket includes the tour, three animal presentations, and a Bali Agung show.  

Alternatively, you can get even closer by booking a stand-up safari in a caged tram or in a private 4X4 jeep. Or, for something truly special, join one of the nighttime safaris. Night-time tickets include your tour, an animal presentation, dinner, and a fire dance show. Purchase tickets in advance. 

#8 Dolphin Watching In Lovina

If your kids love dolphins (and who doesn’t!), head to Lovina on Bali’s north coast for a dolphin-watching tour. 

You can spot dolphins off the coast of Lovina all year round, but for the best chance of seeing them, take a sunrise tour. 

The tours are in small boats which only carry around 8 people, so pre-booking is essential in peak season. The boats are low in the water, and there isn’t any space for moving around, so these tours are best suited for older children who don’t get seasick. 

The early start will be worth it. You will be treated to pods of dolphins swimming around you, and the clear water makes it easy to see them. It is a magical experience for children. Book this in advance!

 

#9 Bali Jungle Adventure Park

This fun adventure park is a one-hour drive from Denpasar. It offers a treetop course (with rope bridges, zip wires and canopy nets) and a lazy river. Plus, you get to go white water rafting on the Telaga Waja River. 

Your entrance ticket includes all three organized activities plus a traditional buffet lunch. Buy tickets now!

#10 Tanah Lot

BALI Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most cultural and religiously significant temples. Pura Pura Tanah Lot (translated as ‘land of the sea’) sits on a large rock jutting out into the sea in Uluwatu.

The 16th-century temple can only be accessed at low tide and is only open to worshipping locals. Although you cannot enter the temple, its rocky setting against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean makes it one of the most popular temples to visit in Bali, particularly if you time it right to watch a sunset. 

If you are only going to visit one temple in Bali with kids, make it Tanah Lot.

#11 Finns Splash

Finns Splash Waterpark is a 10 minute drive north of Seminyak and is an ideal day out if you have kids of varying ages. 

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It offers a splash park and a lazy river for little ones, plus rides and chutes for older kids (including a thrilling 90-metre chute). There is even a sedate lap pool for grown-ups.  

Your entry ticket is valid for the whole day and includes all the rides, a sunbed per person and use of the lockers, showers and changing rooms. Cabanas are available for an extra fee. Purchase tickets in advance. 

#12 Bali Seawalker

Fancy trying something different on your vacation? Bali Seawalker off the coast of Sanur is exactly as it sounds. You wear a large scuba diving helmet, descend a ladder to the seabed and walk around on it. You will get around 30 minutes to explore the seabed. 

It is an incredible experience (especially in Bali’s crystal clear waters) and allows you to get up close to colourful coral and tropical fish.  

The adventure is only available to water-confident children over 9 years old. It is a great option for families who want to explore under the sea but are unable to scuba dive. Book this in advance!

#13 Parasailing

Bali’s warm waters are one of the best places in the world to glide under a parachute towed by a motorboat. 

You will enjoy great views, a thrilling ride and a refreshing dip in the sea! Most parasailing rides last for around six minutes. 

The most popular location to parasail in Bali is in Tanjung Benoa on Bali’s southeast coast. Check out the top ten parasailing tours in Bali.

#14 Bali Butterfly Park

The Bali Butterfly Park in Kemenuh is an enclosed outdoor enclosure packed with butterflies, moths, insects, and beetles of all sizes and colors. 

You’ll need to prepare yourself for butterflies and moths landing on you, including the largest moth in the world, the Atlas Moth. This is a slower-paced activity ideal for all ages and walking the paved paths through the dense foliage feels like exploring a secret garden. Buy tickets in advance.

Allow 1-2 hours for your visit. 

Final Word

Bali is a welcoming and diverse island offering lots of fun, family-friendly activities. There are things to do in Bali to suit all ages and interests – including the adults. 

You will leave ‘the island of the gods’ having created some magical, lifelong family memories. 

Guest Author: Mal of Where To Stay Bali

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