Bali on a budget: Top things to do with kids

Busy entrepreneur and mum of three boys, Paulina Eaborn shares her top tips on the best kid-friendly adventures in Bali that won’t break the bank.

Go on a boat ride in Bali
  • Paulina Eaborn
  • January 2019

Bali is much more than just about relaxing by the resort pool or nearby beach. There’s plenty of kid-friendly fun to be had if you know where to look. Here are some great things to do that will keep the kids entertained and they’ll even learn a few things about local life along the way.

The best part is all these adventures are budget-friendly. Some of these little trips can be combined and done on a day-trip. You will be able to book a driver for the day for around AUD 50 and he will take you wherever you want to go, which makes it possible to plan a full day of exploring.

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 Child with bird on arm and head
Get up close and personal with the local bird life.

Bali Bird Park

A beautiful park with the largest collection of Indonesian birds opens in new window. You can bring your own lunch or eat at the restaurant and spend a half day enjoying all the amazing birds.

Boy with arms up in front of waterfall
Waterfall Tegenungan Village.

Waterfall Tegenungan Village

As a part of a one-day trip, you can ask your driver to take you to this stunning waterfall where you can snap some amazing photos with the waterfalls as a majestic backdrop. And if the weather is good you get to swim in the waterfall too. The entry is a humble AUD 1.50 per person.

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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

For as little as AUD 5 per person you can walk amongst some cheeky monkeys opens in new window and enjoy some beautiful temples and trails. A very fun experience for the kids.

Woman and child with coffee samples on table
Learn all about making a good roast at Negari Luwak Coffee.

Negari Luwak Coffee

While it’s a coffee garden, the kids will have an awesome experience, too. They get to learn about the coffee-making process and fascinating story opens in new window behind the origin of the Luwak: a small animal which is a major part of the coffee bean-making. You get to taste all the different coffees and teas throughout the tour.

Father with three children viewing Mount Batur in the distance
View an active volcano from a distance.

Mount Batur

This is an active volcano that can be safely viewed from a distance. We asked our driver to take us up to the opposite mountain to enjoy the most fantastic lunch with a great view of the giant volcano. The kids were stoked to be able to say they’ve seen a real-life volcano.



Kemenuh Butterfly Park

Take a walk through this lovely garden full of amazing butterfly species opens in new window. You get to witness the hatching process with friendly staff explaining everything to the kids – and you even get to hold one (or many) giant moths.

Local Balinese woman hand-paints artwork on the back of a boy's shirt
Get a hand-drawn souvenir by local women.

Bali Bidadari Batik

Watch local women doing batik and weaving on a loom. If you are wearing a white shirt you can get them to hand draw on it – it’s such a beautiful souvenir to get to keep – there’s no charge for it but a donation is accepted. On your way through you can grab some beautiful clothing, pillows or throws from a big shop. One of my sons enjoyed getting a beautiful drawing on the back of his shirt.


Local Fisherman Village Walk (Jimbaran Bay)

Visit this busy and beautiful village full of fishing boats and walk through the early morning market to view ‘the catch of the day’. There are aisles upon aisles full of fish and sea creatures. The boys loved it! Some fish were the size of them!



Local School Visit

We were lucky to be able to visit a local school – a walk arranged by The Bali Dynasty Resort for around AUD 2 per person. It took us for a wander through some little streets until we reached a beautiful little school full of the most happy and funny kids who all loved having us there. The guide told us everything about the school system and how the kids do their everyday life in Bali. It was an eye-opening experience for my boys who could see a huge difference between their own school and this one.

Mum with her two sons on a Balinese fishing boat
Enjoy a day out on the boat with a local fisherman.

Local Fishermans Boat day out

If you are lucky, you can find a local fisherman on the beach who will take you out on one of the traditional boats. This was hands-down our favourite experience. We arranged our day out from the beach outside our resort. He took us to the beautiful little beach at Padang Padang and we got to spend half a day enjoying some coconut and local food made right there on the beach. It was such a lovely day with some needed sea breeze to escape the heat. The boys had a surf and we even got the fishing rods out. The day out cost us about AUD 80.