Top 6 kid-friendly things to do in Bali

Grown-ups love it for its gorgeous beaches, luxurious resorts, pumping nightlife and delicious food, but there’s a whole other side of Bali made just for kids. Here are six of the best.

Child learning to surf
  • Janine Eberle
  • May 2018

1. Hit Waterbom – Asia’s best water park

If there were a prize for Bali’s top attraction voted by kids alone, Waterbom opens in new window in Kuta would win hands down. With slides thrillingly named Smashdown 2.0, Climax and Fast ‘n' Fierce, how could it possibly lose? As well as sixteen slides over 3.8ha, Waterbom boasts beautifully landscaped gardens and an international range of food options that outshine the usual theme park offerings.

If your kids are old enough to run wild, grab the opportunity to take a tube-for-two and float the Lazy River, or sample the tropical offerings at the swim-up bar. Truly, fun for all ages.

Child jumping into water
Making a splash at Waterbom Park in Bali, Indonesia

2. Go wild at Bali Treetop Adventure Park

Swing from branches like a monkey and soar through the treetops like a bird – Bali Treetop Adventure Park is an aerial assault course that’s sure to get the whole family buzzing on pure adrenaline. Seven different courses featuring tests of nerve like zip lines, flying trapezes, suspended bridges, spider nets and Tarzan leaps are scattered through the stunning setting of Bedugul’s botanical gardens. The gentle Squirrel circuit is suitable for kids from 4 years old, while fearless teenagers and brave adults can opt for the thrill-seeking Black circuit.

3. Get crafty at Pondok Pekak

For less adrenaline-driven families, at Pondok Pekak in Ubud the kids can get hands-on with the crafts they’ve seen throughout the island. Bali’s rich artistic heritage is covered, with classes in fruit carving, woodcarving, silversmithing, Balinese dance, Balinese painting, gamelan and offering making. Kids as young as five love the dance classes – performed in traditional costumes – and budding silversmiths can take home their handmade creations. The library here has plenty of kid’s books in English, and it’s free to enjoy them on the upstairs reading terrace.

learning how to surf
Learning to surf in Bali, Indonesia

4. Kids’ surfing lessons at Legian

What better way to put all that beach time to good use? There are loads of surf schools on Bali’s beaches, so your kids can learn the right techniques to surf safely and with confidence. (Plus, you get some relaxing beach time.)

Along with Kuta Beach, Legian is a great spot for beginner surfers, with a sandy break and gentle waves from one to three feet. Plus, some of the best surf schools are here: for kids, the ‘Little Ripper’ classes at the Rip Curl School of Surf, the intro to surf lessons at the Quicksilver Surf Academy and the kid’s and family lessons at UP2U Surf School are highly recommended.

5. Pedal together on a family bike tour

Change the pace by taking the family out to explore Bali’s back roads on a mountain biking tour. Starting out from Ubud, the local guides of Bali Baik Tours lead groups through the peaceful villages and picturesque rice paddies of the countryside, where you’ll witness rural life and sync in with the daily rhythms of the local rice farmers. Bikes are available for kids as young as seven, and there are baby seats for the littlies (and tandems if you want to let your partner do all the hard work).

Ayung River rapids near Ubud in Bali

6. Ride the Ayung River rapids

The Ayung River, Bali’s longest, runs through a lush valley close to Ubud. Its relatively gentle flow – between class I and II rapids – mean that you can go on a family paddling adventure even with younger children. The journey is usually a mix of paddling and steady cruising (with a little boulder-dodging to keep things interesting), winding through some of Bali’s most verdant landscapes. You’ll float through lush rainforest and rice fields, passing through stunning cliffs (look out for the scene from the Ramayana carved into the rock face), and experiencing Bali’s spectacular scenery from a new perspective. Rafting trips with Bali Sobek include lunch by the river, and are suitable for children from 7 years.