10 Best Things to Do in Bali AS A FAMILY

What to See and Do in Bali for Families

Here are the best things to do with kids in Bali, where parents aren’t completely left out of the fun, thrills and excitement. Besides the active outdoors and a variety of water sports available on the beaches in Bali, mum and dad can also join in cultural and theatre shows, or a full day out with splashing entertainment and slides at Asia’s premier water park in Kuta.

Trotting down a black sand beach on horseback can be fun for all, as are the host of nature and animal attractions – some featuring petting zoos and encounters, fun rides and unique experiences such as dining and night safaris. Folks who are inclined to getting closer to Bali’s nature scenes can go for an immersive rafting adventure down Bali’s famous river. Here are some of the best ideas for ‘quality time’ to be shared between parents and their kids while on holiday in Bali!

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Waterbom Bali

This is perhaps the most appealing place for kids to spend a full day out in Bali, and the best thing about it is that it’s not just for kids! Waterbom is often regarded as Asia’s premier water park, and with good reason. While the kids are treated to its dedicated range of kiddie play pools, lazy rivers and mini slides, it has a cool collection of massive courses – some that can be shared by a parent and a child on double tubes - to crazier selections that are strictly for adults. Other smaller water parks with slides more suited to kids are Circus Waterpark in Tuban and Splash Waterpark in Canggu. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Tuban, South Kuta
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 755 676
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As one of Bali’s most notable animal attractions, the Bali Safari & Marine Park has had families in mind since its conception in 2007. Highlights include its mainstay park tram rides throughout 40 hectares of animal enclosures, which that closely mimic their natural habitats. There are also fun petting zoos that young kids will love, as well as scheduled elephant shows and bird shows. Another animal attraction in Bali is the Bali Bird Park & Reptile Park in Gianyar. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 to 17:00. The Bali Agung show times are Thursday to Sunday, from 14.30 to 15.30
  • Location: Jalan Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 950 000
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Slap on a helmet and life vests, grab a paddle and hop into an inflatable raft with the whole family, led by a professional guide down the Ayung, Bali’s longest and largest river. A sequence of challenging rapids and slow-paced streams let you discover a more natural side of Bali, with occasional appearances of bats, macaques, diving kingfishers, and squirrels along the course. Everyone will have a thrilling time as they work together to pass boulders and descend mini waterfalls, while a refreshing lunch awaits at the ‘finish line’. For white water action that is a tad more challenging, try Telaga Waja in East Bali. Or, check out Canyon Tubing down a small stream in your own personal inflatable raft. Read More...

  • Location: Ayung River, Central Bali
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Kids love horses, and mum and dad can also try this fun activity out in Bali, even if they’ve no prior horseback experience. There are several stables spread around the island, with the most popular ones offering rides down some of Bali’s quietest, most exotic beaches. Its’s a fun and exciting way to enjoy the island’s outback scenes, from trails down rice fields to splashing trots along black sand coasts. Total beginners are welcome, with introductory rides proceeding your actual riding tours. Read More...

Share the adrenaline rush at this purpose-built outdoor arena up in the hills of Ungasan in the Bukit peninsula, fitted with life-size obstacles and props that mimic a guerilla-warfare battlefield. The Bali Paintball Arena offers a good way for families to spend an exciting day out, particularly for siblings who need to take their rivalry to the field – in a sportive and positive way. You can choose to play by the rules in a round of ‘capture the flag’, or just run wild ‘til your last ball on a freestyle shootout. Games include the ‘weapons’, protective gear and a hundred or more paintballs, with extras available for purchase. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Alas Arum, Banjar Jaba Pura, Kutuh, South Kuta
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 889 6672
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Here’s a great way to get a whacky family portrait in Bali, or simply to head into for several hours of fun indoor time during rainy days. Dream Museum Zone (DMZ) Bali offers a fun and interactive walk through an art gallery filled with three-dimensional, life-size murals for you to pose together against. A total of 120 masterfully painted artworks in 14 different categories, spread over three levels, provide a full-day of crazy poses and experimentation for all family members. Another option is the Upside Down World near Sanur where everything’s trippy and the wrong way up. Bali’s latest 3D art gallery opened at the Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
  • Location: Jl. Nakula No. 33X, Legian
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 849 6220
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Devdan Show

Modern theatrical shows in Bali include the 90-minute Devdan Show, which is great for the whole family and shown four times a week at Bali’s Nusa Dua Theatre. Devdan takes you on a spectacular journey, showcasing ‘Treasures of the Archipelago’, as a boy and girl discover a magic chest filled with various cultural objects from the islands throughout Indonesia. Stunning dance choreography and an interplay of lighting, waterjets and music accompany each episode on the stage. Another spectacle is the Bali Agung show, which tells of a Balinese legend, and the Kecak Masterpiece that offers an ‘upgrade’ to Bali’s traditional Kecak Dance performance. Both are shown at the Bali Agung Theater at the Bali Safari and Marine Park in Gianyar. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat 19:00 – 20:30
  • Location: Nusa Dua Theatre (beside Bali Collection), Jalan Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 770 197
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This butterfly park serves as a gentle animal attraction, which lets you admire nature’s artistry. Kemenuh Butterfly Park opened in 2016, becoming Bali’s second butterfly park after the Bali Butterfly Park in Tabanan. Families will enjoy an educational and recreational tour at the park, meandering through expansive flowering garden enclosures covered by netted canopies. Inside, over 500 butterfly specimens flutter with ease, siphoning nectar from flower to flower. Another section lets you see their metamorphoses from up close, from beautiful chrysalis to their emergence with spread wings in full colours. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 – 18:00
  • Location: Jalan Raya Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar
  • Tel: +62 (0)851 0002 1935
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Discover the beauty and wonders of Bali’s underwater scenes without the requirement of scuba diving skills. The whole family can opt for ‘seawalking’ through coral gardens teeming with schools of different species of colourful tropical fish. You only need to put on a diving bell-like helmet that has oxygen fed through tubes, allowing you to breathe freely and with ease underwater. Similarly, you can glide underwater riding underwater scooters, or stay dry and enjoy a submarine ride with Odyssey Submarine in the calm waters off Candidasa in East Bali. Read More...

  • Location: Sekar Menuh Building, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai No.5, Padanggalak, Sanur
  • Address: +62 (0)361 281 408
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Banana Boat Rides

Your whole family can enjoy the thrills of speed and splashes on a banana boat ride offered by most water sports operators in Tanjung Benoa. It's a fast-paced bumpy rodeo ride on a funnily shaped inflatable craft, towed by a boat… and, most of the time, deliberately swerved for sharp turns by the boat driver to add to the excitement of who can hang on without being flipped overboard! Life vests included. Read More...

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