When it comes to taking the kids on a family holiday, you can’t get a better destination than Bali. Not only is it great value for money, but it’s only a six hour flight from Melbourne. With flights to Bali being more affordable than many holiday destinations within Australia, and luxury accommodation that even a large family can afford, Bali is definitely a place to consider for your next holiday.
The Balinese people love welcoming children to their country and your kids are sure to be treated like princes and princesses by the locals. There is an abundance of family resorts to choose from and feeding kids is easy with a wide selection of cuisines available, including some family favourites such as burgers, pizza and BBQ.
Taking your children overseas is a fantastic opportunity to introduce them to other cultures and ways of life. Although it can be tempting to lay on the beach or by the pool all day, kids love to go out exploring and burn off some energy. Check out these attractions while you’re in Bali with your kids and everyone will be happy.
Waterbom Bali was voted Asia’s number one waterpark in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travellers Choice Awards. The park, set on 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens, features an enormous range of water slides and attractions for all ages, and maintains the rides to strict international standards. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, as well as lockers to safely store your valuables. You can also hire a day bed and get a massage while the kids are splashing around. Waterbom Bali is the perfect place to spend the day.
Ubud Monkey Forest
The Monkey Forest in Ubud is the perfect opportunity to get up close with the local wildlife. With over 700 monkeys inhabiting the forest, you are sure to see these cheeky creatures and perhaps have an encounter that will make a funny story to tell back home. After you have fed a banana to a monkey or two, you can wander around and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the forest, just remember to keep hold of your hat!
Bali Safari and Marine Park
Bali Safari & Marine is one of the island’s largest and most visited animal theme parks. Covering 40 hectares of land, it is home to over 60 species, all of which roam free in large enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. You can ride on a safari bus to visit the animals, watch elephant talent shows, cuddle with baby orangutans, and view baby sharks at the aquarium. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring park with plenty of places to stop for lunch and have a break before the next adventure.
Bali Treetop Adventure Park
This open-air adventure park caters to children from 4 years old, and has plenty of daring attractions to keep big kids on their toes too. With 7 adventure circuits, 72 challenges for all levels and ages, and 12 flying foxes up to 160m long, you can spend the day testing your nerve. All equipment and training is provided to ensure your family enjoys the treetop experience safely.
Rip Curl School of Surf
Perfect for older children and adults who have always wanted to learn to surf, the Rip Curl School of Surf offers lessons in surfing, kite surfing, wake boarding, wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding and more. With a pickup service and a focus on providing you and your family with the ultimate surf experience, courses include the best-in-class facilities, equipment and educational programs. You’re sure to make some amazing memories while learning a new skill.
Kemenuh Butterfly Park
This park is set on the back of a rice field and is just 10 minutes from Ubud. Tropical blossoms, on which the butterflies feed, along with a waterfall and fish filled pond make this a very relaxing place to visit. The park is home to many colourful varieties of butterfly. You can watch them feeding and flying around and children will have fun spotting them resting on the leaves of the plants and trying to snap a photo. On the way out, you can visit the pupa/chrysalis room and see hundreds of pupa/chrysalis waiting to hatch into butterflies. Not only a beautiful place, Kemenuh Butterfly Park is also an educational treat for younger kids.
Bali’s first trampoline centre is a unique air-conditioned facility that has been designed and created for one purpose – to have fun! Bounce trampolines have a specially designed, spring-loaded frame allowing you to bounce higher. Flip forward or flip backward, the kids will want to stay all day. They can free-bounce and practice tricks to their heart’s content, or can join in organised activities like trampoline dodge ball or basketball. The restaurant offers elevated views of the entire centre and features a menu that is sure to satisfy adults and kids alike.
Located in the same facility as Bounce Bali and Strike Bowling, Splash Waterpark is home to waterslides and a splash playground that is perfect for littlies. The lagoon pool is a great place to relax and spend some time with younger children, while the Crazy Creek is the perfect chance to lay back and let the world drift by. Plenty of food options will fill hungry bellies and have everyone ready for more action after lunch.
DMZ (Dream Museum Zone )
DMZ is one of the most unique attractions in Bali that kids will love. The museum features the best 3D trick art in the world, which you can pose on to take photos of stunning optical illusions. With staff on hand to help you get into the right position and take your photo from the correct angle, your kids will love tricking their friends back home with photos that have to be seen to be believed.
Bali Bird Park
Bali Bird Park is divided into seven regions that recreate the natural habitats of birds, complete with indigenous plant life. You can travel from the deep misty jungle of Sumatra to Far East Indonesia and Papua to discover the native birds from these remote regions. Venture to other tropical continents too. See the South American exotics such as the Golden Macaw and the Congo Grey Parrot from the African Savannah. Plan to spend half a day here as there is so much to take in.
With so many things to see and do in Bali for kids, you and your family are sure to have a holiday to remember. Planning your activities is important to ensure that you can fit in everything you want to do, and also to schedule some time to relax and recharge your batteries. No matter how old your kids are, or many you have in tow, your holiday in Bali is sure to be jam packed with adventure and fun, and be an experience the whole family enjoys.