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Things to Do in Bali with Kids

Last Updated: 26 February 2020

So, you’ve finally booked your ticket to Bali with your little ones. Congrats! And now you are wondering, what the hell am I gonna do with them? How will I keep them entertained throughout the holiday? How can I go to Bali with the kids without going ‘bankrupt’?

Don’t worry! You can go through this. I will personally help you through this article. I have been going to these places with my kids and guarantee that they (and you) will have great quality time.

Let’s jump right in, here are all of the things to do with kids in Bali (the best ones only)..

My Kids favourite 5 things to do in bali

Although there is a long list of things to do in this article. Here are my kids’ favourite 5 things to do. The activities that they keep asking me to do over and over again.

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Bali Zoo is definitely my childrens’ personal favourite. We have been going to this zoo for.. I don’t even remember.. Probably more than fifteen times. We even bought the yearly pass to Bali Zoo. It’s really worth it!

What makes my kid love Bali Zoo so much?

Firstly, they let the kids interact directly with some of the animals (the tamed ones of course). From the moment you come into the zoo, you will be greeted with a herd of deers (not in cages). 

Bali Zoo: Interaction with Deers at Zoo in Bali
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Bali Zoo: Exotic Birds at Zoo in Bali
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There are lots of points of animal interaction in this zoo. The kids are given chances to feed elephants, have breakfast with Orangutan and even pet snakes and crocodiles (don’t worry its totally safe).

I have to say they have the greatest selections of animals for a zoo in Bali. They have endangered animals such as the Bornean Orangutan, and even exotic birds such as Moluccan King Parrot. 

The best thing is they keep upgrading their facilities and adding their animal collection. I heard from one of the staff that they are going to have new exhibitions for African wildlife, like hyenas, giraffes, and many more. The kids will definitely ask me to come back as they love the Lion King movie so much.

Things to do with Kids in Bali: Bali Zoo
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Feeding Elephant at Bali Zoo
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By the way, you should book online as it is much cheaper than purchasing the tickets on the spot. You can buy them from Bali Zoo’s official website.

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Tamora Gallery

Best Free Playground in Bali

If you are looking for a place where the kids can roam freely in the playground, for FREE.. then I could not recommend Tamora Gallery enough.

My three year old twins spend most of their weekend in this playground. The playground is inside a semi open space retail area. The space isn’t really huge, but it does give the kids plenty of room and activities to play.

Tamora Gallery Playground in Bali
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Free Face Painting at Tamora Gallery: Playground in Bali
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They have a wooden tower for the kids to climb up and slides at one end of it. There are swings, a roundabout and an artificial hill (which also serve as one of the best places to watch the sunset).

On top of that, Tamora Gallery have free activities varying from Free Face Painting, making handcrafts to Free music lessons every Sunday.

While waiting for the kids, you can stroll around the area to shop or eat at one of the cafes that open in Tamora Gallery.

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Flamingo Beach Club

Best Family Friendly Beach Club in Bali 

Now, this is my personal favourite place to laze around all day with great food, swimming pool and a small but amazing playground corner.

Here is my suggestion, come on the weekdays and you can enjoy the beach club more as it doesn’t get too crowded. The kids will be able to ride the giant flamingo floaties and slide down the pirate ship themed playground.

Swimming at Flamingo Beach Club
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The fun part coming on the weekend though, they have free face painting activities for the kids at 4 pm. And they bring some animals from Balitopia Butterfly Park from just across the venue. I am quite sure that they are under the same management. 

The kids will be able to interact with butterflies, beetles and even snakes!

Pool at Flamingo Family Beach Club in Bali
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Playground at Flamingo Family Beach Club in Bali
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There is an entry fee of IDR 100.000 per adult and IDR 75,000 per child. But, the fees are credited towards food and beverages. Frankly, the prices are considerably affordable when you compared to the other Beach Clubs in Bali.

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Waterbom Bali

Best Water Park in Bali

Waterbom is my favourite place to go during the holidays when I was younger. And it is now my children’s favourite heaven on earth. But it is quite expensive. That is why we only go to Waterbom at most twice a year.

The water park is huge! It even boasts that it is the second largest in the World. They also don’t lie about being the best in Asia.

Waterbom the best Water Park in Bali: Best Things to do with Kids in Bali
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Waterbom the best Water Park in Bali
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The variety of slides will definitely make any children forget about time as they go up and down the stairs to try every slide available.

But, even though there are activities for the younger children and toddlers, I feel that the entrance fee is still not worth the experience. My suggestion is only come here if your children are older enough to play most of the slides.

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Berawa Art House

Best Art Class in Bali

If your kids are into art, then you can’t miss going to Berawa Art House. This is one of the best art classes for children above 4 years old.

The place isn’t far from Tamora Gallery and overlooks the rice field which is truly amazing for spending the day with the children.

Berawa Art House: Best Kids Activity in Bali for Art Class
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Berawa Art House: Best Kids Activity in Bali for Art Class
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What the kids and I love the most is the teachers at Berawa Art House are very friendly and have the most amazing skill (not only about art, but also the skill to teach the children).

There are different classes for each age group ranging from: watercolours, graphite and inks drawing and even acrylics class.

Book the class in advance as the class get filled quickly during the holidays.

Interacting with animals

Going to the zoo or/and interacting with the animals is definitely a fun time for all kids. If it is their first (or 2nd or 3rd) time, watch their eyes open in amazement as they point to each animals that they learned only from their favourite books.

Here are the list of the things to do with kids which interact with animals in Bali:

  • Bali Zoo
  • Bali Bird Park
  • Bali Equestrian Centre
  • Butterfly Park
  • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
  • Bali Safari & Marine Park
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Suitable for: Children of All Ages

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Bird Park

If your kids are bird-enthusiast like mine, then they will love a chance to get close, touch and feed hundreds of exotic birds in Bali Bird Park.

There is also Hatchling Area, where kids can learn the development stages of several rare specimens. And this mean they will be able to interact with baby birds! This is part of the park’s breeding programs to preserve some specimens from extinction.

Tips: 
Don’t miss out on the Bali Reptile Park that is located inside the area as well. It displays various reptile such as the Komodo Dragon, Pythons, Lizards, Frogs, Turtle, Crocodiles and more.

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Bali Equestrian Centre

Suitable for: Children above 3 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Bird Park: Bali Equestrian Centre

Bali Equestrian Center is a world-class facilities that offer horse-riding lessons. For smaller children, they offer an adorable Pony Ride service where your kids can interact and ride a pony.

Kids will also learn to develop empathy for the ponies, treating them respectfully as a living animal not merely something to ride only. I believe bringing your kids here could easily be the highlight of their holiday.

Tips: 
There is a little cafe inside Bali Equestrian Center where family could hang out during their session here.

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Butterfly Park

Suitable for: Children of All Ages

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Bird Park: Kemenuh Butterfly Park

There are two butterfly park in Bali. The first one is in Tabanan called Bali Butterfly Park (Taman Kupu Kupu Bali) and the newer addition is Kemenuh Butterfly Park in Gianyar.

Both Butterfly Park showcase hundreds of beautiful and colourful butterflies. This prove to be an educational experience for the young one as they learn the many stages of metamorphoses of different species, from egg until it morph into a grown life-size butterfly.

If you ask me which one is the better one to visit, I would suggest you to consider which one is a more convenient stop over during your trip. If you are ever going to the northern part of Bali, then you should give Bali Butterfly Park a visit.

Tips: 
If you ask me which one is the better one to visit, I would suggest you to consider which one is a more convenient stop over during your trip. If you are ever going to the northern part of Bali, then you should give Bali Butterfly Park a visit.

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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Suitable for: Children above 3 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Bird Park: Monkey Forest Ubud

The Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary is home to thousands of grey long-tailed macaques. The monkeys are not caged but instead roam freely inside the forest.

Aside from the monkeys, the Sanctuary also surrounded by temples and lush gigantic Banyan trees, which is nice for the whole family to stroll around.

Tips: 
Be extra careful with your belongings as the monkey love to steal small objects from the tourists. Bring small locks stop the monkeys from scrounging your belongings.

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Suitable for: Children of All Ages

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Safari and Marine Park

Home to lots of exotic Indonesian animals such as the Komodo Dragon, Orang Utan and Bali Mynah Bird; Bali Safari & Marine Park guarantee a fun and educative day out for your family.

In addition to all the animals, there are also a small amusement and water park that your children will love!

Tips: 
If you have the budget, get the VIP tickets which give you the front row seat at all of their animal shows, lunch buffet in the restaurant, a 30 minute elephant ride and a free photo with your favourite animals

learning new art & culture

Learning about other cultures proven to shape children ability to develop sympathy with others. There is no better chance to learn about new art and culture than a trip to Bali.

Here are the list of the things to do with kids to learn Balinese Art & Culture

  • Green School Tour
  • Pondok Pekak Library
  • Bali Chocolate Factory
  • Devdan Show
  • Register for a Cooking Class
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Suitable for: Children above 5 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Bird Park: Green School Bali

Green School is a unique learning facility which focus in sustainability education. Their mission is to empower children to become green leaders.

An interesting one day tour around the school will give you and the kids a sneak peek into the daily curriculum of the students.

Tips: 
I do recommend you to get the Extended Tours where you might get a chance to learn about the daily ceremony and prayers of a Balinese; or learn to create upcycle products for recycled materials. Check their website for the Extended Tour schedule (the activities are different everyday.)

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Pondok Pekak Library

Suitable for: Children above 3 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Bird Park: Pondok Pekak

Opened in 1995, the Pondok Pekak Library has become the only independent library in Ubud that boasts over 30,000 interesting books in different languages; which also can be rented or bought.

On top of that, the Pondok Pekak also provide a chance for both adults and children to learn many basic Balinese skills, such as Balinese Dance, Fruit and Vegetable Carving, How to play Gamelan and How to make Canang Sari (which is the Balinese offerings for their daily prayers.)

Tips: 
You might want to register for the fruit carving lesson for your next Halloween Pumpkin Competition!

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Suitable for: Children above 3 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Chocolate Factory

Who doesn’t like chocolate? I bet your kids would love a chance to visit one of the place which demonstrate step-by-step how they make their chocolate.

The Bali Chocolate Factory is located on the seaside and there is a huge swing for older kids to play with. Definitely a must if you ever on a road trip to the Eastern part of Bali.

Tips: 
Call the Factory to ask about their demo schedules so that you would not be disappointed if there are no show on your visit day. Oh.. and buy the soaps here.. They are fantastic!

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Suitable for: Children above 3 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Devdan Show

How does a night of theatre performance for the kids sounds? I bet your children would appreciate the spectacular Devdan Show.

Devdan showcases a mixture aerial acrobatics and cultural dances from Bali and different ethnics in Indonesia. The storyline and gorgeous costumes make the show comparable to the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

Tips: 
Get the front row seats to get a chance to be invited up to the stage and join the performance. This would be an unforgettable experience for the kids.

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Suitable for: Children above 5 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Cooking Class

Does your kids love the Balinese food? Why not learn how to make them so you can recreate it back home?

There are numerous traditional Balinese food cooking class in Bali (mostly in Ubud) that you can attend. This is a great opportunity as well for the kids to learn how to cook.

Tips:
Book the class in advance as it’s almost always fully-booked if you try to register directly on the spot.

water activities

From adrenaline-pumping sea sports to fascinating encounter with marine life, there are lots of water activities in Bali that will make your family holiday delightful!

Here are the list of the water activities things to do with kids 

  • Learn to Surf Boarding
  • Waterbom Bali
  • Bali Wake Park & Aqua Land
  • Canyon Tubing
  • Benoa Watersport
  • Canoeing in Sanur
  • Snorkeling
  • Seawalker Experience
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Suitable for: Children above 8 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Surfing Class

Surfing is definitely great fun activity for all the family. Seeing your children able to ride their first wave is almost as rewarding as riding your first wave!

Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach are perfect for kids to learn riding the wave. There are several reputable Surfing Classes such as Rip Curl School of Surf or Odysseys Surf School where the kids could get a crash course on surfing.

Tips: 
I recommend the kids to be at least 8 years old as at this age, they usually able to grasp the basic easily. Parents need to accompany kids under 8 years old.

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Bali Wake Park & Aqua Land

Suitable for: Children above 6 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Wake Park Aqualand

This five hectares of man-made lake is designed for various water activities: wakeboarding (mainly) and knee-boarding, and more. Instead of boats pulling the boarders, there is a gigantic cable-system crane which allow eight boarders to play at the same time.

If your kids has no wake-boarding experience, there are dedicated instructors and training facilities that will teach them the basic skills needed.

There is also an Aqua Land where you can play on a bunch of inflatables slides, trampoline, runways and structures which also offer so much fun! 

Tips: 
If you want to spend a full day playing cable wake-boarding and Aqualand, you should get the combo package.

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Suitable for: Children above 8 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: White River Rafting Bali

Many parents are extremely worried about letting their kids go river rafting in Bali due to the river rapids. However, there is no reason to worry as long as you choose the right rafting provider. Some of the recommended ones are Mason Adventure and Sobek.

There are two locations for rafting in Bali: Ayung River and Telaga Waja. Ayung River has smaller waves and obstacles, thus suitable for kids from 5 years old. While older kids (from 8 years old) can try the Telaga Waja Rafting if they love more challenges.

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Suitable for: Children above 8 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Quad Tubing

Canyon Tubing over almost similar experience to river rafting, however instead of using boats, the kids will only be using personal inflatable raft (no paddles involved).

The river is much narrower and the waves are calmer compared to river rafting. So.. yes its completely safe for children to play canyon tubing. The best part of the canyon tubing is meeting exotic birds and grey long tailed macaques swinging on the trees.

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Suitable for: Children above 5 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Banana Boat

If your family only has limited time in Bali and still wanting to play lots of watersport, then you need to give Benoa a visit. There are lots of providers that offers similar activities in Benoa. Our most recommended provider is Bintang Water Sport.

In Benoa, you will be able to play various rides such as Paragliding, Banana Boat, Flying Donut, Sea Walker, Snorkeling and many more activities.

Tips: 
Avoid buying the tickets for each activities on the spot. The prices are almost halved online.

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Canoeing in Sanur

Suitable for: Children above 5 Years Old

Sanur is probably has the safest beach for family with younger children and babies. The waves in Sanur Beach is much calmer than those in Seminyak or Kuta area.

The best part of visiting Sanur Beach is spending the morning playing Canoe. There are lots of rental in Sanur that provide Canoe or even Floaties rental starting only $1.

Tips: 
There are lots of street food vendors in Sanur. You should give the Jagung Bakar (Roasted Corn) and Lumpia a try!

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Suitable for: Children above 8 Years Old

There are a few spots for snorkeling in Bali, but the best and safest for the kids is the one in Tulamben, Amed. It is the home of the ship wreck of the USS Liberty that sunk by torpedo during the WWII.

On the other side of Tulamben water, there is also a large Coral Garden that will become the highlight of your family snorkeling trip. Expect your kids to get excited meeting their favourite sea animals such as the famous clownfishes, butterfly fishes, eel, octopus and many more!

Tips: 
You might want to pack a good sunblock with high SPF as you will be spending a lot of time under the sun.

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Suitable for: Children above 8 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Seawalker Bali

Would you like to know how it feels to breath underwater? and being able to walk and touch thousands of fishes at the same time?

If yes, then you should try Seawalker Experience which are available both in Sanur Beach and Tanjung Benoa. Your family will dive about 6 meter under water using just a helmet with pipe that connect you to an oxygen tanks.

The Sea Walker Experience is designed for kids older than 8 years old, as the helmet might be too heavy for younger kids.

physical activities

Older kids usually demand a more physical fun activities during their time in Bali. Don’t worry, there are plenty ways to keep yourself and children active during the holiday.

Here are the list of the physical things to do with kids

  • Bounce & Strike
  • Bali Treetop Adventure Park
  • Mepantingan Balinese Mud Fun
  • Bike Tour Around Bali
  • Pirate Bay Nusa Dua
  • Escape Room Games
  • Segway Riding
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Suitable for: Children above 5 Years Old

Surrounded by rice fields, Bounce (trampoline) and Strike (bowling) are perfect getaway option for family in Canggu.

The trampoline and bowling arena are indoor and air-conditioned space, so kids would not be sweating even in Bali’s hottest weather. The trampoline are designed for adults as well, so parents and children could have fun together.

Tips: 
Get the Finns Super Fun Pass as it will get you into Bounce, Strike and Splash as well! Splash is a waterpark that is located on the same area. Its a smaller version of Waterbom Bali.

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Suitable for: Children above 5 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Bali Treetop

The Bali Treetop Adventure Park is an outdoor park with a series of rope walking courses that are designed in many stages. This park is accessible for everyone above 4 years old and you will find many suitable tracks that are appropriate for your level of agility and experience.

It is located inside the Kebun Raya Bedugul, which is also the largest botanical garden in Bali. In addition of the fun quality time, you will also be able to enjoy the cold fresh air and learn a lot about the many species of plants that exist here.

Tips: 
The air might get really cold on the rainy season, so do bring jackets if you plan on visiting Bali Treetop. Also, start your day trip early as it takes 2,5 hours from Kuta, Seminyak area to Bedugul.

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Suitable for: Children above 13 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Mepantingan Balinese Mud Fun

Mepantingan is a safe and fun form of Balinese Martial Arts that is suitable for both adults and children. You will be wrestling in muds!

One game is played in two rounds where the participants will change into traditional sarongs and accompanied with heart-pumping Gamelan Orchestra.

This is definitely a unique and fun experience for the kids, where they will also learn valuable lessons of comradeship and sportsmanship.

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Suitable for: Children above 5 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Cycling Tour

Cycling around Bali is also a great alternative activities for the family. There are two tracks that I really recommend.

One is downhill track from Mount Batur, passing through villages, temples and ricefields. Not much paddling is involved as the roads are mainly sloping down.

The other one is cycling around Ubud area, passing through lush rice panorama, hills and local villages.

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Suitable for: Children above 3 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Pirate Bay

Located in the Nusa Dua area, Pirate Bay is perfect for family who are seeking for a pirate-theme restaurant.

The restaurant/playground is designed to mimic a Pirate Hideout while featuring a huge pirate ship and several bamboo tree houses. The treehouses also serve as dining area.

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Suitable for: Children above 8 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Pandora Experience Escape Room

Escape rooms have becoming popular around the world. Usually players need to solve some sort of puzzle to escape predicament situation.

In Bali, there are a few escape room such as Pandora ExperienceTotem and House of Trap.

These games are suitable for children above 8 years old as usually they require some physical movement inside the room, such as climbing stairs, rope swinging, etc. Escape room also allow children to train their problem solving skill.

 
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Segway Riding

Suitable for: Children above 8 Years Old

Riding Segway at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) Bali

Segway is the new toys for the cool millennial kids. There are a few places where you can find tourist spots that offer Segway rental.

There are one in Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) , also by the Sanur Beach, and near the Bali Collection Nusa Dua. Its definitely more fun exploring the tourist area on Segway compared to walking on foot. Don’t you agree?

 

Other Fun Activities

other fun activities

Older kids usually demand a more physical fun activities during their time in Bali. Don’t worry, there are plenty ways to keep yourself and children active during the holiday.

Here are the list of other things to do with kids:

  • Hair Braiding in Kuta
  • Helicopter Ride
  • Take Selfies at 3D Museum
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Hair Braiding in Kuta

Suitable for: Children above 3 Years Old

Photo by chuzailiving.com

I bet your daughters will love this!

Hair braiding service can be found in many of Bali’s most famous beaches (especially in Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach). 

You will find many Balinese women offering this service for IDR 100.000 – IDR 150.000. Depends on how good your negotiation skill!

Tips: 
Do not place beads all over your hair as it might not be comfortable when you sleep.

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Suitable for: Children above 5 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Helicopter Ride

Once in a lifetime, you should give a family helicopter ride a try! The experience is amazing. You will be able to enjoy spectacular view of active volcano of Mount Agung and Mount Batur, iconic temple of Uluwatugreen rice fields of Jatiluwih, and many more.

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Suitable for: Children above 3 Years Old

Things to Do in Bali with Kids: Ice Cream World

Some kids love to take photos on 3D artwork galleries. Bali has a few 3D Museum such as Dream Museum Zone (DMZ)Museum Trick Art 3D and Ice Cream World Bali.

These museums offer fun and interactive three dimensional murals or artwork where customers can pose and play with.

Are you ready for a Family Trip to Bali?

Now that’s a long list of activities that you and your family can enjoy. Which one are you most interested in?

Let us know in the comment below!