Bali with Kids. Updated 2018.
Heading to Bali with kids in tow? Then you’ll love this checklist of the ULTIMATE LIST OF THINGS TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS.
- 1 WHAT TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS
- 2 WHERE TO STAY IN BALI – A Quick Overview
- 3 SUPER DOOPER FUN THINGS TO DO in Bali with Kids!
- 3.1 Things to Do in Kuta
- 3.2 Things to Do in Seminyak
- 3.3 Things to Do in Canguu
- 3.4 Things to Do in Nusa Dua
- 3.5 Things to Do in Legian Bali
- 3.6 Things to Do in Sanur
- 3.7 Ubud with Kids
- 3.8 Things to Do in Bali with Kids (not listed above)
- 3.9 The Best Family Friendly Beaches in Bali
- 3.10 What to Do in Bali on Rainy Days
- 4 WHERE TO EAT IN BALI
- 5 SHOPPING IN BALI
- 6 BALI TOURISM – FAQ
- 7 SUBSCRIBE
- 8 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit with kids around the world?
WHAT TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS
Below, we’ve gathered the best places to visit in Bali, plus our favourite family-friendly hotels, Bali points of interest, and all the SUPER DOOPER fun attractions in Bali that get our Roam the Gnome Stamp of Approval.
Bali family holidays are in our TOP FIVE family-friendly holidays around the world you can enjoy on a budget too. There’s plenty of free and cheap stuff to do in Bali with a toddler or baby, as well as school aged kids and teens. It’s the ultimate family trip.
Bali is a fabulous place for kids – they can learn about Balinese culture, Balinese food, and Balinese life, but they can also have super dooper fun! There’s so many things to see in Bali, you can’t do it all in one trip.
But hopefully with our tips and tricks, you’ll know what to do, AND what to skip.
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WHERE TO STAY IN BALI – A Quick Overview
The Best Family Friendly Areas to Stay in Bali
A super fun, hip, built-up area of Bali with all the cool coffee shops, top restaurants and cafes, ice-cream shops, homewares shops, street markets, and the glam Seminyak Village/Square shopping mall. More upmarket than Kuta, without the bogan element. Pedestrian sidewalks are plentiful, so good area for strollers. Walk everywhere.
Book a villa here for an authentic stay in Bali surrounded by rice fields and flying kites, but just 10 minutes taxi ride to Seminyak restaurants. We LOVE Canggu.
Quieter side of the island, but still plenty to do for kids and families.
The ideal location for those wanting an exclusive five-star hotel holiday where kids can enrol in kids club, join in fun Balinese arts, crafts and activities, and swim all day long. Plenty of opportunity to indulge in spa treatments, drink delicious cocktails and eat hotel restaurant fare.
Stay here if you love mountains, a cooler climate, and a more relaxed Bali hills vibe. Ideal for the health nuts who want to participate in yoga retreats, eat Acai smoothie bowls for breakfast and Buddha salad bowls for lunch, and chill. Great shopping. Main road traffic is nuts!
For the surfers in the family. Laid back, old school Bali vibe.
Awesome spot for families, with beachfront restaurants, cheap eats, market shopping, and only 25 minutes from Kuta and the airport.
The home of some of the biggest family resorts in Bali, and the usual destination for first time travellers to Bali. Kuta is hectic, with street markets, sidewalk vendors who heckle, beeping scooters, touts pulling you this way and that, and hundreds and hundreds of tourists. It’s fun for a short while but we wouldn’t stay in this location for more than 3 or 4 nights.
Our Top Tips for Choosing What Area to Stay in Bali
- Bright lights, big city, bustling pathways? Book Kuta.
- Fashion and style lovers, along with foodies, should book Seminyak or Canggu.
- Those wanting a relaxed vibe should book beachy Sanur or Jimbaran
- Nature lovers should head for the hills and book Ubud.
- Those wanting a holiday to get away from it all? Book Nusa Dua.
Our favourite area is a tie between Seminyak or Canggu and that’s where we spend most of our time.
Swap it up
The good thing about Bali is that you can move between locations easily, so we often spend 4 nights in one place, and 4 nights in another. Simply book a private driver or Bluebird Taxi to move you from hotel to hotel.
Family Resorts Bali
There are SO many amazing hotels and family resorts in Bali to choose from.
In Kuta, we LOVE Hard Rock Hotel (Oreo freakshakes by the pool anyone?). Watch our video and read our story here.
In Seminyak, the Ibis Styles hotel is a budget option within walking distance to restaurants, shops, Seminyak village, and good coffee.
We are working our way through a big list, trying and testing out as many Bali hotels as we can each trip, so we can give you proper advice, insider videos, and feedback.
Check out our Hotels in Bali page –Coming soon – for all the details.
Bali Family Villas
Our comprehensive guide to the best family villas in Bali is coming soon.
Best Kids Club Bali?
The hotels on the island do a magnificent job of catering for kids so there a few hotels would be vying for this much-coveted title, “Best Kids Club Bali”.
We haven’t tried them all, but our big list of all the hotels in Bali with kids club is coming soon.
In the meantime, check out this one.
SUPER DOOPER FUN THINGS TO DO in Bali with Kids!
Please bear with us as we work hard to fill this section as quickly as possible. Check back regularly as we add MORE stuff to the lists.
Things to Do in Kuta
- Take the whole family for a fabulous massage experience. There’s affordable kids massage treatments here, specially designed for them!
Things to Do in Seminyak
- Eat The Best Breakfast in Seminyak
Things to Do in Canguu
Things to Do in Nusa Dua
- Check out Bali’s only Water Blow. Warning – you might get wet!
Things to Do in Legian Bali
Things to Do in Sanur
Ubud with Kids
Things to Do in Bali with Kids (not listed above)
- Eat lunch INSIDE an a giant aeroplane!
The Best Family Friendly Beaches in Bali
What to Do in Bali on Rainy Days
WHERE TO EAT IN BALI
- Visit Berawa Kitchen Food Stalls – our FAVOURITE place to eat with kids in Canggu
- The Saigon Street Kids Menu is out of this world (and the adult’s menu is even better!)
- Try traditional high tea or Indonesian high tea at Biku Cafe
- Check out this fun ice cream shop in Seminyak
- Our favourite Mexican restaurant in Seminyak
- Eat at this old-school Bali institution, and grab a selfie on the GIANT WAVE!
- Pizza Hut Bali is the BEST place for Fussy Eaters
Other Restaurants in Bali
SHOPPING IN BALI
- Visit our favourite fashion store for girls in Bali
- Compare kuta shopping prices at Matahari Department Store
- MERCREDI Bali is the BEST Shop for Fashionable Bedding in Bali
- If you love homewares, don’t miss CARGA Homewares Bali
- The cheapest and biggest supermarket in Seminyak for all your snacks, drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
Sunset Road Denpasar
- The best supermarket in Kuta is Carrefour Bali
Shopping Malls in Bali
Bali Mall Galeria
What to Buy in Bali
- Trust us. Check out Wakai shoes. You can’t buy them at home.
Bali Souvenirs to Take Home
- Buy this to make your laundry smell as good as it does when it comes back from a Bali laundry
BALI TOURISM – FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about Bali
Is it safe to travel to Bali?
- Check Smart Traveller for latest travel warnings. Bali is a beautiful country to explore but sadly has a history of terrorism.
- In general, keep your wits about you. Avoid political demonstrations. Be mindful in big crowds of any potential threats
- Take extra care near wild animals. (Monkeys do bite!). Keep little ones especially close.
- Safety precautions on attractions may not be as strict as at home and accidents do happen.
- Use only Bluebird Taxis or in a private car with a trusted and recommended driver
- Avoid scooter travel with kids
- Change money only at reputable money exchanges in your hotel or shopping centre. Be mindful of swift fingers, and always count your money before you leave.
- When walking busy streets, keep your handbags and shoulder bags close to you to avoid pickpocketing, and bag snatching. Zip them up at all times.
- Wear a money belt so you can separate your money sources into a few different places (locked suitcase, handbag, money belt, sock)
- Do not go to Bali without Travel insurance. If you can afford to travel, you can afford travel insurance.
Best time to travel to Bali
- High season is July and August, Easter and Christmas/New Year
- Shoulder season (April, May, June, September) is less busy
- If you are planning to surf, the dry season (May to October) is the ultimate time to visit for waves in Uluwatu and along the peninsula.
Weather in Bali
- May, June and July are generally considered to be the best time to travel to Bali for good weather. It’s warm all day long, but not overly humid. Awesome months for pool time and beachside vacations.
Currency in Bali
- The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency of Indonesia.
What’s the exchange rate in Bali
- Click here for current exchange rates for Australia
- Click here for current exchange rates for United States
- Click here for current exchange rates for EURO
- Click here for current exchange rates for GB Pound
How do I change my money in Bali
Should I take a stroller to Bali?
- Yes or no? Read our thoughts here.
Is there a kids playground at Ngurah Rai Airport?
- Yes. Click here for details on where to find it.
Transport in Bali
Best Way to get Around in Bali
- We suggest a Bluebird taxi for short trips, and a private driver for airport pickups, and Bali day trips. See below for details.
- Avoid scooters or motorbikes unless you are a seasoned professional! The roads are hectic.
- There’s also the Kura Kura tourist buses with fixed fares for short trips around most tourist areas in Bali. Bus stops can be found in main tourist zones (for example, Kuta Square), and outside the most popular hotels such as Bali Dynasty.
- There’s no need to take general public buses in Bali – it’s far more economical both in cash and time to jump in a taxi or organise a driver for most trips
Hiring a Driver in Bali
- Want to know who we use and trust? Click here for details of who we use
Hire a Taxi in Bali
- Hire a reliable trustworthy taxi in Bali using this app
Best Bali Tours
Best Bali Day Trips in a Private Hire Car
Our Best Bali 1 Day itinerary options
Our Suggested 2 Day Bali itinerary
Our Suggested 3 Day Bali itinerary
Planning your Bali Itinerary
- The best up-to-date local magazines and newspapers to help plan your Bali itinerary so you don’t miss any fun events.
(Planning what to do is the best part!)
Staying Healthy in Bali
How to Avoid Bali Belly
- Our essential guide to avoiding Bali Belly, including the best Bali Belly Treatments that works for kids and adults if you are unlucky enough to be struck down
Bali First Aid Kit
How to Avoid Mosquitos in Bali
- Our guide to avoiding mozzies in Bali
The Best Mosquito Repellent Checklist for Bali
- The Best Mozzie repellent checklist for Bali
Find a Chemist in Bali
Packing for Bali
The Essential List of What to Take to Bali for Kids
- What to take to Bali for Kids, Toddlers and Babies
- What NOT to take to Bali for kids (Hint: Use Bali Baby Hire) – coming soon
Roam the Gnome’s Bali Packing List
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