INSIDE: The Ultimate Pocket Guide to Bali with Kids. Updated 2019.
Heading to Bali with kids in tow?
Then you’ll love Roam the Gnome’s checklist of the ULTIMATE LIST OF THINGS TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS.
We’ve gathered the:
- best places to visit in Bali
- our favourite family-friendly hotels
- Bali points of interest
- 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 definitely 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 this time.
- 1 WHAT TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS
- 2 WHERE TO STAY IN BALI – A Quick Overview
- 3 FAMILY RESORTS BALI
- 4 SUPER DOOPER FUN THINGS TO DO in Bali with Kids!
- 4.1 Things to Do in Kuta
- 4.2 Things to Do in Seminyak
- 4.3 Things to Do in Canguu
- 4.4 Things to Do in Nusa Dua
- 4.5 Things to Do in Legian Bali
- 4.6 Things to Do in Sanur
- 4.7 Ubud with Kids
- 4.8 MORE Awesome Things to Do in Bali with Kids (not listed above)
- 4.9 The Best Family Friendly Beaches in Bali
- 4.10 What to Do in Bali on Rainy Days
- 4.11 Bali Events
- 5 WHERE TO EAT IN BALI
- 6 COOKING CLASSES IN BALI
- 7 SHOPPING IN BALI
- 8 BALI TOURISM – FAQ
- 9 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit with kids around the world?
WHAT TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS
Head to Bali in Indonesia for a budget family-friendly holiday with good food, excellent shopping, beaches and fun places to swim, warm weather and happy locals.
Planning your Bali Itinerary
Hot tip: Start planning your Bali itinerary because Bali with kids is one of the easiest family trips you can do, anywhere in the world. This is a list of the best up-to-date and local Bali 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!)
READ MORE: The Ultimate Bali Shopping Price Guide
READ MORE: Should I take a pram to Bali?
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 Bali resort 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
Looking for Bali hotels for kids? 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.
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.
More Hotels in Bali for Families
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.
Budget Family Hotels in Bali
The Ibis Styles in Seminyak is a bargain hotel with all the goods, including buffet breakfast AND a cool pool.
The Ibis Styles hotel on JL Petitenget is a budget option within walking distance to restaurants, shops, Seminyak village, and good coffee.
Bali Family Villas
Our comprehensive guide to the best family villas in Bali is coming soon.
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! Book a massage package for you AND the kids at Febris Spa in Kuta – the best value ‘real’ spa treatment in Kuta
- Amazone indoor playground is another cloudy day alternative for your Bali holiday with kids
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
MORE Awesome Things to Do in Bali with Kids (not listed above)
- Looking for new things in Bali off the beaten track? Check out Keramas Aero park restaurant. It’s a place you can eat lunch inside a GIANT AEROPLANE. So cool!
The Best Family Friendly Beaches in Bali
What to Do in Bali on Rainy Days
- Bali Fun World indoor playground is the ideal rainy day activity in Bali
- Get yourself a copy of these Bali publications so you are in the know about all the Bali events and Bali market days during your trip
WHERE TO EAT IN BALI
Eating in Bali with kids is easy. Take a look at these family restaurants and cafes in Bali’s main tourist hubs.
- The best family-friendly Canggu restaurants are gathered together at the Berawa Kitchens Food Truck stalls in Canggu. It’s our FAVOURITE place to eat with kids in Canggu.
- Cinta Cafe in Canggu has a kids playground
- Take the kids for an icy cold milkshake at Old Mans Bali
- The Saigon Street Kids Menu is out of this world (and the adult’s menu is even better!). We never visit Bali without visiting the Saigon Street Bali restaurant – try the pork belly!
- Take the kids to try traditional high tea or Indonesian high tea at Biku Cafe
- Check out this fun ice cream shop in Seminyak
- Eat mexican at this family friendly Mexican restaurant in Seminyak
- Seacircus has the best breakfast in Seminyak.
- The best bakery in Bali for fresh bread and mouthwatering cakes is Monsieur Spoon on Jl. Petitenget
- Dough Darlings Seminyak Village is the place to get your artisanal donuts. One word – yum.
- Enjoy dinner and sunset at La Plancha Bali beach bar – ask for a beanbag in the outer aisle so the kids can play on the sand next to you!
- 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
- Try Bubble Tea at Chatime Bali
- Tubes restaurant in Kuta has all kinds of family friendly food, and room for kids to move and play too
Other Restaurants in Bali
COOKING CLASSES IN BALI
- Foodies should head to Warung Nia cooking school in Seminyak for a hands-on cooking class
SHOPPING IN BALI
Firstly, Want to know what you should pay for things when shopping in Bali? Read our Bali shopping price guide for details.
Tips for shopping in Bali
Top tips for Kuta shopping so you don’t get ripped off
- The best fashion store for girls in Bali is Surfer girl Bali
The Best Shopping Malls in Kuta
Matahari Department Store
- Compare Kuta shopping prices at Matahari Department Store
- Shop in the cool at Centro Bali department store
- Discovery Mall is the best central shopping spot in Kuta
- Looking for homewares in Bali? MERCREDI Bali is the BEST Shop for Fashionable Bedding and linens in Bali
- If you love homewares, don’t miss CARGA Homewares Bali. Carga is our favourite homewares shop in Seminyak
- The cheapest and biggest supermarket in Seminyak for all your snacks, drinks, gifts, and souvenirs. Pick up all your essentials.
- The best leather purses are at Seminyak Flea Market
The Best Shopping Malls in Seminyak
- What to do in Seminyak? Shop at Seminyak Village.
- Seminyak Square Shopping centre has a cute outdoor market
Sunset Road Denpasar
- The best supermarket in Kuta is Carrefour Bali. Here’s 7 reasons to shop at Bali’s best shopping centre mall, Carrefour Bali
MORE Shopping Malls in Bali
Bali Mall Galeria
- Grab yourself a pair of these super comfy travel footwear called Wakai shoes. Take our word for it. You can’t buy them at home.
What to Buy in Bali? Bali Souvenirs to Take Home
- Buy these popular laundry products in Bali 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.
Bali Airport Playground
Is there a kids playground at Ngurah Rai Airport? Sadly, there’s currently no Bali airport lounge playground, but we’re keeping our eye on the situation and will let you know when it’s back.
Getting around Bali – the best 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. Take the Kura Kura bus around Bali for next to nothing
- 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 our favourite Bali drivers
Hire a Taxi in Bali
- Hire a reliable trustworthy taxi in Bali using this app.
- 3 reasons you should never book anything but an authentic Bluebird Taxi in Bali
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
Staying Healthy in Bali when visiting Bali with Kids
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
Stay healthy in Bali with these essentials.
- A comprehensive packing list for your Bali first aid kit – it has everything you need to stay safe
How to Avoid Mosquitos in Bali
- Roam the Gnome’s Ultimate Guide on how to avoid mosquitoes in Bali
The Best Mosquito Repellent Checklist for Bali
- The Best Mozzie repellent checklist for Bali
- Read why we think Bushman Insect repellent is the best one for Bali
Find a Chemist in Bali
- The Ultimate Guide to finding a pharmacy or chemist in Seminyak
- The ultimate guide to Chemists in Bali
Hospitals in Bali
- Bookmark this list – Safe hospitals 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 Ultimate Bali Packing List
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