Bali Activity for Kids and Family 2

Bali Activity for Kids and Family

what to do, where to go, what to eat and everything else

I know vacation in Bali can be little bit confusing and daunting when it comes to bringing your little one along with you.  Here are the places that I went with my kids to do some activities in Bali and we had fun time together as family.  

 

I hope after  reading this, you have a better pictures of what activities to do with your kids while you are in Bali.

 

This reading has 2 sections based on what is your kids interest, so you can just jump right into it and also cover the entrance fee for each venue, opening hours, best time to come, child ages, things to bring, other trip recommendation for a full day trip and general information about how to get around in Bali with kids. So, let’s go jump right into it!

 

So what kind of activity that your kids interested in? 

Semawang Beach / Pantai Semawang, Sanur, Bali

Location: Sanur, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 2+ ages 

Why you and  your kids would love Semawang Beach?
-Its not as hectic as Kuta Beach.
-Less touristy. In the early morning your kids can still see local fisherman’s boat and their daily activities.
-During low tide you and your kids can go very far up to the ocean and you can find small island made out of sands and you could open your beach umbrella, drink your “Bintang Beer” or drink the coconut, read your book or play sand with your kids or just be amaze at the ocean.
-Almost feel like a private beach when you are out at the open during low tide.
-Very safe and clean with clear water.
-Your kids can see small group of fishes or other animals swimming around the seaweed.
-Quite beach compared to other touristy beaches in Bali.
-You can get message, pedicure and manicure at the beach.
-Calm water beach, so you can easily monitor your kids while their playing on the beach.
-You can rent sea kayaks and floaties for the kids.
-Local warung stalls sell drinks and refreshments, including grilled sweetcorn and fresh young coconuts at local prices (less than a $1)

Best time to come
Anytime before high tide coming and if its possible come during weekdays to avoid too many crowds.

What and where to eat?
There are plenty of small cafes/warung offering from Balinese dishes to Western Food.  Some of the Cafes they have Kids Menu also; Pizza, Mac and Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly (PB&J), fish n chips, etc.  Grilled sweetcorn and coconut are sold for about a $1.

Toilet?
There are some public toilets in warung/small cafes, you only need to pay less than a $1.

Things to Bring?
-Sun tent lotion
-Beach toys
-Beach umbrella (optional)
-Towels
-Stroller??? (please don’t, its almost impossible)
-Sun glasses
-Hat
-Hand soap

One Day Trip Suggestion
Here are some suggestions of where you can go visit before or after Semawang Beach:
Bali Bird Park (30-40 minutes drive)
Kemenuh Butterfly
Park
(40-50 minutes drive)
Bali Zoo (40-45 minutes drive)

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Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali

Location: Canggu, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 3+ ages

Echo Beach is one of the less hectic area, although you’ll still find some tourists.  Located just about 15-20 minutes (depending on traffic) from Seminyak area.  Unlike many beaches, Echo beach offers two types of beaches; sandy and rocky.  If you facing the ocean in Jalan Batu Mejan, once you hit the beach and you turn to the right you’ll find sandy beach, and turn to your left, you’ll find rocky beaches.  

If you come during evening you’ll find many people doing different activities, such as kiting, yoga and all other activities on the beach.  Sunset is awesome in Echo beach.  The sandy beach has lot more people compare to the rocky beach, however I do not recommend to swim at the Echo beach because of high wave and shallow bottom reef.

Whats interesting about the rocky beach, during low tide it has some little pools which turn to private pool which you and your kids can safely swim in it.  It has some little fishes, crabs and other small animals that swim around and its an interesting sight to see.  Your kids will be enjoying to play in this natural beach pool.  My kids did and they didn’t want to go home.  Also, at the rocky beach you have plenty of spots for selfie or wefie pictures.

Why you and your kids would love Echo Beach?
-2 beaches in 1. Rocky and Sandy.
-In rocky beach they can swim in small pools while watching small animals swimming.
-Calm wave.
-You can do kiting and all sort of beach games while waiting for the amazing sunset.
-There are several popular restaurants offering great view at the ocean and watch the surfer expert break the wave.

Best time to come
Late afternoon or early evening is the best to play on the beach, while you are waiting to see the sunset.

What and where to eat?
There are some popular restaurants in Echo beach one of it is Echo Beach Club Restaurant.  Other than the popular restaurant, you also get grilled sweetcorn and other Balinese food at the street vendor for less than a $1.  Popular kids meal are also available in small cafes and restaurants at Echo beach.

Toilet?
There are some public toilets in warung/small cafes, you only need to pay less than a $1.

Things to Bring?
-Sun tent lotion
-Beach toys
-Beach umbrella (optional), you can rent the umbrella beach along with the day bed for less than $10-15 for full day. If you have strong bargaining skill you can get cheaper than this price.
-Towels
-Stroller??? (don’t! Just leave it in your car)
-Sun glasses
-Hat
-Hand soap
-Beach Shoes is recommended if you are planing to go to the rocky beach side.

Half Day Trip Suggestion
These are some of the activities you can visit before or after Echo beach”
-Bounce Bali/Strike Ten (30-40 minutes drive)
-Bali Equestrian Center (30-40 minutes drive)

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Suluban Beach, Pecatu, Bali (Hidden Beach Cave)

Location: Pecatu, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 4+ ages

WARNING! Steep long descent & ascending. Approximately 300 meters (0,2 Miles) from where you park your car.  Carry only what you need!

Compare to all beaches in Bali, Saluban beach is one of the most adventurous.  The beach is right on the side of the cliff and to come here you need to go through steep descent.  Once you are at the bottom of the step, you have to go through a tunnel and wait for a low tide then you can go through to the tunnel and arrive at the beach.  So it take lots of energy and effort.  Don’t forget you have to return with little more extra effort (long ascending).  The descend feels like never end, but once you are at the beach you’ll feel its all paid off with very nice setting and unique compare to other beaches in Bali.

The beach is rocky and sandy so if you have beach shoes I would recommended.  Since its rocky, shallow jagged reef and the wave is rough, please use your own discretion to swim.

Please bring only the items you need, remember you have to go back the same way and need little bit extra efforts to ascend.  Drinks, umbrella beach, beach mat are available at the beach.  There are local people who sale drinks and rent those items at the beach, and usually you pay about $10-15 for couple of hours.  Strong bargaining skill can be put to use here.  Suluban beach is very hot which almost no shades at all, unless you can get a shade in shipwreck or underneath the small cave opening, but usually some people already there, so for your enjoyment just rent the umbrella beach.  

Food and snacks are not available here, so bring your own food or have a meal before you arrive here.

Why you and your kids would love Suluban Beach?
-Its more adventurous to get into the beach.
-Shipwreck!  If they never seen one, this is the place to be.
-Dead corals.  They are everywhere with different kind of shapes.  Its a good addition to play with sand beach.
-Unique setting of Suluban beach.
-Chilex and drink your beer while enjoying the scenery and let the time pass by.
-Excellent spot to do selfies and wefies. 

Best time to come
I would suggest to arrive at the parking spot by 2PM and leave by 530PM at the latest.  The tide is going to get higher after that time.  Remember you have to pass through the tunnel with up to the knee on low wave, which will get higher if you leave later than 530PM.  The local people are very nice and helpful, they will help you and your kids to go through the tunnel. So come on here…it’s really fun!

It take about 15-20 minutes to descent from the parking lot and takes longer when you going back to your car.  

If you come before 3PM, expect its going to be a very hot weather.

What and where to eat?
There isn’t any small cafe or warung right at the beach.  But before your last descent there is a small surf village, which sale food and drinks. So, i recommend to bring your own food to the Suluban Beach or have a meal before you arrive.  However, local people selling drinks right at the beach, usually they have Bintang beers, sodas and drinking water.  Just look for the people who carry cooler box around.  

Toilet?
Nope, there is no toilet.  Well, if its only small matter…you know what to do and where to go.  If the nature really against you and you really need to do it …go on the small surf village there are plenty of toilets there.  Its right before you last descent and you can’t miss it.  Don’t forget to bring Rp. 5,000-10,000 (less than U$D 1) to pay for the toilet.

Things to Bring?
-Sun tent lotion (A MUST)
-Beach toys
-Food and snacks
-Towels
-Stroller??? (DON’T even think about it!)
-Sun glasses
-Hat
-Hand soap
-Beach Shoes is recommended 

Full Day Trip Suggestion
-Uluwatu Temple (A MUST visit! About 5-10 minutes drive)

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Bali Treetop, Bali Botanical Gardens, Gianyar

Location: Gianyar, Bali
See on Google Map 
Good for kids: 5+ ages (Bali Treetop), Any ages (Bali Botanical Garden)
Open: 8am-6pm daily (except Nyepi day)
Entrance fee:
Domestic visitors: Rp. 11,000 / person (less than USD $1)
Foreign visitors: Rp. 20,000 / person (less than USD $1,5)
Car entry to Garden: Rp. 12,000 / vehicle (less than USD $1) if you want to go around the garden with your car)
Car parking: Rp. 6,000 / vehicle (less than USD $1)
Bike parking Rp. 3,000/ vehicle (less than USD $1)

Bali Treetop Pricing: (with booking is cheaper)
Adult: USD 22-28 / person
Child: USD 14-18 / person
Family Package: USD 57-73 (2 adults + up to 2 children)
Bali Treetop Information: www.balitreetop.com 
Phone: 62-361-934-0009

Bali its not all about beaches.  There are mountains, lakes and a botanical garden to see.  If you happen to be bored with the beaches, Bali Botanical Garden will offer you different experience.  Plus if you are an adrenaline junky, Bali Treetop (located inside Bali Botanical Garden) will satisfy your adrenaline rush.  You can flying fox from one tree to another.  There are different types of circuit you can follow from “this is so easy” to “I regret this immediately”.  You just need to follow the color sign to choose the difficulty level.  Before they allow you to hug any tree, you need to follow about 15 minutes of the safety instruction class.  In any tree you hop on, there always 2 safety staff on the ground that will follow you to make sure you are safe.  Sure…the view is very different when you are up on the tree, but you won’t regret the experience at Bali Treetop.

The Bali Botanic Gardens is situated at an altitude of 1,250-1,450m (4,100-4,700 ft) above sea level. The area covers 157.5 hectares and the temperature can be a cool 17-25 Celsius (63-77F) in the daytime, dropping to a low of 10-15 Celsius (50-59F) at night.  The weather could also dramatically change from hot to rainy the next minute.  I would recommend to bring a warm cloth and umbrella.  It could also very humid from time to time.  The Bali Botanical Garden is so big, but you can drive your car inside the garden.

Why you and your kids would love Bali Botanical Garden?
-Picnic; pick any spot and you can do your picnic.
-There are plenty of huts that you can choose for your enjoyment and its for free.
-Wide variety of plants from most part of the world, including the Raflesia flower, the most stinky flower in the world.
-Bird Watching.  If you love to watch bird, Bali Botanical Garden is the perfect place for you.  So bring your binocular and enjoy many species of birds.
-Its quite. So…ssssstttt! Enjoy reading your book or thinking about other things quietly. 

Best time to come:
Anytime between their opening hour 8am-6pm.

What and where to eat?
Stockpile your food, snacks and drinks or have a big meal before you enter.  Restaurant or small cafe is almost non existence once you entered.  There is one small cafe in the Bali Treetop area.  There are many small cafe/warung right before you enter the garden (parking area), where you can buy snacks and many drinks.  

Toilet?
There are public toilet in the garden area but quite far from one to another toilet.  They are usually hidden behind something, so to find them its like playing scavenger hunt game.  Some of the bowl are require you to squat.

Things to Bring?
-Warm Clothes
-Picnic toys (frisbee, soccer ball, mini-golf set, mini archery game, etc)
-Umbrella
-Picnic table / mat 
-Towels
-Stroller (yes you can)
-Sun glasses
-Hat
-Hand soap
-Food, snacks and drinks
-Bugs repellent
-Comfortable shoes

One Day Trip Suggestion
-Sight seeing around Danau / Lake Beratan (very nice view) 

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Bali Pulina (Plantation), Gianyar

Location: Gianyar, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 12+ ages
Opening hour: 8AM-7PM
Entrance fee: Rp. 100,000 / person (about USD $7) include 10 sample cups of coffee, 1 full cup of coffee of your choice and fried banana.
Bali Pulina Information:
balipulina.com 
Phone: +62 361 901 728

The location is not actually the actual coffee plantation.  Their coffee plantation is somewhere else in Bali.  So, what’s in this place?  Actually it’s just sample of some coffee plants, how they produce the coffee, real life Luwak animal, cafe, scenery (good for pictures), store and natural swimming pool (see pictures) located at the bottom of the hill (ssstttt…this is actually a secret!).  If your kids is younger than 12 years old, I don’t think they will enjoy Bali Pulina.  It’s more to coffee educational side and scenery, other than that…its really nothing.  

But if you are a coffee lover, just for 10 different coffee sampler of coffee the whole trip is worth it.  Don’t just go for coffee, go for natural swimming pool.  This natural swimming pool at Bali Pulina actually not many people know about it.  Located at the bottom of the hill, so from the cafe just follow the track to go down.  Along the way to the swimming pool, you’ll find good spots to relax with beautiful scenery.  The water is clean, fresh and cold comes from the natural spring (see pictures).  Its a shallow pool, so its safe for most children.  There is fee of Rp. 100,000 (about USD $7) per-person, paid at the pool side (try to bargain). 😉

Why you and your kids would love Bali Pulina?
-10 different sample of coffee and fried banana worth to die for.
-Swim at the fresh cold water at natural swimming pool & tranquility of surrounding
-Good scenery
-Guided tour of coffee processing
-Tranquility just step away from the cafe/crowds

Best time to come
Between 9AM-12PM or 4PM-6PM.  Since Bali Pulina its quite far from any other attraction, people usually come in the afternoon.  So try to avoid the rush hour, when usually seats are hard to find.

What and where to eat?
The cafe only offer limited desserts, snacks and drinks.  As you probably already guess, Bali Pulina is a good place for snacking.  If you have big appetite for heavy meal, I would suggest to satisfy your appetite before you come here.  

Toilet?
Off course

Things to Bring?
-Swimsuit if you are planning to swim
-Towels
-Stroller??? (please don’t, its almost impossible, lots of pebbles and steps)
-Bugs repellent

Full Day Trip Suggestion
Before and after visiting Bali Pulina
Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud (30-40 minutes drive)
-Sight seeing / window shopping at Ubud (30-40 minutes drive)
Pondok Pekak Library (Balinese Food & Wood Carving) (30-40 minutes drive)
-Tegallalang Rice Terrace (5-10 minutes drive)

Additional notes for visiting Bali Pulina:
Your tour guide might charge you extra fee to go to Bali Pulina, since its quite far.  Again, put your bargaining skill to work.  

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Animal Chaser

Bali Zoo, Gianyar, Bali

Location: Gianyar, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 2+ ages
Open: 10am-5pm daily (except Nyepi day, hours maybe differ)

Entrance fee: U$D 24 for adult, U$D 15 for 12 years old or younger.  There are also packages that you can buy and the price is varies.  For ticket to the zoo you can buy online, some of them you can purchase for less price.  Just Google: Bali Zoo ticket.
Bali Zoo Information:
www.bali-zoo.com/ 
Phone: +62 361 294 357 

Among all the attractions you can visit in Bali, Bali Zoo is the most worth it one.  The ticket price is including the splash water and some animal show.  The zoo is kept clean and plenty animals to see for your kids.  Also there are bus ride for free, it will take you around to some of the zoo area.  It doesn’t stop at certain point, its just go back to the same stop as when you get on the bus.  

You can’t bring food inside the zoo.  Before the entrance, there is a security check where they will keep your food and you can get it back later once you done visiting.  I think the reason is just because the Bali Zoo don’t want you to feed the animals.  So, please don’t feed the animals.  Its for a good reason.  If you want to feed the animals, there are some small kiosk that you can buy animal food to feed the animals.  

Why you and your kids would love Bali Zoo?
Oh…geezzz…where do I start?!

-Good value for the entrance fee which include the zoo admission, swimming at the splash zone, playground, and some animal shows.
-Plenty animals to see, some animals you and your kids might never seen before.
-Clean and very well maintain zoo.
-Not crowded if you come during weekdays.
-Friendly staff and zoo keeper.

Best time to come
Try to come when they are open, 10AM on weekdays.  You could easily spend whole day here.

What and where to eat?
You can’t bring food and snacks inside, drinks is okay.  Don’t worry, there are plenty of small food kiosk around the Bali Zoo, which sale sweet corn, hot dog, instant noodle, some snacks and drinks.  And in case you are hungry and need heavy meal there is a “Wantilan Restaurant” which offer western and local cuisine.  Yes there are pizza, fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches, red and white wine.  

Toilet?
Yeap…plenty! No worries there!

Things to Bring?
-Sunglasses
-Hat
-Swimsuit if you plan to swim
-Towel
-Bugs repellent 
-Drinks
-Rain coat / umbrella (just in case its raining)
-Stroller??? (yes its stroller friendly)
-Wear comfortable shoes or sandal

Full Day Trip Suggestion
You could spend the whole day in Bali Zoo easily.  But if you need other options, these are my suggestion:
Bali Bird Park 
(about 10-15 minutes
drive)
Kemenuh Butterfly Park 
(10-15 minutes drive)
Semawang beach
(30-40 minutes drive)

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Bali Bird Park, Gianyar, Bali

Location: Gianyar, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 2+ ages
Open: 9am-530pm daily (except Nyepi day, hours maybe differ)
Entrance fee: From Rp. 315,000 (U$D 22) including some FREE bird shows. You could buy the ticket online,  Google: Bali Bird Park Entrance Fee
Bali Bird Park Info:
www.balibirdpark.com/ 
Phone: +62 361 299 352

A must go attraction for bird lover.  With more than 1,000 birds of more than 250 species you’ll find some of the strangest bird on earth you’ll never seen before.  The Bali Bird Park is very clean and well maintain.  Don’t miss out on their Bird shows and bird feeding.  Watch the 4D cinema in one of the surround-sound films centered around birds on show.  For something a little different, visit the adjacent Reptile Park with the most complete collection of reptiles in Southeast Asia. See the 8-meter reticulated python, an extensive collection of Indonesian monitor lizards as well as the world-renowned prehistoric – and huge – Komodo Dragons.

Why you and your kids would love Bali Bird Park?
-Excellent place to do bird watching.
-Clean and very well maintain bird park.
-Lots of bird species that will excite you and the kids.
-Some uncaged birds that you can get close. 
-Bird feeding.
-Bird shows.
-4D Cinema.

Best time to come
You could spend time half a day or full day here.  Weekdays is usually not too crowded.

What and where to eat?
Bali Bird Park has restaurant where you can order kids meal or full meal.  Western, Asian or Balinese cuisine are available here.  

Toilet?
Yeap….its available…no worries there.

Things to Bring?
-Sunglasses
-Hat
-Towel
-Bugs repellent 
-Drinks
-Rain coat / umbrella (just in case its raining)
-Stroller??? (yes its stroller friendly)
-Wear comfortable shoes or sandal

Full Day Trip Suggestion
Some of people could spend a day in Bali Bird Park.  But if you want just to spend half a day or less these are my suggestion before or after you visit the Bali Bird Park: 
Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud (30-45 minutes drive)
Kemenuh Butterfly Park (20-30 minutes drive)
Bali Zoo (15-20 minutes drive)
Semawang Beach (30-45 Minutes)
Pondok Pekak Library (30-45 Minutes)

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Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud

Location: Ubud, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 4+ ages (please supervise your children at all time)
Opening hour: 830AM-530PM
Entrance fee: Rp. 80,000 (U$D 6) / adult, Rp. 60,000 (U$D 4,5) / child.
Sacred Monkey Forest Info:
monkeyforestubud.com/
Phone: +62 361 971 304

SAFETY FIRST!
Keep in mind although these monkeys look cute, cuddly, innocence, and interact with human everyday, they are still wild animals. So here are the “don’ts” for your safety precaution:

-DO NOT BRING FOOD!  They have strong sense of smell and very smart.  DON’T even try to hide your food.  You will see some kiosk inside the monkey forest try to sell you banana so you can feed the monkeys…please be cautious, these monkey may look like innocent and fluffy but they can be devilish sometime. 

-Do not stare monkeys in the eyes.  If they stare at you…look away.  If you staring at them, you will only provoke them and its a sign of domination.  Monkeys don’t like that! (so do we!)

-Don’t panic, don’t run, don’t scream, don’t try to touch the monkey.   If they jump on you, just drop your food that you have and slowly walk away.  If you panic, run and scream you only make things worse.

-Hide your belongings!  Sunglasses, jewelry, necklace, watch etc put it in your backpack.  But they are very small animals, they can open your backpack and steal your stuff just under 3 seconds.  If they have it…its your lost and you don’t even get a chance to say goodbye to your belongings.  So its  best if you put your belongings in your car.  Just bring your camera and phone.

-PLEASE TELL YOUR KIDS NOT to touch, approach, chase or point to a monkey, especially the mommy monkey carrying their infant.  My daughter did point with her finger innocently to a monkey and she was nipped by the monkey, good things it was just a little warning by the mommy monkey not to get close to them.

There are lots of monkey caretaker around.  So what was my family and I did was try to be close to them, in case something happen the caretaker would ready to help.  OR you could hire the caretaker (tour guide) right where the entrance is.  I don’t know how much to hire one but if I have to guess, it should be around Rp. 50,000 (U$D 4).

The Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest is own by viilage of PadangTegal.  There are more than 700 monkeys around this location and the villagers see the monkey as important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village.  There are many of point of interest that you can see here; 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares of forest, where will allowing you to get an abundant of fresh air.  The monkey forest is also the most famous tourist attraction in Ubud with more than 120.000 visitors a month.  

Why you and your kids would love Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest?
-Main reason:  Watching the monkeys interact with each other in their natural environment is fun to watch and educational for your kids.
-If you never been to a real tropical forest, this is the forest that you can experience “The Real Tropical Forest”.
-There are many sacred Hindu’s little temple in the forest that you can observed so your kids can learn local culture.

Best time to come
I would come at the most crowded hour, which is between 11AM-1PM.  The reason is because I just don’t want to be surrounded by monkeys all by myself while they have nothing to do when the forest is less crowded.  The more tourist the better, because the monkeys will be busy with other tourist.  

What and where to eat?
Please don’t bring your food or snacks.  Restaurant and cafe is not available here, but there are plenty of them outside the forest.  So eat before or after you visit the Monkey Forest.

Toilet?
There are  toilets but rather hard to find and little bit far away.  There is a toilet right after the entrance, so if you need to do your business or change diapers for your kids, this is a good place.

Climate
It could get very humid and sweaty since this is a tropical forest.  

Things to Bring?
Don’t bring anything other than your phone, camera and drinking water. Seriously!

Full Day Trip Suggestion
Usually people would spend time about 2-3 hours here.  Here are the suggestions if you decide to go to other  attractions before or after visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest.  
-Window shopping or shopping around, culinary at Ubud. (10 minutes driving to the town center)
-Visit Tegallalang, the famous Ubud, rice terrace (lots of cafes here) (30-40 minutes drive)
Pondok Pekak Library, learn Balinese dance, wood and food carving. (10-15 minutes drive)
Bali Pulina Plantation; in the same direction with Tegallalang rice terrace. (30-40 minutes drive)

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Kemenuh Butterfly Park, Kemenuh

Location: Kemenuh, Gianyar, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 3+ ages
Opening hour: 830AM-530PM
Entrance fee: Rp. 100,000 (U$D 7,50) / adult, Rp. 50,000 (U$D 3,5) / child. The ticket price is includes a complimentary juice.
Kemenuh Butterfly Park Information: 
kemenuhbutterflypark.com
Phone: +62 82 14549 1272

The butterflies are housed inside a lush tropical garden surrounded by a giant mesh.  The garden itself it’s not big and so it means the butterfly fluttering past by you a lot of times.  

To get the ticket price worth, you need to stay here longer and enjoy the butterfly and the garden.  You can go to pupa house where you can see pupas hanging and if you are lucky enough you can witness the transformation.  All the butterflies are very tame.  

Why you and your kids would love Bali Botanical Garden?
-Butterflies anywhere you look.
-Watch the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.
-Clean, lush and good size of tropical garden that you can enjoy.

Best time to come
The Kemenuh Butterfly Park is never too crowded, so anytime you want to come is always good.

What and where to eat?
There is a restaurant at the exit.  They have Western, Chinese and Local cuisine and yes…they have kids meal too.  The restaurant setting is very nice, its over looking the rice paddies terrace.  

Toilet?
There is one right where at the ticket booth.  Once you go inside the butterfly garden there is no toilet so its best if you and your kids do business before you enter the butterfly garden.

Things to bring?
-Hat
-Sunglasses
-Camera and phone
-Stroller friendly
-Drinks (it can get quite hot and humid)

Full-day trip suggestion
Usually people spend 1-2 hours in Kemenuh Butterfly Park.  Here are few of my suggestions of where you can go before or after you visit the Kemenuh Butterfly Park:
Bali Zoo (10-15 minutes drive)
Bali Bird Park (15-20 minutes drive)
Semawang Beach (40-50 minutes drive)
-Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Ubud (40-45 minutes drive)
Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud (15-20 minutes drive)
-Sightseeing at Ubud (20-25 minutes drive)
Pondok Pekak Library, Ubud (learn Balinese art, craft and dance) (20-25 minutes drive)

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Balinese Art and Craft

 
Pondok Pekak Library, Ubud

Location: Ubud, Bali
See on Google Map
Good for kids: 4+ ages
Opening hour: 9AM-9PM
Entrance fee: FREE if you just want to hangout there and read their books.  Activity fee Rp. 300,000 to Rp. 350,000 ($21 -$25 USD) depending on the activities (Balinese Dance, Balinese Music, Wood / Food Carving, Cooking Class.  Each activity usually take about 2-3 hours).  Activity fee include a meal and drink.  Minimal one day reservation is required!
Pondok Pekak Library Information: +62 361 976 194

This is an alternative activities that you can enjoy other than beaches and mountains.  So if you are tired of beaches and mountains Pondok Pekak Library will offer you something different, more of the local culture and education side.

So what’s in Pondok Pekak Library?
“Pondok Pekak is a small local library and community centre offering lessons and classes, which was founded by an expat American lady Laurie Billington, who loved to read and believed every town should have a library. Along with her Balinese husband Made, they built Pondok Pekak in 1995 and named it after Made’s Grandfather who also had a great passion for reading, learning and helping others. “Pondok Pekak” means “Grandfathers little resting house in the ricefields”.

The lessons on offer are for both adults and children and include Balinese Dance, Gamelan (traditional Balinese instrument), Wood Carving, Fruit Carving, Balinese Offering Making, Silver jewellery and Balinese/Modern Painting. Parents can stay and enjoy the classes with their little ones, or if the kids are a bit older like us, the Mums and Dads can drop off and then head out for a coffee.

We had a look around the library before we started our lesson, and it was a very cute little library with a variety of both adults and childrens books (in a variety of languages too) including some of our old favourites!” -Coco.”Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Center”, https://littlebalilove.
com/places/pondok-pekak-
library-learning-center/

The activity fee is also include one meal (usually the choice is fried rice or fried noodle) and one drink.  There is a small cafe inside the Pondok Pekak, you can order drinks and other food.  It’s very peaceful and quite, you can read your books or go to library to borrow one.

The location is in the small alley, which only 200 meters from the main road.  The alley it’s just fit for 1 motorcycle.

You can bring home your artwork and it nice to show it to your family and friends.

Why you and your kids would love Pondok Pekak Library?
-Alternative choice other than beaches and mountains.
-Learn local Balinese culture through traditional music, wood / food carving, cooking class.
-Thousand of books to read or borrow.
-Enjoy the serenity of Bali like it’s suppose to be.
-Many parents drop-off their kids here to do an activity and they do their run errand or just walking around the Ubud area or chilex in one of the cafe without their kids.  

Best time to come
Anytime and any day within their opening hours is always good to come.

What and where to eat?
They have a small cafe inside the Pondok Pekak, but if you choose other meal you could go to the main street which is only 200 meters away and there are lot of restaurants and cafe.  Once you are done having your meal, you could always go back to Pondok Pekak Library.

Toilet?
Yes off course there is.

Things to Bring?
-A curious mind, cheerful heart and sense of learning.  Thats’s all!

One Day Trip Suggestion:
You could spend easily half a day here.  These are some suggestions if you’d like to do other activities before or after visiting Pondok Pekak Library:
Sacred Monkey Forest
Ubud
, (10-15 minutes drive)
-Tegallalang Rice Terrace (25-35 minutes drive) The  world famous rice terrace.
Bali Pulina Plantation (25-40 minuted drive)
Bali Zoo (30-35 minutes drive)
Bali Bird Park (35-40 minutes drive)
Kemenuh Butterfly Park
 (20-25 minutes drive)

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How to get around Bali with kids?

Balinese are very friendly people.  I think it might be the nicest people you’ll meet in the world.  They’ll love to start a conversation with you especially if you have your children with you.  So, don’t be surprise with their charm when you walking down the road, beaches or anywhere in Bali.

You need a “muscle stroller”…that’s even if there is such a thing.
Even with the renown as an International Holiday destination, Bali is a perfect place to walk around… until you bring a stroller.  Some of the sidewalk have uneven surface and very narrow even with 2 person passing by each other. 

At the end of sidewalk you wouldn’t find ramp so you need to lift up the stroller and cross the street while you carrying your stroller and hopefully don’t get hit by traffic.  You’ll be thanking God so many times because you still alive and soon you’ll be the expert.  

My suggestion:  
-If you are adventurous kind of parents and don’t mind a little hustle, feel free to use your stroller, but if you have a stroller that was designed for outdoor and lightweight its even better. (lightweight, durable, outdoor stroller) 
-If you think you are going to break your bone by lifting the stroller, you can use baby carrier that straps to your back and shoulder.  You know what I mean.

Car seat?  What’s a car seat? This is Bali
Bali is in Indonesia, and we are Indonesian we don’t use car seat.  Unless you are the driver and the front passenger, you need to buckle up (that’s the law…so please buckle up) and the rest of the passengers in the back, seat belt law is just suggestion AND optional.  

Rent a car

Rent Car (Self Drive)
Car is always the best option to bring your family around.  You can rent small car (4-5 passengers) to van (7-8 passengers) from Rp. 200,000 – 650,000 (USD 15 -46) a day, 24/7, for self drive.  The longer you rent it (more than 3 days), the cheaper its going to be.  The rental price is for unlimited miles but does not include gas and insurance.  The rental company will deliver and pick-up the car for you at your hotel.  

These days in Bali if you rent a car just for a day, they require you to rent the car with the driver. NO SELF-DRIVE if you just want to rent a car for a day.  

Please ask the rental company about their insurance policy and its best if you pay little bit extra more for the insurance to save the hassle later on in case something happen.  

Always rent the car no older than 2-3 years old.  You pay the rental price in advance.  They like CASH!
What the rental company need from you?
-Your valid home country driver licence
-Photo copy of your pasport
-Photo copy of your airline ticket
-Photo copy of your hotel booking
-Your contact number in Bali

What do you need from them?
-Their 24/7  emergency phone number just in case you need to contact them if something happen
-Receipt of the payment
-STNK (car registration)
-Go around the car and take pictures of the car and pay attention to any small scratches or dent.  This will save you from hassle should disagreement rise when you return the car. DO let them know if there is scratch or dent and have them write it down on the receipt so you are not at fault when you return the car.
You NEED all these information just in case you got pull over by the police.  

Rent Car (with driver)
More and more car rental companies these days won’t allow you to drive by yourself.  So, ask them to give you a good driver that can also act as a tour guide.  Honestly, this is the best option for you; you don’t get to hassle with the Google Map to find directions, just enjoy your trip and focus on the family trip and time.  

The rental price with the driver usually start from Rp. 500,000 – 1,200,000 (USD 36 – 85)/10 – 12 hours/day depending on type of the car you rent it.  The Rp. 500,000 one usually fits 5-6 passengers.  So its good enough space if you are family of 5.  Usually they require you to pay deposit in advance and pay the rest of balance on the last day.

The rental price include only: driver and gas.  If you need to use the car longer than 10-12 hours you’ll need to tell them ahead of time.  Usually AN extra hour is 10% of the total price of the day including gas.  You need to pay extra for the parking, toll fee, entrance fee (if there is), etc. 

Tips for the driver (optional but its always nice to give…right?! 😉 Make someone happy) I usually give about Rp. 50,000 to 100,000 (USD 4-8) a day depending on his service.  

 

Rent a motorcycle (scooter)
Well, we call it motorcycle but at other country they call it scooter… I think it is scooter.  

Anyhow, if you know how to ride a scooter, it is best to rent a scooter in Bali.  With scooter you can go through small alleys and avoid traffic jam in many places plus I think its best way to enjoy Bali’s climate on a scooter ONLY IF YOU KNOW HOW TO RIDE ONE.  

I strongly DISCOURAGE people to rent a scooter if they are not good at it.  It looks easy to ride one but look can be deceiving sometime.  I’ve seen many tourist fell on their scooter and its because that was their first time to ride scooter.  It wasn’t good scenes to watch.  So if you are not good at it (I’m saying EVEN if you ever ride only once or twice or thrice and so on) PLEASE DON’T RENT SCOOTER.  Its so tempting to ride one, its cheap to rent and most rental places don’t need to see your license, BUT IT’S YOUR LIFE and OTHERS at stake here, plus all the damages of the scooter they will charge you.

But if you are a MOTORCYCLE junkie, go ahead rent one.  You already know how fun and exhilarating it can be to ride one, so I don’t have to tell you that. ;D 

Rental price is starting from Rp 60,000 to 200,000 (USD 5 – 15) a day depending on the motorcycle and gas is not included.  Rental price include 2 helmets but bring one or use your own. (seriously…for your own safety).  Also, please ask them for the insurance policy and fee.  Pay extra little bit more money for the insurance coverage, and it will save you from hassle should something happen.  

The rental company will deliver and pick-up the motorcycle for you at your hotel.  Please make sure you rent the motorcycle from trusted rental place, usually they have a shop front or kiosk.  Don’t rent from the street rental.  Rent the motorcycle at the most 2 years old of the operational.  

What the rental company need from you to rent one?
-Your valid home country driver licence
-Photo copy of your pasport
-Photo copy of your airline ticket
-Photo copy of your hotel booking
-Your contact number in Bali

What do you need from them?
-Their 24/7  emergency phone number just in case you need to contact them if something happen
-Receipt of the payment
-STNK (car registration)
-Go around the motorcycle and take pictures of the car and pay attention to any small scratches or dent.  This will save you from hassle should disagreement rise when you return the motorcycle.  Please DO let them know if there is scratch or dent and have them write it down on the receipt so you are not at fault when you return the motorcycle.
You NEED all these information just in case you got pull over by the police.

 

I hope all these information will give you peace of mind to travel to the Last Paradise, Bali with your children.  If you have any questions feel free chat with me via WA +62-822-9852-8359.

I wish you to have safe and fun time in Bali with your children!

About the Author (me)

I've been bless with a wonderful wife and 3 kids. Whenever we got chance to go road trip, we'll do it within the next heart beat. Life to me is to see many things that we don't see everyday and to adventure to the unknown. I show to my kids the beauty of nature, and because the nature its so beautiful, we have responsibility to preserved it.
We've lived and travel to many parts of the world and Bali is one of our favorite destinations and we'll choose Bali over other destinations...hands down.

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