Bali with kids: Your perfect day, in and around Canggu
1. First stop: Parklife – a heaven for kids
For kids from 3 to 6 years old and maybe a bit older, Parklife should definitely be on your bucket list. Its family restaurant has of course a kids’ menu and anything from breakfast to dinner. Your kids will adore the ample range of activities this place has. They can bounce between the indoor and outdoor areas. We are talking huge slides, outdoor and indoor playgrounds, waterplay area and much more. There is also a kids’ club where there are plenty of activities revolving around science, arts and crafts and there is a daily drop in option. Parklife also arranges regularly events and activities for kids. Do check its Instagram page to keep up to date.
2. Head off to the beach
Family or not, heading off to the beach is a must. You are in Bali after all. If you have young kids though, try to make it to the beach either before 12 noon or after 4pm as the sun tends to be strong in between.
A sunbed and umbrella is just waiting for you in any of the many beach bars all the way from Berawa to Batu Bolong Beach. Put your sun cream on, order a coconut or two and let your kids run around in the sand. Do keep an eye on them though as there are quite strong currents in the water.
3. Experiment with the Indonesian Cuisine at Made’s Warung
Our favourite pick for families, Made’s Warung has a huge protected playground that offers good shade from the midday sun. There is also an indoor kids’ club/playground that comes at extra cost. You are in safe hands as you can sit down and enjoy your Indonesian lunch and watch your kids play in the playground. This place also has some yummy Western dishes and healthy salads. And every Friday it offers a free movie night for the smaller ones.
4. Go horse riding on the beach
A fun activity for both the kids and the parents, horse riding on the beach at sunset should be on every family’s to do list. There are two horse riding places in Canggu – one slightly upmarket in Berawa – and another – a better value for money option – at Pererenan Beach.
5. Bounce non-stop at Mookiland
New kid on the block, Mookiland in Kerobokan is a huge bounce area that the kids cannot but love. There is a bouncy castle, bouncy slides and a safe soft play area with swings and climbing nets, and all of this in 500 sqm of land. This place also has a cafeteria for adults. There is a nice breeze even around midday as it is surrounded by rice fields. The bounce areas are semi protected from the sun but it can still get hot so best thing is to go after 3.30pm. (Mookiland is open from 10am to 20.30 daily.)
6. End your day at Beachwalk
Drag yourself out of Canggu and into the heart of Kuta at Beachwalk Mall, just metres away from Kuta Beach. This shopping centre is pretty different from the rest as it is open space, full of greenery, next to the beach and a paradise for kids. While the little ones run around, you can enjoy some window or actual shopping in the best boutiques from Bali and the world. There is often live music on the weekends and not to forget the recently-opened Candylicious, 300 metres of different candies and sweets. And to end your night, just hop off to the third floor with its many local food stands and street delicacies – these are definitely worth trying.
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