Bali with kids: Your perfect day, in and around Canggu
1. Start with a bonanza brunch at La Casita
Apart from its enormous brunches that come at a very affordable price, this place turns the concept of a playground upside down. No, you will not find swings and slides here but a nice market where kids can buy and sell vegetables and fruits, a boat with sand for sailing, a ‘bakso’ stand that sells local soups, and a tree house with a water bucket and a slide. This is a mini town for our small ones. The staff offer free babysitting until 5pm and there are some free kids’ activities in the afternoon.
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 The Joglo
Our favourite pick for families, The Joglo has a huge protected playground that offers good shade from the midday sun. 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. 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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