Located in Kuta, right next to the Discovery Mall, the Waterbom water park is an oasis for families looking for a fun-filled day. The park is very clean, there is a lot of shade, and plenty of staff. There are some spectacular rides, a kid's waterpark, the lazy river to relax in and an adults-only pool. You can even get a massage while the kids are playing. You could easily spend the whole day here, but it's best to come early as it gets more crowded after lunch. If you want to splurge, rent a family cabana for around US$24. Once you're inside, you use a credit wristband to purchase any food or drinks. You can top it up during the day, and you get a refund on the way out if you haven't used it all. Admission fee is around US$32/adults and US$23/children(2-11). Open daily from 9am-6pm. More at Waterbom Bali.
Bali Bird Park
The Bali Bird Park is in Gianyar, halfway between Kuta and Ubud, about a 45 minute drive from both. There is a combination of walk-through aviaries and open areas in this 2 hectare park. There are around 1000 rare and exotic birds. You can see the birds being fed, there is a bird show and you can have your photo taken with the birds, which is a highlight for most families. The staff are also happy to take photos using your camera. It's very clean. There is a 4D cinema playing a 20 minute animated movie, a restaurant and cafe. Your entry fee also includes admission to the reptile park next door. Admission fee is around US$40/adults and US$20/children(2-12) + 10% tax. Open from 9am-5:30pm.
Bali Safari and Marine Park. image © Bali Safari and Marine Park
Safari and Marine Park
There is so much to do at the Safari and Marine Park. The safari sees you being driven in an air-conditioned bus while watching animals roaming free. You will get to see white tigers, lions, elephants, camels, leopards, hippos, zebras - just to name a few. The fun zone has rides for kids and you can all cool off in the waterpark, so remember to pack swimmers. The elephant show is lots of fun but the entertaining cultural show is probably the highlight. It is a big place so wear comfortable shoes, a hat and take plenty of water. Elephant rides are included in the more expensive packages but there is also a camel ride for $5. It costs a few dollars to feed the animals and have photos with them. Lots of variety and good food in the restaurant. There is a shuttle bus from most of the major towns. Prices start from US$72 for the Jungle Hopper package which includes the main attractions. Open daily from 9am-5pm. There is no cultural show on Mondays. More at Bali Safari & Marine Park.
Treetop Adventure Park
A great adventure for everyone, but especially for kids. The Treetop Park is situated in Bedugul, a 60 minute drive north of Ubud. There are 7 different circuits, each with its own age and skill level. Some of the challenges include suspended bridges, spider nets, flying-foxes, and flying swings. You are always connected by a support and there are lots of staff patrolling the circuits. Before you start, you are told how to use the equipment. Kids will need to be able to follow instructions. You need to wear joggers, and jeans preferably. Gloves will protect your hands, you can buy them there. Bring your own food/snacks, water is provided. The family package (2 adults + 2 children under 13) is US$57. Open daily from 8:30am-6pm. More at Bali Treetop Adventure Park.
Awesome Bali Cycles
From the littlest rider to the young at heart Awesome Bali Cycling is perfect for all ages and activity levels. Whether you are looking for a relaxed breakfast and bicycle ride, a cultural awakening or finishing the day with some adrenaline, Awesome Bali Cycles has you covered. More at Awesome Bali Cycles.
Bali Zoo. image © Bali Zoo
Located in Gianyar, 45 minutes from Kuta, Bali Zoo is just a small zoo, but easy for children to walk around, and fairly shady. In the petting zoo, kids can hand-feed the animals and go for a pony ride. There are lots of animal photo opportunities during the animal encounter sessions at 1pm and 4pm daily. They also have Treewalk - treetop activities consisting of flying-foxes, wooden bridges, and flying swings which is run by trained guides. The minimum height for Treewalk is 130cm. If you want to try riding an elephant, you can do it here, there are 15 and 30 minute rides. A Night at the Zoo is a great experience that includes dinner and a fire dance show, as well as a tour of the zoo and lots of animal encounters. The restaurant is reasonably priced. Admission is US$25/adults, US$16/children (2-12). Pony, elephant rides and Treewalk all extra. Open from 9am-6pm, Wed and Sat til 9:30pm. More at Bali Zoo.
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