Jun 07 2012
UPDATE: El Parque has closed.
El Parque, a playground and cafe for children and their parents, opened in Seminyak a few months ago and is a great addition to a fairly slim scene when it comes to easy places to take very young kids in Bali, particularly in Seminyak.
Yes, there’s Cubbyhouse, but you have to be happy to leave your kids in the hands of staff; Lollipops is around the corner on Sunset Road, but that’s loud and boisterous so better suited to older kids; and further afield, there’s Funworld and the excellent Peekaboo, but the latter two are both a long way from Seminyak just to go for a play.
El Parque is a great option if you’re staying in Seminyak in a resort without any safe space for young kids, or a budget place without a pool. Here, let the kids splash in the shallow pool — it’s great for three-year-olds who can pick themselves up as you just need to keep an eye on them and not get in — dig in the sandpit, climb on the playground, suck on an icey block while they run on the grass, or play with the toys while you have a well-priced coffee and cake (or lunch or dinner).
We’ve been here several times now, and have found the staff to be friendly and helpful with the kids, and the food good, with an emphasis on healthy and organic items — there are even a few baby purees on the menu, which is a first for me to see in Bali. The kids have had the fries and chicken, and I’ve enjoyed the coffee and sacher torte, as well as a simple Sunday morning cappucino and toast with jam. Expect to pay around 40,000 per person for a light meal.
El Parque is a great option for breastfeeding mums, parents of toddlers and younger kids who aren’t going to go too wild as the space isn’t huge, but certainly enough for little ones. You do need to walk through a shop (selling a range of cute baby-related clothes, shoes and paraphernalia) to get into and out of the space, which is otherwise contained so you don’t have to worry about little feet pattering off. The playground is also located just a hop, skip and a jump away from a Seminyak family hotel that we suggest.
T: (0361) 473 7990
Seminyak — see website for map
Open daily 08:00-22:00
Residents gain entry for free, but visitors pay 60,000 rupiah per child
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