A few things to do with kids in Bali
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You’ve had enough of sand and you just want half a day off the beach doing something a bit different with the kids that doesn’t involve chasing them around too closely, like you would need to say at the zoo or Waterbom. Here are a few places you can do just that.
Lollipops Playland, Waterplay and Cafe
Lollipops Playland, Waterplay and Cafe has just opened on Sunset Road in Seminyak, meaning it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away for people staying in that area. We visited a few weeks ago during the soft opening period, but have since heard pretty much all of the activities are up and running, from the water play, splash pool area through to the harness obstacle course at the back and the main play area, where there are trampolines, ball games, a toddler play area, large slides and myriad other distractions, such as an air blaster that foam balls dance around in (that one had me enthralled).
Bring your own socks, or you’ll have to buy a pair to enter. The park is for kids aged one to 12, with an attached cafe that does Asian-style Western food — think “egg sandwich” as meaning a fried egg on white bread with lettuce and tomato, McDonalds-style French fries, and Bali kopi. But if you can look past the pretty average food, and get in early before it gets busy (as this place is bound to), then this is a spot the kids are going to love for a few hours of mostly indoor, out-of-the-sun play. (The splash park wasn’t open when we were there, but we’ve since heard good things.)
Lollipops Playland, Waterplay and Cafe
Sunset Road No. 902, Seminyak, Bali
T: (0361) 8475992 / 8475987
Open daily 09:00-21:00, but from October 1 08:00-20:00
Admission: Ages 2-15 125,000 rupiah, adults 25,000
We’ve already written about Fun World at some length, but it’s worth a mention here as it’s similar in many ways to Lollipops, but much more spacious — but it’s also in the middle of nowhere, really — a 30-minute drive from Sanur, or a 20-minute drive from Ubud. It’s also rather overpriced for tourists — US$15 — compared to Lollipops, and I wonder whether that price may now drop (it’s 38,000 rupiah for locals or permanent residents).
Like Lollipops, the cafe here is very local, meaning you’ll get a decent fried noodles and fair Bali kopi, but forget a latte or fresh sandwich. It can get hot in the afternoons and it does tend to get more crowded as the day wears on, but get in early and you’ll likely have the place to yourselves for a few hours.
Jalan Lettu I Wayan Sutha II
Peninjoan, Batuan, Sukawati, Bali
T: (0361) 294 924
Open weekdays 09:30-20:00, weekends 09:30-21:00
3V is a great concept: large, stunning pool, open-air restaurant serving fresh, delicious meals, and a designated kids’ room suitable for kids aged around seven and up to play on their own for a bit. When we were there, this room was unstaffed, but seems to be available anyway for kids to use while their parents are eating. (There are also villas and a fitness centre attached.)
When you’re there, you’ll see noticeboards with various scheduled activities for kids and families though, which includes barbecue and movie nights through to summer camp activities. Seems they haven’t updated their website for a while and there’s not much info on their Facebook page either, so if you’re keen perhaps call ahead to see what’s on, or just drop in. The spot is a bit off the beaten track in Kerobokan, but it’s well signposted and about a 10-minute drive from Seminyak. Keep an eye out for the various “antique” shops in the area — there are some real gems.
Jalan Merta Sari 31X, Kerobokan, Bali
T: (0361) 881 1295
Open daily 07:00-22:00
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