I often complain about the lack of things to do in Bali with toddlers. Jenggala paint a pot in Jimbaran won’t really help you with a two-year-old (that’s what Jari Menari is for…) but I’ve taken a three-year-old there with great success. Added bonus: the excellent coffee and cake at the cafe, and the ceramics shopping (though pricey) at the adjoining showroom.
The entrance to Jenggala Keramik is imposing and somewhat offputting to say the least. But waltz on in through security and head left to get to the cafe and paint a pot section. The building is airy, modern and stylish, with plenty of tables in the cafe section ready for your three year old to run wild. Kidding, kidding.
Do book ahead for a paint a pot session. There’s no set fee, you simply choose and pay for the pieces you wish to paint. What’s available to paint varies month to month. On my last visit, there were fridge magnets for 50,000 rupiah, side plates for 100,000 rupiah, large water jugs for 200,000 rupiah and a large horse for 230,000 rupiah. With a three year old, you’ll likely get away with 2 fridge magnets for a session or maybe a side plate as well.
While staff will assist you with paint preparation and they’ll do the cleaning up, you really do need to supervise your own children during the actual session itself — especially younger children, obviously. I found my three year old lasted for about an hour, tops, with some playing with friends during the session. If you’ve got older kids, you can let them take a seat at the bench while you take a seat at the cafe.
Make sure you plan this activity early on during your holiday as it takes 3-4 days for your items to be fired.
Did I mention the coffee and cake? (Actually, this is a brownie…)
The cafe also serves light meals, so factor in a lunch here while you’re at it. And do browse the beautiful showroom. Jenggala pieces are popular with hotels and restaurants across the island. Prices aren’t cheap, but one beautiful piece makes a lovely souvenir. Aside from, of course, the stunning fridge magnet.
By Samantha Brown
Last updated on 2nd March, 2015.