Family Fun Ubud
Campuhan Ridge Walk
This walk through rice fields has been popular on Instagram in recent years, nevertheless it makes for a nice stroll away from motorbikes and cars. There is a starting point in town and an end point 25 minutes walk away (it makes for a 40-50 minute round trip if you go to the end and back).
If you are heading to Jungle Fish Pool and Restaurant the road finishes near to there, so your driver can drop you at the start in town and collect you at the end close to Jungle Fish. The starting point in town is at Warwick IbahVillas and Spa. There is a sign to the walk from the hotels main entrance on Jalan Raya Ubud.
Jungle Fish Pool & Restaurant
Swim and dine in style in the Jungle! This pool and restaurant is basically like a deluxe beach club, without the beach. Here you pay for entry and a towel and relax to music and great food and drinks pool side. Families are welcome too. It is a 10 minute drive north from the center of Ubud and a nice way to spend the day or afternoon.
The Monkey Forest
It wouldn’t be a guide to Ubud without mention of the Monkey Forest. Here you will find some beautiful old trees, and carvings at the base of Ubud town center and monkeys of course! It is the nature reserve and Hindu temple setting that make the forest sacred. We do not personally recommend feeding the monkeys or even planning to interact so much. It is a popular experience for children, but be sure to hang on to your sunglasses and phones and don’t keep food in the pram as they are curious!
White Water Rafting
There are several companies offering White Water Rafting experiences on the Agung River, at the edge of Ubud. Prices range from $30-$60 and most companies provide a basic lunch, insurance and transfers as well. We recommend Bali Sobek who has been established a long time and has a good safety record. Also popular is Mega Rafting, which has a longer course. – Sobek is well known but Mega rafting has a longer raft. They finish is at the same point (Sobek finishes left of the river, Mega rafting on the right).Both companies have life jackets and helmets for children. Be aware that you have to walk many steps down to the River and back up again but for those after adventure, its all part of the journey. There are family packages and rafting is recommened from 5 years and above, although the youngest we have seen is closer to 7 years.
Bicycle is a great way to feel like a local and explore Ubud. Again there are so many companies offering tours, so feel free to shop around. We recommend a few well established companies, and can help you arrange a private bicycle tour from your Villa anywhere in Bali on request. The latest think is electric bike tours in Ubud, also a great idea. The e-bikes are recommended for 12+ years or someone with a good handle on riding. Tandem bicycles and kids size bikes can be arranged on request as well as child seats on the back of Mums and Dads through Banyan Tree.
Ebike Tours are either morning or afternoon (3 hours) and the bicycle tours tend to longer.
The Ubud Royal Palace is one of the most prominent places in Ubud, as it is smack-dab on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road and intersection.
• It is also home to the nightly Balinese music and dance performances. Check the schedule to see what is on, but the kids love the fire dance and the masks and performances to music of all kinds. It is a great cultural experience for all ages. The dances are held everynight at 730pm and to secure a seat you might like to get there earlier. Tickets are approximately $10 and can be arranged easily through your accommodation or from the ticket booth on the street near the palace.
Tegenungan waterfal is one of the many touristy places in Bali, but perhaps for good reason. Tegenungan waterfall lies at Tegenungan Village, approx. 5 kilometers, south east of Ubud. For many kids the idea of hiking through the jungle to a hidden waterfall and taking a cooling swim is a lot of fun!
Beneath the waterfall itself, tourists are welcome to swim in the lagoon-like pool that forms at the base of the falls (please discern whether you think it’s the right day for a swim, as the waterfall is particularly strong after heavy rains).
If you’re not game to take a dip you can bathe in the holy spring water that trickles alongside the waterfall. The water runs from bamboo pipes into small streams below; wash your face and your head three times each and feel your worries fade away.
The waterfall is located south-east of Ubud, about a 20 minute drive from the centre of the hood. There are a few touristy shops as you walk towards the jungle. and a decent descent on your way down to the falls, but it ok for the average fitness level and active children under parent supervison. The earlier you get there, the more secluded the falls and of course be careful after heavy rains.
Ubud is a great place to try a family cooking class, which often take place in a traditional Balinese compound and a trip to the market to buy some local produce. See trip advisor for reviews on many small operators. Casa Luna has been around for many years and is tried and tested, althouh not specifically for children, they are welcome.
Payuk Bali Cooking Class is run by local experience Balinese Chef Ketut Budi, where avid foodie travellers can unlock the secrets of Balinese cuisine from the comforts of a local traditional home! Learn how to make traditional Balinese coffee, coconut oil and whatnot. No prior experience is required and everyone is welcome!
Hujan Locale combine cycling, market and cooking into a fabtastic day exploring Ubud and surrounds. Take your pick!
TIRTA EMPUL Water Temple
Although a place of worship and Hindu prayer, the water temple is still available to families. We love it because it’s a great mix of local families and tourists sharing in their ritual. The water feels clean and refreshing once in the pools and children and adults need to follow the system of one small waterfall to the next along the line.
You can hire sarongs and sashes on arrival and be sure to follow etiquette and change in the change rooms provided or arrive with clothes you are prepared to get wet in. Most men wear a sarong and sash and women wear a sarong, sash and t-shirt. Children can wear shorts and a t-shirt.
If you watch how the locals do it they move from the water source furthest to the left and they say a prayer as they wet their head at each. Each fountain of holy spring water has a different meaning. The last two fountains are reserved for the dead so you leave them out. It is also a nice temple compound in the mountains to simply explore on foot if bathing is not your thing.
Photo credit to Travel Mad Mum who shares a great blog on travel in Bali with kids too https://travelmadmum.com/indonesia/
Learn and interact at Pondok Pekak Library
For a quieter stop over with the children in Ubud, visit the Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Centre in Sebelah Timur Lapangan. The library holds a selection of children’s books in English and Bahasa Indonesia that are written by both local and foreign authors.
The library is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. The lessons on offer are for both adults and children and include Balinese Dance, Music, Wood Carving, Fruit Carving, Balinese Offering Making, Jewelery making and Painting. Parents can stay and enjoy the classes with their kids, or if the children are a bit older, the parents can drop off and then head out for a coffee. You can contact through their facebook page to see what is on offer or phone ahead.
Located on Jalan Monkey Forest Ph: +62 361 976194
Ubud Indoor Playground Bali Fun World
The best indoor playground in the Ubud area is Bali Fun World. This can be a good opportunity for kids to let of some steam and interact with other children from all over. On a wet or really humid day this can be a great idea. Located in the Sukawati area which is around 30 minutes by car south of Ubud.
Souvenirs & Swings at Tegalanglang Rice Fields
Tegallalang is a district in the Gianyar Regency, located around 10 km north of Ubud with its terraced and emerald green rice fields becoming a tourist attraction for the area.
The Ubud swing craze has created several places for a photo opportunity on a swing. Please assess the safety of swings and enjoy at your own discretion.
If you or your kids love souvenirs, or interesting bits and pieces then head to Tegalalang rice fields and check out the small handicraft shops that offer colorful collectables. Just the scenery itself makes this trip worth it, with stunning views over the rice field valleys. The rice fields go through changes with the harvest so it may not always look as green as on Instagram but it is a nice rural journey all the same.