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!