Our Top Things to Do in Ubud with Kids: Bali Family Travel

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Looking for things to do in Ubud with kids? There are so many great things to do in Ubud for families. In fact, you’d have to stay for months to do them all. We treasure our family travel in Indonesia, and exploring Ubud with kids is easily one of the highlights.

Our Top Things to Do in Ubud with Kids: Bali Family Travel

Things to Do in Ubud with Kids

Once you come to Bali with children, you might not want to leave. This is especially true for those visiting Ubud with kids. There are heaps of things to do in Ubud, the island’s cultural capital. The town is safe, fairly simple to navigate, and culturally fascinating. Families can find lots of inexpensive and educational things to do in Ubud, along with a wide variety of great places to eat, relax and play.

The mystique surrounding Bali may have lost some of its luster in the last decade or so. The tourism industry continues gobbling up much of what made the place so special to so many.

That said, we still recommend Bali for families and believe that visiting Ubud with kids is a fantastic experience. The food is fresh and healthy, the opportunities for formal and informal learning are vast, and the Balinese culture is like no other on earth.

Read below for our guide to things to do in Ubud with kids.

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Timing and location can affect your experience in Ubud with kids. If you stick to the normal holiday calendar and stay only in city centers, then you could end up frustrated. My advice is to find places to stay in Bali outside the cities whenever possible — including when going to Ubud. Depending on your budget and length of stay, get your own scooters or a driver and stay out of town near the rice fields of Ubud.

Ubud is where we’ve based ourselves every time we visit. This the cultural heart of Bali, and although the city itself is too crowded for our liking nowadays, the rice fields and other fertile green spaces surrounding the town are still some of our favorite places to wander.

There are also many things to do in Ubud worth riding into town for. Our top things to do in Ubud with kids are listed below.

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The Pondok Pekak Library

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When looking for things to do in Ubud with kids, the Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Centre is a good place to start. Here you’ll find books, language lessons, and reasonably-priced classes to teach you a number of traditional skills.

You can trade in your old book and pick up another, and that includes kids’ books. The number and variety of books available changes all the time, however, so it’s best not to come looking for something specific.

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Painting Lessons

Ubud with kids painting lessons

We’ve taken painting classes at the Pondok Pekak Library and loved it. This is certainly one of the best things to do in Ubud with kids. Our kids were proud of the work we left with (all materials were provided) and we all liked the instructors, who were both professional and personable.

One note I’d mention with the painting class is that if you are offered the option of traditional or modern painting, take the traditional painting class.

Wood Carving Lessons

Ubud with kids wood carving class

There’s something so satisfying about taking a hard hunk of wood and slowly transforming it into a more elegant shape. Of course, we like handling sharp objects, as well. This was more difficult than fruit carving, but perhaps that’s what made it so satisfying. Hence, it made our list of things to do in Ubud with kids.

Our instructor was excellent. He once represented Indonesia as a cultural ambassador all over the world and was great with the kids — warm and avuncular. He helped the kids along only when they were stuck. This meant that the kids really felt like they made entirely by themselves. This was far and away my favorite thing to do in Ubud.

Silversmithing Class at Studio Perak

Ubud with kids silversmithing classes

Another thing to do in Ubud with kids is silversmithing. Classes are offered in a number of places around Ubud, and the kids were thrilled with their results. Each made a necklace pendant by hand. With some assistance, sure (blowtorches were involved), but both kids felt a real sense of accomplishment at the end, and wore their work with pride.

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Kid’s Ceramics Workshops at Sari Api

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This is quite a popular thing to do in Ubud with kids and can be a nice way to meet other families. Every Saturday from 10:30 to noon, a Swiss expat named Susan holds classes for kids in her studio, where they get to experience hand-building and throwing on the wheel (sign up for the wheel throwing as soon as you get there).

Classes are 75,000 Indonesia Rupiah and include all materials and a glass of hibiscus lemonade.

Rice Paddy Walk

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Whether it’s with a guide or just out on your own, there are a number of paths in, around and through the rice paddy fields that are beautiful and relaxing for a stroll.

When you want to be in the natural beauty Ubud can offer, rice paddy walk is surely one of the things to do in Ubud with kids. We’ve taken guided tours that took us to places we wouldn’t have found on our own.

Walking the Campuhan Ridge

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The Campuhan Ridge Walk is easy to do on your own. Naturally, it listed as one of the things to do in Ubud with kids.

We’ve walked long stretches of it, and now there are plenty of places to eat, stay and rest along the way. If you prefer having a guide to tell you more about the area, you can set up private tours through just about any accommodation you arrange.

Traditional Performances (Kecak Dance)

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This is one of the more traditional things to do in Ubud. There are a number of performances you can see in the evenings around town. We’ve seen a few, and the ones that have stood out most to us were the Kecak (Fire) Dance, and visiting Ubud Palace for a Barong Dance.

We’ve seen Kecak dances in a number of places — from scrappy buildings with folding chairs and holes in the ceiling to more polished venues. I preferred the scrappy building.

Traditional Performances (Barong Dance)

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The Barong dance performance at Puri Saren Palace feels more like a stage show for tourists (which it is), but the clothing, makeup, and lighting make it a spectacle that will leave your kids’ jaws agape.

Art Museums

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There are many opportunities to experience art in Ubud with kids, but three museums that we recommend you consider are the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), the Don Antonio Blanco Museum, and Puri Lukisan.

The beautiful collections in these three locations are on equally beautiful grounds. Even if you or your kids don’t have a particular interest in art, these are great places to chill out for an hour or two. You can sometimes stumble onto a group of girls practicing traditional dances, at ARMA, but expect to be asked for a donation if you linger to watch or take pictures.

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Cooking Classes

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You know that we love our cooking classes. We took one in Chiang Mai and one in Ho Chi Minh City. There are many on offer in and around the Ubud area, but Ketut’s Bali Cooking Class may get the most love from traveling families. Shop around. Ask around. And always look for the ones that get the kids involved.

Some of the cooking classes in Ubud

Balinese Massage

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You can find massage services all over the island, but they can vary widely in style, price, and quality. They were usually cheap enough that we let the kids get a few massages as well — partly for the experience, and party so that I could eventually pay the kids to give ME massages after a long day hunched over the computer. I’m still working on that.

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Things Maybe NOT to Do in Ubud with Kids: Monkey Forest

Okay, so this is a top attraction in Ubud, but I’m gonna warn you to stay away. Take it or leave it. Why? Well, the monkeys — wily macaques in this case — are bold here. Very bold.

Many people go here and enjoy feeding the monkeys. They’re not caged or mistreated. On the contrary, they run the place and they know it. If you’re not careful, they may walk right up to you (or your child) and grab something right out of their hands. Or bags.

Or worse: they could threaten you or the kids or even bite/scratch you. It happens very very rarely, but it happens. I had a friend who had to get rabies shots (just in case) because one of these guys nipped her finger.

I’m not telling everyone to avoid at all costs. But I’d be careful with little ones in there. Just sayin’.


Goa Gajah (aka Elephant Cave Ubud)

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If you’re riding rental scooters, then many of Bali’s further-flung cultural attractions are accessible, including Elephant Cave (aka Goa Gajah). Six kilometers out of town, it’s easily reached if you’re staying in Ubud with kids: only a short scooter ride away, or if you’ve hired a driver, it should take around 15 minutes to reach.

Gunung Kawi & Tirta Empul

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If you’re willing to ride a little further, then go to Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi, two Hindu holy sites that are very close to each other and well worth the half-hour ride. We took scooters, but a car ride would be even easier. At Gunung Kawi, lush vegetation surrounds 7-meter-high shrines carved into the cliff face, while at the water temple Tirta Empul, local Balinese use the fountains for purification.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

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Once you start heading as far as the lake where Pula Ulun Danu Bratan sits, then I suggest hiring a driver. This will probably take 90 minutes or more on a motorbike, and it wouldn’t be a pleasant ride, as most of it is along one clogged, two-lane street where many trucks are trying to pass the car in front of them. Sure, a car ride in the high season could take two hours — maybe more — but at least the kids can nap in a car.

We thought it was worth it, though. We caught a ceremony, and it wasn’t as crowded with tourists as we were expecting. Of course, we may have just struck good timing.

Green School/Green Camp

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This alternative school gets a lot of plaudits from traveling families. You can book a tour of the facilities, or book a camp for just the kids, or for the entire family. The Green School is known for its emphasis on sustainability and environmental focus.


I’ll be honest with you: once we fly into Bali, we usually head straight to Ubud. Denpasar and Kuta are too crowded and chaotic for our liking, and there is still much to the north and west that we plan to see one day. The beach resorts of Nusa Dua and Jimbaran to the south are very beautiful, but they’re not what we’re looking for on this island. There is, however, one place in Kuta that I can recommend without reservation, and it’s Waterbom.


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Waterbom is one of the best waterparks we have ever been to. Our kids love this place and we go every time we’re in Bali.

I’ve spent some time in dodgy amusement parks in my life, and this is not one of those places. It’s clean, well-designed, well-staffed and seems to run very efficiently. This isn’t something to do in Ubud, and it isn’t a Balinese “cultural” experience, but it is easily one of the most enjoyable things to do in Bali with kids.


It’s a full-day experience, especially if you’re coming from as far away as Ubud like we always have. You could get more out of your day by staying overnight in a nearby Kuta hotel, but we’ve always preferred to hire a driver back and forth to Ubud instead. We just eat dinner at some restaurant near the park and then crash out in the car on the way back to Ubud.

I think you could spend two days in Waterbom easily, and the two-day pass is considerably cheaper. A private, shaded gazebo for up to 6 people is 180,000 IDR, which includes 6 towels and 6 bottles of water. We’ve never rented a gazebo, as we usually go full-on for one day and then leave, but I know some people really think this is worth it, and if we ever get a two-day pass, I’ll consider it. It’s best to book a gazebo in advance.

Seafood Barbecue at Jimbaran Beach

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Here is one more possible outing I can suggest, but with some reservations. Jimbaran beach has a strip of seafood BBQ restaurants that serve you at tables set up on the sand.

We certainly enjoyed our dinner — and the kids enjoyed photographing the creatures in tanks awaiting their final demise — but the beach was filthy. I mean really, really filthy, and I’m not sure if it has improved in the years since. Our meal was fantastic, however, but I would check with your waiter about spice levels if your family is averse.

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Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua Ubud with kids

Nusa Dua is where many of Bali’s nicest beaches can be found and where many of your big-name luxury resorts reside. The area is immaculate and simple to navigate because it was developed that way. It is not, however, cheap. You pay for the luxury, and many people believe it’s worth it, but you’ll come in contact with less of Bali’s unique culture here, aside perhaps from the lavish shows that some hotels provide.


Sanur Ubud with kids

Often considered a more economical alternative to Nusa Dua, Sanur offers some of the same brand-name resorts and luxury hotels with a mix of guesthouses and other alternatives, including hostels. The beach isn’t as pristine as some patches of Nusa Dua, but we’re not beach people, really. Sanur also has the “sleepy little town” vibe going, and you can get more of a local feel when walking on the beachside walkway to a variety of restaurants (bring a flashlight).

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Bali doesn’t have good internet speed overall, but being a digital nomad hotspot has its advantages, so you should be able to find an internet cafe somewhere near your lodging, or there will be wifi of varied quality at the hotel or restaurant you’re in. If a good connection is important and you’re willing to pay for it, co-working spaces like Hubud are there for you. They’re open 24hours they have high-speed broadband and a professional working environment.

Pre-paid SIM cards for smart devices are pretty easy, as well. We’ve used Telkomsel every time we’ve visited Bali and have had no problems.


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Like Kuta and Sanur, Ubud is completely walkable, although you’ll have to keep your eyes out for the crazy-driving scooter here and there (travelers are often worse than locals).

I’ve never felt that Denpasar was particularly pedestrian-friendly, but that may just be my experience.

Once we leave city centers, however, it’s all motorized vehicles for us. Many use bicycles, and if it was just my wife and me, we probably would too, but instead, we’re usually on hired scooters or we’ve booked a driver to take us further afield.

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How to Ride Motorbikes in Ubud with Kids

Tie Younger Kids to you

When riding scooters, tie any younger kids to you — especially if it’s late at night or if you plan on driving long distances. Long rides can make kids sleepy and you don’t want them to nod off…and then possibly slip off. We usually just tied a sarong around both of our waists (see above). Once they got older and had more experience riding, we stopped.

Another tactic is to fit you and kiddo into the same jacket (see below). This works great if you have a large, baggy windbreaker, and/or if it gets cool at night.

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Take Pictures of the Bike Before Renting

Always take numerous pictures of your scooter before you rent it. Note and photograph any pre-existing scratches and dents, and make sure that the renter knows they’re there, too. Why photograph? Just to avoid some conflict when returning your bike to a different guy at the shop who doesn’t know about those damages.

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Know How to Get Fuel

Gas/Petrol Stations — as you may know them — are few and far between in some parts of Indonesia, so you’ll probably buy some or all of your fuel from roadside stalls. These places usually keep it all outside in plain view, so it should be easy to spot (see above).

They pour it for you — let them.

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Well, there are just too many to list. We love eating in Ubud with kids. Delicious, healthy and affordable food is all over town. Here are some of our favorite places to eat in Ubud. Keep in mind that there are a lot more we didn’t list.

Be sure to ask specifically for non-spicy food if your kids need it. Unlike much of Thailand, where chilis are usually already cooked in, restaurants in Bali can be more accommodating.

Three Monkeys

Excellent local dishes, but plenty of western and fusion choices. We’ve eaten here every time we’ve been in Bali. The kids discovered (and fell in love with) tiramisu here, of all things.

Bebek Bengil (aka “Dirty Duck Diner”)

Big, spacious indoor/outdoor dining area with a courtyard and walking paths mean you can enjoy the traditional duck dishes while the kids have room to move.

Sari Organik

Located up on the ridge walk, they have vegetarian, vegan and non-veggie options. Everything we tried here was delicious, and the view over the rice fields was nice, as well. Slightly disorganized, however. Don’t go there if you don’t have time to wait for your food.


More healthy and organic food, as well as excellent coffee and desserts.

Warung Mendez

We stumbled upon this place and then went back a second time. Fish, satay, curries, noodles, salads, all great.

Mamma Mia

Okay, so maybe you didn’t come to Bali for Italian food, but if you or the kids have a craving (like my kids do), Mamma Mia’s pizza is hard to beat. Two locations, both owned by the same Italian expat.

Cafe Lotus

What I like best about this place is the view of the pond and the casual, tatami-mat-like seating. It is great when you have kids who need a quick nap in the afternoon. That is if it’s not crowded. The food and fruit smoothies have been good.

Naughty Nuri’s Warung

Their ribs are overpriced, but excellent, as are the drinks, namely margaritas and (dirty) martinis.


You’ll have no problem finding great places to stay in Ubud with kids. Both the Balinese and expat communities are warm and welcoming to families, and are very sweet to kids.

Rumah Semanggi

Rumah Semanggi is located in a peaceful rice field just outside the downtown area. You will need a scooter to get to/from/around town. They have hotel rooms as well as more homey settings for longer-term stays. In fact, when we visited, we lucked out and rented an actual home while the owners were away.

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Kas Komala (Airbnb)

This place is the second floor of one building inside the compound of an extended Balinese family. It’s a 15-minute scooter ride into town but through one of my favorite areas of the island. We interacted with the family when we had time, but felt no obligation to. There were two separate bedrooms, with a kitchenette between them and a huge patio overlooking the compound.

The family arranged a few meals for us, as well as having local masseuses come to our patio for a treatment (and pedicures for the girls). We really enjoyed our time here, and it felt good knowing that our money was going directly to a local family and not to a faceless hotel conglomerate.

Green Field

Want something more centrally located? Green Field is walking distance from most of Central Ubud. They also have a free shuttle service to specific destinations, as well. Friendly staff, huge rooms and a surprisingly quiet and serene setting for being so close to town. So serene, in fact, that it made us feel noisier than usual. Beautiful saltwater pool, the bike, and guide hires we had here were great, as well. Choose the rooms with patios that face the rice fields.

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CONCLUSION: Ubud with Kids

When in Bali, there are so many things to do in Ubud with kids, but of course I only speak from our experience. Have you been to Ubud with kids? What are your favorite things to do in Ubud — or elsewhere in or Bali — with children? How does this post compare with your time there? What about Lombok or other Indonesian locations nearby? Tell me about it in the comments, or just contact me directly.

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  1. Fantastic informative post! We love Ubud and stayed at the Padma Ubud last holiday with the kids. Was definitely a more expensive way to do it but I actually really enjoyed relaxing at the resort.

  2. Thank you so much! We are in Ubud right now, in Penestanan area, and I take notice of all your tips.
    Rergarding to the carving lessons… did you take one class or more? How long where they?
    Thank you very much Jason. Best, Isabel

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