How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Bali is a very well-equipped city for those raising infants/toddlers. There are special diaper-changing rooms at most large shopping malls, restaurants and airports. You will also find many parks and playgrounds throughout the city.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Finding a reliable childcare provider or nanny usually depends on the area where you are living.
Neighbors and colleagues are great resources for recommendations. Your neighborhood community center can also be a good resource in finding reliable childcare providers within the area. For assistance with finding a nanny, you can contact nanny agencies or placement agencies that offer professional sourcing of qualified care givers or contact Crown Bali.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
The concerns of parents in Bali are the same as those in other very large urban areas. There can be a perception that living in an urban area entails a greater risk to children due to higher crime rates. It is recommended that you speak to your local school to find out whether there are any particular concerns specific for your area. Children should always be accompanied and supervised by an adult and should never talk to strangers.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Some fun and cool things that kids love to do and go to in Bali are:
- Water Sports: Swimming, snorkeling, banana boat rides, water skiing, parasailing or rafting along the Ayung River. These are often arranged by most hotels and at the Beluga Marina in Tanjung Benoa. There are also small sail boats, catamarans, and boards for wind surfing that can be rented along Jimbaran Beach.
- Scuba Diving in Bali: A number of PADI-certified companies offer diving tours (no spear fishing in Bali) with experienced guides and equipment from one day to several days.
- Game Fishing: A number of companies offer yachts and fishing boats with guides for charter. The catch includes tuna, wahoo, mai-mai, mackerel, or marlin. Snapper, cod and coral trout can be caught reef fishing, should you so desire.
- Day Cruises: There are daily cruises to nearby Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan islands off the southeast coast of Bali. Guests spend the day either at one of the beach clubs (with restaurant, swimming pool, water sports equipment) or on a floating pontoon. You can go snorkeling, scuba diving, take Banana Boat rides, or view the underwater world from a semi-submersible vessel.
- Dinner Cruises: Some of the boats that leave in the morning for the regular island cruises also offer dinner cruises. After cruising around the Benoa Harbour, eating a buffet dinner, and listening to some entertainment by folk singers and live bands, you return to the pier.
- Island Cruises: There are a number of cruises from Bali through the Lesser Sunda Islands, to Sulawesi, and the Moluccas. You can choose from modern cruise liners, luxurious private yachts, or traditional Buginese schooners.
- Playing Golf in Bali: The Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club near Bedugul in the mountains is probably Bali's most attractive golf course. And it's lots of fun!
- Jenggala: Aside from a wonderful selection of ceramics, wood and silver chopsticks, and glassware, there is a small café and a gallery with exhibits that change about every 3 months.
- Waterbom Park: A great water park full of rides, activities and yummy food!
- Neka Museum: A great collection of artists and styles.
- Bali Bird Park - Come see hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds that fly through the tropical gardens.
- Elephant Safari - This park is about 1 hour from Ubud and gives kids the opportunity to learn all about elephants, watch them play and bathe in the park lake, as well as hand feeding, photographs and elephant rides.
- Bali Reptile Park - This is close to the bird park and is a fascinating park, home to the most complete collection of reptiles in Southeast Asia.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Most schools have after-school activities, such as competitive school sports teams and various special interest clubs. They also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends. And, they like to just hang out with their friends at each others' homes.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Living in Bali as teenager can be an exciting and fun experience; yet, of course, many parents have their concerns about safety. Much of the life of teenagers revolves around the school that they attend and the neighborhood that they live in. Most teens are involved in some after-school programs, whether in sports or drama club. And, as mentioned previously, they love to spend time with their friends and do fun things. Adjustment to any new place takes time, but we feel once they get settled in and meet new friends, they are going to love it here!
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Local schools and churches are good sources for getting all youth group and activity information for your area. Your neighbors can be a great source for getting community-specific information.
I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
The local culture is taught in the school system and children will also find that their public library is a good resource. Additionally, there are several local events that occur on a weekly basis that teach young people all about the local culture. Check with your local library for up-to-date happenings in each area.
Also, take your kids to any of the following places listed below to learn all about the Indonesian culture:
- Bali Museum: Jalan Letkol Wisnu, Denpasar, daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except Mondays
- Museum of Archeology: Jalan Letkol Wisnu, Denpasar, daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except Mondays
- Taman Budaya Cultural Center: Jalan Nusa Indah, Denpasar, daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., except holidays
- Museum Le Mayeur: Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur, daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Fridays
- Agung Rai Museum of Art: Jalan Pengosekan, Peliatan, Ubud, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except holidays
- Bamboo Gallery: Nyuhkuning, Pengosekan, Ubud, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Blue Moon Gallery: Jalan Tirta Tawar, Banjar Kutuh Kaja, 900 meters north of Ubud's main road, and Studio Blue Moon, Ubud main road at Jalan Sriwedari, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., specializing in exhibitions featuring emerging contemporary artists
- Neka Museum: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud, daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays
- Museum Puri Lukisan: Jalan Raya Ubud, daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except holidays
- Rudana Museum: Peliatan, Ubud, daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays
- Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women: Jalan Sriwedari 2B, Ubud, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays
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