Bali for Kids


Cici’s Kids Corner for Christmas will run until 5 January at the Trans Studio Mall Bali. The event is put on by Cici’s Party Services. There will be lots of activities for kids, such as drawing, making stencils, reading activities, toys and games. The mall also has coffee shops, stores, restaurants and a movie theater so you can make a daylong outing for the whole family. Parents can take turn shopping or enjoying a coffee. One parent must accompany kids in the activity center. Trans Mart Bali is located on Jl. Imam Bonjol, West Denpasar. The mall is open from 10am – 10 pm.

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Bali’s Best Babysitting is a company that offers nannies and babysitters for travelling (or local) families, all of whom have extensive experience in working with Western children. For families coming to Bali who want to have someone look after their children, this service offers trained, experienced professionals who happen to love kids and will keep them occupied and entertained with activities and outings. Each nanny is police-checked, trained in First Aid & CPR and knows how to swim. If you check the reviews on the website, you can tell that the service has a lot of repeat clients. Their office is open daily from 7 am to 7.30 pm. For more information and prices, contact them on +62 0812 3795 3463 or email on balisbestbabysitting@yahoo.com.

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Tony Raka Gallery and Art Lounge in Mas offers an ongoing series of monthly art activities on Sundays for kids. Children get to join real, working artists — hands-on — to make their own memorable piece of art and have fun in the process. Past classes have featured slime making and creating robots from recycled materials. Classes cost 200,000-250,000, which includes materials and a special kid meal afterwards. Contact the Tony Raka Gallery on +62 0361 7816785 for information on upcoming classes. The gallery is located at Jalan Ray Mas No 86. Bookings are essential.

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Even though the holidays will be past when you read this, you can still buy a rustic doll handmade by rural village women and support Bali Street Kids (Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak). Sales of the dolls help support the non-profit working to help street kids get an education and better lives.

You can shop onine directly on the YKPA website ( ykpa.org/shop/ ) or stop in to Ganesha Books in Ubud which also sells them (and buy a book for yourself).  The dolls range in price from IDR 50,000 to IDR 75,000.

Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak (YKPA) (ykpa.org.), often known as the Bali Street Kids Project, runs two orphanages in Denpasar and Tabanan and a school for street kids in Kuta. The non-profit gives disadvantaged kid the loving care, education and skills they need to succeed in life.

The YKPA office is located at Jalan Gunung Payung No 23, Denpasar. You can contact them at care4child@ykpa.org, on +62 8133 7411 112 or +62 8786 1515 773.  Check out their Facebook page at  @YKPADenpasarOrphanage.

Ganesha Books is a well-known, much-loved new and second-hand bookshop in Ubud. In addition to a wide range of new books on Bali and Indonesia, the store stocks a range of second-hand books, mostly in English, but also in other languages. All the books that people have been meaning to read for a while and buy to read on holiday wind up here after they’ve been read, so you can find classics and current best-sellers, as well as Ubud Writer Festival favorites. 

Ganesha Books also runs a literacy project for Balinese kids, called Books For Bali. The goal of the program is to “foster literacy, learning and a love of reading throughout the Balinese community.” You can buy books in the store or online through their website, www.ganeshabooksbali.com/booksforbali.html, to donate to the program. They need dictionaries, picture books, story books, folk tales and children’s books in both English and Indonesian. They also need fiction, poetry and prose for high school kids and adults in rehabilitation. The website contains a list of the places and schools where they donate the books.

Ganesha Books is on the corner of Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Jembawan, in Ubud, just near the main Post Office. The store is open from 9 am to 6 pm. Contact them on +62 361 970 320, email info@ganeshabooksbali.com or visit the website, www.ganeshabooksbali.com, for more information.

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KidSpace UnSchool holds a children’s creativity workshop every Saturday in January in their art & yoga space.  Kids will have a chance to draw, sculpt, cut, glue and create artworks of every kind. The workshop is held from 12 noon to 4 pm at BLAGO Retreat Village, Blah Batuh, Jl Gatot Kaca 8, Gianyar. Please contact Filipp on +62 819 330 19373 for more information and bookings. You can check out past kids classes on social media at www.instagram.com/BLUEMOLOKO.

This column is published monthly. If you have any events or activities, anywhere in Bali, for kids or teens, that you would like publicized, please email all relevant details (time, date, description, location) to LizinBali@gmail.com.

By Liz

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