Your Total Guide to Canggu with Kids

Your Total Guide to Canggu with Kids

Here at Bali Kids Guide we’ve been getting more and more questions about the family-friendlyness of Canggu. With so many things for kids popping up in the area we thought it was high time we spent some time there and formed a complete picture of where to stay, eat, and play. We didn’t manage to hit every single spot but I think we’ve done pretty well with this Complete Guide to Canggu with Kids! 

Where to Stay

I always think of Canggu as being a number of different areas, all on the south side of Jalan Raya Canggu heading towards the beach. Berawa, Batu Bolong, Echo Beach and Pererenen are probably the best known. Villas, guesthouses and now major hotels have increased in number exponentially over the past few years giving you a wide range of accommodation options. There are of course plenty of villas and guesthouses on the other side of Jalan Raya Canggu as well.

Canggu is well known for its rowdy nightlife so you will want to take this into account when you choose where you’re staying. We’ve tried to give you some recommended options, but also read plenty of reviews before you book to make sure you don’t end up with music shaking the windows of your villa until dawn.

Where we stay

Our last stay in Canggu was actually just on the outskirts at The Santai in Umalas. This is a great area that gives you easy access to both Canggu and Seminyak.

The Santai was the most amazing place to stay. We had a 3 bedroom villa (we only used 2 rooms) with a great kitchen, private pool, and lounge area. The rooms are luxurious but not overdone and the bathrooms absolutely massive.

The only issue you might want to consider is the sleeping arrangements as the rooms aren’t connected and the pool is outside the rooms. A pool fence can be fitted to ensure kids can not access the pool unsupervised. 

Breakfast is incredible and can be eaten in your villa or in their Gong Restaurant near the reception area.

Other options:

Villa Echo Padi

This is a family fave thanks to its kid-friendly design, close proximity to the beach, and permanent pool fence. The 3 luxury villas in this complex each have 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, a full kitchen and dining area, private pool, garden, sun deck and private balconies.

The Apartments Canggu

If you want to settle in and feel really at home The Apartments Canggu is your spot. They offer stylish studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments with either shared or private pools. Some even have kitchen facilities to make feeding or preparing bottles for little ones easy peasy.

Haven Suites Berawa

The Haven Suites Berawa is a beachfront hotel with large rooms, a huge swimming pool and an onsite restaurant. It’s not cheap but if you’re looking for a full service hotel in Canggu there aren’t so many to choose from.

The Chillhouse

Surfing families can’t go wrong with a room at The Chillhouse. Whether your kids are little or all grown up, it’s family-friendly and relaxed. Bright, airy rooms with cool murals, a social communal dining area, and young, cheery staff make this place a go-to in Canggu for active families.

Hotel Tugu

Tugu is at the upper end of the scale in Canggu price-wise but it’s also the most unique and beautiful hotel in the area. One of the very first hotels in Canggu, Tugu is packed full of antiques, carvings, paintings and cultural artifacts. The rooms are spectacular and there really is nowhere like it anywhere else in Canggu.  

Where to Eat

There are almost endless chances to stuff your face in Canggu so this is probably the most difficult list to compile. However, we’ve included only the most kid-friendly so you can narrow it down to the really must-try spots while you’re in Canggu.

The Joglo

The Joglo is an absolute must for families in Canggu. The big grassy area, playground, sandpit and kids activities are brilliant for parents that need a break. The food is also healthy, fresh and well priced for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

La Casita

Delicious Peruvian food, a playground, and a cute wooden joglo setting? Yes please! La Casita also has great coffee, friendly staff and occasional kids activities.

Milk & Madu

Reopened in July 2018 after a devastating fire, Milk & Madu is again THE hangout for cool parents and kids that like long brunches, big lunches and social dinners. The playground is small but cute and there are activities for kids like arts, crafts and games every Tuesday – Sunday from 10am until 3pm.

Old Man’s

You might not immediately think of Old Man’s as a family spot, but it really does cater to people who want to have a good time without getting fall down drunk (as well as those who do). The daytime crowd is chilled, family-welcoming and usually hungry after surfing. The kids menu is great and there is a ping-pong table and room to run around for the kiddos. 

The Lawn

Again, not a place you immediately think of with kids, but in the daytime or early evening there is space to play on the Lawn, a great menu and also a swimming pool. After dark it can get a bit crowded, but by then us lame old parents are ready to crash anyway.

Berawa’s Kitchen

What’s better than lots of choices when it comes to fussy eaters!? Nothing, and I know this for a fact because my son is a pain in the bum when it comes to food. Berawa Kitchen has an excellent selection of food stalls from burgers to Mexican, healthy stuff and ice cream. You will definitely find something here for everyone and if you don’t you can send them off to the playground to keep them happy while you eat.

Parachute

If your kids need room to roam, Parachute is your spot. A large grassy lawn looking out to the rice fields is perfect for brunch or lunch with little ones. It also has a really nice mix and match style daytime menu that allows you to pick exactly what the kiddos will eat. Lovely breads and pastries, diy salads, separate dips and spreads and combo plates are ideal if you have picky eaters. 

Where to Play

All the above restaurants have some element of play but if you want stand-alone play places check these out.

 

Finn’s Recreation Club

Finn’s is a Canggu institution and we absolute love it for family time. With Splash Water Park, Strike Bowling, Bounce Trampoline Centre, Cubby House Kids Club and Finn’s Beach Club, you can’t really go wrong. There is also a spa, restaurants, gym and special events like outdoor movie nights, markets and charity functions.

We recommend a Finn’s Super Fun Pass for 2 adults and 2 children, which includes a day pass for Splash Water Park, an hour of trampolining at Bounce, an hour of bowling at Strike, and a day pass Finn’s Beach Club as well. This also includes 2 day beds at Splash and 2 at Finn’s Beach Club. For around $150 Aussie dollars we think this is a steal! 

When we did the Super Fun Pass last time the kids were blissfully happy and blissfully (for us) asleep by 8pm. Just an extra bonus when you’d like a little adult time in the evening. 

Amplitude Skate Park 

Ok, Amplitude is technically in Kerobokan but if you have a child (or adult) skater in your family it’s worth the trip. Over 2000 square metres of obstacles, rails and pump track is insanely fun for all ages. You can even ask about skate lessons for the kids if they are just getting started.

Roar Fitness

Located at The Joglo, Roar Fitness is a great spot for parents and kids to keep active. There are twice weekly kids yoga classes Tuesday and Sunday and lots of adult classes to choose. Don’t miss the Gin Barre class that entitles you to 2-4-1 gin & tonics afterwards!

Tamora Gallery

Relatively new in Canggu, Tamora Gallery is part shopping gallery, part playground. They hold lots events that are aimed at not only keeping kids happy, but making sure parents are enjoying themselves as well. We went for Halloween and loved the mix of fun activities for kids and food and drink deals for grown ups. You can go and play in the playground there any time and there is even a teeny skate bowl at the back of the shopping area.

The Beach!

The beaches might not be white sand but kids don’t care. Berawa, Batu Bolong and Echo Beach are our favorite hang out spots and all perfect for sunset beers while the kiddos play in the sand and splash in the shallows. 

Surfing 

Canggu has long been a surf mecca, there are just more places to eat and stay now than a few years ago. The waves are pretty good for beginners and intermediate surfers and can get really good for experienced board riders too. If learning or getting better at surfing is something you might like to do in Canggu, get in touch with one of these surf schools.

 

Surf Schools:

Indasurf – http://indasurf.com/

Silver Surf – http://silversurfbali.com/

Bali Local Surf School – http://www.balilocalsurfschool.com

 

Where to Shop

Canggu is swamped with shops selling everything from teeny-weeny bikinis to big-boy motorbikes. If you want something more appropriate for the under 18s and over 25s you might want to pop into these shops.

Dewina

Dewina’s sweet mum & daughter matchies and light and pretty kids clothes are perfect for special occasions and gifts. Dewina specialises in high quality fabrics like beautiful linens, and boutique designers, so if you’re looking for something really unique, this is your spot.

Spellbound

There aren’t a whole lot of toy stores in Bali, but Spellbound usually comes through when we’re looking for interesting toys, books, costumes and especially birthday presents. They have a great selection of high quality classic toys, pocket money goodies and also educational toys for all ages.

Billie’s

If you love home décor, fun colours, handmade things and plenty of pineapples, flamingos, and mermaids, you’ll love Billie’s. We love the wooden dolls, gorgeous throw pillows and woven baskets in tropical colours.

Zero Waste Bali

This is an important move for Bali and we’re 100% supportive of any way we can try to keep litter off the streets and out of rivers and the sea. If you’re staying in Bali drop by to pick up some basics like rice, lentils, soap, detergent and oil. You can also get Mini Muncher baby and kid foods here as both businesses are owned by same wonderful health/eco/kid-conscious person. Just don’t forget to take some empty containers and your own shopping bag.

Love Anchor

If you love loads of choice you’ll want to stop in at Love Anchor. Their daily bazaar has everything from jewelry to home décor, and you can even have frozen yogurt and nasi Padang while you shop. I can’t think of anything better.

Getting Around

Stroller friendly Canggu is not. This means driving just about everywhere, which also means traffic jams. Motorbike is your best bet but also not recommended with kids (by me, others may disagree). It’s also often tough to Uber/Grab/GoJek thanks to a healthy taxi mafia operating in the area. Getting a reliable driver in Canggu is a good idea but failing that, negotiate with the drivers on the street. They can be tough so make sure you perfect your no thanks and walk away.

We’ve made up a handy map of most of the places on our lists. There are tons of other little roads but the main roads are marked on the map. 

 

 

Tips for Stress Free Travel with Kids

Tips for Stress Free Travel with Kids

We all know travel with kids can be stressful but travel can have an immensely positive impact on them. The knowledge they will acquire, skills they will develop and memories they will gain from travel, makes it totally worth it! Plus there are some really great travel products; info and tips out there that can help you make it a stress free and enjoyable experience.

Keeping children comfortable and entertained as well as being organised are vital when it comes to family travel, and Australian company Kooshy Kids has products that will help you achieve all of these things.

Child Comfort – Getting Some

Sleep Onboard!

Kid comfort is key, especially on long-haul flights, which can be a nightmare if you don’t have a way of letting your child fall asleep comfortably. They will be sprawled out all over you for hours with no one is getting any quality sleep. One of the most practical ideas I’ve seen for travel in a long time is from Australian business Kooshy Kids.

The Kooshy Kids Kooshion can be used to create a flat, flexible space for kids to enjoy as a couch or bed on the aeroplane (or for that matter train or bus). It is placed on the floor between your child’s seat and the seat in front and then inflated, providing a large flat surface for legs to stretch out and little ones can lay flat for sleeping. It’s simple to use, lightweight, durable and comfortable with a soft material on top.

Over 50 airlines allow the use of the Kooshy Kids Kooshion during flight with some conditions like it must be deflated for takeoff and landing. This product is a must when flying with kids, if the kids can get some sleep then so can you and it makes a big difference!

Toys & Games – Keeping kids entertained!

For kids with tablets and gadgets letting them watch their shows and play their games really is the best way to keep them entertained. Just make sure they are fully charged prior to departure. But a tip, before its time for sleep give them a break from the back-lit screen to help them wind down, perhaps read them a book or tell them a story, or quietly sing them a song if they are small, to help them relax before sleep. If you’re looking for some alternate entertainment that engages children’s creative minds and gives them a nice break from technology there are some great travel friendly games available.

Kooshy Kids recommends and stocks Tiger Tribe products. Tiger Tribe games are compact and portable and encourage independent play, they are perfect for travelling kids. Magnetic games, play scenes and design boards help develop imagination and fine motor skills. Other entertainment options you can include are books, packs of cards, yoyo, journal and any small toy that is portable and easy to pack (hanging toys you can click to their backpacks are good).

Pack snacks – Fill their little tummies!

Kids can get cranky when they are hungry and they may not like the plane food or be provided with enough snack type options. So best to pack some snacks with you, take something healthy and their favourites, or surprise them with something new. Carry them in a separate easy to access bag, snacks are also a good way to pass some time and keep kids quiet. Also remember to encourage your kids to drink lots of water and walk around; they may like to explore the plane or train!

Plan in advance – be organized and prepared!

One last thing, you do need to be extra organised when travelling with kids. Research the destination and find out what activities there are to do with kids, what restaurants and hotels are family- friendly and what items you can order in advance to help you out. Think about pram or car seat hire at the destination. It also pays to be organised with your families travel documents and its helpful to keep all passports and other paperwork together in a safe place. A Kooshy Kids family passport wallet is ideal for this. The wallet makes it easier when needing to access passports quickly and minimizes the chance of losing one or misplacing essential documentation.

Making Travel with Kids as Stress Free as Possible

 

Travel really is the best gift you can give your children so go book that family holiday, use the tips above and grab some Kooshy Kids products to help make it stress free and create some happy memories exploring the world together!

Click HERE to go to the Kooshy Kids Shop.

Hey Hendrix! Bamboo Clothing for Kids

Hey Hendrix! Bamboo Clothing for Kids

WIN A $100 SHOPPING SPREE!

 

We’re really excited to offer the chance to win $100 spending spree for Hey Hendrix! This is a brand born out of love a mother’s love for her own child, and the desire for him to feel 100% comfortable in his clothes. It also comes from a respect for the environment. All Hey Hendrix clothing is made from eco-friendly bamboo locally sourced and organically grown.

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All Hey Hendrix pieces are handmade in Bali from bamboo, the most gentle fabric for a baby’s skin. It’s soft, cozy and thermo-regulating so it will keep your baby cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It also has natural anti-bacterial properties, keeping babies germ and odor free. Bamboo is also the perfect material to dress babies and children with sensitive skin in. It has no irritating fibers that can cause rashes, skin sensitivities and itchiness.

Bamboo grows quickly, doesn’t need large amounts of water to grow, and is simple to process into yarn. This makes it one of the most eco-friendly materials to work with.

The Hey Hendrix range offers comfortable tops, onesies and cool harem pants for babies and kids from newborn up to 6 years old. The simple styles and colours will match or layer perfectly with anything in your little one’s wardrobe. The pieces also make fantastic gifts for friends and family.

Visit Hey Hendrix on FacebookInstagram or shop on the Hey Hendrix Etsy shop!

Cryoow! Bali Introduces Bali Goo!

Cryoow! Bali Introduces Bali Goo!

What is Cryoow! Bali?

Cryoow! is an abbreviation from the first two letters from the words in the sentence: “CReate YOur OWn!” and Cryoow Bali are doing just that! This small business encourages you to have something produced that is exactly what you or your customers are looking for, whether it’s bags, cushions, clothing or just about anything else you can imagine! They will help you all the way from your idea to the finished product, working with you personally all the way.
Cryoow! is a concept they really believe in and hope that people will create their own designs and have things handmade instead of buying everything cheaply from China. Anyone can design products but not everyone can make them, so the talented tailors at Cryoow! are here to help. When you work with Cryoow! you will end up with something that is your own, something you can be proud of, and something that gives your home or business a personal touch.

Introducing Bali Goo

 

Bali Goo is the newest product from Cryoow! and will be an absolute hit with the kids.

After plenty of experimenting in their Sanur lab, Bali Goo has come up with the perfect mixtures of non-toxic giant bubble juice, bubble accessories, Cryoow! slime, and accessories like slime base, slime activator and glitter in 6 colors.

Several sizes of bottles are available and you can even take your own to cut down on plastic waste. Special packages are available for parties, schools and gatherings and all products are “made in Bali” by Bali Goo brewery!

Stop by the Goo Brewery with your kids and get all you need to make your own slime or customize ready-made slime at the brewery. You can also order and have your bubbles or slime delivered by Go-Jek!

Why Buy from Cryoow! Bali?

By supporting businesses like Cryoow! you are helping out local people and also buying from an environmentally responsible business that really cares about the island.

For more information on Cryoow! and their products visit their Website

or Facebook Pages: Cryoow! and Bali Goo

Buying Swimwear in Bali for You and Your Kiddos

Buying Swimwear in Bali for You and Your Kiddos

While you can always pack a couple of swimmies for the kiddos, you can also get some great swimwear once you land in Bali. Swing by one of these swimwear shops if you are on the lookout for high-quality swimwear for the little ones. Here are some great places for Buying Swimwear in Bali:

Hardy’s Sanur

Hardy’s is the largest supermarket in Sanur. This supermarket has everything from groceries to basic home goods and everything in between. The ground floor has a pretty great selection of branded swimwear, making buying swimwear in Bali is super easy!

Hardy's Sanur Buying swimwear in bali Bali Kids Guide

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We always head to Hardy’s Sanur to score great deals on quality swimwear for the kids! You’ll find one piece or two piece swimsuits for little girls and rashies or trunks for little boys that come in different sizes. And at very affordable prices, you can grab a couple so the kids have extras.

See Hardy’s Sanur in our directory.

NicoNico Mare Swimwear

Founded in 2004, Nico Nico Mare is one of the best swimwear stores in Bali. The store has several branches all over the island including a few shops in Seminyak. Nico Nico Mare is owned and operated by acclaimed designer Nico Genze, who is best known for his work for Victoria’s Secret.

NicoNico Mare Swimwear Buying swimwear in bali Bali Kids Guide

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Nico Nico Mare’s swimwear collection is inspired by Genze’s travels. His selection of children’s swimwear isn’t huge but every piece is simply divine. The pieces are always colorful, stylish, and playful. Apart from one piece swimsuits and mix n’ match printed bottoms; we love the themed swimwear available for boys and girls.

See NicoNico Mare Swimwear in our directory.

Kahuna Surf Kids

If you’re staying in Kuta and are buying swimwear in Bali, Kahuna Surf Kids specializes in a wide selection of beachwear. If you are looking for swimwear with unique prints and designs, this is the best swimwear store to check out because of the standout pieces!

Kahuna Surf Kids Buying swimwear in bali Bali Kids Guide

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Kahuna Surf Kids offers a great selection of beachwear for children age two and above. You will love the eclectic mix of surf-inspired streetwear, brightly colored swimmies, and mix n’ match collection. Kahuna Surf Kids has everything from unisex tees, board shorts, and dresses, as well as cute shorts, tank tops, and surf wear for both girls and boys.

See Kahuna Surf Kids in our directory.

Padilla Bali

Padilla first opened its doors in 1993 selling an array of swimwear for children and older kids. It has developed its business further and has since become a top clothing manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler, and exporter of sporting and swimming apparel in Bali. Today, Padilla is one of the largest swimwear stores in Bali!

Padilla Bali Buying swimwear in bali Bali Kids Guide

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If you love options for your little fashionista, you will love Padilla’s dizzying selection of bikinis, tankinis, one-piece swimsuits, jumpsuits, surf wear, boardshorts, and fitness wear. Understanding the importance of cultural diversity, Padilla offers Muslim swimwear too. These are long-sleeved overalls with head covers. Almost every design comes in adult and kids sizes so you can surely find whatever you need at Padilla.

See Padilla Bali in our directory.

Blue Glue Bikinis

Blue Glue Bikinis specializes in chic, high-quality swimwear for children. This swimwear store has a lot of branches all over the island, including in Seminyak, Ubud, and Nusa Dua. We love Blue Glue Bikinis’ extensive selection of children’s swimwear in every imaginable color, patterns, and designs.

Blue Glue Bikinis Buying swimwear in bali Bali Kids Guide

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If you are shopping for your Bali holiday swimwear at Blue Glue Bikinis, we recommend checking out the cool, colorful bottoms that you can mix and match, as well as the super cute ruffled bikini tops for toddlers!

See Blue Glue Bikinis in our directory.

Summer Chicks

Buying swimwear in Bali Bali Kids Guide

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We love how Summer Chicks goes for unconventional designs and materials, including swimmies with intricate beading or maternity swimwear. And there is something for everyone, even kids that are not comfortable wearing a traditional bikini!

See Summer Chicks in our directory.

Indigo Kids

Indigo Kids is one of the leading resort and swimwear brands in Bali. This swimwear shop features Australian designed apparel and swimwear that are manufactured throughout Indonesia. The children’s swimwear line offers great finds for boys and girls aged 3 months to 12 years old! Indigo Kids has several branches all over the island, including in Kuta, Seminyak, and Nusa Dua.

Featuring playful prints, eye-catching colorways, and fine embroidery and beading, swimwear at Indigo Kids is totally unique.

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See Indigo Kids in our directory.

Kuta Kidz

Kuta Kidz, which opened in 1988, is one of the longest-running children’s apparel company in Bali. The brand started out as a small shop at Bemo corner in Kuta and has since grown into an internationally renowned brand. Kuta Kidz is best known for its babies and children’s lifestyle clothing and streetwear but the swimwear line is definitely worth checking out!

Kuta Kidz Buying swimwear in bali Bali Kids Guide

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The store started out just a few steps from the local beach so you can bet the owners took swimwear very seriously. Kuta Kidz’s swimwear line features a selection of affordable bikini and tankini sets for girls and board shorts, shirts, tank tops, and beachwear accessories for little boys. Kuta Kidz’s swimwear line is perfect for toddlers all the way up to 12 years old.

See Kuta Kidz in our directory.

Surfer Girl

Homegrown Bali brand Surfer Girl prides itself on being “the Happiest Girls Clothing Brand in the World”. The bright colours, quality materials and fun designs are great for girls from babies up to tweens and teens.

Surfer Girl Buying swimwear in bali Bali Kids Guide

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Their swimmers are also fantastic for active girls who want to play, swim and surf and be comfy and protected from the sun while they do it. Surfer Girl also has a huge range of clothes, sandals and accessories that your girls will love.

See Surfer Girl in our directory.

There are Loads of Choices for Buying Swimwear in Bali

You’ll need a good selection of swimwear for you and the kids to feel your best by the pool or on the beach. This list should help you find the best spots for buying swimwear in Bali. Enjoy your shopping!