The world is certainly a little topsy turvy at the moment and so is the weather in Bali! While we can never quite predict when the heavens may open, we can give you a great guide to alternative activities when the wet weather arrives, so get out your gumboots and get going! Here are the best indoor activities to enjoy in Bali on rainy days.
When the skies turn stormy, head to Legian's Dream Museum Zone for 3D trick art that will provide photo ops to top up your Insta feed for days! Wander through themed rooms with images that will wow your friends as you pose for pics in impossible locations and positions, providing hours of fun for all ages.
DMZ Trick Art Museum, Jalan Nakula 33X, Legian, Kuta Bali, +62 811 3805050 (WhatsApp), www.dmzbali.net
Ubud's favorite community, sports, and wellness center is open daily from 8am - 6pm with indoor and outdoor facilities for kids big and small. Get your skates on for a spin around Titi Batu's open-air park or plunge into the pool and when the weather takes a turn for the worst you can sign up for a variety of indoor classes that cater to every age group. Keep an eye out on their website for family-friendly events!
Titi Batu Ubud, Jln Cempaka, Kumbuh, Mas, Ubud. Bali, +62 811 381 7755 (WhatsApp), www.titibatu.com
When rain puts paid to scale mountains, head to Bali Climbing-Bouldering Centre to take adrenalin to new heights. Bali-Climbing Centre offers kids' climbing classes for ages 4 - 11 years from 4pm - 5pm daily. Choose group sessions for Rp150K per person or book a group of 3 for a private 90-minute climbing class from only Rp600K. Private bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Ask about their regular climbing retreats!
Bali Climbing-Bouldering Centre, Jalan Munduk Catu, Batu Bolong, Canggu Bali, +62 852 39136443 (WhatsApp), www.bali-climbing.com
Bartega is offering online art camps for kids! Choose from 1 or 4-day camps that run from 10am - 12pm from June 30 until July 3. It's a safe, fun and friendly way for young artists to cultivate their creative flair using a variety of methods under the guidance of professionals. Ideal for 6-12 years, all materials are delivered to your door prior to class commencement when you register online!
Cooking is cool at any age and what better way to brighten your home on a drizzly day than to bake up a storm in the kitchen! Asmiera Spice is holding a virtual cooking class for teens on July 22 from 10am - 12pm. Register attendance via WhatsApp and they will send you all the details and the ingredients you'll need to bake some Canggu Cowboy Cookies! Follow their Insta page for regular online tutorials.
Asmiera Spice Cooking Studio, Bumbak Square, Jalan Raya Bumbak 5 Umalas, Bali, +62 813 37715517 (WhatsApp), Instagram
Nothing like a bit of retail therapy to cheer you up when skies are grey. If it's too wet to walk the markets you're sure to find more bargains at Bali's many shopping malls. With undercover parking, air conditioning, your favorite labels and plenty of spots to dine, play and shop, these places are always popular when the weather turns sour. Check out these malls for plenty of retail therapy:
Shopping Centres - All Indoors!
Beach Walk Bali, Kuta, http://beachwalkbali.com
Discovery Shopping Mall, Kuta, www.discoveryshoppingmall.com
Trans Studio Mall, www.bali.transstudiomall.com
The Village Seminyak, www.seminyakvillage.com *local designers + resort wear
If you're going to get wet you may as well have fun doing it at Bali Wake Park and Aqualand. With cable ski park, wake park, an inflatable Aqualand, and an undercover cafe, bar, and pro shop, the kids can burn up some energy on the circuit while mum and dad stay dry and watch them in action. Open daily from 11:45am - 5pm, you can even book to stay the night in one of their fully appointed, family bunk rooms.
Bali Wake Park and Aqualand, Jalan Raya Pelabuhan 7X, Benoa, Bali +62 3615468866, www.baliwakepark.com
Create a wearable design you can call your own with a silversmithing class at Studio Perak in Ubud. Classes are open for everyone aged 8 yrs and over from 9am -12pm daily. Design your own ring or pendant while learning the basics of silversmithing, then take home your one of a kind silver creation. Contact them via WhatsApp, Messenger, or Insta for class availability.
Studio Perak, Jalan Hanoman 15 Ubud, Gianyar Bali, +62 812 3651809 (WhatsApp),
When Netflix and board games are so 'last month', get the gang together for a family karaoke night. Virtuoso Bali delivers everything you'll need straight to your door. Their team will show you step by step how to set up the equipment, then just plug it in and sing like nobody's listening! At just Rp550K for a 7-day hire, it's great value for a week's worth of fun. Earplugs are optional!
Virtuoso Bali, +62 811 3964444 (WhatsApp) for delivery to your door, Website
Prego Sunday Brunch at The Westin in Nusa Dua begins from 11.30am! Renowned for being one of Bali's most family-friendly Sunday brunches, Prego dishes up delicious Italian treats along with an incredible dessert bar, live entertainment, and activities for the kids. With numbers limited to adhere to 'new normal' regulations, be sure to book ahead.
Balinese and Indonesian cuisine cooking classes are a great way to enjoy a meal and take the skills back home with you. Most cooking classes start with visiting the local vegetable and fish markets and end with a delicious lunch or dinner! A great activity for the whole family!
There are so many cafes scattered around the island and a rainy day is a very good opportunity to try some of them for yourself. Great coffee, acai bowls or the best freshly baked croissants, there’s something for everyone! Happy café hopping!
Don’t miss to try:
Watercress, Batu Belig, Seminyak, www.watercressbali.com
Sea Circus, Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak, http://seacircus-bali.com
Milk & Madu, Jl. Pantai Berawa, Canggu, www.milkandmadu.com
Café Pomegranate, Ubud, http://cafepomegranate.org
Get photographed in traditional Balinese attire including hairdo and makeup. Most companies offer free pick up and drop off. It’s another fantastic way to embrace the local culture and have a laugh when you see yourself transformed into Balinese royalty.
Take the trip to Ubud or stop by Canggu and join a Balinese Dance class. From the minute you first sit down to watch the dancers, you will be amazed and eager to give it a try yourself! You may not be able to do the moves at first but thankfully the instructors will guide and motivate you until you can do the dance movements correctly. As you master the moves you will also learn about Indonesian philosophy as each step, each movement represents some deep insight into the nature of life and universal law of the Balinese.
Desa Seni, Canggu, www.desaseni.com
L’Atelier Parfums et Creations in Nusa Dua and Jimbaran offer you the opportunity to find and make the perfect frangrance just for you! When you enter one of their workshops at either Ayana Resort and Spa Jimbaran or Ritz-Carlton Bali Nusa Dua, you will notice a huge array of bottles lined up on the pearl white tables, and there you will begin your journey into fragrance. It starts with a personality test to determine your Zen and Tonic cards; then on sniffing dozens of essential oils and ingredients, choosing the ones you like. Workshops typically take 90 minutes but a 3-hour session is possible if you want to learn more. Either way, you will take a completely personalized souvenir home with you. Children's workshops are available as well!
L’atelier Parfums et Creations, Nusa Dua & Jimbaran, www.perfumeworkshops.com
Rainy days are the perfect time to visit museums and art galleries with your family. There are various galleries and museums scattered all over the island. One of the best galleries to check is the Trick Art 3D Gallery. This interactive museum allows kids and adults alike to be part of the paintings.
You can’t leave Bali without spoiling yourself with many (more than many) mani pedis and spas! It’s affordable, relaxing and highly recommended for those rainy days! Have kids? Then spend a day at the spa with them!
Prana Spa, Seminyak, http://pranaspabali.com