Beaches, cultural parks, and playgrounds are off-limits for now. Schools are shut and masks are mandatory. With the bulk of Bali’s afterschool activities on pause until further notice, parents might be panicking about ways to keep the kiddos entertained on weekends and after online schooling has finished for the day. But who needs the beach when there are a whole host of activities that you can do at home as a family while our regular outdoor activities in Bali are on hiatus. Here are our Top Ways To Avoid The Crowds In Bali.
Bali's tourist treks and activities have been forced into hibernation, for now, so even though you can't book one of the many amazing guided cycle tours that don't mean you can't get on your bike and ride. In fact, with most residents working and schooling from home, Bali's streets are eerily quiet in most areas so it's a great time to take the kids out for family bike ride and continue to practice social distancing! Don't own a bicycle? Rent one from Bali Bicycle Rental and keep one of our locally owned businesses going during these tough times. Book online and they will deliver to your door.
Bali Bicycle Rental, +62 361 9060995, www.balibicyclerental.com
15Fit Fitness Training Studio is a boutique gym based in Umalas. They are offering private fitness classes for individuals or family groups at their studio or they will come to train you at your villa! They have the gear so all you need is your enthusiasm! All equipment is thoroughly disinfected and sanitized after every use. Looking for online options? Try P.E With Joe Wicks. This fitness guru offers free 30-minute P.E classes online each day via his YouTube channel. No equipment is necessary!
15Fit Fitness Training, www.15fit.asia
Just because you're stuck at home doesn't mean you can't be creative! Get the kids' art and activity packs delivered directly to your home with Puhan Art Packs and Steam Little Explorer packs. Puhan Art Packs cover a variety of crafty projects for creative little hands from finger knitting creatures to woven loom packs and a DIY mini theatre. Free delivery in the Sanur area with a courier to other areas via Gojek. Steam Explorer packs will keep enquiring minds active for the whole with a total of nine different activities.
Puhan Art Packs, +62 899 5625285 (WhatsApp)
Steam Academy Little Explorer Packs, +62 821 44088898 (WhatsApp)
For many of us, taking on the role of the teacher during this time of homeschooling adds extra stress to our days. Despite Bali schools rolling out some great online learning programs, parents need to remain vigilant that kids aren't struggling to understand the work before them. Online tutors are a great help for kids to keep up and stay abreast of their classwork. MissSusie Online Schooling offers online tutoring for Reading, Math, and Bahasa Indonesia using the full IXL subscription. She has already worked with children aged four to eight for over five years in international schools around Bali.
MissSusie Online, +62 813 10693510 (WhatsApp)
Try these free sites for online homework help:
With flights in and out of Bali canceled until the beginning of June, any dreams of travel to exotic and interesting places are on the backburner for now. Strap yourself into that deckchair and get ready to travel the world with some of the most incredible virtual field trips on offer.
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Quarantine Travel Redefined, click here!
When was the last time you played for Pall Mall or hustled for hotels? Break out the Monopoly, Junior Scrabble, and Uno for a family game night to break the boredom of being at home. If you don't want to leave the house, get them delivered door to door with GoJek. You could even organize a Zoom meet and lighten things up with a game of virtual charades between families or even set up a mini Olympics in your lounge room. The only limit is your imagination! Try Spellbound Bali to buy your board games online and ask about delivery.
Spellbound Bali, +62 361 416746, www.tokopedia.com/spellboundstore
Now's the perfect time to get the kids in the kitchen and help with baking and dinner prep. Though cooking classes are always better on-site and with friends, there are a couple of creative cooks encouraging kids to get their bake on. Cooking Class With Mey is a Bali based cooking class that has moved online during the local COVID-19 restrictions. Simply follow her IGTV cooking demos for easy and tasty snacks. Asmiera Spice cooking school is also encouraging kids to post a short video on their Instagram demonstrating their cooking talents. Check out their Instagram Page and WhatsApp them to register for the competition.
Asmiera Spice, +62 813 37715517(WhatsApp), Instagram
Other online cooking sites to try:
If pitching a tent in our national parks or visiting those luxe glamping spots is out of the question why not create a memorable family bonding experience with a camp out in the backyard? You don't need much. Great if you already have a tent but if not you can fashion one from blankets or sheets and a rope between the trees. Little ones will love the idea of sleep out and with the rainy season at an end and nights a little cooler, the weather is ideal for stargazing. Remember essentials like a torch, pillows cushions, and blankets, and don't forget the mozzie spray! Even if you don't stay out for the whole night, you can snuggle up and tell stories by torchlight until such time as eyes get sleepy and a comfy bed beckons!
Check out these websites for more backyard camping ideas:
Ever wondered how to make those creative and colorful offerings you see on the streets and on temples around the island? These divine displays of floral creativity represent daily devotional gifts to the Balinese Hindu beliefs. The offerings come in many shapes and sizes and present an integral part of life on the island. With extra hours at home on our hands, why not take the time to learn more about Balinese culture and how to make your own offerings? Ground Asia offers more information about Balinese culture or head to BaliGoLive and search 'canang sari' for a step by step demonstration on how to create these divine daily offerings. Suksma!
Ground Asia, www.groundasia.com