Good news sun and fun seekers, Little Steps has rounded up the best outdoor activities in Jakarta for you and the kids. Start to plan some exciting open-air play with your babes, tots, and teens. Get sweaty, bond, and laugh! Here are the best outdoor activities to enjoy with your kids in Jakarta.
Ruang Publik Terbuka Ramah Anak (RPTRA) or Public Open Spaces for Children is the new exciting program from Jakarta Government. Currently, there are 70 RPTRA spaces across Jakarta. The biggest one is in Kalijodo, West Jakarta. Here, kids are allowed to roam free and safe! They can also use the skate park, plus there will be occasional art workshop decorating the spaces' walls coached by local talented artists. All locations are equipped with toilets, sinks, indoor area, and library. Students are also welcomed to utilize the spaces for team sports or performance arts rehearsal. And, everything is free of charge!
Public Open Spaces In Jakarta, Check the nearest RPTRA here.
Every Sunday from 6 am to 11 am, some roads around Jakarta are closed to all private cars, to provide space for the public to walk, jog, cycle and do other activities. You can ride your bike without any fear of being knocked over by cars. So, grab your bike and enjoy almost 5 hours of car-free riding every Sunday. This is the schedule for Jakarta Car Free Day.
Car Free Day Schedule, Central Jakarta Jl. Sudirman (every Sunday from 6 am to 11 am). The road closed from Ratu Plaza until Monas Monument | South Jakarta Jl. Sisingamangaraja (every Sunday from 6 am to 11 am) Jl. Dr. Saharjo & Jl. Minangkabau Manggarai, (first week/Sunday of the month at 6 am to 9 am). | West Jakarta Kawasan Kota Tua Tamansari, (second week/Sunday of the month from 6 am to 11 am). | North Jakarta Jl. Boulevard Kelapa Gading (third week/Sunday of the month from 6 am to 11 am). | East Jakarta Jl. Pemuda Rawamangun (fourth week/Sunday of the month from 6 am to 11 am)
Como Park is currently the most stylish off-leash dog park in Jakarta. Not only the furry friends, but kiddos are also welcomed to roam free in the park. Best of all, they have the best American pizza in town, Pizza Place, as well as thoughtful organic food at Lokal Deli, and other interesting food vendors that offer fresh coffee, Japanese cuisine, and of course, premium dog food!
Como Park, Jl. Kemang Timur No. 998, South Jakarta, Instagram
Hot in the city? Escape the heat, traffic and get outdoors and discover the hidden water park gems in Jakarta and beyond. Check out the Little Steps Guide to the Top 6 water parks in Jakarta, Tangerang, and Cikarang. These parks are fabulous for kids of all ages - be sure to go early!
Top Waterparks In Jakarta, Click here!
With a green lifestyle approach, Ocean Ecopark is an open space for visitors of Ancol Taman Impian to explore botanical knowledge and outbound recreation. The park is divided into different functions and facilities, such as Eco Care, Eco Nature, Eco Art, Eco Island and Eco Energy zones. There are coastal vegetation's throughout the zones to support the environment. It is ideal for jogging or cycling and kids love playing, exploring, and strolling too.
Ocean Ecopark, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Jl. Lodan Timur 7, Ancol, North Utara, Indonesia, +62 21 29 222 222, www.ancol.com/id/destinasi/ocean-ecopark
Horse Back Riding is a perfect weekend activity in Jakarta. They offer pony rides, lungeing lessons, group lessons, and riding camps. Arthayasa Stables caters to riders of all ages and levels, even including lessons for disabled riders and their parents. All of the rides and lessons are facilitated by knowledgeable instructors and the horses are carefully chosen for their quiet temperaments and experience with junior riders. While pony rides are for younger riders, kids who are 7 or older can start proper lessons. Costs are determined by the lesson and/or membership type.
If you want to see all of Indonesia in one day, visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)! Get to know the indigenous cultures of Indonesia's 34 provinces, plus more about the local flora and fauna, history, and religions. Other than the skylift cable car, another great option to get around the park is on the Aeromovel, a wind-powered train.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta Timur, +62 21 87795616 / 8409163 / 87792078, www.tamanmini.com