Living in the Big Durian can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you have a toddler in tow. Between shopping malls, playgrounds, and pre-schools, parents in Jakarta are looking for more creative ways to have fun with their children even with the scorching heat and lack of sidewalks. Here Little Steps has gathered the top 10 fun activities that you can do with your toddlers in Jakarta.
Museums are not only for big kids, they are toddler-friendly as well. Little ones love getting up-close and personal with silkworms at Rumah Sutra; color their kites at the Kite Museum; and experience star-gazing at the planetarium at SkyWorld. These activities are great for kids' curiosity and will enhance their development. On the days you don’t feel comfortable going out, some museums offer a virtual tour of their displays and facilities. That way you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.
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If you have a day free, plan a trip to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), literally translated as Beautiful Indonesia Mini Garden. It’s a large complex in east Jakarta where they have traditional houses representing each province in Indonesia. On weekends, they have traditional dance shows in some areas of the garden. Pick a few houses that might interest you to visit as they have many things to offer. One of our favorites is Taman Burung or Bird Garden, where you can see and interact with many different species of birds. Some of the museums listed above are located within the complex which is convenient and you can check that off your to-do list. Learn more about TMII here.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, East Jakarta, www.tamanmini.com
Basking in the sun is a great way to pile up on your vitamin D, but Jakarta’s sun can get too hot sometimes. A day in one of Jakarta’s water parks will allow you to get some sun and cool off at the same time. A lot of water parks have exciting and thrilling rides for big kids and adults, but they also have play pools for the little ones to enjoy. Waterbom in the PIK area in north Jakarta has Kiddy Pools and BomBlazter that will keep the little ones entertained for many hours, and The Wave Pondok Indah Water Park in south Jakarta has AquaPlay for the little ones.
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Jakarta has a selection of paid indoor and outdoor playgrounds that families can visit. From pretend play to slides, water play and ball pool, the little ones can enjoy hours of playtime. Most of the playgrounds have something fun offered for older siblings as well as rest areas for parents. Why not arrange a playdate with friends so the little ones can play together and the parents can socialize at the same time. For outdoor playgrounds, we love Playground and Playparq in Kemang, and for indoor ones, there are so many to choose from at each of Jakarta’s shopping malls.
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Located about an hour from Jakarta in the highland area, Taman Safari offers fun experience for toddlers, kids, and adults alike! See exotic animals while driving through their living space and they might approach you to say hi. At the end of the drive-through, you have the opportunity to explore other areas on foot. They have pony rides, a Komodo dragon observation area, reptile collections, as well as a primate area. Find out more about Taman Safari Indonesia here.
Pack your bikes and trikes and enjoy a day of cycling together as a family. Whether your little ones like to ride on their own or if they prefer to sit on a child seat on mom or dad’s bike, biking is a fun and healthy activity to do together as a family. Jakarta and the surrounding area have many options for biking. In Jakarta, Gelora Bung Karno or GBK is popular. Opt for an early morning ride for cool and fresh air, or take a drive just a little outside Jakarta in the afternoon for a leisurely ride.
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Get some vitamin-sea with a weekend getaway at Tiger Island Resorts. This all-inclusive eco-resort is located on Tiger Island, locally known as Pulau Macan, in the Thousand Islands north of Jakarta. Kids of all ages can enjoy the boat ride to get to the island and the spectacular views of crystal clear waters as you get closer to the island. While staying at the resort, the little ones can enjoy a relaxing time on the hammock, build sandcastles, watch the wildlife in the waters, or take a ride on the paddle boat. Read more about the resort here.
Tiger Island Eco-Resort, Pulau Macan, Kepulauan Seribu, +6281291642914, www.pulaumacan.com
Little tots love animals and animals love them too! Spend a day out at one of the mini-farms in and around the Jakarta area. Feed bunnies and lambs, wash a water hedgehog, catch some fish, and more! Apart from farm animals, kids can get up-close to reptiles too. While out there, kids will have the opportunity to explore flora and fauna as well. Kids will get a chance to connect their fruits and vegetables on the table to the plant in the farm and it might get them more excited about eating them the next time around!
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There’s always something appealing about camping to the little ones. On the other hand, most adults will get a little squeamish at the thought of camping in the middle of nowhere without clean toilets and electricity. With glamping or glamorous camping, you can have the best of both worlds! Staying in a tent under the stars with access to a proper toilet, tap water and electricity can be quite enticing. Some glamping sites even offer air-conditioning and tiled floors.
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Go on a weekend staycation and enjoy a Sunday brunch at one of the best hotels in and around Jakarta. Staycation at a nice hotel will allow parents to unwind from a busy week while keeping their toddlers entertained in a new environment and activities. Swimming pools, playground, garden, and kids club are some of the perks available at a lot of hotels. Most hotels offer elaborate Sunday brunches, it’s always a feast including entertainment for kids which will keep them occupied.
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