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Bali

Umbrellas in Bali
Bali, "the morning of the world," is the perfect place for families. I lived in Bali for an extended time as a student. Years later, I took my children to Bali for their first trip abroad. Traveling in Bali with kids, I found a whole new magical world, as we spent hours watching water flowing in the rice fields, or listening to frogs chirping in the dark, mingled with sounds of the gamelan in a nearby village.
    South Bali
 
Ubud
    East Bali
    North Bali
Sebatu
  Temples in Bali – Bali has many wonderful temples and they are always having festivals. Smaller festivals in the villages have a homey, intimate feel to them. Wearing a sash and sarong is appropriate to enter the temple and part of the fun is dressing in Balinese clothing. Stopping to watch the processions is always exciting too.
      A great festival for the splendor and splash, is Kuningan at the Pura Taman Pule in Mas. We did have to wait to go inside the temple courtyard, but while we were waiting, I had great conversations with Balinese families standing in line with their kids too.
Kids going into  Bali temple
    One of my favorite temples is Pura Batukau, off the beaten track on the edges of the mountains high above the lowlands. Batukau is a large temple complex with lake and island in the middle, surrounded by dense, dark green jungle.
   

Fun food

     

At any roadside stall (warung), stop in for peanuts, pisang susu (milk bananas), crackers and bottled water or soft drinks. There are also delicious tropical ice tea, milkshakes, lassi (yogurt fruit shakes) and coconut ice cream in the restaurants. (Adults, if you are a coffee drinker, Balinese grown coffee is excellent.)

   

Shopping

     

Bali is full of fun things to shop for souvenirs – fans, sarongs, sashes, carved wooden owls, frogs, ducks, kites, musical instruments such as bamboo flues, drums and gangsa (small xylophones), toy outriggers. Kids will have a great time picking out their own treasures to take back home, a lovely reminder of your holiday.

family tours bali

We can't say enough about the natural beauty and culture of Bali, and other islands in Indonesia Java, Borneo, Sumatra. Biking through the rice fields, white water rafting on rivers, snorkeling in sparkling waters, combined with mountain temples and village festivals will be an unforgettable experience for your family (as it was for ours). This tour company will arrange custom itineraries and multi-sport trips in Indonesia:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
kids books bali
     
 
All About Indonesia
Linda Hibbs

Find out about the people and culture of Indonesia – Indonesian language, landscape, history, government, religions, different islands, music, dance, plus stories, songs, crafts to make, wonderful details. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

     
Tari The Little Balinese Dancer
Pamela Noensie, Garretta Lamore

Tari lives with her family in a traditional Balinese village. She goes to school, helps with the offerings and rice harvest, but best of all, she learns to dance. And with a gift from her grandmother, a shimmering golden headdress, one night she dances the morning of the world. (Picture book)

 

 
     
Gecko's Complaint tale bali  
Gecko's Complaint: A Balinese Folktale
Ann Martin Bowler, I Gusti Made Sukanada

Entertaining tale of a chubby gecko who can't sleep at night because the fireflies in the jungle are keeping him awake. Lush drawings by a Balinese painter, Sukanada. (Picture book)

 

     
Gecko
Raymond Huber, Brian Lovelock

Read about the incredible gecko, a lizard you're sure to see walking upside down on walls and ceilings, and hear ("tok-tok-tok gek-ko"), while in Bali. Gorgeous collage illustrations. (Picture book)

 

 
Gecko
     
Hinduism in Bali childrens books  
Hinduism in Bali
Frances Hawker, Putu Resi, Bruce Campbell

Rhythms of life in a Balinese village, centered on religious ceremonies, music and dance – making offerings, the gamelan orchestra, learning to dance, and a special performance by the children for the gods. (Picture book)

 

     
Spotlight on Indonesia
Bobbie Kalman

Bali is only one of thousands of islands in Indonesia. Fun facts about the Indonesian rain forests, volcanoes, history, religions, foods, arts and culture. (Picture book)

 

 
Spotlight on Indonesia facts childrens books
     
Komodo! dragon  
Komodo!
Peter Sis

Irresistible story of a boy and an engaging Komodo dragon, surrounded by a magical tropical jungle. After you've read this book, you'll want to catch the next boat from Bali to Komodo Island. Fabulous illustrations. (Picture book)

And for more info about the Komodo dragon: Mysteries of the Komodo Dragon

 

(More children's books on other Bali)
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