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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
    East Bali
    North Bali
  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. 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.
    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.)




Bali is full of fun things to shop for souvenirs – fans, sarongs, sashes, carved wooden owls, frogs, ducks, kites, musical instruments such as bamboo flutes, 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. Biking through the rice fields, white water rafting, snorkeling in sparkling waters, hiking volcanos, combined wellness spas, with mountain temples and village festivals will be an unforgettable experience for your family (as it was for ours). This tour company will arrange a custom itinerary in Indonesia:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
kids books bali
all about indonesia  
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)


Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories
Joan Suyenaga, Salim Martowiredjo

Tales, myths and fables from Indonesia – honest man outwits bandits with his supernatural strength, a clever mousedeer who likes to eat cucumbers, magic headcloth used to outwit a greedy king, courageous boy in the shape of a frog traps a tree spirit and marries a princess, and more. (Picture book)


indonesian childrens favorite stories
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)


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)


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)


Spicy Spicy Hot!
Lenny Wen

When Lintang's grandmother (nenek) comes to visit, Nenek makes her yummy sambal (chili sauce). With a mortar and pestle, Nenek pounds chilis together with shallots, garlic, sugar. But when Lintang tries sambal for the first time, it is spicy, spicy hot! All about this essential condiment eaten throughout Indonesia, plus a recipe. (Picture book)


spicy spicy hot
Spotlight on Indonesia facts childrens books  
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)


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