It might not be as flashy as Bali or Lombok, but Jakarta has its charms when it comes to holidays, even for the smallest tourists. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite spots for tots that are also convenient to get to as well.
These places are already landmarks or quite easy to find and will provide a full day of fun for kids!
Let your kids explore more than 100 careers at Kidzania, located on the sixth floor of Pacific Place Mall. The indoor activity center is super interactive and the little ones can try their hand at jobs as wide-ranging as doctor, pilot, private detective, TV reporter, and chef. For all of their handwork, they will earn a salary, which they use to buy goods – teaching them the value of money, it’s a pretty sneaky way of getting some education in, too!
Kidzania, Pacific Place Mall, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 52-53, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62-021/515-4888, ext. 100. Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm, Fri-Sun and public holidays 9am-2pm, 3-8pm.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Created by former First Lady, Tien Suharto, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah first opened in 1975 as a cultural center, highlighting each of the country’s 26 provinces. Each of the interactive pavilions show off the province’s unique architecture, culture, dances, and clothing. There are also 14 museums spread over the park’s 101.1 hectares, and while the exhibits might not be the most up-to-date, they are interesting. Don’t miss the museum housing gifts former President Suharto received from international heads of state. When you are tired of delving into Indonesia’s culture, Taman Mini also has an IMAX theater, cable cars, and performances.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jl. Taman Mini 1, Taman Mini, East Jakarta, p. 62-021/8779-2078. Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-5pm.
This water wonderland spans 35,000 square meters and specialises in slick slides. But if that’s not your speed, Waterbom Jakarta also has heaps of pools, a lazy river, and water playground. Look no further if you need to escape the Jakarta heat!
Waterbom Jakarta, Jl. Pantai Indah Barat 1, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta, p. 62-021/5596-6666. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm.
ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH
It might be a bit of a drive but once you get to North Jakarta, you’ll find Ancol, a well-known park that is popular with families and kids of all ages, and an opportunity to make use of the city’s habour.
This multi-attractioned destination will keep you and yours busy all day! Ancol Dreamland has different parks and areas once you’re inside the gates, but we especially love Dunia Fantasi, a full-on theme park with thrilling rides for the whole family; SeaWorld, home to more than 4,000 fish and sharks; and Ecopark, a green space where you can ride Segways or do a round of mini-golf or paintball.
Ancol Dreamland, Jalan Pantai Indah, Ancol, North Jakarta, p. 62-021/2922-2222.
If you are up for a mini-adventure, Ayo Berlayar can help you leave the city behind, well, at least for the day. Ayo Berlayar uses its fleet of sailboats and certified staff members to take small groups out on day trips and overnight journeys to the neighbouring islands. Day trips includes stops for lunch, exploration of the islands, and swimming and snorkeling. Ayo Berlayar can also create a custom charter itinerary, if you have somewhere special in mind.
Ayo Berlayar, check their website for more information.
This south Jakarta neighbourhood is popular with young families so there are plenty of attractions for kids concentrated here.
One of the newest play areas in town, Club Kembang has more than just a fun playground, there is also an art studio, outdoor library, and tonnes of outdoor space so kids can play to their hearts’ content. There is also a DJ and tasty healthy food options that put the “club” into Club Kembang. Another unique feature of Club Kembang is that it hosts different workshops every week covering a variety of topics, like coffee and photography, for whole family!
Club Kembang, Jl. Kemang II no. 1, Kemang, South Jakarta. Hours: Sat-Sun 10am-6pm.
Young Chefs Academy
Got a Masterchef Junior in your family? Tastemakers as young as three can get cooking at the Young Chefs Academy and learn how to cook and bake as well as kitchen safety and proper food prep. YCA changes up its food-centric themes every month, and every week there are new recipes to master. Who knows? You might have a private chef in the near future!
Young Chefs Academy, Jl. Kemang Raya no. 15, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-021/7179-4589. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 9:30am-6:30pm.
Playparq in Kemang is your best bet for amusement-park fun without the commute. There are outdoor and indoor play areas so the kids can mix it up and also a water-play zone, so remember to bring a towel! Other fun outdoor activities that can be found here include a Flying Fox, giant trampoline, super slide, and a tree house. On the premises is Prefere72, a café and lounge where parents can take a load off and refuel the family with Chinese, Indonesian, and Western dishes and healthy juices.
Playparq, Jl. Kemang Raya Timur no. 72, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-021/719-5333. Hours: Mon 10am-6pm, Tues 2-6pm, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm.