What to do with Children in Tow
There are lots of fun activities to do with children in Jakarta such as:
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland):
It's located in the northern coast of Jakarta, just few minutes from famous shopping Mangga Dua area and about 20 minutes drive from city center. The bus terminal is located on site as well and tourists can arrive by bus and get off at Dunia Fantasi theme park. Start by visiting Seaworld – children will love walking under the glass tunnel of the aquarium, touch the turtle at touch pool, or see they manta ray swimming around them. More sea animals treat can be found at Gelanggang Samudra, opposite the Sea World, where everyone can see the dolphin show, sea lion show, and learn more about sea life creatures. There is also a 4D cinema – which is the newest attraction there. Later head to the Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World), a theme park for the family. It's just like Six Flags but without the roller coasters. At Dunia Fantasi, clowns will entertain kids, rides such as carousels, Ferris wheels, flying Dumbo, mini bumper cars are all available for children to remain quite busy. There is even a monkey theatre show for those who like to watch animals. Teenagers will love the flume ride, swinging chair, river rapids, and all those rotating rides that will turn them upside down.
If your family longs for a beach vacation, staying at onsite Putri Duyung Resort will be a good choice. Or you can just escape to one of the islands north of Jakarta (called Thousand Islands). Boats to ‘thousand islands’ depart from Ancol marina, inside the Ancol park. Information can be obtained from information counters at the marina; the islands head office, or from your travel agent. Some of popular islands include Pulau Puteri, Pulau Pantara, and Pulau Bidadar.
Other attractions inside Ancol Dreamland are the Atlantis Water Park, a large golf course, a Bowling center, Pasar Seni (Art Market) which is the home of several painters, wood carvers, and souvenir stalls selling seashell souvenirs, tshirts and masks. On the beach, there is a cable car ride, Ancol Gondola. On Sunday morning, there is a small bazaar by the beach (called Sunday Market) which will entice shoppers.
How to get there? Taxi, Bus (disembark at Ancol Terminus),private car
How far? Approx 20-30mins from city center, 10mins from Mangga Dua
Admission: admission to Ancol park is IDR 11,000 for adults (IDR 10,000 per adult if travelling by busway). Private car also needs to pay admission fees. Separate admission applies for each attraction (Dunia Fantasi, Sea World, Atlantis, Gelanggang Samudra, Outbound Field, and Cable Car).
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah:
In English, it's called Indonesia’s Beautiful Miniature Park, and is a huge ground which showcases traditional houses from all provinces in the country. Visitors can go inside the house and see some traditional clothing and other artifacts from each province. Besides traditional houses, visitors can also visit the many museums on-site from Philatelic Museum, Transportation Museum, Reptile house (Museum with distinctive Komodo-like building), the Science Museum (separate admission fees apply). There's also a kid's castle (Istana Anak-anak Indonesia), an IMAX theatre (called Keong Mas), various flower gardens (Orchid garden, cactus garden), a bird park, swan ride by the lake, amphitheatre, and an on-site hostel and camping ground. The Park is located near Cibubur area of East Jakarta, approximately 1 hours drive from the city center.
How to get there? taxi, car
How far? Approx 60mins from city center, 70-90mins from Mangga Dua
Admission: Admission for adults is IDR 9000, and with car is IDR 10,000. Separate admissions apply for other attractions such as museums, bird park, skylift (cable car) ride, etc.
This is the only zoo in Jakarta. It is located in Pasar Minggu area in South Jakarta and is readily accessible by the bus service (the station is just few meters from zoo entrance). It is approx 30-45 minutes drive from city center. Special attractions include a Primate House and reptile house. Most animals live inside their cages, allowing visitors to easily walk in the park to see a variety of animals from one cage to another. The park is usually packed during holiday seasons.
How to get there? taxi, car, bus (get off at Ragunan station and walk a few meters to the main entrance of the zoo).
How far? Approx 45mins from city center, 60mins from Mangga Dua
Admission: around Rp5,000 per adult (Separate admission fees to Primate Center apply).
This is another wildlife center located just off of Jakarta city in Cisarua area. It is approximately 1.5 hours drive from city center. In this park, the animals freely move around a large space. Visitors will stay inside their car and drive along the given path to see the animals. This park also offers animal shows, rides, photo session with animals, restaurants and eateries. There is an on-site hotel and even a caravan for rent. Night safari is held every Saturday Night and Safari treks are held every weekend.
Visit www.tamansafari.com/agp for more information.
This is the fun attraction to visit, especially for family who bring the kids on the way to Puncak (a mountain retreat resort, just at the peak from Taman Safari).
You can also get your photos taken while holding some of the animals. This is really fun. You can hold baby tigers, fully grown cheetahs, orangutans, and even snakes! Note that it gets very crowded here on weekends. If you stay in the area overnight, you should also think about seeing the Cibodas botanical gardens, and the flower garden in Puncak known as Taman Bunga Nusantara.
How to get there? car
How far? Approx 1.5 hour from Jakarta
Admission: Adults is IDR 70,000, children enter for IDR 60,000, and with a car you pay an additional IDR 15,000 (valid for international visitors)
Shopping malls in Jakarta are mostly family friendly. Most large department store cater to children and carry childrenswear and toy deparments, in addition to menswear, womenswear, home, and toys department. Kidstation provides all items related to toys and children apparels. Most shopping malls have dedicated children playing areas and some even house a carousel, a Ferris wheel, and even roller coaster.
This is a children’s attraction located inside Pacific Place Mall in South Jakarta, approx 15 minutes from city center. This is a new concept of children recreation where inside the complex; the children are treated as adult to do jobs as adult. The children are guided to perform a job, get salary, and can use their salary to buy stuff. It's just like mini-city for children.
Admission is based on session and is divided by child's age. Parents may also come inside and assist their kids, but are not allowed to participate in any activity. You can check www.kidzania.co.id for more information.
How to get there? taxi, car, busway (take corridor 1 (Blok M-Kota), alight at POLDA METRO station then walk towards the building with Ritz Carlton's lion logo, mall entrance is just opposite the taxi ranks of Jakarta Stock Exchange).
How far? Approx 10mins from city center, 30-40mins from Mangga Dua
Admission: check out www.kidzania.co.id