Kid-friendly things to do in Batam
Yes, we know most people hop on the ferry towards the island to pamper themselves at the spas in Batam or simply to lepak in one of the cheap Batam resorts. But we’re dangerously close to the September holidays – and not too far from the year-end ones. So, if you have yet to book a family holiday, consider this a sign to plan a trip to this nearby destination.
Calling all adults who are young at heart and families with children, here are the best kid-friendly things to do in Batam.
Table of Contents
- Kid-friendly things to do in Batam
- 1. Ride a Ferris wheel & bumper cars at Mega Wisata Ocarina Batam
- 2. Feed animals at Panbil Nature Reserve
- 3. Play at an arcade & indoor playground at Grand Batam Mall
- 4. Visit The ILLusion Batam for mind-boggling photo ops
- 5. Take the wheels & go racing at Golden City Go-Kart
- 6. Bond over Monopoly & UNO Stacko at Board Games Cafe Batam
- 7. Eat Korean food at a colourful teddy bear-themed cafe
- 8. Go on kid-friendly slides at Waterpark TOP 100 Batu Aji
- 9. Catch a movie at CGV Cinemas from just ~S$3
- 10. See replicas of traditional buildings at Miniature House Indonesia
- Bonus: Splash around at the floating water park on Ranoh Island
1. Ride a Ferris wheel & bumper cars at Mega Wisata Ocarina Batam
Thrillseeker or not, a day at the amusement park always ends up with everyone having a fun time. Better yet if it’s a waterfront park overlooking the ocean. Mega Wisata Ocarina Batam has rides suitable for all ages including a Ferris wheel, flying chairs, and bumper cars.
If you’re there over the weekend, then you just might catch a foam party too. Never met a kid who doesn’t like bubbles, right? Just remember to pack an extra set of clothing.
Image adapted from: @irmaangga & @new.ocarina via Instagram
The park is actually pretty quiet on weekdays and not all rides may be open. So, it’s best to drop by on a Saturday or Sunday to revel in the full theme park atmosphere. There’s a token entry fee and then you pay per ride at Rp15,000/pax (~S$1.33).
Admission: Rp25,000/pax (~S$2.21)
Address: Sadai, Bengkong, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm | Sat 8am-11pm | Sun 6am-10pm
Contact: Mega Wisata New Ocarina Facebook
2. Feed animals at Panbil Nature Reserve
2 words – cuddly animals. You can’t go wrong with bringing the kids to Panbil Nature Reserve where furry little creatures scurry around you for food. You get to feed rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, and birds. Braver souls can even try to interact with reptiles such as snakes and giant lizards.
The highlight here has got to be the 3 bird zones – 1 for pigeon feeding, another area for peacocks to strut about, and a 3rd pavilion with all sorts of colourful parrots.
Image adapted from: @panbilnaturereserve via Instagram
To visit the deer sanctuary one must make a 2-hour hike into the forest, so only embark on this route if the kids love a little adventure and won’t get cranky from the distance.
Admission: From Rp100,000/pax (~S$8.84)
Address: Jalan Kantong Semar, Panbil, Batam Kota, Batam City, Riau Islands 29437, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm | Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Contact: Panbil Nature Reserve website
3. Play at an arcade & indoor playground at Grand Batam Mall
Okay, parents, we know most of you probably want to stop by Grand Batam Mall to shop for cheaper clothes and skincare. The good news is that you can drop the kids off at Fun World arcade where they can spend a couple of hours gaming without bothering you.
The arcade is probably more appropriate for kids of schooling age and teens. There are the usual favourites – car racing, air hockey, and claw machines.
Those with toddlers can make their way to KidZilla instead where little ones can bumble their way through slides and ball pits. Unless there’s an older sibling around to supervise, though, parents are going to have to keep an eye on the tots while they play in the indoor playground.
Address: Jalan Pembangunan, #L3-A4 Grand Batam Mall, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Address: Jalan Pembangunan, #L3-A1 Grand Batam Mall, Batu Selicin, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am-8pm, Daily
4. Visit The ILLusion Batam for mind-boggling photo ops
Image credit: @mariiisacha via Instagram
Time to add to the family album with quirky and fun pics taken at The ILLusion Batam. Much like the Trick Eye Museum in Singapore, the attraction has 28 studio rooms with different setups, each designed to trick the eye of the beholder.
There’s 3D art, making it look like things are popping out of walls; upside-down houses that create the illusion of defying gravity; and perspective rooms that make you look bigger or smaller than an object from certain angles. Don’t forget to check out the mirror illusion room for an interesting family selfie.
Admission: Rp80,000/adult (~S$7.07) | Rp40,000/child (~S$3.54)
Address: No. 4-5-6 Batam, Tanjung Buntung, Golden City Block K, Kecamatan Bengkong, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, Daily
Contact: The ILLusion Batam Facebook
5. Take the wheels & go racing at Golden City Go-Kart
Image adapted from: @tri_cahyaningtyas via Instagram
Mini drivers in the making can test their navigating skills at Golden City Go-Kart, where the track is wide with a few gentle turns. There are single-rider cars for adults and double-rider cars for 1 kid with an accompanying adult. Each session lasts 10 minutes, during which you’re free to go as many laps as you can.
Rates: From Rp150,000/pax (~S$13.26)
Address: 526R+W44, Jalan Bengkong Laut, Tanjung Buntung, Kecamatan Bengkong, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8am-5pm, Daily
6. Bond over Monopoly & UNO Stacko at Board Games Cafe Batam
Catan and Sequence are just some of the strategic games you can find at the cafe.
Image credit: Eatbook
Nothing like a game of Monopoly or UNO to cause a family to unite or divide. One too many plus-four-draw-fours and you’ve got yourself a sibling fight waiting to happen. Jokes aside, if the fam is up for some fun and games, then head to Board Games Cafe Batam.
Located within the city centre, it’s a good place to relax after a long day. Plus, it’s open till 12am on the weekends. Whether you prefer board games, card games, or word games, there’s plenty to choose from including Scrabble and Exploding Kittens. If you want to break up into smaller groups, there are 2-player games like Connect Four too.
Image adapted from: @boardgamescafebatam via Instagram
As long as you hit a minimum spending of Rp25,000/pax (~S$2.21), you get access to all the games. The cafe menu features items such as spaghetti bolognese (Rp38,000, ~S$3.38), choco cheese sticks (Rp26,000, ~S$2.31), and ice bandung (Rp26,000, ~S$2.31).
Address: Jalan Permata Baloi Ruko Permata Niaga Regency Blok AA Nomor 6-8, Baloi Indah, Kecamatan Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29432, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon & Wed-Thu 2pm-10pm | Fri-Sun 2pm-12am (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: Board Games Cafe Batam Instagram
7. Eat Korean food at a colourful teddy bear-themed cafe
Image adapted from: @mw_nonatapsel, @johns_angel & @xmeii25 via Instagram
Parents who love to take at least a hundred pics of their kids for the mems, this one’s for you. We’re not gonna judge if we see 10 IG stories of your child hugging a different bear in each snap at Lee’s Cafe Batam. The cafe is cute and colourful, has several corners for photo ops, and serves affordable Korean street snacks – what’s not to love?
You can even get the cuddly teddy bears to sit at your table and keep you company while you dine. On the menu are dishes like chicken wings (Rp50,000, ~S$4.42) and desserts like red velvet cake (Rp33,000, ~S$2.92).
Address: Block J, Jalan Komp. Penuin Centre No.1-2, Batu Selicin, Kecamatan Lubuk Baja, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Lee’s Cafe Batam Instagram
8. Go on kid-friendly slides at Waterpark TOP 100 Batu Aji
As far as we know, kids of any age love playing in the water. At Waterpark TOP 100 Batu Aji, the whole fam can spend the day floating in the lazy river or going on the thrilling slides. The park has got a mix of kiddy rides and more exhilarating ones.
Apart from the kids’ favourite water playground, there are also a number of slides at lower heights and with gentler slopes so young ones don’t miss out on the fun. Longer and larger slides require a minimum height of 1.2m. Don’t forget to check out the man-made waterfall for a cooling photo spot.
Admission: Rp35,000/pax (~S$3.09) on weekdays | Rp55,000/pax (~S$4.86) on weekends
Address: Kawasan Mall Top 100, Jalan Letjend Suprapto, Tembesi, Kecamatan Batu Aji, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29439, Indonesia
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm, Daily
Contact: Waterpark Top 100 Batu Aji website
9. Catch a movie at CGV Cinemas from just ~S$3
Image adapted from: CGV Cinemas Indonesia via Facebook
Some films are made to be experienced on the big screen. So, if you’re gonna catch a movie in the cinema anyway, might as well save a few – actually a lot – of bucks. CGV Cinemas Batam shows new blockbusters and, if you’re keen, local Indonesian movies too. Normal cinema seats are going at just Rp34,000 (~S$3.01).
You won’t even feel the pinch if you choose to pamper the family with Velvet Class tickets considering they only cost Rp120,000 (~S$10.61). You get the full premium experience with a bed, blanket, and pillows. The cinema has a couple of locations in Batam including Park Avenue Mall and Grand Batam Mall.
Contact: CGV Cinemas website
10. See replicas of traditional buildings at Miniature House Indonesia
Image adapted from: @erijenggot, @tchinyean via Instagram
While in Batam, drop by Miniature House Indonesia – a small park displaying models of traditional Indonesian architectural buildings. There’s no admission fee and a casual stroll will take about half an hour. But you can take your time to look around and slowly admire the pretty mini structures while enjoying the fresh air.
Showcasing the diverse culture of Indonesia, the park has replicas of kampung houses, as well as religious buildings such as temples and churches.
Address: 526R+RCG, Tanjung Buntung, Bengkong, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8am-6pm, Daily
Bonus: Splash around at the floating water park on Ranoh Island
Image credit: @ranohisland via Instagram
Those who want to get away slightly further than Batam can take a 15-minute fast ferry to Ranoh Island for a day trip. This lesser-known private island has white sandy beaches and houses a day resort with all sorts of beach activities.
The highlight is the mega inflatable playground floating in the sea, complete with a giant trampoline and multiple slides. There’s so much more you can do though – canoeing in mangrove forests, snorkelling in the Riau Archipelago reefs, glamping by the sea … the list goes on.
Image adapted from: Ranoh Island via Facebook
When you get hungry from all the activities, enjoy a BBQ seafood lunch at their waterfront restaurant. The only way to get to the island is to book a tour package which includes transport to and fro, activities, and food.
Book a Ranoh Island experience in Batam from Singapore ($258).
Contact: Ranoh Island website
Explore these kid-friendly activities in Batam
Travelling with kids is no easy feat. Keep this list of places handy so that’s one less thing to worry about on your family holiday. Whether the kiddos are the more adventurous type or are still really young and just want something fun to do, there are numerous kid-friendly things to do in Batam to keep them entertained.
For more Batam guides:
- Island-hopping ideas from Batam
- Things to do outside Batam City Centre
- Best outdoor activities in Batam
Cover image adapted from: @wong.bobby, @panbilnaturereserve & @tri_cahyaningtyas via Instagram
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