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Jakarta might have a reputation as a place you visit on business — or on your way to Bali — but you’ll be amazed at how many things there are to do in Jakarta with the kids. Here’s what our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend:
1. Indonesia is so vast and parts of it so remote that you couldn’t possibly see it all, especially if you’re traveling with kids. But thanks to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, you can experience the myriad of cultures comprising Indonesia’s 26 provinces without ever leaving Java. Walk through traditional homes, marvel at traditional dress and dance, and snap a miniature of the archipelago from the inside of a cable car that zips across this sizable park in East Jakarta. Don’t miss the bird exhibit, with winged creatures unique to the region that are sure to make the kids squawk with glee.
2. Even kids who detest trips to the mall are sure to love Pacific Place’s Kidszania. This tiny town is a 7,500-square-meter replica of a real city at night complete with a fire department, supermarket, chocolate factory and even an F1 racetrack. Pavilions with 100-plus job stations give kids a chance to earn Kidzo bucks they can choose to invest or spend. Note that this is a kids-only zone but you can watch from afar.
3. A trip to the National Monument, Monas, is something family members of all ages will enjoy. After taking in a bird’s-eye view of Jakarta, take a joy ride on a tandem bicycle at the base of the monument. Point out the sculptures of Rafflesia arnoldii encircling Monas. The real version of this large Indonesia flora, infamous for its smell, isn’t called the “corpse flower” for nothing.
4. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland) is the total-package theme park that’s part of the waterfront resort destination of Ancol Bay City. Cool off at the Atlantis-themed water park and visit SeaWorld Indonesia. Adults can play, too, with amusement park rides, water sport adventures and an 18-hole golf course.
5. Take your children to Nanny’s Pavillon Bathroom for dinner. The place has a cute powder room décor with bathrobes hanging on the walls, shower curtains separating tables and cute vanities on display. The décor makes for a quirky and unique dining experience and the kids will devour the spaghetti and pancakes. The restaurant chain’s other “residential” properties include a living room-themed eatery in Jakarta and a garden-themed one in Bandung.