I've been dealing with the same thing! My challenge is that my son is only one, and thus too young for many of the available activities. I have found several things for older kids though: Local ice skating rink Pump-it-up or similar inflatable play place Children's museum
In my area, all of those things cost about five-seven dollars.
If nothing else, you can always go to a place like chick-FIL-a that has an indoor play area. The one near my home has a designated toddler play center, so I'll go and get myself a diet lemonade then let Aiden crawl, climb, and explore to his hearts content.
If your kids are old enough, you could try the local bowling ally. A lot of places have $1 days which makes for an affordable afternoon of active fun.
If you are fairly lenient about climbing on the furniture, you could have "stay off the floor" obstacle courses inside, challenging the kids to make it from one side of the house to the other having to climb over, under, around, furniture. Or, if nothing else, they do make kid fitness videos. One I remember from my childhood was called "Shape Up and Sign" and taught kids ASL sign language while doing aerobic routines.
Been having DD do wii but only the tennis, boxing, or sword fighting oh and cycling, for a minimum of 30 min (have to tell her not to sit in between). She gets her HR up, which is better than sitting all day. If she's good, she gets to play a game of her choice later. She actually tends to do it longer than 30 min.
It's been over 100 here for the last month aside from yesterday and today. Yesterday we went for a 25 min walk (17 min mile).
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