Change Your Routine
We homeschool yearround now, so I have the blessing of changing our routines to fit the weather - or our mood in general. For hot days, our basic routine is to head out early and play. We usually just go in our jammies on bike rides or in the back yard, but we also wake up early for hikes with friends. I know it sounds like a lot to set an alarm to allow your kids to be outside, but I promise the reward is worth it. My kids have the ability to focus and concentrate much more diligently when they have been allowed to run the wiggles out.
When the sun starts to go down, we often head back out. I remember when the kids were little I told a friend that my goal was always to wear them out before a nap and then double wear them out before bed. That goal still stands.
Changing our routine has allowed us much more than the ability to be outside. When my kids have some rest time thrown in, they are able to hang out with daddy more after work, and we can also enjoy much more leisurely dinners. Overall, this small switch has been a really big win for our entire family.
Change Your Location
We live out in the country, but it isn't a far drive into several bigger cities that offer great amenities. Splash pads are typically free, and city pools charge very little. Many also allow you to bring your own food in, which really shaves costs. We love exploring lakes and rivers, and that water gives us the ability to play outside and move our bodies without overheating.
Let Them Run in the House
Now, this one might be a bit controversial, but I encourage you to hear me out. My children are not typically allowed to run amuck indoors, but we do let them play games and run and jump during those times. They have to move, and we have tried to set up some outlets to do this. I frequently move furniture out of the way to give them space, and we have some tumbling mats that give them the ability to roll and cartwheel safely.
We have never had a big problem with the kids translating these game times to an all out, all the time, indoor free for all, but I've also tried to design my home more around their needs than my own. So far, so good!