Tips for Indoor Family Fun + A Giveaway from Weaver Chicken Nuggets

During the winter months, everyone including the kids can get a little stir crazy. Today,  I have some tips to share with you from Professional chef, author and mother-of-two, Maureen Petrosky about how to maximize on the fun while your little ones are cooped up inside. From cooking together to creating a fun obstacle course, there are always ways that you can maximize on the family fun!

  • Dine-in together.  Just because you don’t have time to create a meal from scratch, doesn’t mean you can’t put something on the table that’s wholesome and delicious. Keep it simple and serve Weaver chicken nuggets alongside a big salad and some fresh bread from the bakery.
  • Spice it up.  Revisit your pantry or spice drawer to avoid extra trips to the grocery store. With simple ingredients such as rosemary, garlic, oregano or cilantro, you can quickly transform your family’s favorite meals into an array of dinner options. Get everyone involved in meal prep and use this time as an opportunity to catch up with one another.
  • Go camping indoors. The rule: no lights, phones or computers from dusk to dawn. Drape the couch and chairs with sheets for a makeshift tent. Put your sleeping bags on the floor, grab your flashlights, and share your best ghost stories.
  • Start a dance party. A great way to have some fun with your family is to get everyone dancing. Turn off the TV and turn on some good tunes. Make homemade trophies and prizes to give to the winners. Create special categories for best moves, best spins, most creative, most enthusiastic dancer.
  • Turn chore time into an a-maze-ing race. In ten minutes, you can create an indoor maze, complete with clues to take your family on an at-home adventure. Incorporate simple chores like putting away laundry, cleaning under the bed, or setting the table. The final reward can be their favorite dinner or an extra bedtime story.


About Weaver Chicken Nuggets

Weaver Chicken Nuggets are a great “go-to” dinner idea when you need something fast and delicious. Chicken nuggets are always a food of choice for kids of all ages. There are also many other varieties of the Weaver brand of food. The Weaver line includes frozen breaded boneless chicken, croquettes, wings, and other prepared items. As a part of Tyson Foods, Weaver chicken continues the tradition of Victor Weaver, bringing delicious, wholesome products to your family’s dinner table.

Enter to Win

One lucky 5 Minutes for Mom reader will be receiving a month’s supply of Weaver Chicken Nuggets (4 coupons to use for free products). To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment here letting us know how you would have fun with your kids while they are cooped up indoors.

This giveaway will end on January 9th, 2012. A winner will be chosen by and announced in our weekly Around the Blogosphere post.


You can stay up to date with specials and coupons by following Weaver Chicken Nuggets on Facebook.

I was sent coupons to try the products from Weaver. All opinions are my own.


  1. Jenn says

    We do crafts and play with the matchbox cars and the trains and the dolls and the kitchen and we read books and Mommy goes a wee bit crazy :)

  2. Sharon Schoepe says

    We paint, build couch cushion forts and even have indoor races. It gets pretty noisy but everyone is getting some exercise and more importantly having fun.

  3. Christine says

    We’ve hung a plastic bucket swing from the rafters in our basement, brought a small plastic slide into our dining room, and filled the kiddie pool with balls to make an indoor ball pit in our kitchen. Obviously this won’t work for all toys or all indoor spaces, but depending on what you’re working with, it could be worth a shot.

  4. says

    One of our favorite things to do in the winter is have a movie night. We go all out when it comes to these. For example…when we watched “Polar Express” we have hot chocolate complete with a hot chocolate dance.

    We also spend time in the kitchen together. Not only is that a great bonding moment…but excellent teaching platforms as well.

  5. Audrey Griffis says

    we turn the basement into an indoor obstical course with the bikes and scotters and big balls and we bring the radio down and have dance parties :)

  6. Jennifer Lane says

    We have dance parties! the little ones get to pick out there fave song (we usually pull it up on youtube) and we dance and dance. Really gets the blood going!

  7. says

    I like to have fun with my kids while stuck indoors by turning up some upbeat music and dancing around the house with them. Or we cuddle up on the couch in a blanket sippin cocoa watching winter movies, coloring or cooking up a yummy dish in the kitchen together.

  8. Stephanie Grant says

    I help my son make fun little toddler crafts and we do alot of fun puzzles and learning things that he seems to really enjoy

  9. Stephanie Phelps says

    We have fun by making a fort in the living room and reading together or by pretending it is a castle and having a picnic under our blanket fort.

  10. Sharon says

    My toddler got a tricycle for Christmas, so she’s been learning to ride that around the house since it’s too cold and snowy to go outside.

  11. Peggy says

    we love to play the wii….just the other day we were playing Just Dance 3, I never laughed so hard with the kids….so much fun!!

  12. says

    living in Maine, being cooped up indoors is something that happens a lot during the winter months. We have a great supply of board games, kids and family friendly movies and snacks to make the days go by quickly.

  13. Julie Lynn Bickham says

    We love to bake together and play board games when its a yucky day. We look forward to rainy days!

  14. Dee W says

    My kids love to be in the kitchen, so when we’re cooped up in the house, we usually bake. They love to do it, it helps them to work together, and helps them with the math. We do have a good time, and they’re even good about cleaning up after themselves.

  15. Jill L says

    We do a lot of crafts and reading. When they start needing to get some energy out, we’ll play hyperdash or do some Just Dance on the Wii.

  16. Judy B says

    We just got the Wii fit, but I think our 3.5 yo is a little young to get the complexities of it. But the best yet is the exercise trampoline.

  17. Liz says

    We made an “I’m bored” kit for my daughter. It has a numbered list of things to do and a die. She rolls the die and does the thing that matches that number.

  18. Jolene Green says

    Well I have 6 kids…so…a few favs are cuddlin up with a movie under warm blankets and eating popcorn or we make handmade playdough and play with it at the kitchen table

  19. Kathy Wegs says

    I have them trace their hands over and over again on seasonally-colored construction pager, cut them out and arrange in a wreath. As well as being a decoration for the season, it is a memory to be saved. I date the backs so I can remember how old they were at that time.

  20. says

    When we are cooped up (and even when we aren’t!) we read together. We also play board games and more active games, like Wii. If things get really out of hand, I bundle everyone up and we ‘brave the weather’ just to get some fresh air!

  21. Debra F says

    We have a lot of fun indoors doing jigsaw puzzles and playing board games. Occasionally they will help me bake cookies.

  22. Laurie Harrison says

    When my Grandkids come and we are cooped up, which happens frequently in Wyoming winters, we do the camping indoors game a lot. I have a higher, square, dining table and a blanket over that is a perfect tent. we have had private tea parties, adventures in the Outback of Australia, story time by flameless candle light, and even a quiet nap or two under our magical getaway.

  23. says

    My children are “grown ups” now but I spend alot of time with my 7 year old niece and we do alot of crafty things that involve tons, and I do mean tons of glitter glue lol

  24. Shane Levermann says

    I have a 4yo and an 8yo who love to play hide and seek. We live in a snowy area so we are often coming up with new ideas to mess up the house before mom comes home. About 2 weeks ago we rounded up every blanket in the house and built a 4 bedroom fort in the basement. It was very impressive.

  25. Jane H says

    For us, it’s board games and jigsaw puzzles. Both can entertain for hours. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  26. jennifer lane says

    I save cardboard boxes and make things like castles etc to play in or with. This morning for example, we turned a big box into a boat and “fished” for hours


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