Remember those wooden playgrounds in Maine?

I am grateful to have had an extremely unique childhood. My mom ran a daycare right next door to us, so I was always surrounded by friends my own age and had to do all kinds of crafts and activities every day.

There were always toys in my house to play with, chalk to invade the driveway, trips to the beach, field trips to the children’s museum, and my all-time favorite adventure: wooden playgrounds.

Falmouth Craze Maze and Yarmouth Dockyard Playgrounds

We all have memories stored deep in our brains that we don’t remember until something triggers it, and then the moments of the past flood in. This happened the other day when I walked past a playground in Yarmouth and randomly, for the first time in years, remembers when it was built entirely of wood.

Do you remember the Craze Maze in Falmouth and the Ship Yard in Yarmouth? They were giant, all-wooden playgrounds that created the ultimate gaming experience that could keep you entertained for hours on end.

When my mom used to bring our daycare to these playgrounds, we had to be ripped off kicking and screaming to leave. There was so much to do and you could just run free in this giant maze of fun.

Shards? It doesn’t matter, mom will wax them later.

These playgrounds had EVERYTHING. Monkey bars, swings, balancing beams, ropes for balancing and crawling, a swinging wooden bridge that I loved crossing, so many slides, the fireman’s pole that burned you, they had it all.

The best part of going with the kids from daycare was having a group to play hide and seek with. The Craze Maze was the perfect place to run and crawl into hideouts.

Ugh, there was so much to do! I miss it so much!!! I miss being little, I miss those playgrounds, I miss daycare, talk about a well of nostalgia sitting in my belly!!

Do you remember those places?!

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