Growing up in Greeley, Colorado as an 80's or 90's kid, at some point or another, more often than not for some of us, we played on one of the best playgrounds in the city. But it wasn't a park, it was the McDonald's on 10th Street. Sadly, that McDonald's was flattened last week for a newer, more modern version (most likely with a cheap plastic playground). 

Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the "new-age" McDonald's playgrounds with those ball pits that all the kids pee in and rub their snot all over, but for some reason I am partial to the "old school" metal playground they had at the old Greeley McDonald's.

Many afternoons were spent on the side of the restaurant, down the red brick steps with a Happy Meal and some fun. There were all kinds of McDonald's characters turned into metal playground toys for kids to play on, but one stands out in particular for me...

There was a big purple dinosaur-like character called Grimace. At this particular McDonald's Grimace was on springs with jail-like bars. Kids could get in the Grimace and shake it, creating an earthquake effect. Honestly, one of the more boring pieces of equipment on the playground. But one afternoon changed how I viewed the Grimace forever.

I was off playing on the Hamburgler or some other toy, when some kid decided he would stick his head through the jail bars on the Grimace. Problem was, the kid got his head through the bars, but couldn't get it back out. The fire department showed up and had to bend the bars to release the kid's head. Needless to say, I was traumatized. From then on, my parents always used the phrase "you're gonna get your head stuck in the Grimace" if I was in a sticky situation, and I would quickly quit doing what I was doing.

How many kids get their heads stuck in those silly ball pits?? Yeah, my childhood was better because of the McDonald's on 10th!

The restaurant that was originally opened in 1975 is already gone, and will be re-opened with all the latest McDonald's technologies sometime this summer.