Come with me and you'll see a day of pure imagination!

Some activities require pre-registration through MyMadison

Employees that are not registered for an activity cannot participate as materials, seating, etc. are limited.  

Activities that DO NOT require registration are listed as "No Registration Required."

Registration will open at Tuesday, April 30th.  Instructions for Registering can be found here.

Registration will close 48 hours before the start of the activity.

Please do not attend an activity for which you have not registered.

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Find a Fun Activity

Fun Activities
Session Name Description Time Location Registration

Art Therapy 1

Do you like art and relaxing? 

If so, Art Therapy is for you! Art Therapy helps us to relax and de-stress using art. In this session, we will be doing Neurological Art which is made up of lines and doodles.

Neurological Art is for every skill level, no experience required. Come to Art Therapy to unleash your inner artist!

9:00a–
10:00a

Festival Upper Level

Conf Rm 2

Register Now

Art Therapy 2

Do you like art and relaxing? 

If so, Art Therapy is for you! Art Therapy helps us to relax and de-stress using art. In this session, we will be doing Neurological Art which is made up of lines and doodles.

Neurological Art is for every skill level, no experience required. Come to Art Therapy to unleash your inner artist!

2:30p–
3:30p

Festival Upper Level

Conf Rm 2

Register Now

Bingo 1

Join in for an hour of exciting BINGO games with a chance to win great prizes from local businesses and JMU Affiliates.

9:00a-
10:00a

Festival Lower Level

Highlands Room

Register Now

Bingo 2

Join in for an hour of exciting BINGO games with a chance to win great prizes from local businesses and JMU Affiliates.

10:30a-
11:30a 

Festival Lower Level

Highlands Room

Register Now

Bingo 3

Join in for an hour of exciting BINGO games with a chance to win great prizes from local businesses and JMU Affiliates.

1:00p- 2:00p

Festival Lower Level

Highlands Room

Register Now

Bingo 4

Join in for an hour of exciting BINGO games with a chance to win great prizes from local businesses and JMU Affiliates.

2:30p– 3:30p


Festival Lower Level

Highlands Room

Register Now

Bingo 5

Join in for an hour of exciting BINGO games with a chance to win great prizes from local businesses and JMU Affiliates.

8:00p- 9:00p

Taylor Hall

Taylor Down Under

No Registration Required

Fishing

Sit a spell and wet a line!  

Employee must have a valid VA fishing license.

12:00p- 3:30p

Newman Lake

No Registration Required

Hair Tinseling

Are you looking for an easy, fun way to upgrade your 'do with the latest hair trend taking over social media?

Stop by and let Slay with M.Rae's Morgan Leap tinsel your hair!

10:30a- 1:00p

Festival Lawn

No Registration Required

Karaoke

"Hello", "Jolene"? Do you just want to "Let It Go'" and be a "Freebird" just "Livin' on a Prayer" in a "Love Shack, Baby"? Do you have "Friends in Low Places" in "Margaritaville"?

Well, "Don't Stop Believin'" and join in for karaoke in the Drum!  Solos, duets, and groups..there's room for all.

Hosted by Rocked by RedBeard.

11:00a- 2:00p

Lower Festival

(Drum)

No Registration Required

Container Gardening

Container gardens aren't just for flowers anymore!  While they can be purely decorative and ornamental, they are also used for produce gardens and for architectural purposes. 

Join us as we learn about these topics, as well as plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs most prevalent in our area and discover the most environmentally and cost-efficient ways of creating our own. 

A "make and take" container garden will be part of this workshop! 

Facilitated by: Charlie Lucas, Asst Director Environmental Services and Robert Jones, Flower Culture, JMU Facilities Management.

10:30a- 11:15a

USB
Annex 

Room 1051

Register Now

Photo Booth

Open-air Photo Booth from Ward Photography offers tons of great features and options like stills + GIF images, awesome image quality, unlimited instant prints and social media sharing.

Drop by before or after lunch and get silly with purple and gold props!

11:00a- 2:00p

Upper Festival

Allegheny
Room

No Registration Required

Pickleball

Open court dedicated for pickleball!

BYOO (Bring Your Own Opponent)

12:00p- 3:30p

UREC

Sports Forum 1

No Registration Required

Plant Swao and Share

Is your fiddleleaf being dramatic?

Did you start too many seeds for your garden?

Do you have too much plant stuff?

Did you buy too many bulbs when they were on sale at Aldi?

Join members of JMU’s faculty/staff club, The Green Thumb Society, to “talk shop.”  We’ll get to know each other and trade secrets.  Both long-time plant enthusiasts and plant newbies welcome!

Bring something to swap and share: houseplants, annuals, perennials, bulbs, seeds, cuttings, garden extras, pots, tools, etc.

Please make sure all plants are healthy and any tools, etc. are in good working condition.

3:00p- 4:00p

EJC Arboretum

Tree Terrance

No Registration Required

TDU Takeover

It's all fun, all the time at Taylor Down Under this Employee Appreciation Day.

Whether you want to play pool with a friend, play darts or foosball, sit down for a board game with a co-worker, or just relax in a comfy chair, everything TDU has to offer will be available.

9:00a– 10:00p

Taylor Down Under

No Registration Required

Self-Guided Nature Walk

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a woodland sanctuary, on the James Madison University campus, is a public, urban garden and forested greenspace that preserves native species, provides opportunities for research, and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world for people of all races, religions, orientations, identities, ages, and abilities.

Grab a walking buddy and check it out!

All-Day

EJC Arboretum

No Registration Required

Therapy Dog Station

Need a dose of dog therapy? 

Dogs from the local chapter of Therapy Dogs International and Alliance of Therapy Dogs will be walking around Festival Lawn, providing unconditional love. 

Therapy dogs are trained to be gentle and friendly and to accept strangers hugging or petting them. They are patient and unbothered.  Their sweet demeanors and unconditional love may have a therapeutic benefit to those who face difficult health challenges. Unlike service dogs, however, anyone can enjoy a therapy dog.

Festival Lawn
Lenny McDorman (JMU Retiree) with Lacey & Maggie

Karen Lilly (JMU Employee) with Tucker

EJC Arboretum Lawn
Sydney Conley (JMU Biology student) with Goose

11:30a– 1:30p

Festival Lawn

and 

EJC Arboretum Lawn

No Registration Required

Unwind Social

UNWIND Meet-Up (open session)

Come make new crafty friends. Bring your project bag and come stitch with us! Or stay and finish your project from the prior session.

No instruction planned, just social time.

2:00p- 4:00p 

Festival Lower Level

Conf Room 7 

No Registration Required

 

 

See a Movie

Movies
Session Name Description Time Location Registration

Movie 1: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Movie Trailer

First
Showing: 
9:00a-
11:00a


Second Showing: 
3:30p-
5:30p

Grafton-Stovall Theater 

No Registration Required

Movie 2: Wonka

Wonka

Movie Trailer

First
Showing:
1:00p– 3:00p


Second
Showing:
8:00p– 10:00p

First
Showing:
Grafton-Stovall Theater 

Second
Showing:
Bridgeforth Stadium 
(Gate B)

No Registration Required

 

 

Learn Something New

Learn Something New
Session Name Description Time Location Registration

Bigfoot Awareness in Virginia

Daniel Benoit, founder and wildlife researcher at the East Coast Bigfoot Research Organization, spends his free time in the wilderness of Virginia scouting for undisputable evidence of the existence of sasquatch.  He documents his discoveries on his research blog and shares them at the annual local event that he founded, ECRBO Virginia Bigfoot Conference.

Join him as he presents his experiences in a compelling visual presentation.

10:30a - 11:15a 

Festival Lower Level

Conf Room 7

Register Now

Bee Campus USA Tour

Bee Campus USA fosters ongoing dialogue to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

The Bee Campus USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in an application, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.

Tour is an outdoors walking tour.  Participants should expect stairs, small hills, and walking in grass.  Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Meet Dr. Teel at the Festival Patio near the glass doors of the Highlands Room.

About Bee Campus USA

9:30a- 11:00a

East Campus Meadows

Register Now

Join us for a hands on cookie decorating class. Follow along with Jessica of The Cookie Pallette as she instructs you step by step on how to pipe some of the most iconic JMU logos.

All cookies and decorating supplies will be provided and participants will make and take three of their very own cookie creations home!

1:30p -
2:30p

Festival Upper Level

Conf Room 3

Register Now

The Clutterfree Formula

Join Professional Organizer, Morgan Paixao of Humble Home Organizing to learn how to end the cycle of clutter once and for all!

In this workshop, you'll learn why clutter accumulates and continues to come back, despite purge after purge.

9:00a- 10:00a

Festival Lower Level
Conf Room 7

Register Now

The Edible Forest at JMU Tour

The JMU Edible Forest Garden (EFG) Project began in 2020 as an effort to beautify, diversify, and restore part of the campus landscape. The JMU EFG works to advance the mission of the university by offering unique and innovative educational and service-learning opportunities for students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members. A central focus of the EFG is to enhance awareness of sustainable food production and whole food nutrition. 

Tour is an outdoors walking tour.  Participants should expect stairs, small hills, and walking in grass.  Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Meet Dr. Schmitt-Harsh at the Festival Pation near the glass doors of the Highlands Room.

9:00a- 10:30a


East Campus Meadow

Register Now

Environmental Stewardship Tour

Discover some of the places, programs, and people involved in incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy into teaching, research, operations, and outreach at JMU. 

Follow the link for a self-guided interactive guide!

jmu.edu/stewardship/tour/

8:00a- 3:00p

Campus-Wide 

No Registration Required

The Importance of Native Plants

New to native plants or need help planning your native garden?

Join Ivy of Urban Natives & Landscaping for a discussion on why native plants are important, what to look for, and the best practices to encourage a healthy, thriving garden!

1:00p- 2:00p

EJC Arboretum

Pavilion 

Register Now

Improv Comedy Workshop 1

Learn the essentials of improvised comedy and how we can apply lessons from the stage to our everyday lives. 

No experience necessary.

9:00a- 10:00a 

Taylor Hall

Room 306 

Register Now

Improv Comedy Workshop 2

Learn the essentials of improvised comedy and how we can apply lessons from the stage to our everyday lives. 

No experience necessary.

1:30p- 2:30p 

Taylor Hall

Room 306 

Register Now

Intro to Meditation and Mindfullness 1

Invite soul-filled and freedom-centered conversations with your intuition, each other, and creativity through guided breath and movement practices.

Led by Embodiment & Mindfulness Guide Dancer (she/them), you will begin with a relaxing and grounding meditation, move through a connective embodiment practice, and end with a vocal and copper sound bath.

Wear comfy clothes to move in and water to stay hydrated. All relaxation props are provided.

10:15a- 11:15a

Register Now

Intro to Meditation and Mindfullness 2

Invite soul-filled and freedom-centered conversations with your intuition, each other, and creativity through guided breath and movement practices.

Led by Embodiment & Mindfulness Guide Dancer (she/them), you will begin with a relaxing and grounding meditation, move through a connective embodiment practice, and end with a vocal and copper sound bath.

Wear comfy clothes to move in and water to stay hydrated. All relaxation props are provided.

2:45p- 3:45p

 

Register Now

Intro to Bonsai

Have you ever wanted to explore bonsai as a hobby or are just curious about the art?

Bonsai represent the idea of a perfect balance between nature and art. As bonsai trees are kept small through very careful pruning, they also represent a life-long commitment of patience and dedication to a task.

Talk hosted by Clark Driver, JMU Engineering Project Manager and founder of the Shenandoah Valley Bonsai Society.

1:30p- 2:30p 

EJC Arboretum

Tree Terrace

Register Now

Intro to Henna

Would you like to learn how to do henna tattoos?

Come and hear a brief history of henna, how to apply henna, and receive a henna tattoo!

SKS Artworks

1:00p- 2:00p 

Festival Upper Level

Conf Room 2 

Register Now

Intro to Iaido

ZNKR Seitei-gata Iaido is a modern martial art form of Japanese fencing that involves the practice of solo sword kata using an iaito (zinc-duraluminum alloy practice sword) or bokuto (wooden sword).

The focus is on drawing from the sheath and striking/cutting with the sword.  There are 12 iai kata that are taught as the curriculum. Iaido training develops focus, awareness, discipline and attention to detail.

Hosted by Staunton & Harrisonburg Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo

9:00a- 10:00a

UREC

Group Exercise Studio 2

Register Now

Intro to Jodo

ZNKR Seitei Jodo is a modern martial art form of Japanese staff fighting. It consists of learning 12 basic techniques solo followed by the learning the same techniques but paired.

These are then followed by learning the 12 paired forms.

The focus is on defending oneself with the staff from attacks with the sword. Jodo training develops relaxation, awareness, concentration and discipline.

Hosted by Staunton & Harrisonburg Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo

10:45a- 11:45a

UREC

Group Exercise Studio 2

Register Now

Intro to Kendo

ZNKR Kendo is a modern martial art form of Japanese fencing. It comes from the sword arts of ancient Japan, and is the modern incarnation of a centuries-long evolution.

Kendo is made up of 2 parts, kata (fixed paired patterns of techniques) and keiko (sparring in armor). We use two types of swords: a bokken (wooden sword) for kata and a shinai (bamboo sword) for sparring.

Kendo is more than just learning to fence with a sword, it is also about proper discipline and spirit.

Hosted by Staunton & Harrisonburg Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo

1:30p- 2:30p

UREC

Group Exercise Studio 2

Register Now

Learn to Crochet

How to Sessions with Unwind the Faculty & Staff Knit, Crochet, Craft Club.

Supplies provided by the Makery. Take home your project or the yarn to finish it.

Project: Cup cozy

Skills: Create chain, learn to turn, single and double crochet

1:00p- 2:00p 

Festival Lower Level

Conf Room 7 

Register Now

Learn to Knit

How to Sessions with Unwind the Faculty & Staff Knit, Crochet, Craft Club.

Supplies provided by the Makery. Take home your project or the yarn to finish it.

Project: Makeup wipe and/or small washcloth/dishcloth

Skills: Easy cast-on, knit/garter stitch, easy bind-off

1:00p- 2:00p

Festival Lower Level

Conf Room 7

Register Now

The Makery Tour

What will you make today? 

Discover what The Makery has to offer and explore your creativity with hands-on learning and demonstrations. We have Button Makers, Vinyl cutters, 3D printing, a Glowforge Laser, 3D printers, sewing/ Embroidery/quilting machines along with many other exciting offerings.

Meet at the Makery desk. 

9:30a- 11:00a

Rose Library

Register Now

Meet and Greet: JMU Water Floaters

If you love kayaking, paddleboarding, floating, or just the idea of getting in the water, this is the group for you!

From beginners to experts, the JMU Water Floaters will explore the water ways of the valley in tubes, kayaks, paddleboards, or anything that will keep you afloat for several hours.

During this time, current members have the opportunity to fellowship and potential members will have the opportunity to find out more information.

10:30a- 11:30a

Festival Upper Level

Conf Room 2 

No Registration Required

Nature Photography

From drones to iphones, find and take amazing nature photography with Nate Shaw.

2:15p– 3:15p 

EJC Arboretum

Pavilion 

Register Now

College of Business Tour

Tour the new state of the art College of Business buildings, the new Hartman Hall and Renovated Showker Hall.

Meet Erica Kann at "Zane" Duke Dog statue in the Hartman Hall Lobby.

2:00p– 3:00p

College of Business 

Register Now

Atlantic Union Bank Center Tour

Take a behind the scenes tour of one of the newest facilities on campus, The Atlantic Union Bank Center.

Meet Curtis Stoneberger at the Plaza Entrance.

About the Atlantic Union Bank Center

2:00p– 3:00p 

AUBC

Register Now

Convocation Center Tour

The Convocation Center was recently renovated to provide an Intercollegiate Athletic hub for the university. 

This behind-the-scenes tour will give you an insight of the facility and the daily life of the student athlete.

Meet Ty Phillips in the main lobby.

11:00a- 12:00p

Convocation Center

Main Lobby 

Register Now

Intro to Vermi-compost

Learn to “farm” indoors or outdoors with worms to produce nutrient rich compost from your kitchen scraps.

Learn from Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener, Keala Timko, how to create and maintain your worm composter while saving money, improving the environment, and having fun!

10:30a- 11:30a 

EJC Arboretum

Tree Terrace

Register Now

Tour the EJC Arboretum 1

Join Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener, Keala Timko, for an insightful stroll during this beautiful time of the year!

Meet Keala in front of the Francis Plecker Education Center.

9:00a- 9:45a

EJC Arboretum

Register Now

Tour the EJC Arboretum 2

Join Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener, Keala Timko, for an insightful stroll during this beautiful time of the year!

Meet Keala in front of the Francis Plecker Education Center.

2:00p- 2:45p 

EJC Arboretum

Register Now

 

 

Challenge

Challenges
Session Name Description Time Location Registration

Cornhole Tournament

Challenge your coworker to a game on the lawn. Winner buys lunch.

12:00p- 3:30p 

Festival Lawn 

No Registration Required

Cornhole Tournament

Cornhole is back at Festival! 

Get a partner and compete with other teams to win bragging rights as the best cornhole players on campus!

Once you've chosen your partner, please designate one person to register in MyMadison on behalf of your team.

9:30a- 12:00p 

Festival Lawn

Register Now

Disc Golf

Come check out the disc golf course at University Park!

A UREC staff member will be in hand to go over the basic information to get you started with disc golf.  We will cover the different flight characteristics of the discs as well as some basic information on technique followed by a casual round on the course. 

Discs will be provided if you do not have your own.

9:00a– 10:30a 

UPARK 

Disc Golf Course

Register Now

Come in to try your climbing skills at UREC’s climbing wall in the Adventure Center.

All equipment will be provided by UREC.  

10:00a-
11:00a

UREC

Adventure Center

Register Now

Come in to try your climbing skills at UREC’s climbing wall in the Adventure Center.

All equipment will be provided by UREC.  

1:00p-
2:00p

UREC

Adventure Center

Register Now

This event allows you to come to the TEAM Challenge Course see the course in action and experience a section of it including our dual zip lines for yourself!   

10:00a-
11:00a

UPARK

Challenge Course

Register Now

This event allows you to come to the TEAM Challenge Course see the course in action and experience a section of it including our dual zip lines for yourself!   

11:00a-
12:00p

UPARK

Challenge Course

Register Now

Come join us on a 5K run through the NEW UPARK trail!  The run will begin at UREC and travel through the Arboretum which connects to the UPARK trail.  The course will consist of wooded terrain with a steep elevation gain. 

Advanced beginner to expert skill levels is suggested for this run. 

11:00a- 
12:00p

UREC

Atrium

Register Now

Football and Field Goals

Have you ever wanted to kick a field goal in Bridgeforth Stadium?

In addition, you can toss a football with friends on the field, or practice blocking on one of the sleds.

9:00a– 11:00a

Bridgeforth 
Stadium

No Registration Required

Rule the Court Pickleball Tournament

Challenge your coworkers in the first-ever EAD Pickleball Tournament!

This will be a doubles tournament but you will sign up as an individual and change partners after each game.

Limited to 16 people. 

Questions contact Rob Morgan morganrm@jmu.edu

9:00a- 12:00a

UREC

Sports
Forum 1 

Register Now

Team Trivia 1

Get some co-workers and put your heads together for EAD's first pub-style team trivia challenge! No special knowledge is required, but you'll want to assemble team members with a variety of interests. A championship trophy awaits the winning team to proudly display in their office space for the year!

TEAMS are comprised of up to 8 people and there is a maximum of 8 teams per session.

Once you've gathered your players, please designate one person to register in MyMadison on behalf of your team.

10:00a-
12:00p

Taylor Down Under 

Register Now

Team Trivia 2

Get some co-workers and put your heads together for EAD's first pub-style team trivia challenge! No special knowledge is required, but you'll want to assemble team members with a variety of interests. A championship trophy awaits the winning team to proudly display in their office space for the year!

TEAMS are comprised of up to 8 people and there is a maximum of 8 teams per session.

Once you've gathered your players, please designate one person to register in MyMadison on behalf of your team.

1:00p-
3:00p

Taylor Down Under

Register Now

Team Trivia 3

Get some co-workers and put your heads together for EAD's first pub-style team trivia challenge! No special knowledge is required, but you'll want to assemble team members with a variety of interests. A championship trophy awaits the winning team to proudly display in their office space for the year!

TEAMS are comprised of up to 8 people and there is a maximum of 8 teams per session.

Once you've gathered your players, please designate one person to register in MyMadison on behalf of your team.

3:00p-
5:00p

Taylor Down Under 

Register Now

We will start at 11:30 am by doing a group warmup before playing a few matches until 1:00 pm. If more than 12 participants in attendance, there will be rotating rosters to make sure everyone gets court time.

No previous experience in volleyball necessary.

11:30a-
1:00p

UPARK

Register Now

 

 

Break a Sweat

Sweat
Session Name Description Time Location Registration

Gentle Yoga 1

Experience the tranquility of nature with our Gentle Yoga on the Lawn at the JMU Arboretum. Perfect for all levels, this class combines soothing stretches, mindful breathing, and calming poses in the serene backdrop of the arboretum.

It's an ideal way to reduce stress, improve flexibility, and connect with nature. Surrounded by the peaceful sounds and sights of the outdoors, you'll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

No experience is necessary— just bring a mat, wear comfortable clothes, and embrace the peace of nature.

9:00a- 10:00a 

EJC Arboretum

Lawn 

Register Now

Gentle Yoga 2

Experience the tranquility of nature with our Gentle Yoga on the Lawn at the JMU Arboretum. Perfect for all levels, this class combines soothing stretches, mindful breathing, and calming poses in the serene backdrop of the arboretum.

It's an ideal way to reduce stress, improve flexibility, and connect with nature. Surrounded by the peaceful sounds and sights of the outdoors, you'll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

No experience is necessary— just bring a mat, wear comfortable clothes, and embrace the peace of nature.

10:30a- 11:30a

EJC Arboretum

Lawn

Register Now

Trail Running

Spend some time walking, jogging, or running on some of JMU's new loops - Trail Loops, UPARK Loops, On-Campus 5K Route, or EJC Arboretum.  Information in the link.

View Trail Info

9:00a- 3:30p

Campus-wide

No Registration Required

Come enjoy everything our Aquatics Center has to offer including swimming laps, playing basketball or volleyball, relaxing in the hot tub or decompressing in the sauna!

9:00a- 11:00a

UREC

Pool

No Registration Required

Join us in the Group Training Room for a upper body lift followed by a fun workout focused on strength and stamina.

All levels welcome!

12:00p-
1:00p

UREC

Group
Training Room

Register Now

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