The term entertaiment is used to describe a broad range of activities that can be enjoyed for pleasure and recreation. Entertainment may vary from a few choice pre-recorded products viewed on a personal computer, to a dinner for two prepared and served with suitable music, to a party designed to suit any size or type of guest, to performances intended for a large audience. Entertaining activities also include many kinds of play which prepare children for adult responsibilities such as child rearing, social interaction and group activity (through dolls, pets and group games); or develop motor skills required for sports, music and other active pursuits.

Entertaiment can inspire art and other forms of expression. The story of Scheherazade, for example, inspired an orchestral piece by Rimsky-Korsakov, a film by Pasolini and an innovative video game.