Entertaining programs or activities provide a temporary break from routine or stress by bringing enjoyment and distraction. They may take the form of movies, series, sports events or online video platforms; music, social media and physical activities such as group games and sport. Taking time to enjoy entertaining activities can recharge the mind and body, thus helping people get back to work with greater energy and creativity.

Entertaiment can be created for any scale – from an individual choosing private entertainments from the enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to parties with appropriate dance, music and food for a group of friends; to performances designed for thousands, or even for global audiences through broadcasting. Many forms of entertainment have persisted for centuries and demonstrated a remarkable capacity to cross over different media, with the Scheherazade story being used as an inspiration for orchestral works by composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski; for film by directors Pasolini and Pasolini; and in innovative video games.