A form of entertainment that involves sedentary activities and/or participation in various types of cultural, social, and recreational events. It can take many forms, from theatre and music to sports and amusements (see below). Children’s entertainment plays a role in their development as well, both by mimicking adult activities and by preparing them for life skills, such as social interaction and self-direction. It can also provide much-needed respite for adults who are stressed by their daily routines, often resulting in a more positive outlook on life. The word is frequently abbreviated entmt on industry news publications and fliers, or in short hand note taking.