Here are some expressions commonly used in discussing entertainments matters.
beauty contest - a competition between people, based largely, though not always entirely, on the beauty of their physical appearance; a beauty pageant bumper cars - a small low-powered electrically powered vehicle driven on a special platform where there are many others to be dodged, Dodgem casino - a public building for gambling and entertainment circus - performance given by a travelling company of acrobats, clowns and trained animals contest - an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants, competition dance - a party of people assembled for dancing fashion show - a show for the public where models wear new styles of clothes Ferris wheel - rotating mechanism consisting of a large upright wheel with suspended seats that remain upright as the wheel turns; provides a ride at an amusement park funfair - a travelling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc. merry-go-round - large mechanical apparatus with seats for children to ride on, carousel nightclub - a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink observation wheel - a large slowly-rotating vertically-oriented structure carrying enclosed passenger cars or pods along its circumference puppet show - a show in which the actors are puppets roller coaster - elevated railway in an amusement park usually with sharp curves and steep inclines shooting gallery - an enclosed firing range with targets for rifle or handgun practice, here at a funfair sideshow - a minor show that is part of a larger one theme park - an amusement park that is designed to carry a theme in one or more areas of the park, for example Disneyland wax museum - waxworks which consists of a collection of wax figures representing famous people from history and contemporary personalities exhibited in lifelike poses
Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.
The word circus comes from the Latin word for circle or oval. Today's circus's are live events held in either tents or an arena. A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. In most other languages, nightclubs are referred to as "discos" or "discothèques". A casino is a building that accommodates gambling. Customers may gamble by playing slot machines or other games of chance and some skill for example roulette. The Miss America pageant originated as a beauty contest in the early 1920s, but now prefers to avoid terms like "beauty contest" since beauty is no longer the primary criterion used to judge contestants. Merry-go-round magic carousels are a wonderful way to bring back some childhood memories. The world's most famous observation wheel is the London Eye in England. Most roller coasters have cars for two, four, or six passengers each, in which the passengers sit to travel around the circuit. Although the idea of the ride is to bump other cars, safety-conscious owners often put up signs reading "This way round" or "No bumping". Amusement park is the more generic term for a collection of amusement rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. Madame Tussaud's is perhaps the most famous name associated with wax museums.