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What's new for kids: Legoland, Dave Barry and 'Perfect Pitch'

Ester Dean, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, Hailee Steinfeld,

Ester Dean, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Rebel Wilson and Hanna Mae Lee star in "Pitch Perfect 2," which hits theaters Friday, May 15, 2015. Credit: Richard Cartwright / Universal Pictures

Here's what's new for kids this week:

The first East Coast Legoland Hotel opens Friday in Orlando. A "kid check-in" happens in front of a wall of 5,000 minifigures. The lobby has a Castle Play area with a pirate ship surrounded by a moat filled with Lego bricks. Hotel rooms are themed pirate, kingdom, adventure or friends, and each room will have at least eight Lego models and a bucket of Lego bricks for kids to use. The hotel is walking distance to Legoland and guests will have 30-minutes-early morning access to the theme park. (Heartlake City, the newest land based on the Lego Friends line of toys, is also scheduled to open this summer.) For more information and prices, call 877-350-5346 or visit

Humor writer Dave Barry has penned a book for tween readers out this month called "The Worst Class Trip Ever" (Disney-Hyperion, $13.99). Wyatt Palmer and the kids from Culver Middle School meet some mysterious men on their flight to Washington, D.C., and become convinced -- perhaps erroneously -- that they must thwart an attack on the president. Barry has written 25 nonfiction books and more than a dozen works of fiction and has won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.

"Pitch Perfect 2," the sequel to the 2012 hit "Pitch Perfect," opens Friday. The all-female college singing group the Barden Bellas enters an international competition that's never been won by Americans. Stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Rated PG-13.

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