For younger kids,I would go with a early EM with a nice theme! Teach them the ropes on a simple game,test the energy level they have! For the 5 yr old,I;d get a Zizzler,and see how they do!Why go deep?They may not have the level of play you;d hoped for!!IMHO!!Also get the DVD,Pinball 101 for a start!Basics first!Theme second!!