I would go ahead and try Ed's recipe, its not too complicated, and gives you a product that is pretty much universally liked.
I wouldnt worry too much about your kids and bottle bombs. as long as your brew is kept away from your kids (as it should be) you wont be having any injuries. bottle bomb is just a term, its not gonna take the corner of your house off. just store them in a cabnet/closet inside of a cardboard box and thell be safe.
I just started brewing lately, and i learned alot here. first off make sure what ever you use in your recipe does not have sorbate or anything with sorbate in the name, it will kill the yeast. also, sanitation is very important, unless you dont care that an entire batch has been ruined.
Primary: blueberry apple cider
Secondary: panty dropper cranberry apple cider
bottled: I should probably get some of those...
on deck: future brews suspended for the moment :(...