Right now we have a really solid group with a barbarian, 2 fighters, a bard, 2 clerics, a ranger and one wizard. So the party is pretty good as far as characters go so a new player could play just about anything and fit right in. We have a half-Orc, elves, humans and one half dragon/half elf. We play at my house which is not kid friendly at the moment. I will work on that however.
I have been gaming for years (about 18 now). I have played several different game systems and prefer 3.5 to pretty much all others. When I run games I am very story driven. I do a pretty good job keeping everyone focused on the game while we play so a lot gets accomplished each game.