What is the best kind of pet to get with three young children?

my two oldest kids 8 and 6 have asked for rabbits not only wil they b costly to get spayed ect.. Apparently their personalities can change after (buny puberty) i also have a very inquisitive 2yr old and didnt want a pet that she couldnt play with.. What is the best 1st time pet that wil hapily b handled and stroked ect
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