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I have sailed a laser for 20 years and always had a blast. Unfortunately, it is not a good casual or 2 person boat. In high winds it is wet and wild, in low you end up kneeling or sitting in the footwell, often in a puddle because the self bailer is lame. The space for and aft is limited in the cockpit and the boom is low so tacking with 2 people is an exercise in head trauma. Two kids will have a lot of fun, an adult and child will be ok for a short sail.
Despite this, you should by a used one. They are durable and so common that you should be able to sell it in a year or 2 for what you paid. Even very old hulls are ok for non competative use, but try avoid the old wood core foils as they leak and swell over time (most have been replaced by now). Check for delamination in the hull bottom and deck and pay close attention to the mast step which can fail with heavy use. Many people who buy lasers end up keeping them even after moving on to bigger boats because they are very cheep to keep up and so much fun. You will probably be fine with the full rig.