Leave the antique rods and handmade flies home!
Spiderman and Barbie don't fish. Skip the characters and buy a decent rod that will last a few years. Children of all ages do best with a spinning rod. The closed face reels are easy to use, and easy to fix, should any tangles occur. You want a push-button model for beginners. Most can be purchased for under $20 from local sporting good stores, or tackle shops near where you'll be fishing.