Welcome to Boise and the surrounding area. I know that you will find our area wonderful to live in. There are many great areas in which to locate. There are websites which will give you the statistics on the schools in the area. I would google Meridian school district and then Boise school district. That will pull up the two school districts that take in Boise, Meridian, Eagle. If you are considering another area, you can do Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Middleton or Star. These websites will give you the scores and other information on these schools for your to consider. We also have many great "magnet" schools, "charter" schools and "private" schools in the area for your to consider.
As for neighborhoods that are kid-friendly, you will find that most neighborhoods have amenities that attract families with children. We do not have many over 55 communities so most areas would fit your criteria.
If you know what area, price range, size and amenities you would like in a home, I can send you some listings which would help you to see what is available. From there, I can get demographics on any particular area and send those to you.
I am available by phone, text or email. 208-484-8384
Thank you for your time.