When my brothers were big enough to hang out with RC Airplane guys in the park, I was kept away from this activity by parents who did not believe that a little girl had any business flying model airplanes. OK, maybe I was not just a girl at the time, but also too young to participate in such a hobby.
Not any more!
This generation of electric planes rocks! The two models hanging from my ceiling are styrofoam planes that come RTF (Ready to Fly) and that means you have everything you need in the box. The little HobbyZone Sport Cub is only about 2' wide, so I can take it just about anywhere. Like it's big brother the Super Cub, it has SAFE technology. This means that it can fly itself for a little while if the pilot gets confused or distracted.
My friend's plane, a Sportsman S+ not only has the SAFE technology, but also creates a virtual fence which prevents it from flying farther than he can see, and an auto land feature, which if set up correctly lets him push one button and the airplane returns to the runway and lands in the same place it took off.
If you are interested in learning to fly a model airplane, it is a very good idea to buy a flight simulator first. I use Real Flight 7.5 which is not exactly like flying the planes for real, but it lets me crash a thousand times without hurting my toys. It is also a good idea to start out with a foamy because you can make a lot of mistakes and it is kind of hard to break the Styrofoam even if you crash. If it does break, you can patch it up with scotch tape and hot glue most of the time.
The flight simulator costs about $150 and a small plane with SAFE costs between $100 and $400. Membership in the AMA, required for membership in most RC clubs costs $70/year and club memberships vary from $40-$75 where I live. So it is not a cheap hobby, but is now more affordable at entry level than it used to be, and much, much cleaner and easier to learn.