LEGO Tales: Story and Animation Workshops


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Wednesday 12 January 2022 | 8.30am – 4.30pm


$90 per participant
Drop and leave program


9-11 years

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Love using LEGO® to create your own stories? What about using LEGO® to storyboard and create your own stop-motion video? 

Take the ultimate stop-motion animation challenge and produce your own LEGO® story inspired by our brand-new exhibition Brickwrecks: Sunken Ships in LEGO® Bricks at WA Maritime Museum.

Your full-day workshop will include:

  • Meeting award-winning author Cristy Burne, and learn some of her favourite story-writing tricks.
  • Enjoy a VIP tour of the Brickwrecks exhibition, where you will see extraordinary LEGO® models up close and discover real and replica objects connected to each shipwreck discovery. Be inspired by the fun details and visual storytelling Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught has used to capture our shipwreck imagination.
  • Take a snapshot walk through the Maritime Museum, where you will write story ideas in a noisy spice market, on a boat and beyond
  • After lunch, join local enthusiast John Geijsman from the City of Fremantle Library, as he helps you flex your storytelling muscles using visual techniques and storyboarding. Learn how to combine themes of history, science, and imagination to create, structure and film your own stop-motion story.

Note: All participants should arrive with shoes suitable for walking, a drink bottle and packed morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Please also Bring Your Own device for creating the stop-motion video.



This is an exciting and intensive program specifically designed for small groups of children who love to write, learn new things and are happy to spend half a day engaged in immersive Museum experiences, then half a day creating their own stop motion video.

It is ideal for two siblings or friends in the same age bracket. Our presenters are funny, warm, engaging, and will do their utmost to ensure participants safety and comfort at all times.

This is a drop-off holiday program and children will be strictly supervised at all times.

Download the Children in Care Consent Form here.


Cristy Burne

A laughing woman holds two joke eyeballs out towards the camera

Children’s author and science writer Cristy Burne is passionate about empowering our next generation of creative, science-savvy citizens. Cristy has worked as a science communicator for 20 years across seven countries. She has performed in a science circus, worked as a garbage analyst, and was a reporter at CERN when they turned on the Large Hadron Collider. 

Cristy works at the intersection of science, technology and creativity. Her latest books include Beneath the Trees, Aussie STEM Stars: Fiona Wood and Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows, co-written with Denis Knight.

Cristy has degrees in biotechnology and science communication. She loves to inspire daring, resilience and innovative thinking in her readers. She also loves chocolate. Visit for more information.

John Geijsman

A man stands behind a display of LEGO models

John is the Early Childhood Programs Officer at the City of Fremantle. He reckons he has the best job in the city, as his role includes working with Minecraft, LEGO®, coding programs, children’s programs, emerging technology and much more!

In his own time, John is also a LEGO® Ambassador and runs (a Recognised LEGO® Fan Media website), which covers set reviews, LEGO® news and other LEGO® related goodness. He is only slightly obsessed with all things LEGO® and loves building large custom displays: with his favourite creative builds including a custom LEGO® Alphabet and a 5000 piece Noah’s Ark. John loves everything ‘play’, especially with his two little girls!

See John’s world of LEGO® at

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