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Essential Workers Thank You 2020

14 - 16 August 2020

10am – 5pm

This event is a way for Hamilton City Council to thank those in our community who worked as essential workers under the level 4 COVID-19 lockdown. Proof of eligibity and photo ID are required - see below.

What’s on offer:

Free admission for an essential worker and one other accompanying guest to the blockbuster exhibition Dinosaur rEvolution.

Free workshops for families the same weekend include:

  • Saturday 15 August, 11am – 3pm: Secrets of the Skin – a free drawing ‘craft workshop’ linked to our Dinosaur rEvolution exhibition.
  • Sunday 16 August, 1pm – 2pm: Illustration Workshop with Lisala Halapua –a storytelling session and free book illustrator workshop, in partnership with Hamilton Book Month.

Please note that two forms of Essential Worker proof of eligibility and ID are required:


  • Letter from employer on organisational letterhead identifying the holder as an essential worker during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 (this can be a letter of authority provided to workers during lockdown); OR
  • Email from employer identifying the holder as an essential worker during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, with organisational logo and contact details in email signature;


  • Photo ID


Special offers are also available from:

Hamilton Zoo

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Pools


Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival exhibition toured by:


Image provided courtesy of Gondwana Studios